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Five Great Options for Fish and Chips in London

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Whether you’re visiting London or live there, an essential part of a balanced British diet is the classic fish and chips. We have compiled the top spots to enjoy the best fish and chips in the area, looking at rankings from Zagat, TimeOut, and Travel and Leisure.

Poppies: While fish and chips might be a staple meal in England, Poppies recognizes and supports sustainable fish farming, with the fish they serve each day delivered fresh. With over 12 different fish and chips options available, you can’t go wrong with this selection, but you must end the meal with one of their delicious desserts.

Sweetings: Since opening in 1889, Sweetings prides itself on offering a variety of fish, from fresh salmon to oysters from the Essex coast. Besides the traditional fish and chips, some other favorites include the swordfish with tomato salsa, skate wing in black butter sauce, and the chef’s fish pie.

Kerbisher & Malt: A modern fish and chip shop, Kerbisher & Malt believes in serving simply fresh, hand-prepared food. Named the city’s best fish and chips restaurant by Essence Magazine, some of the other favorites on the menu include the fish nuggets and the filet of fish burger served with lettuce and lemon mayonnaise.

Geales: Executive chef Oli Burgess’ first love is fish, so most of the menu choices include seafood, such as tempura soft shell crab, fish cakes with curry sauce, hot smoked salmon with a chopped salad and pears and walnuts, or just the classic option of fried cod, haddock or sole with chips.

Olley's Fish Experience: Named by The Observer as providing some of the best fish and chips in London, and even the country, Olley’s Fish Experience also offers gluten free fish and chips so everyone can enjoy them. With such a wide variety of traditional fish and chips, you’re bound to be satisfied at this decade-old restaurant.

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11 best Mother's Day restaurant deals in London

In celebration of Mothering Sunday we love making the woman we call mum feel special.

There&aposs no better place to treating your mum to a lovely bit of lunch or dinner other than London .

After all, she probably slaved over the stove cooking us endless meals throughout our lives - she deserves it.

For those who didn&apost know, the big day is on Sunday, March 31, 2019.

So to help you choose where to splash a little cash on your mum, nan, stepmother, or share the special day with the women who raised you, here are 11 excellent restaurant deals across London.

Craft - Greenwich

Mums get a glass of sparkling wine on arrival - which is a nice touch.

The special Mother&aposs Day lunch menu at trendy South London restaurant Craft will set you back £35 each.

But it includes a choice of three starters, four mains and three desserts. And the Chocolate Aero, Jerusalem Artichoke Ice Cream, Mint & Cucumber Granita is what my sweet tooth has been searching for since forever.

Address: Peninsula Square, East Greenwich, London SE10 0SQ

Tel: 020 8465 5910

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Galvin La Chapelle - Central London

Looking to celebrate in top notch city style?

The Michelin starred restaurant is offering a three-course menu at a cool £39.50 per person.

Starring modern French dishes, the menu also offers a traditional Sunday roast. Kids can also get involved on the action as a children menu priced at £12.50 will also be on offer.

Address: 35 Spital Square, London E1 6DY

Tel: 020 7299 0400

Bentley&aposs Oyster Bar & Grill - Mayfair

A Mother&aposs Day meal at this plush eatery will set you back £39.50 and the menu looks delicious.

Diners will receive a selection of canapés before choosing from five starter options including hot smoked salmon and sesame seared tuna.

Main meals include a choice of lamb, fish, beef and gnocchi, there&aposs also a wide selection of desserts to devour.

Address: 11-15 Swallow St, Mayfair, London W1B 4DG

Tel: 020 7734 4756

Roka - Canary Wharf

Looking for for somewhere a little different?

Well Roka&aposs weekend Japanese brunch includes a selection of the restaurant&aposs finest signature robata dishes, alongside sashimi and dessert platters. Plus you get a bellini or bloody Mary. Nice one.

The brunch menu is priced at £49, £59 or £69 person.

Address: Upper Level 1, The Park Pavilion, Canary Wharf, London, E14 5FW

Tel: 020 7636 5228

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Bocca Social - Beckenham

There&aposs so much food on this Mother&aposs Day menu I can&apost keep up.

The Italian bar and restaurant offers six choices of starters in form of prawns, calamari, wild mushrooms and more.

