Fish and chips: arguably the most important national food after the Yorkshire pudding and bangers and mash. Perhaps initially appearing as a simple cuisine, move anywhere outside of the North of England and it can go horribly wrong. And yes, London, that includes you. We’re talking soggy batter, tasteless fish and greying mushy peas. Totally. Unacceptable. So here is a list of the 7 top ‘Codfathers’ where there is certainly a lot of fishy business happening…but the good kind!
1. Poppies Fish and Chips, Spitalfields
Really, they had us at the (fake) newspaper wrappings, 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 the culprit for its popularity. And nothing ever tastes as good as something out of a newspaper.
6-8 Hanbury St, E1 6QR
2. The Golden Hind, Marylebone
Having celebrated their 100th year of serving solid fish suppers in 2014, you’d think The Golden Hind would be experts in cooking up a cody culinary experience…. and you’d think right! They even use a blend of oils for optimum yumminess! The haddock and mushy peas are so delicious they truly will make you believe you can fry. (Good one).
73 Marylebone Ln, W1U 2PN
3. Toffs, Muswell Hill
A posh chippie!? You might ask. Really? There’s no such thing. And if there is, it must be shit. Well, what might initially appear as a dangerous oxymoron in fact turns out to be the UK’s number 1 chippy – ‘Toffs’. 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.
38 Muswell Hill Broadway, N10 3RT
4. Kerbisher & Malt, Various Locations
A modern Brit fish and chip shop, this is more a high-end chippie than good ol’ Toffs with restaurants in numerous locations all around London. But don’t let that put you off. Homemade tartare sauce AND beer, ‘pickled’ onion rings, fish cooked freshly to order AND CCTV so that punters can watch the chefs mushing peas a good fish ‘n’ chip shop makes!
5. Hook, Camden Town
Fish and chips with a twist! Not only does the menu change daily, but Hooks serves up the likes of sea bass in a lime, mint and wasabi batter…most certainly not your typical chippy that’s for sure! Working with only 100% sustainable small fisheries, day-boats and MSC-certified suppliers, Hooks ensures sustainability and responsibility in everything they do. And their seaweed-salted chips are to die for. That, too.
63-65 Parkway, Camden, NW1 7PP
6. Bonnie Gull Seafood Shack, Exmouth Market/Fitzrovia
Using a Japanese tempura mix for the batter and chips that are cooked in beef dripping, Bonnie Gull’s fish and chips are an especially crispy occasion. On a menu surrounded by seafood specialities (we are talking lobster, oysters and shellfish platters), the fish and chips may seem like a cop-out but BOY they are not. Never let seafood snobbery get in the way of a good feed!
21A Foley St, W1W 6DS
7. Golden Union Fish Bar, Soho
There seems to be a retro trend among chippys, and we aren’t complaining! The Golden Union Fish Bar is an independent, family-run restaurant with an authentic feel and a modern twist. Homemade food, and friendly service, they are such a catch.
38 Poland St, W1F 7LY
Featured Image Credit: Colmans Fish and Chips