Kerridge’s Bar & Grill
When Tom Kerridge first served fish and chips at his Cortinthia Bar & Grill, the press had a field day writing that the “whopping” £32.50 price tag was somehow a terrible betrayal of the iconic British Dish. But all that drama was a few years ago, now anyone wanting to get their teeth into deep fried fillet of Cornish brill and chips with pease pudding, tartare and matson spiced sauce will have to stump up £36.50 for the pleasure. Worth every penny.
Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill
The ‘Grand Dame of Swallow Street’ opened its door in 1916 and has been proudly serving patrons of the West End ever since. Under the watchful eye of Chef, Richard Corrigan for the last 10 years, their traditional fish and chips with tartare sauce and mushy Peas is priced at £25.50.
Mayfair’s famous seafood and oyster bar has the unique honor of being mentioned in the Steve McQueen movie ‘The Great Escape’ as the dream destination for POW’s to visit when the war was over. A deep fried Haddock with Mushy Peas will set you back £22.00 or if you’re feeling adventurous you could dive into Goujons of Cornish Sole with tartare sauce for £23.00.
Goddard & Gibbs
If you find yourself in Shoreditch with a rumbling stomach, a trip to Goddard & Gibbs is guaranteed to sate your appetite. The classic Fish & Chips for £16 is a rare treat but if you’re in the mood for rarer dishes they serve several lip-smacking specials. Crispy hake kievs in brown shrimp butter, crispy fried fillet of fish burger with kimchi and grilled lobster and chips with garlic butter.
The Fish House
Cod and haddock with always be the post popular choices when it comes deep fried fish and other, traditional options are increasingly absent from the menu. Thankfully, The Fish House in Victoria Park is one of the few establishments offering something different. Plaice or rock and chips with Tartare sauce is £14.50 and skate is available for around the same price. And if you want to go proper old school, their trio of pickles (Wally, onion and egg) will get those tastebuds popping.
South London has its fair share of great fish & chip shops and Brockley’s Rock has a strong claim to being top of the pile. If you find yourself there on a Friday evening be prepared to join the crowd of salivating southerners and delivery drivers waiting for their order. Cod, chips and mushy Peas is around £10, plaice and rock is readily available as is, unusually, mackerel, which is served with chips or in a special bap with salad and tartare sauce.
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