Chesterfield's favourite ever takeaway revealed on new T-shirt after Facebook poll

Chesterfield’s favourite takeaway of recent decades has been revealed after it was voted a clear winner in a Facebook poll.

Friday, 23rd October 2020, 12:30 pm

Members of a 3,500-strong group that celebrates the town in years gone by voted Pisces as Chesterfield’s most popular late-night eatery.

Crowds would line up inside the Holywell Street institution every Friday and Saturday night to purchase the takeaway’s popular ‘Pisces Special’ – a concoction of mashed potato and cheese that became synonymous with the business for three decades.

Now Neil Anderson, publisher of the Dirty Stop Outs book series, and Chesterfield-born designer Carl Flint have teamed up to launch a new T-shirt in celebration of the legendary takeaway.

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How the votes were cast for Chesterfield's favourite takeaway.

Neil said: “We were amazed at the amount of interest there was in our poll – hundreds entered. But there was no doubt about the winner – Pisces won hands down.

"It’s just a shame the takeaway isn’t with us anymore to help us celebrate.”

Other takeaways voted for include Chatanooga; ‘Scran Van Acca’, a mobile food van that used to stand outside the Aquarius nightclub in the ‘80s and early ‘90s; Tuminose and Rice Bowl.

Neil Anderson and Carl Flint with the first batch of shirts they produced celebrating the town in the 1980s.

However, Pisces came out comfortably on top with almost 46 per cent of votes cast. Of the others, only Chatanooga managed to gain more than 20 per cent of the total.

Celebrating Pisces’ win on the Dirty Stop Out's Guide to 1980s Chesterfield Facebook page, residents reminisced about the famous takeaway.

David Hayes posted: “Did anyone ever manage to finish a Pisces Special? You'd always find foil trays with their contents half eaten littered about the streets the next day.”

The Pisces Special t-shirt.

Joanne McShane said: “Does anyone have the recipie for a Pisces Special? Mind I never tried one when I was sober.”

Ralph Richmond said he remembered when he was first introduced to the Pisces Special.

"Oh that cheesy tayto goodness in a foil dish,” he posted.

Tracy Shaw said she hoped the former owners of Pisces ‘are on this site and they can see how Chesterfield appreciated them’.

"Thank you for feeding us,” she added.

The new ‘Pisces Special’ T-shirt is available to buy from

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