Where to Find the Best Fish and Chips in London

15 Jun 18
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Where to Find the Best Fish and Chips in London

15 Jun 18

The British classic of crispy battered fish served with a hearty portion of potato chips needn’t be set aside for Fridays or a visit to the seaside. The capital is a trove of traditional gems and contemporary ventures, reeling in diners every day of the week with their fresh catch of the day. Our pick of the best fish and chip shops in London will have you hooked.

Poppies Fish & Chips

For old school fish and chips, try one of Pop Newland’s shops. The original is located in Spitalfields, but its younger cousin in Camden and hipster sister on Old Compton Street are equally well-decked with retro memorabilia from Pop’s childhood. A vintage jukebox here, a glass tankard of craft bitter there, and you’ll have no trouble imagining you’ve sauntered back in time to London’s East End in the fifties.

North Sea Fish

The Beauchamp family’s tangy tartar sauce, crispy onion rings and crunchy coleslaw are the moreishly comfortable companions to a superlatively fresh seafood supper at the North Sea Fish. Just ask any of London’s black cabbies – this 30-year-old, family-run restaurant on Leigh Street near King’s Cross St Pancras features in the Taxi Theory Test that every cab driver must pass before graduating.

The Mayfair Chippy

With its polished marble surfaces and an even shinier wine list, The Mayfair Chippy’s menu is as far from a basic British chip shop as its North Audley Street flagship is from Southend-on-Sea. Anyone who’s sampled its plump Carlingford rock oysters or generous-with-the-lobster macaroni cheese would surely agree that this sleek establishment ranks high in London’s finest fish and chip shops.

Fish House

Fried fish tacos with coriander slaw, saffron-infused seafood linguine and delightfully fresh seasonal specials might tempt you to stray from classic cod and golden potatoes at Fish House. Order a freshly-battered catch to go, or dine inside the traditional chippy white-tiled interiors of its Victoria Park or Stratford branches.

Trawler Trash

Hip and happening Upper Street in Islington is a food-lover’s playground, and Trawler Trash’s ever-changing, creative menu fits the neighbourhood well. Each component of the traditional Friday night staple is here, with a stylish overhaul. Catch a halibut fillet paired with chorizo, crushed potatoes and salsa verde.

Seafood Shack

Bonnie Gull’s two Seafood Shacks are, despite what their signage might imply, actually very chic city haunts. However, the flavours of the sea being served in Soho and Fitzrovia are so fresh, you might be fooled into thinking otherwise. You’ll savour melt-in-the-mouth British rope-grown mussels or a deliciously crisp tempura squid burger, but their beer-battered fish and beef-dripping chips are London’s best.

Kerbisher & Malt

Only the most tasteful touches of seaside nostalgia adorn Kerbisher & Malt’s walls. With outlets in edgy Shepherd’s Bush and cooler-than-a-pickled-cucumber Clapham, this is a distinctly modern gastro-chippy and the meals match the chic décor. Contemporary add-ons include fennel and dill salad, grilled halloumi and calamari coated with K&M’s signature spice blend, although, Kerbisher’s very own pale ale and twice-fried, gloriously fluffy chips are the popular go-to.


Feature images © Poppies; Bonnie Gull; North Sea Fish; The Mayfair Chippy; Fish House; Trawler Trash


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