Good evening! I reflected recently that I don’t eat fish and chips often enough, but hey, I had one again at The Blackfriar, opposite of Blackfriars station.
My standard fish and chips, cod fillet hand-battered in Nicholson’s Pale Ale and served with chips, samphire tartare sauce an mushy peas are £13.25, not cheap, but what caught my eyes is the “Ocean Fish and Chips £15.50!!!!! Which apparently contains mixture of cod fillets and breaded whole tail Whitby Scampi.
This brought back my memory back in November 2014 in The Red Lion in Hythe, Kent. I was served Fish & Chips Platter £13.50, which contained cod, scampi and fish cake, piled on the plate, was not impressive. Love my fish and chips diary, enable for me to look back experience precisely.
So, of course, I reflect on my experience, went for simple fish and chips.
1. Fish 3/10. Too greasy, I suspect it was cooked in lowish temperature and oil was not drained properly before serving, hence oil smell on arrival. Furthermore, far too thick batter soaked all oil. Quite frankly I could not eat them. Fish itself was nice and fresh but skin was off. As I have to scrape flesh from thick oily batter, there was no enjoyment of mix texture of crunchy batter and flavour of hot juicy fish.
2. Chips 6/10. Well cooked, but standard frozen pub chips.
3. Mushy peas 4/10 Again standard, straight from the tin, no fuss whatsoever.
A disappointing £13.50, I will not eat in here again.
Hello! I am breaking the silence, I am alive and well!!!
Confession 1: I have not had a fish and chips for nearly 4 months.
Hey, but I am here tonight at The Duke of Sussex, near Waterloo station, cheering our favourite night (i.e., Friday night) with mis amigas! Nothing has changed.
Confession 2: Too excited, too busy chatting and (possibly) a pint too much beer, all I can remember is that it was NICE!!!!
But I remember, we were asked by the staff “are you tourists?”. ………Thought I am more Londoner than Londoners…… ok, I get it, I must work harder on this.
Hey, this is 2018, new year (only March!), new me. It is time to spread my deep knowledge, critical and analytical views into larger seafoods world, I am going to be seafood critic as well as fish and chips critic. For example;
Things like this. Please note, this is not a deviation from Fish and Chips critic, but broaden my horizon!
Festive season officially begins! Good evening from The Perseverance, Bloomsbury near Holborn and Russell Square. We are celebrating the start of festive season in style, with the proud national cuisine, Fish and Chips.
Bloomsbury IPA battered cod, chips, tartar sauce £13. This is normal price for the central London, yes, I accept. I don’t have to take time to decide what to have but others are wondering what to have from their simple but all pub essentials contained menu.
I just heard one of my peer decisively said “I am going to have fish and chips, I am on diet, it has to be fish, isn’t it!!!” oh, ok….. you are on diet….
Some said the paper is on the plate is a bit naff, but majority agreed it is serving a purpose of removing excess oil. I have seen this before and indeed, it fulfilled its purpose.
- Fish 7/10 . The fish was very fresh, no doubt. I was on about fish skin then one of my peers questioning if ever, served without skin. I agree, it should not be but I have seen without, which is absolute NO NO. Anyway, it was ever so slightly overcooked (shame as fish was fresh) which takes edge of juiciness away. Also ever so slightly greasy on batter, the paper on the plate was not doing anything! Also no sign of “IPA battered” in terms of flavour.
2. Chips 8/10. Hot heart warming chips, I have a good feeling this is hand cut chips. Hot, well cooked, simple chips.
3. Mashy Peas 4/10. Straight from the tin. No wonder it was not mentioned on the menu. Shame as you can do a lot with mashy peas especially you are charging £13 for the whole dish. You do need to go an extra mile to add a value to the dish.
Overall respectable 7/10, my stomach was once again, warm and filled with joy. In this cold, dump and dark winter, fish and chips is a true shining star, boding friends together.
Nothing compare to a cold pint of beer to cheer up dark evenings, we are here at The Highbury Barn, N5 2AB, very short and pleasant walk from hustling and bustling Highbury corner.
Beer battered haddock, hand cut chips, mushy peas and tartare sauce £13.50, high end price at a quiet, village feel pub. Brexit inflation +/- location (zone 2, may be a bit stretch to justify)? But what is cheap? Nothing is cheap any more.
Big smile on my face, steamy Fish and chips arrived just in a good time (from the order to the table), Gigantic fish, this is what I like!
Three of us having Fish and chips, all equally look good, not one is bigger than other, not one looks over cooked/under cooked in the first sight, fantastic consistency.
- Fish 8/10 Delicious, juicy flesh and flavour of fresh fish c0ming from skin (tasty!) and flesh. Absolutely mouth watering. Ever so slightly under done and batter a bit too heavy for my liking and ever so slightly soggy side.
