A Chippy on the corner.
This is not your normal greasy little English ‘Chippy’ down the road. Far from it. This is the new Tom Aiken’s restaurant, Tom’s Place.
Right in the heart of Chelsea, just off the Kings Road on Cale Street where Tom Aiken’s seems to be slowly taking over with now three restaurants with in nearly a 30 second walk is his new addition.
It’s the perfect place for good relaxed all British food and this is one of the main aspects of the restaurant. All-British.
Everything on the menu is sourced in the United Kingdom from the fish down to the cider. And as for the fish Tom’s Place endorses a policy of buying mainly line-caught fish brought in by family-run day boats and focusing on less threatened species such as megrim sole, mackerel and Cornish sardines.
Easy wipe tables with lipstick red (recycled) plastic chairs and every table stocked with Sarson’s vinegar and Tom’s home made ketchup, it’s an ultra cool little restaurant. You can order your fish from the red neon ‘blackboard’ behind the takeaway counter that lists all the available types of battered fish for the day from red gurnard and cod to Pollock and monkfish.
But I know what you’re thinking, lots of battered fish, well think again. The menu is a take on the traditional English Fish and Chip shop menu but ten times better. There’s all the usual’s like English mushy peas, thick chips and fat onion rings, potato slices in batter, chip butty’s and Lincolnshire fish pie. There’s also a rather good selection of specials and if the Red Mullet with rocket and pesto is on there don’t hesitate for one minute about ordering it, it is delicious.
It’s your traditional ‘Chippy’ with a chic twist and Tom Aiken’s behind the counter deep frying your fish. What more could you ask for.
Perfect place to: grab a bite to eat before the cinema or a quick bite with friends. To take the kids as the milkshakes and skinny fires are a big hit. To pop into while shopping on the King’s Road.
And a perfect place for some really good fish!
1 Cale Street
London SW3 3QT
Tel: 020 7351 1806