Roasts, steak, gnocchi and fish are all on the mains menu and the desserts look sweet with traditional Italian puddings on the menu including classic tiramisu and torta caprese.

Menu costs £26.95 per person.

Address: 72-74 High St, Beckenham BR3 1ED

Tel: 020 8658 9990

Tamashii - King&aposs Cross

This pan Asian set menu looks beautiful.

There is everything on offer from curry to ramen, pad thai and more.

The £25 Mother&aposs Day celebration also includes a glass of prosecco or non-alcoholic cocktail.

Address: 8 Caledonia St, Kings Cross, London N1 9DZ

Tel: 020 7713 8777

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Smith&aposs Bar & Grill - Paddington

This is not a drill - mums are invited to eat at Smith&aposs Bar and Grill for free this Mother&aposs Day.

Yes, the lunch or early dinner from the Sunday Roast menu won&apost cost you anything, although you must book in advance.

As long as you also have a meal, your mum will eat free.

For full information please visit the website.

Address: 25 Sheldon Square, London W2 6EY

Tel: 020 7286 9458

Brasserie Joel - Waterloo

Served between 12.30pm and 3.15pm on Mother&aposs Day, Joel Brasserie has a scrumptious looking menu which also includes a glass of bubbly.

There&aposs a choice of three starters, three mains and two desserts including chocolate fondant and poached pear. Yummy.

Menu is priced at £35 per person.

Address: 200 Westminster Bridge Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 7UT

Tel: 020 7620 7272

Quaglino&aposs - Green Park

Not only is Quaglino&aposs putting on a special Mother&aposs Day Sunday lunch menu, but you also have the choice to add bottomless bubbles or wine.

The hefty food menu is priced at £40 for two courses, or £45 for three courses and includes a range of starters, roast dinners, fish, risotto and desserts.

Bottomless bubbles is £23 and bottomless wine is £20.

Address: 16 Bury St, St. James&aposs, London SW1Y 6AJ

Tel: 020 7930 6767

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Smith&aposs - Wapping

Tuck into a fine selection of seafood and take in the wonderful views of the River Thames.

The £50 three-course menu is packed with scrumptious-looking fish dishes and more, including pan-fried king scallops, Atlantic cod, lamb roast, salmon and much more.

Address: 22 Wapping High St, St Katharine&aposs & Wapping, London E1W 1NJ

Tel: 020 7488 3456

Madison - St Paul&aposs

If you&aposve never experienced the amazing London views from Madison&aposs - now is your perfect excuse.

A three course menu will set you back £50, and it includes a few different Sunday roast options, fish and chips and more.

You can always chill out in the bar afterwards. Cheers!

Address: Rooftop Terrace One, New Change, London EC4M 9AF

Tel: 020 3693 5160

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Where To Eat Smart Fish & Chips In London

The Mayfair Chippy was founded in 2015 by George Hammer, Pete Taylor and Jamie Jones. The concept was to design a quintessentially British chippie influenced by the owners’ northern roots. Traditional fish and chips are the restaurant’s specialty, but it also serves classic British dishes such as pulled lamb shepherd’s pie alongside Cornish fish and shellfish specials. The team prides itself on serving only the freshest and most sustainable produce and caters for all dietary requirements including vegan and gluten free. To complement the food, the restaurant also offers a selection of world wines and British gins.

14 North Audley Street, Mayfair, W1K 6WE

Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill, Mayfair

Down a quiet alley off Piccadilly, Bentley’s has been serving fish and chips for over a century. Well-loved for its fresh oysters (the team shuck over 1,000 every day), grilled fish and steaks from around the British and Irish Isles, this stylish spot has been under the care of Michelin-starred chef Richard Corrigan for the past 12 years. When it comes to fish and chips, expect to sample superlative tartare sauce and mushy peas.

11-15 Swallow Street, Mayfair, W1B 4DG

Hook, Camden

Hook started life as a simple market stall in Dublin in 2011, where the team made a name for itself with its ‘new-school’ take on fish and chips. Today, its Camden restaurant is a popular spot. Everything is made on site, from dipping sauces to the seaweed salt that adorns its chips. Fresh cod and haddock comes coated in panko breadcrumbs, while those after something a little different can order fish tacos or the ‘Dirty Fish Burger’ – cod or haddock in panko breadcrumbs with rocket, wakame pickles, garlic truffle sauce, chipotle mayo, hot sauce and homemade seaweed salted chips.