- Chips 7/10 Already slightly salted which is such a nice touch (I successfully stopped my peer to sprinkle salt before she tasted). Perfectly salted therefore brought sweetness of potatoes. Could be a bit cruncher outside, but inside was nice and fluffy. I am questioning though, are they handout?? Looked too uniformy.
- Peas – too busy chatting could not recall
Overall impressive 7/10. It was cold and dark evening, but my stomach felt warm and it made me really happy. Conversation fIew, chatting about fish and chips. I have not had a fish and chips for 8 weeks. This fish and chips reaffirm my passion and love to Fish and chips, throughly enjoyed the experience.
Love fish and chips!!!! Good night!!!!
Hello hello hello! I am doing well this month, my fish and chips No. 3 tonight at Gigs fish and chips restaurant, Fitzrovia, London. The restaurant front states “Fitzrovia’s famous” but I don’t usually take notice of these kind of self declare greatness.
I like the pricing too, ranging from £11.50 – £12.40 plus recommends a side of mushy peas for £1.80. Also it proudly states fish delivered daily. I first asked for haddock, which was sold out, therefore went for Cod, with a side of mushy peas (repeat : extra £1.80), of course.
OMG, smells so good in the whole, small but clean, neat restaurant area. Just cannot wait!!!
- Fish 9/10 Delicious!!!! I am not sure what this batter is but it is evident that this fish was cooked in clean, fresh oil. Fish was certainly fresh, beautiful white flesh was perfectly cook through but not slightest overcooked. Batter was not too thick or thin, attached softly on this beautiful fish flesh, crunchy texture at outside. Taste of batter itself does not stand out which is important as this delicate white fish flavour would be overwritten.
- Chips 9/10 Delicious!!!! Even more evident that these chips was cooked in clean oil, almost taste aromatic. I actually asked the waiter, who proudly told me all cooked in ground nut oil (I later found this in written in the menu). These chips were so delicious, I ate one by one, slowly chewing, enjoyed every bit of it. BTW, I always think chips taste better if you eat with fingers. No matter how posh the circumstances, I must eat chips with my fingers. Honestly, try!
- Mushy peas 1/10 Total disappointment for extra £1.80, just from the tins, why don’t you give us for free as a garnish instead of making fuss (probably only need 1/5 of this portion size)?
Overall though impressive 9/10, wow, so good. Now even writing this make my mouth watering. I cannot wait to go back!!! I go there now!!!!
Thank you Gigs!!!
Good evening. I told you my journey continues. I can have 2 fish and chips a day. Here I am at the Crown & Anchor, Euston , celebrating start of weekend.
Fish & Chips – line-caught cod, ale-battered, served with triple-cooked chips, must peas & tartare sauce £12.95. Over twice of what I paid at lunch time today.
- Fish 1/10 : As soon as I saw the dark batter, I knew this was over cooked and it was. Furthermore, batter was so thick and hard, I have to work hard to cut in pieces on this small chopping board, make sure grease not to jump on my dress. In fact, batter was so thick, fish pieces must be so thin. But it was too greasy, I could not finish it. Of course, no adding benefit from grilled lemon.
- Chips 3/10 : I am not sure if this is triple cooked. Not crunchy, but mushy texture without any flavour. Must been frozen chips.
- Mushy peas 1/10: Same tin stuff from lunch time but unlike our NHS, stingy portion.
Even though I could not finish this dish, at the end of the meal around my mouth was shining with grease…..
I am so disappointed. I was really looking forward to compare/contrast 2 x fish and chips I ate in a day. This is really bad food, I don’t know how they could charge £12.95, I just ate something very similar (if not, better, it was not greasy!!!) for less than 1/2 price!
I won’t be back!
My journey definitely continues….
Good afternoon (!), a bit change from my usual Fish and Chips scenery (and time, this is lunch time!), the report from Foodhouse restaurant, The Royal Free Hospital, Hampstead, the rare insight from NHS institution. I have previously reported from A NHS hospital too. It is all of our interest to find out what is our most beloved institution is doing in terms of Fish and chips.
Battered/breaded (have choices!) and chips, £4.53 for staff £5.25 for visitor.
- Fish 2/10 : Sorry for harsh marking!!! But batter was hard, dry but nothing crispy about and far too thick. Inside of this thick batter, here it is a very dry, tasteless white fish without skin. Without doubt, this is (likely including batter) a frozen food action.
- Chips 3/10 : At the time it felt better than 3/10 because fish was so bad. But, I recall again, very dry texture, less than average
- Mushy peas 3/10 : at first bite, I could tell this is straight from the tin. I could taste metal. Portion far to big!!!
I can remember all food texture mixed in my mouth with dry, mushy and plain with minimum flavour with hint of metal tin.
