Oliver's is a blend of a traditional fish and chip shop with a fresh fish Mediterranean restaurant. The decor is light and pleasant and the atmostphere is friendly. What's unique about Oliver's is the way they prepare their fish. Chef Mario Budwig uses a special matzo meal coating, which not only makes the fish extra crunchy and flaky (and delicious!), but which also means that the meal comes in under 500 calories. Music to the ears of health conscious among us! But if you're not calorie counting, then you can truly indulge in a deep-fried Mars bar for dessert - just don't feel guilty afterwards!
Recommended for Fish and Chips because: The decor is light and pleasant and the atmostphere is friendly.
Emyr's expert tip: The decor is light and pleasant and the atmostphere is friendly.
Voted one of the top 50 restaurants by Time Out, the Fish Club proves that you don't have to compromise on taste and flavour to serve up ethically-sourced food. The menu at the Fish Club changes regularly as they serve only the freshest line-caught fish from sustainable waters. The fish is cooked to perfection as is the honey-golden, crispy batter. Tired of friend fish? Well, why not try the potted crab, smoked sprats and calamari with a side of beetroot salad, beer-battered halloumi or sweet-potato chips? Or add a touch of fine dining to your meal and order the Mersea Island oysters to start. The Fish Club deftly mixes the classic with the modern producing a delightful and ethical twist on the traditional fish and chip shop.
Recommended for Fish and Chips because: Tired of friend fish? Well, why not try the potted crab, smoked sprats and calamari
Emyr's expert tip: Tired of friend fish? Well, why not try the potted crab, smoked sprats and calamari
The Golden Union Fish Bar lies in the heart of Soho and is a welcome stop for the tired shopper or party-goer! The restaurant serves up the best that London can offer in fish and chips. The fish, caught in Icelandic water, is chunky, perfectly flaky and cocooned in a deliciously crispy, freshly-made batter. As well as serving cod, plaice and haddock, they also serve up coley and pollock, rock salmon and pies and fish cakes that are own-made. The selection of secret recipe sauces and pickled condiments will also have your mouth wateri
Recommended for Fish and Chips because: The Golden Union Fish Bar lies in the heart of Soho and is a welcome stop for the tired shopper or party-goer!
Emma's expert tip: You can either get a take away and find a quiet corner of soho square to devour your meal, or go to the back where lemon yellow formica tables sparkle at you and allow you to enjoy your meal, cafe style.
If you like to feel you're eating high end, while still enjoying the greasy delights of fried fish, then this is the place for you! Situated in the heart of Borough market with views of Southwark Cathedral, fish! Restaurant serves a long list of fresh and simply prepared fish dishes including traditional fish and chips. The interior is airy, the ambience buzzy, and the views charming; sitting at the long bar overlooking the open kitchen is also fun! Situated directly next to the restaurant, fish! Kitchen is a traditional takeaway counter for those in a hurry and concentrates on cooking one dish very well - battered fish of every type!
Recommended for Fish and Chips because: Spend the morning wandering round Borough market before stopping off here for a quick bite.
Emma's expert tip: Spend the morning wandering round Borough market before stopping off here for a quick bite, or pop next door to enjoy fish at a more leisurely pace in its sister restaurant FISH!
Poppies serves traditional fish and chips in the traditional way, wrapped in newspaper, in the heart of London's Spitalfields market. Poppies' owner, Pat 'Pops' Newland, has been serving fish and chips in the East End for over 50 years, during which time he has maintained the recipe for original, traditional, healthy fish and chips. The 1950s themed restaurant may not be everyone's cup of tea, however there is no denying that Poppies is a fun place to dine. The service is quick and friendly, the hairstyles quirky and the blue and white décor retro. What's more, the fish and chips are second to none! If you fancy steeping back in time to a bygone era when jellied eels where a staple of an East Enders' diet, head to Poppies but be prepared to wait as there is almost always a queue!
Recommended for Fish and Chips because: Poppies does great fish and chips, retro style with fairtrade guilt free fish. What can be better?
