Fair enough, though many of the horrid looking recipes far predate the war.
For goodness sake, CLEAN the fish THEN cook it.
My own experiences with the advice of the locals was far from good. It's possible they sent me somewhere to screw with me, but this was coworkers from the branch over there, so I would think they'd want to make a good impression of the local culture.
That's entirely the fault of Britains pansy-ass-Clontarf-losing-Monastary-burning-St-Brendan-overshadowing Viking heritage.
And unless the place you went to was particularly busy, then yes, they were fucking with you.
(RULE ONE: Always eat where the locals eat, you can tell because it will be the busiest place around.)