‘Fish & Chips’ has been a staple in British food culture for centuries: deep-fried fish was introduced in the 16th century by Jewish refugees from Portugal and Spain and the first recorded Fish & Chip shop, opened in London in 1860. What began as an affordable, wholesome meal for the working classes, has become a family treat and high street necessity.
Traditionally called ‘a fish supper’ the best ‘Chippies’ prepare and cook the food on the premises, and for takeaways be prepared with your answer to the question: ‘Salt & Vinegar?’ before your the meal is expertly wrapped in paper. Traditionally, the hot package was given a final wrapping of newspaper, which has given us the popular saying (a some time comfort for celebrities and politicians!): ‘Today’s news is tomorrow’s Fish & Chip paper’.
We’ve put together a list of 5 of the best central London Fish & Chip restaurants for you to try out – let us know what you think at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Sea Shell Restaurant has been serving traditional Fish and Chips for over 40 years, and is celebrated not only by locals but celebrities too. Located close to London’s famous landmarks: Regent’s Park, The London Zoo, and Madame Tussaud’s, it makes a perfect stop-off for lunch or dinner after a hard day’s tourism.
49-51 Lisson Grove, London NW1 6UH http://www.seashellrestaurant.co.uk
Alen’s Fish and Chips: if you want an authentic, honest ‘Fish & Chippy’, and you’re in the Holborn area, Alen’s is the place to go. Serving meaty fish and chips with excellent home-made tartar sauce, you’ll get a heart-warming service too. Or, if you prefer a takeaway you can enjoy your meal in nearby Red Lion Square Gardens. 43 Theobalds Road, Holborn, London, WC1X 8SP
Rock & Sole Plaice: established in 1871. If you’re searching for of a light-hearted lunch or dinner, Rock & Sole Plaice is packed with puns, warmth, and great food. Offering two floors of dining, as well as outdoor seating in warmer weather, there’s plenty of room for all the family.
47 Endell St, London, WC2H 9AJ http://www.rockandsoleplaice.com
Golden Union: opened in 2008, this Fish & Chip restaurant took over the Oxford Street crowds in a heartbeat and is recognised as one of the best chip stops in central London. Here, they provide and promise, home-cooked food at an affordable price. 38 Poland St, London, W1F 7LY
Kerbisher & Malt: there are many possible variations on the theme of deep-frying seafood and potatoes. Kerbisher & Malt are happy to show their chefs at work on a CCTV screen using only high-quality fish fillets, which they dip in a light and luscious batter, and then double-fry the chips. they also provide lots of home made add-ons to try out, like tartare sauce, pickled onion rings, mushy peas and lemon mayo. The long tables are great for families and early specials are available until 6pm.
164 Shepherd’s Bush Road, London W6 7PB http://www.kerbisher.co.uk