When did cheesy chips become a popular takeaway snack in the UK?
I have no idea, but a few days ago I stumbled upon an interesting variant on the theme. Rather than the usual grated cheese, Hot Diggerdy Dog in Holdenhurst Rd in Bournemouth serves up a thick cheese sauce on top of chips. And there's a good range of additional sauces. I found that the chilli sauce provided a kick that counteracted the gloopiness of the sauce. £1.40 well spent.
Another fine purveyor of cheesy chips is Frenchy's in West Bay. His fast food hut is easily identified by the copy of a Toulouse-Lautrec painting on the roof. Although using grated cheese, at the last moment he pops the chips and cheese into a microwave for a few seconds to melt the cheese, somehow without ruining the chips. A genius touch.