Since this Friday (May 27) is National Fish And Chips day, let’s tell you about some places that are truly off the scale. We’ve found some of the best fish and chips in London; from the classic ‘seaside’ style chippies, to the ultra *ahem* sofishticated restaurants.
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. They also offer one of the best halal fish and chips in London – they use non-alcoholic batter and cook all their fish in groundnut oil.
You’ll find Poppie’s at various locations across London.
2. North Sea Fish, King’s Cross St. Pancras
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 at this King’s Cross spot is served with refillable chips (an obvious selling point), homemade Tartare sauce and Heinz (important) tomato ketchup. The fish at North Sea Fish can either be fried in a typical crispy batter, or in an egg matzo meal.
You’ll find North Sea Fish at 7–8 Leigh Street, WC1H 9EW. Nearest station is Russell Square.
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.
You’ll find Toff’s at 38 Muswell Hill Broadway, N10 3RT. Nearest station is Highgate.
4. Golden Union, Soho
Golden Union is an independent, family-run fish and chips restaurant with an authentic feel and a modern twist. There are absolutely no frills at this Soho stalwart — just fantastic fresh fish. With homemade food and friendly service, they are such a catch. Trust us.
You’ll find Golden Union at 38 Poland Street, W1F 7LY. Nearest station is Oxford Circus.
5. 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!
You’ll find the vegan branch of Sutton & Sons at 218 Graham Road, E8 1BP. Nearest station is Hackney Central.
6. Fish House, Victoria Park
Located in the heart of Victoria Park Village, Fish House is a modern, independent seafood restaurant and traditional fish and chippie takeaway. All of the fish here is delivered daily in keeping with the seasons, and is completely ethically-sourced. On top of fresh pieces of fish, they also do some wicked fish tacos too.
You’ll find Fish House at 128 Lauriston Road, London, E9 7LH. Nearest station is Cambridge Heath.
7. The Golden Hind, Marylebone
Established all the way back in 1914, The Golden Hind in Marylebone has got the fine art of making tasty fish and chips down to a tee. They’ve got everything on the menu here from plaice and calamari rings to haddock and rock salmon. Add in deliciously-chunky fries and melt-in-the-mouth mushy peas and you’ve got yourself a great meal here. They also have an extensive wine and beer list too.
You’ll find The Golden Hind at 71a, 73 Marylebone Lane, London, W1U 2PN. Nearest station is Baker Street.
8. Fish Lounge, Brixton
Famous for their ‘gluten-free Mondays’, this friendly Brixton chippy has everything you’d want from a fish and chips restaurant. You’ll find all the regular fish goodies here, but you’ll also get chicken, burgers and pies too. Fish and chips at the Fish Lounge comes wrapped in grease-proof newspaper, the chips are deliciously fluffy and there’s a lovely curry dip and mushy peas to complement all this too.
You’ll find the Fish Lounge at 99 Brixton Hill, London, SW2 1AA. Nearest station is Brixton.
9. The Golden Chippy, Greenwich
Back in 2016, this beloved spot was voted London’s best restaurant on TripAdvisor – beating the likes of fine dining establishments and Michelin-starred spots – and it’s easy to see why. Open since 2005 and run by a lovely Turkish-Cypriot family, the emphasis at The Golden Chippy is on the great service and the quality of ingredients used throughout each and every dish.
Haddock, plaice, skate, halibut, rock and cod are all covered in a light and crispy batter, and each plate is adorned with chips, a Mediterranean-style salad and a drizzle of olive oil, lemon and tarragon. Gluten-free and halal options are also available on request at this Greenwich hotspot.
You’ll find The Golden Chippy at 62 Greenwich High Road, London, SE10 8LF. Nearest stations are Greenwich and Deptford High Street.
Rounding off this list of the best fish and chips in London is Codfellas – a friendly, family-run business – I mean it’s in the name right – that whip up some bloody fantastic fish and chips. Along with fish, some of the stars at this Peckham spot include the vegan-friendly ‘tofish’ – a slab of tofu covered in battered seaweed – and the spicy bean burger.
This is another contender for the best halal fish and chips in London, and there’s gluten-free options available too.
You’ll find Codfellas at 125 Bellenden Road, London, SE15 4QY. Nearest station is Peckham Rye.
So there you have it – hopefully we’ve answered the question of who has the best and fish chips in London. We’re practically salivating thinking about it, so grab your appetite and we’ll see you there!
Also published on Medium.