63-65 Parkway, Camden, NW1 7PP

Kerridge’s Bar & Grill, Westminster

Housed in a grand dining room in the Corinthia Hotel, Tom Kerridge brought many of his team from the Hand & Flowers, The Coach and The Butcher’s Tap in Marlow to recreate his relaxed fine-dining vibe in the capital. A vibrant space that mixes old-school burgundy banquette seating and forest-green walls with modern art and sculptures, here guests can expect to sample one of Kerridge’s famed staples: think fish and chips with pease pudding, tartare sauce and ‘Matson’ curry sauce. Across the board, expect rich comfort food, cooked to absolute perfection.

Whitehall Place, Westminster, SW1A 2BD

The Chipping Forecast, Notting Hill

Notting Hill’s The Chipping Forecast buys from suppliers which use traditional, ecologically friendly, sustainable fishing methods. Provenance is very important to the business and the fish the kitchen serves can be traced back to the fishermen who caught it, their boat and where it was landed. Customers can select the likes of cod, hake, haddock and monkfish scampi, and can choose to have their fish beer battered, gluten-free beer battered, simply grilled or in panko breadcrumbs, fried in either beef dripping or rapeseed oil. Guests can also opt for St Austell Bay mussels steamed in BrewDog Punk IPA, garlic, cream and parsley grilled Cornish sardines and Cornish crab on toast.

Fish 'n' chips

England's most famed street food is, of course, fish 'n' chips, which can range from flaky cod lightly fried with meaty chips (french fries) to unidentifiable, chewy fish-like substance fried with the scales still on until it's dripping with oil (let's not get into some of the horrible chips).

The fish—flour battered and deep fried—is usually cod or haddock (food regs from 2003 guanrantee you will know), but someotime skate, plaice, ray, or anotehr white fish is offered.

To make sure you get quality chippies, patronize these:

