As iconic as Sunday roasts and fry-ups, fish suppers are just about as British as you can get. With families splashing out on Friday night dinners and tourists looking to get a taste of our national treasure, nobody can deny the sweet taste of freshly battered cod and chunky chips. Here’s our guide to the 5 best restaurants and shops for fish and chips in London, spanning classics up north to sustainable specials down south and everything in between.
When it comes to food, every North Londoner knows the best places. For crepes, it’s Hampstead and in the Turkish department, always Green Lanes. When it comes to fish and chips? It’s got to be Toff’s in Muswell Hill. We’re talking deep-fried camembert, butterfly prawns, halibut, treacle pudding and a drinks list that includes wine, beer and aperitifs.
South: Tanner & Co
Among the likes of Olley's in Herne Hill and Peckham's Codfellas, this South London spot is dishing up delicious plates. Check out Tanner & Co's quirky warehouse space in Bermondsey, where devilled whitebait and truffled fries lay a mouthwatering foundation for cider-battered haddock with minted mushy peas, chips and tartare sauce.
East: The Oyster Shed
Whether you came for the beer-battered cod finger sandwich or Cornish mussels with your fish supper, The Oyster Shed is the place for it all. This London gem is also bringing you nautical-inspired interiors, with arched windows, waterside vibes and a glimpse of the city's landmarks from the Thames to The Shard.
West: Kerbisher & Malt
Nestled between Goldhawk Road and Hammersmith stations, Kerbisher & Malt is the Shepherd’s Bush local that’s dedicated to sustainably sourced and cooked-to-order fish. Potatoes come from local farmers while sauces are made in house and beer's brewed on-site. No matter if you’re eating in or taking away, you’re in for quite a treat here.
Central: Rock & Sole Plaice
Serving hungry Londoners since 1871, Rock & Sole Plaice is the go-to if you’re after fish and chips in Covent Garden. Expect the likes of cod loin and wholetail scampi to vegan pies and sticky toffee pudding. And if the West End isn’t quite in your neighbourhood? Check out Kennedy's on Goswell Road for the best bites in Clerkenwell.
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