You know us, always sharing the best plaices in London.
We’ve found 9 of London’s best spots for fish and chips; from the classic ‘seaside’ style chippies, to the ultra sofishticated.
1. Poppie’s, various locations
Founded by born and bred Eastender Pat ‘Pop’ Newland, inspired by his first job in a chippy cutting up copies of The Daily Mirror to wrap fish and chips in, Poppie’s is filled with retro memorabilia from Pop’s childhood. But this 1950’s style chippy has far more to offer than just homely gimmicks! Don’t let its tourist attraction reputation put you off either. Fat fillets of flaky fish enclosed by crunchy batter and surrounded by fluffy yet flavoursome chips is most likely to blame for its popularity. And nothing ever tastes as good as something out of a newspaper. That’s a fact.
2. North Sea Fish, King’s Cross
Another traditional chip shop, serving up the ever-classic battered cod or haddock, as well as a few fancier options such as rock eel, Dover sole, sea bass and rainbow trout. Everything is served with refillable chips (an obvious selling point), homemade Tartare sauce and Heinz (important) tomato ketchup. Their fish can either be fried in a typical crispy batter, or in an egg matzo meal.
Find North Sea Fish at 7/8 Leigh Street, WC1H 9EW
3. Toff’s, Muswell Hill
‘A posh chippie!?’ you might ask. Well, what may initially appear as a dangerous oxymoron in fact turns out to be London’s award-winning fish and chip shop, Toff’s. And we can see why! There’s nothing particularly fancy about it – just crunchy, grease-free batter, fresh fish and fluffy fries. Exactly the way it should be.
Find Toff’s at 38 Muswell Hill Broadway, N10 3RT
4. Kerbisher & Malt, various locations
Kerbisher & Malt pride themselves on being a modern British chip shop with fresh, sustainable grub. They double fry their chips so as to keep them crunchy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, and their fish is as good as can be. They even brew their own beer: the almighty Kerbisher Pale Ale. This one’s definitely worth a try.
5. Hook, Camden Town
If you’re something a little different, head to Hook where you’ll find dishes like monkfish carpaccio, fish in panko breadcrumbs or tempura batter, and sea bass in a lime, mint and wasabi batter — all served with seaweed salted chips. See, you’re hooked! It’s all in the name.
Find Hook at 63-65 Parkway, Camden, NW1 7PP
(See also: 43 Of The Very Best Restaurants In Camden)
6. Bonnie Gull, various locations
Now this is a posh chippie! Using Schiehallion beer in the batter and beef dripping to cook the chips, Bonnie Gull’s meals are an especially crispy occasion. On a menu swimming with the likes of Scottish sea bass with anchovy butter & samphire and Cured sea trout with squid ink aïoli & puffed wild rice, the fish and chips may seem like a cop-out — but trust us, they’re not.
7. The Chipping Forecast, various locations
Serving top quality Cornish fish, The Chipping Forecast is as tasty as it is deliciously punny. They’re also super sustainable and can trace every fish back to the fisherman who caught it! The menu features the classics, as well as wild things like lobster & crab mac & cheese and deep fried Mars Bars.
8. Golden Union, Soho
Golden Union is an independent, family-run restaurant with an authentic feel and a modern twist. There are absolutely no frills here — just fantastic fresh fish. With homemade food and friendly service, they are such a catch.
Find Golden Union at 38 Poland Street, W1F 7LY
9. Sutton & Sons, Hackney
Sutton & Sons are the first to open an all-vegan “fish” and chip shop. Vegan alternatives for everything from fish and chips to prawn cocktail are all on the menu, as well as vegan burgers, battered sausages, and pie and mash. The “fish” is made from deep fried banana blossom marinated in seaweed and samphire, while the “prawns” are made from Japanese potato starch that is battered and served like scampi. It looks seriously convincing and the taste is good enough to satisfy anyone’s cravings!
Find the vegan branch of Sutton & Sons at 218 Graham Road, E8 1BP.