Fish & chips is a classic British dish; it’s what custard tarts are to Portugal and lamb tagine is to Morocco. And you don’t have to venture to coastal towns to get some of the best that England has to offer – London has a selection of lip-smackingly good fish & chips right on its doorstep, and we’ve rounded up the top six to get your hands on
Simple, fresh & tasty fish & chips
Using fresh fish from sustainable sources, Kerbisher & Malt do not use any preservatives or food from a packet. They make all their own sauces, batters and mushy peas from scratch, and even brew their own beer, the Kerbisher Pale Ale. Their EC1 menu includes a small fish & chips special, including Coley, chips and a sauce for only £5, great for those of you watching the pennies and your waistlines – it’s still holiday season after all!!
Where: Various London locations
Classic fish & chips
Established in 1968, Toff’s is an award-winning fish & chip shop in North London. As well as serving up more traditional fish – cod, haddock, plaice, rock and skate – Toff’s offers an extended menu of lemon sole, Dover sole, sea bass, trout, salmon and halibut, catering to fish fans across the capital and mixing up fish & chip Friday’s week-in, week-out. The Handbook likes to finish our fishy Friday at Toff’s with one of their traditional steamed puddings – treacle is our favourite – served with custard, cream or ice cream.
Where: 38 Muswell Hill Broadway, London, N10 3RT
A pop-up fish & chips shop
One of The Handbook’s favourite fish restaurants in London, Kensington Place, has opened a pop-up fish & chip shop, the Notting Gill Chippy, this summer. Serving up classic and pimped versions of Britain’s fish & chips shop favourites, expect beer-battered scampi, lobster doughnuts and one of the best fish finger sandwiches we think you’ll ever try! And to wash it all down, try the White Snapper cocktail made with Chase gin or Harviestoun Bitter & Twisted Ale.
Where: Kensington Place, 201 Kensington Church Street, W8 7LX
The best triple-cooked chips
A cosy little pub in the heart of Bloomsbury, The Lady Ottoline serves pub classics with a refined, elegant spin. Using the best British produce available, their fish & chips are some of the best in central London and make for a perfect working lunch or weekend pick-me-up. Not only is the portion generous in size and the batter crispy and light, the triple-cooked chips are the best we have ever tasted. EVER. Enough said.
Where: 11a Northington Street, London, WC1N 2JF
Authentic fish & chips since 1945
Pop Newland, the founder of Poppies, has been serving his award-winning fish & chips in East London since 1945. With branches in Spitalfields and Camden, they offer classic East London jellied eels and ice cream from the Isle of Wight as well as the shop’s sustainably-caught British fish and chips, which uses only the finest-quality fish delivered by third generation Billingsgate family business, T. Bush. The Handbook recommends sitting-in at Poppies’ original Spitalfields site and ordering a can of cream soda for a truly traditional experience.
Where: 3-8 Hanbury Street, Spitalfields and 30 Hawley Crescent, Camden Town
Fizz & Chips
Every Wednesday evening, West Londoners descend to the Princess Victoria in Shepherd’s Bush for a portion of their fizz & chips – a weekly deal offering a glass of crisp Prosecco, homemade beer-battered fish, triple-cooked chips and garden peas. The type of fish is subject to change depending on their supplier’s catch of the day, promising the freshest fish possible, though you can usually enjoy either whiting, cod or haddock. Rounded-off with the Princess Victoria’s indulgent sticky toffee pudding, it makes for The Handbook’s perfect hump day treat!
Where: 217 Uxbridge Road, London, W12 9DH