I was recently in London to accompany and support Anne as she ran the London Marathon, and I knew we couldn’t leave without trying out the classic London dish: fish and chips!
Fish and chips, dubbed the national dish of Britain, are traditionally served freshly fried, salted, and wrapped in newspaper. This crispy and delicious way to warm yourself up during a cold, rainy, London day is said to have begun as small family businesses as early as 1860. Fish was a common source of protein during that time, and potatoes were a cheap staple consumed by majority of the English. Joseph Malin was the first to put the two together and sell them in his shop on Cleveland Street, London, in 1860.
This on-the-go meal has now since been reinvented countless of times, whether by adding Irish ale to the frying batter or swapping the chips for fried beets. But it still remains a classic in many restaurants around London, so I decided to check out some for myself.
Watch the video below and let me know, where is your favorite fish and chip shop?
Places we visited:
Golden Union: 38 Poland Street, London W1F 7LY
Known for their large serving sizes and fast service, the Golden Union is a no-frills fish and chip shop in Soho that simply delivers. Their cod is sustainably sourced and fried in freshly made beer batter, potatoes are graded A, and their frying oil is regularly changed. Though on the higher end of the price spectrum, Golden Union is one of the highest rated fish and chip places in London and customers consistently flock to the retro-style restaurant. It’s worth a visit!
Poppie’s Fish and Chips: Branches in Spitalfields, Camden, and Soho
This adorably vintage themed restaurant has fish so fresh that you can opt to order it grilled instead of fried. The fish is served with a hint of lemon, adding a fresh tang that complements the batter and the chips. Poppie’s has done so well that they now have 3 branches across London, so you can try Poppie’s no matter where you are!
Rock and Sole Plaice: 45-49 Endell St, London WC2H 9AJ
Located in Covent Garden, Rock and Sole Plaice is popular with both tourists and locals. It’s one of the oldest fish and chip places in London, as it was established in 1871. They serve four types of fish: sole, cod, plaice, and haddock, and all come with a side of chips and tartar sauce. Their 145 year old recipe is definitely a must try when in Covent Garden!
Other recommended places:
Fish Bar: 166 Jamaica Rd, Rotherhithe, London SE16 4RT, UK
The Golden Hind: 71a-73 Marylebone Ln, Marylebone, London W1U 2PN, UK
Sutton and Sons: 111 Stoke Newington High St, Stoke Newington, London N16 0PH, UK
Toff’s of Muswell Hill: 38 Muswell Hill Broadway, London N10 3RT, UK