Quick and simple, fish & chips is one of the classic meals associated forever with the UK. London hosts some of the best fish & chip venues in the country – all you have to do is know where to find them.
Poppies Fish & Chips have a wonderful vintage atmosphere. Look for their kiosks at Camden Market and Old Spitalfields Market all just up the road from budget hotels in North London. The queues will usually tell you exactly where they are! Or you can visit their Camden Restaurant for something very special. Vintage music events are sometimes held here, and the walls are covered in 1940’s/1950’s vintage memorabilia. It feels sometimes as though you have stepped back into another world, especially when you see the waitresses (known as Poppettes) dressed in wartime ‘landgirl’ style uniforms. But most of all, expect some really superb fish and chips. This is a company that has won National Fish & Chips awards.
Over in Marylebone, the Golden Hind is one of the longest established fish and chip shops in London. If you are staying in a Hotel near Wembley arena, than this place would not let you down. It has been trading for more than 100 years, which gives it a good background in preparing and serving this traditional food. Expect fish served in a light, grease proof batter and chunky, crisp chips. For a little colour add another traditional food – mushy peas, which are perfectly seasoned and suit everyone’s taste. This is a chippy which attracts everyone, from tourists to office workers, locals and elegant ladies looking for an enjoyable place to eat and meet friends. Tripadvisor reviews say it all – one of the best restaurants for fish & chips bar none!
If you are in Soho, hunt up the Golden Union Fish Bar in Poland Street which has had excellent reviews. All the fish used here is caught in sustainable waters and is delivered daily. Top grade potatoes are used to make the crisp yet fluffy chips while the fish is cooked to perfection with chunky, flaky pieces in a pleasant crispy batter. Take out or eat in – the choice is yours. The simple décor is slightly on the retro style with plastic topped wooden tables, ketchup and vinegar at hand.
Fryer’s Delight in Holborn is a local chippy which caters primarily to the local trade – businessmen, local traders, cab drivers. It is increasingly attracting the attention of visitors in search of authentic fish and chips. This is a genuine old style chippy, having been frying fish & chips here for over 50 years. It still has a 1950’s style – retro without having changed a bit! Expect Formica topped tables, long benches and a menu on the wall. The fish is cooked in a light batter just like they have been doing for years.
Head over to Fish! Kitchen at Borough Market to dine on fish & chips within a restaurant style atmosphere. If you are in a hurry, and want to enjoy fish & chips traditional style there is even a takeaway counter. Borough Market is a gourmet food lover’s dream and this restaurant fits in perfectly. If dining in, sit back and enjoy the views of Southwark Cathedral while enjoying the delights of fish & chips.
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