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London’s best fish and chips revealed!

by Rajul on April 30, 2010

Fish and chips in London can be a treat - providing you know where to go

Many London visitors consider “fish and chips” an absolutely essential experience (but don’t forget the obligatory “mushy peas” either!).

There is in fact far more to cooking in the British Isles than fish and chips and London’s culinary scene is actually a lot more diverse.  However, you should still definitely make sure you get your fish and chips fix!

If you do, please avoid the random shops in high footfall tourist areas.

London does have great specialist fish and chips shops – if you know where to look.  Here, we give you a whirlwind tour of some of the best!

First up is the Golden Hind at 73 Marylebone Lane near Bond Street tube station.  Don’t be put off by its modest interior: as a born and bred Londoner, this is certainly my favourite fish and chips joint.

With walls adorned with black and white photos and a list of the restaurant’s previous owners since its pre-war opening, it oozes history.  It’s been around for a long time and the quality of the food confirms why.

Main courses at the Golden Hind are fairly priced given the quality.  The fish is especially fresh (straight from Grimsby) and the batter’s nice and crispy.

Finally, they also serve some wonderful traditional English puddings (think of the likes of jam sponge, chocolate pudding or apple crumble with lovely hot custard) and even allow you to bring your own drinks!

My most recent meal at the Golden Hind...absolutely scrumptious!

My most recent meal at the Golden Hind...absolutely scrumptious!

Fish Central is on Central Street (near Old Street tube) and serves a mix of traditional favourites like cod and chips, haddock and chips, battered sausages and mushy peas, along with more upmarket delicacies like char-grilled scallops and fish soup.  They also sell affordable wine.

First opening its doors in 1871, Rock & Sole Plaice has the coveted title of “London’s oldest fish and chip shop” and worth a visit for this reason alone.

It is also famous for supremely chunky chips and the current Turkish-Cypriot owners fry a mean calamari.  Located at 47 Endell Street, near Covent Garden tube station, it also has outdoor seating, perfect for those just realising that England actually does have a summer!

The Sea Shell is another option.  It is near several famous London landmarks including Abbey Road, the Sherlock Holmes Museum and Madame Tussauds and is certainly worth a visit after a heavy day of sightseeing.

Located at 49 Lisson Grove near  Marylebone station, it has a classy fish and chip restaurant at the back offering fresh fish with the option of having it battered, pan-fried or poached.  The interior is stylishly decorated.

It also offers a tantalising cornucopia of starters, such as devilled whitebait, avocado and prawns, and smoked haddock chowder.

The Sea Shell is unfortunately closed due to fire damage currently but is expected to reopen any time now.  We lick our lips in anticipation!

Last but certainly not least is Fryer’s Delight on Theobald’s Road near Holborn tube station.  Here they make fish and chips the traditional way – thick chips and well-battered fish, all deep-fried in beef fat.  An extra perk is that you can bring your own wine for consumption on the premises.

Sample your fish and chips from any of the above well-established London outlets and you won’t go too far wrong!

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