A staple in the British diet, Fish & Chips has come a long way since the soggy, grease-dripping days. London’s not short of great British eateries, but here are a few of our preferred spots for some damn tasty fish ‘n’ chips.
Taking the top spot for London’s best fish and chips is Brady’s in Wandsworth: a place where the fish is so fresh you’d think they’d hoisted it out of the water moments before. But that river outside is the Thames, so luckily they don’t. Anyway, back to the fish and chips. Diners are given the choice between cod, haddock, plaice or Scottish saithe – we recommend the former – and come wrapped in a crisp, golden batter. The chips are good too, especially once topped with a dollop of one of Brady’s famous sauces. Order yourself a beer, tuck in, and you’ll see why they’re our winner.
Grilling may be Rivington Grill’s bag, but they also know how to fry up a decent fish and chip. The fish is haddock – which is good because we love haddock – and is fried so that the white meat flakes away when poked with a fork. The beer-batter is crunchy and salty, and keeps the fish within succulent and soft. Served with thick hand-cut chips (although if you’d prefer, ask for their deeply fried skinny fries…mmm), a dollop of mushy peas (in need of a little salt) and a side of piquant tartare sauce. Good stuff.
Stalwarts, of the fish and chip variety, Poppies have been pushing out the British classic for nearly seventy years. The fillets of fish are big – choose from haddock or cod – and are fried in groundnut oil which gives the batter an earthy flavour that is simply delicious. The fish comes with proper chip shop chips (the good kind) and a generous dollop of homemade tartare sauce – make sure you ask for gherkins and mushy peas to accompany, they’re banging.