  • Gastronomic London - This walk is a great way to see some of the most famous neighborhoods of London from a different perspective. In the company of a food historian, or an art historian with a background in gastronomy, we generally start near Green Park, at the quintessential British food oasis: Fortnum & Mason. We will pay extra attention to the artistry of the cuisine and the aesthetics of the display, while taking in the history of this institution all while tasting some local favorites, like scotch eggs and violet creams (the Queen’s favorite!).Partner
  • London Market Walk - This 2.5-hour walk will lead us through and around one of London's best markets. We will start at Southwark Cathedral by discussing the history of farming in the area and the significance of the Thames and London Bridge to the growth of trade. Following a look around the surroundings, we will dive into the market to talk about—and sample—the great number of foods on offer, from chocolate made by Italian monks to scallops dived off the Devon coast to exquisite truffle oils.Partner
  • Evening Food Tour of Soho in London - The evening food tour takes you away from the tourist traps to the cafes, restaurants and shops that are truly shaping the city’s culinary reputation. Explore Soho’s best-kept secrets on this tour, your guide will redefine what you think of British cuisine. The area’s international influences are so diverse that you’ll try everything from Spanish Jamón to Chinese dumplings.Partner
  • Traditional British Ale and Food Tasting Evening in London - Sample some of the fine food and beer for which Britain is famous on this 2-hour British ale and food tasting evening in London. Taste six ales with your host, hear about the brewing process and learn how to pull a pint. Enjoy dishes such as steak and ale pie, fish and chips and wild boar burgers, and see how the beers and food complement one another.Partner
  • Tea Tasting Walking Tour in London - Along this walk you will learn about when and how tea smuggling flourished in the UK. Your guide will tell you all about how the English Tea Ceremony looked like in the 18th century, also when and how it was created and how Monument and Charles II (who you can see on the Monument itself) are related to tea. End this tour at a beautiful location with the exceptional tea tasting of 3 or 4 traditional British teas which are carefully paired with sweets and snacks.Partner
  • London East End Food Tour - Get to know the East End’s burgeoning food scene and its fascinating history on a 3.5-hour London walking tour. With a friendly local guide, explore the eclectic neighborhoods of Shoreditch and Spitalfields and discover the places where in-the-know Londoners choose to eat. Wolf down a bacon sandwich at the award-winning St John Bread and Wine restaurant, discover the legendary salt-beef bagels of Beigel Bake and sample artisan British cheese. Traditional fish and chips at Poppies are also included, as are curry samples on Brick Lane and more.Partner
  • London's Chocolate Walking Tour - This chocolate tour in London is a chocoholic’s heaven! Explore the glamorous area of Mayfair with your expert guide and learn about the history of chocolate while sampling six chocolate delights. This 2.5-hour guided walking tour will take you to some of the finest chocolatiers in London including Paul A Young, Hotel Chocolat and Ladurée. You'll also visit some famous department stores, like Liberty of London and Fortnum & Mason. This is a great way to get to know London while enjoying some delicious treats.Partner
  • London Food Walking Tour: Brixton Markets - Visit Brixton Market on this exciting 3-hour small-group food tour, led by a friendly local guide! Your tour visits its best delis and stalls, while introducing you to Brixton's bohemian buzz and its thriving pop-up restaurant scene. Enjoy an Afro-Caribbean breakfast, cakes, a cupcake and local beer. You'll also learn about the history of this vibrant market on a walking tour and discover where to find the best treats in town.Partner
  • Notting Hill to Kensal Rise Food Walking Tour - This tour from Notting Hill to Kensal Rise explores Portobello Road market and the Golborne Road market. Generous food samples include Turkish tea and the freshest baklava in London, as well as a main meal in a test kitchen at the back of a cookbook shop. Try Jamie Olivers' preferred chippie, followed by Moroccan harira soup and a Portugese pastel de nata and end with award winning brownies in Kensal Rise.Partner
  • Borough to Brixton Food Walking Tour in London - Enjoy a tour for foodies and lovers of authentic cultural cuisines. Your private tour starts with a visit to the 32nd floor of the The Shard, and is followed by the best parts of the Borough Market and the insiders guide to trendy Brixton. This 3 to 4 hour tour will have you sampling the best of British cheeses, Israeli bourekas, handmade Scotch eggs, famous fresh custard doughnuts, handmade Beijing dumplings and Neapoli style sourdough pizza.Partner
  • Chef-Led Foodies Walking Tour of Soho in London - Let a local chef show you the foodie delights of one of London's most exciting culinary hubs: Soho. Each walk is led by a local chef giving you an alternative London foodie tour, focusing on contemporary food trends and current gastronomic influences. The small group eating and walking tour uncovers fabulous culinary finds in the quirky laneways and hidden alleys of London's most colourful neighborhood. Discover foodie spots and secret 'those-who-know' outlets that are hard to find on your own.Partner
  • London Food Walking Tour: London Bridge and Borough Market - Firstly, your local London guide will take you to the exciting Borough Market to soak up the atmosphere, see the 100 different stalls and eat some English fudges/chocolate. This eating paradise was not even on the tourist foodie radar a few years ago.Still in the market, you will try award winning Lincolnshire sausages followed by the best and most fresh fish and chips in town (and you will get to see the difference between ‘chips’ and ‘French fries’). Next will see local chocolate and cheese shops and try freshly baked homemade bread from the famous Bread Ahead Bakery. Your tour will continue to a historic pub where you can try the best of British cheeses, served with grapes, fig cakes and chutneys washed down with real London Beers, Ales, or delicious ciders (or non-alcoholic options).Partner
  • International Food Tour of Soho in London - Discover London’s diverse culture and cuisine on this 4.5-hour food tour of Soho, one of the oldest and most vibrant districts in the city. Follow a guide along the highways and byways of Soho while learning about the neighborhood’s international influences, and pass famous theaters, elegant boutiques and quirky cafes. As you walk, enjoy up to 10 food samples plus tastings of wine and beer in some of the most eclectic and historical eateries in town.Partner
  • Bankside and London Bridge Food Walking Tour in London -

Discover a thousand year old market, a hidden roof top cafe with a seasonal menu, captivating urban forests and mouth-watering pie made from local ingredients. Sample British charcuterie and cheese made from a family with recipes that are centuries old.
Foodies with a sweet tooth will love the education on Fair-trade chocolate with tastings of delectable hot chocolate and a visit to an authentic gelato store with flavors sourced from Borough Market.