Emma's expert tip: Eat in or take away and enjoy the nostalgia trip, and a good read when you've finished your fish and chips and can unpeal the wrappings. For those of you who really love your fish and chips, there's even a loyalty card here.
If dining at formica tables or themed-restaurants is just not your style but you still enjoy a serving of the classic British dish, then why not head to the Ivy. The Ivy restaurant serves up a rarefied deep-fried Haddock dish with minted mushy peas and chips, allowing you to tuck in to your favourite dish in salubrious surroundings and company. A popular restaurant with celebrities and the theatre world, you may be lucky to eat your fish and chips next to a famous face! The Ivy has a long history on the London dining scene and it's easy to see why!
Recommended for Fish and Chips because: A popular restaurant with celebrities and the theatre world, you may be lucky to eat your fish and chips next to a famous face!
Emyr's expert tip: A popular restaurant with celebrities and the theatre world, you may be lucky to eat your fish and chips next to a famous face!
The Golden Hind celebrates 100 years of providing fish and chips to the residents of Marylebone this year! Tired and out-dated? Not a chance! The place is charming. The fish is fresh, direct from Grimsby, served in an excellent batter that is crisp and fried in clean groundnut oil. The restaurant décor is basic – lino tiles, white walls, wooden panelling, simple tables and chairs – but it is all kept immaculately clean. This no-nonsense restaurant is as perfect for a weekday office lunch as it is for a stop-off before the taxi home on a Friday night. The Golden Hind is the closest to the 'real' chippie as London has to offer.
Recommended for Fish and Chips because: The fish is fresh, direct from Grimsby, served in an excellent batter that is crisp and fried in clean groundnut oil
Emyr's expert tip: The Golden Hind is the closest to the 'real' chippie as London has to offer.
Geales' calls itself one of London's finest fish restaurants, and if its neighbourhood is anything to go by, that's probably right. They have two branches, one in Chelsea and one in Notting Hill. Founded in 1939, their ethos is simple, to celebrate great British cuisine. Their fish is sustainably sourced, and as well as putting a bit of a posh twist on the staple fried fish and chips, by serving it with tartare sauce instead of ketchup, they also provide other fish lovers with dressed crab, fish pie, whitebait and that seventies favourite, the prawn cocktail. If you've still got room, they do great British deserts too, treacle tart, apple and blackberry crumble and vanilla cheesecake.
Recommended for Fish and Chips because: Good if you want to eat sustainably sourced fish and have a restaurant experience of the fish and chip supper.
Emyr's expert tip: Good if you want to eat sustainably sourced fish and have a restaurant experience of the fish and chip supper.
The Financial Times lauded Kerbisher & Malt 'the perfect fish and chip shop' and we find it hard to disagree! Bringing fish and chips into the twenty-first century, Kerbisher & Malt does the contemporary British twist on an old favourite extremely well. Gone are the neon lights, soggy chips and dirty oil usually associated with the traditional fish and chip shop. Kerbisher & Malt serves fresh fish (from sustainable sources), twice-cooked chips, handmade salads, homemade mushy peas and batters, great beers and coffees in a pleasant café environment. Simple, fresh and tasty, Kerbisher & Malt ticks the box for excellent fish and chips!
Recommended for Fish and Chips because: Everything is cooked fresh to order so you can be sure of some seriously good food.
Emma's expert tip: Check out their website or pop in to their shop to find out which specials the chefs have on their menu for that day. Everything cooked fresh to order so you can be sure of some seriously good food.
Wins number one spot, just because of its clever name. Also the food is great, this is seriously good fish and chips. According to their publicity, they're the third oldest fish and chip shop in London and have been going since the nineteenth century. The restaurant and take away is central enough to pick them up en route to somewhere else, and a great place to stop, sit outside and chill out in the summer. Then once you've refuelled, roll next door to one of the great flower packed pubs for a pint to finish off the British experience. Prices are a little steeper than elsewhere in London, just because of its location, but its worth it, it does one thing, and one thing well.
Recommended for Fish and Chips because: According to their publicity, they're the third oldest fish and chip shop in London and have been going since the nineteenth century.
Emma's expert tip: For a true British experience, add mushy peas and a pickled onion to your order!