You can’t beat classic fish and chips. It’s just one of those things. Sure, you can change up the way you cook the fish, make the chips into fries or some healthier alternative, but will it ever rival proper British fish and chips? No it won’t and that is just a universal truth.*
If you appreciate proper fish and chips then chances are you’ve heard of Poppie’s, they’ve got shops in Camden and Spitalfields and now they are opening a third shop. Founder, Pat ‘Pop’ Newland got into the business when he was just 11 in the 1950s. He then ran a jellied eel stall on Rupert Street in front of what was then the Rehearsal Rooms in the 1960s and now he is bringing his East End charm back to Soho with the new opening on Old Compton Street.
On the menu you’ll find all the classics: cod, haddock, crispy chips, battered and classic sausages, fishcakes, saveloy, mushy peas and – if you can handle them – jellied eels. Fish is sourced from Billingsgate Market from Joe Bush, the third generation fishmonger, T.Bush and friend of Pops
Just as with Camden, the new shop will feature live music – fitting given that the shop is opening on the former site of 2i’s Coffee Bar which was pivotal in the emergence of pop and rock‘n’roll!
Reflecting the energy of Soho in the 1970s, the interior features petrol blue leather, tongue and groove panelling and painted anaglypta wallpaper. Items sourced from vintage markets and salvage yards give the shop a nostalgic feel and whilst it still reflects the mood of the post-war era like the other two Poppies, its orange formica counter and bar gives it its own unique feel.
With over sixty years’ experience we’re pretty sure Pop knows a thing or two: fans of fish and chips – you’re in safe hands.
*We like to think so anyway…
Poppie’s Soho: Opens 22nd July 2016, 55 -59 Old Compton Street, Soho, W1D 6HW