4. Micky's Chippy

There are more famous fish and chip restaurants in east London, but in the spirit of local chippies, Dalston residents could do worse than Micky’s Chippy on Pellerin Road, a neighbourhood fixture that has been serving the community for 25 years. Having changed hands somewhat back in 2018, the team has stayed on and the quality hasn’t dipped. The fish is fried to order, the oil clean, the mushy peas their proper, unnatural hue, the saveloy skins so taut they could take an eye out, the curry sauce correct, the banter on point (and also sometimes in Greek and Turkish.) Is it the best fish and chips in the world, or even in London? No, but it is competitive with many more famous names in east London, gets the spirit right, and does so for £8.90.

Recipe Summary

  • 4 large potatoes, peeled and cut into strips
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 quart vegetable oil for frying
  • 1 ½ pounds cod fillets

Place potatoes in a medium-size bowl of cold water. In a separate medium-size mixing bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, salt, and pepper. Stir in the milk and egg stir until the mixture is smooth. Let mixture stand for 20 minutes.

Preheat the oil in a large pot or electric skillet to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Fry the potatoes in the hot oil until they are tender. Drain them on paper towels.

Dredge the fish in the batter, one piece at a time, and place them in the hot oil. Fry until the fish is golden brown. If necessary, increase the heat to maintain the 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) temperature. Drain well on paper towels.

Fry the potatoes again for 1 to 2 minutes for added crispness.

Top tips

If you don't have a thermometer, drop a bit of batter or end of a chip in and see if it sizzles to the surface.

8. Add the fizzy beer or fizzy water to your batter and gently mix it. It should have the consistency of pouring cream or yogurt. If it is too thick, add a little of your fizzy liquid.

9. Increase your oil heat to 180C / 350F ready for the fish. Place a few sheets of kitchen paper in your baking tray.

We will use this to place the fish once it's cooked.

10. We will cook 1 or 2 pieces of fish at a time, depends on the size of your pan/fryer.

Taking the end of a piece of fish, place it in the batter and coat it well.

Take it out of the batter and leave the excess to drip off, say for about 5 seconds.

Then gently place it in the hot oil, and cook for 7 - 8 minutes until it becomes crispy and golden brown just like in the photos below.

If the batter starts going brown too quickly, turn the temperature down a little.

11. Place on the kitchen paper then keep warm in the oven, whilst you cook the other pieces of fish the same way and add to the oven.

12. When you've finished cooking the fish, scoop out any bits of batter floating in the pan/fryer.

In Britain, these bits are known as 'scraps' and you can often get them for free from the chippy to eat with chips. Not very healthy though!

13. Return the chips back to the fryer and cook for 3 minutes until they are brown and crispy.

When done, drain off the excess oil (I use kitchen paper), and arrange, together with the fish on your newspaper & greaseproof paper like in the photos below.

Serve whilst still hot and crispy. Sprinkle some salt and shake some vinegar on your fish and chips and eat out of the paper with your fingers and ENJOY!

If you enjoy beer-battered fish, try our Crispy Beer Battered Shrimp / Prawns. So delicious!

We've also got a really quick and easy Pan Fried Cod Pasta Dinner, takes minutes to make and great for a weeknight meal!

We'd love to hear from you and what you thought of our British Beer Battered Fish and Chips recipe. Did you make any changes or add some other goodies? Let us know in the comments below. Thanks for reading and happy cooking!

If you would like to make some of my Best Ever Tartar Sauce to go with this, click on the photo, or try our garlic butter sauce for seafood recipe. It's very quick and easy to make.

We can also recommend a Yum Yum Sauce from Savory Experiments. It's easy to make and goes great with seafood.

Mooshies, Spitalfields

This one's a bit of a cheeky entry, as technically Mooshies doesn't serve regular fish and chips. Instead it's all about (vegan) burgers here, one of which is a fish imitator. The Phillet-Om-Phish contains panko fried aubergine, tartar sauce, nori seaweed and lettuce. The aubergine isn't the best fish substitute — and the whole thing is rather messy, with oil dripping everywhere — but the burger as a whole comes together. Enjoyed along side some fries — standard, sweet potato, or (vegan) cheesy — and this is a thoroughly 21st century portion of fish and chips.

Got any other favourites? Shout them out in the comments below.

Last Updated 22 January 2019

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