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Every visitor to London wants to try one thing: the famous fish and chips. And Londoners have a new-found love for the classic dish too. In fact, fish and chips have had something of a makeover in recent years and even gone hip. We pick out some of London’s finest ‘chippies’.
Right in between the hipster hangouts of Spitalfields Market and Brick Lane, Poppies is a great dining experience. Walk inside and you’ll be greeted by one of the ‘Poppettes’, the waitresses dressed in wartime ‘land girl’ outfits, before you take a seat among the 1940s/1950s retro memorabilia. Winner of the National Fish & Chip Awards 2014, the food is top notch too – and its popularity has seen the opening of a sister Poppies in Camden.
Olley’s Fish Experience
Finalist in the 2015 National Fish & Chip Awards (in the ‘Good Catch’ Sustainable Seafood category), Olley’s in South London is a proper bistro-style restaurant – though takeaway is available too. There are more than 20 species of fish to choose from (served fried, grilled or steamed) and on certain days it serves gluten-free fish and chips. It even lists the MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) rating of each dish on its website. A perfect treat after a stroll around Brockwell Park opposite or a dip in Brockwell Lido.
Golden Union Fish Bar
A relatively new chip on the block, the Golden Union Fish Bar opened in 2008. Despite its sleek modern design, this family-run restaurant keeps up the great British traditions with sustainably-sourced fish and chips made from British potatoes; though it adds its own twist – using beer batter for what it calls its “golden, light & crunchy” finish.
Kerbisher & Malt
Down the road from Westfield London, stylish Kerbisher & Malt (one of five London branches) offers a twist on the classic fish and chips by offering its fish fried, grilled or in Matzo meal (a breadcrumb-like traditional Jewish ingredient) – as well as fish butties and burgers – alongside homemade salads and twice-cooked chips.
Toff’s of Muswell Hill
Despite its name, classic wood-panelled interior and location in leafy Muswell Hill, Toff’s prides itself on being a welcoming, family-friendly restaurant. Established in 1968, it serves a good selection of fish – from classic cod, haddock and skate to the more unusual rock, lemon sole and rainbow trout. There’s a special “Young Toff’s” menu for kids too, as well as classic British desserts like spotted dick, treacle pudding and sticky toffee pudding.