However, a big however, over all score is generous 6/10, this is after all what they did best in our beloved institution with limited resources. It was hot, good hygiene standard (saw proud hygiene 5 sticker) and cheap!
Interesting debate was regarding mushy peas, while I was describing “metal taste”, one of my peer from Newcastle reported this is what she knows and this is how it should be. When I started mentioning “hint of mint, batter, blah blah blah….” her face actually blanked!!!!
Yes of course, Critics is only a SUBJECTIVE opinion, I am back to my basic, my journey continues!
Good evening, one of the best Friday of the year, yes, it is a Friday before Bank Holiday. Fish and Chips with pals seems the best way to start this long weekend. Here we are at The Ship Tavern, situated in a little alley behind the Holborn tube station.
I have a high hope. Some years ago, I had a “roast turkey baguette” at Christmas time. I remember this was massive baguette sandwich with roast turkey, cranberry sauce and staffing. And, it was surprisingly delicious!!! Since this place was one of my must fish and chips visit list. Previously we ate in the down stairs bar. Then tonight, we decided to venture to the upstairs as the table in the bar was too small for 4 of us to have meals.
OMG, how could we have guessed? The upstairs of this old/working people friendly pub is like an old, traditional British dining room, and one of the peers of this evening described “like the oriental express”. And the pricing reflect this setting, “Fish & Chips garden pea puree, tartare £17”.
SEVENTEEN pounds. This is the most expensive fish and chips I ever ordered. Also, even in the bar downstairs, it is £17. Ah! this is not reflecting the poshed-up dining room. This is simply “just expensive”.
Fish and chips served on “mock newspaper” to replicate the chippie is OK. After all, it sucks excess oil, but not in the “oriental express” for £17 paying customers.
Fish 9/10 : Actually delicious. Fish was well cooked though, no raw bits (I found this is all too often) but still juicy and fluffy. Batter was simple, crunchy, integrate well with fish (with skin, of course) in the mouth. The negative was my fish felt slightly thin fillet, but this is probably my bad luck as others looked nice fat pieces!!!
Chips 9/10 : Again, delicious. Thick cut chips were not greasy (despite hiding under fish) but crunchy, piping hot, fluffy inside, tasty potato flavour. The negative is the portion size, I could eat at least 5 more chips.
Pea Puree 8/10 : Delicious again. Some hint of butter and mint but not at all overwhelming. In fact, the combination was perfect so that sweetness of the peas were enhanced. Again, small portion size is the negative and this was not exactly puree. Puree is without bits, I personally think this term is over used in the food world.
Overall score though 6.5/10. How, anyone can justify £17 for Fish and chips. Also what do you expect for £17 other than well, deliciously cooked fish and chips. We couldn’t get over the fact we are paying so much while we were eating, which, if we were honest (I use “we” as this was group consensus), spoiled this dish a bit (don’t confuse, we had a great evening).
Good Evening! Something different tonight, I am coming to The Beach House, Highbury, by my colleague’s recommendation. She takes my passion of Fish and Chips critic quite seriously. Thank you!
This is actually reassuring. This is because we recently witnessed Hygiene 1 in a restaurant near the British Museum. We could not believe our eyes. Surprisingly the restaurant is continuously operating its business. Is this allowed? Somebody tell me!!!
This place is technically “chippy”. It is successfully fancied up to make it looks like cute chippy near the beach with highest hygiene standard. We can eat in with our own beer (BYO) hooray!
A bit disappointed though, it was only small fish and chips available, also it is priced £8.00 (eat in), £6.00 (take away). Not quite sure if this is good value or not.
It may not look small on this photo, but the diner plate was traditional ~9 inches (approx 23cm) plate, not the ones we are used these days. We are more likely using ~12 inches plates. In fact, since 1960’s, the surface area of our average dinner plate has increased by 36%, I am sure it is contributing to obese epidemic, we all eat too much!!!
- Fish 5/10. Too undercooked for “fish and chips”. Personally I have no issues eating raw fish but this is not supposed to be. Also, batter felt a bit greasy in mouth, no joy of crunchy fresh batter combined with fluffy fish. Instead, greasy batter combined with sticky rawish fish texture. But I must say, fish was very fresh. Shame!
- Chips 5/10, Again, felt a bit greasy.
- Mashy peas 5/10, This is not mashy peas, it is half crushed peas. For flavour, no twists whatsoever, basically just peas.
Overall disappointing 5/10. I was disappointed with small portion (though it is meant to be small), because I paid £8.00. Also, the eating area was totally empty, and this was Friday night, suggestive of true reputation? Unlike in FishFish in Highgate, as my previous visit, we did not observe any sign of streaming order of take aways.
Nevertheless, it was lovely evening, in the mock-beach chippy. And at least, it was hygienic dinner!
Hello Glasto!!!! I have previously conducted ‘Spot the Fish and Chips Challenge‘ in the Glastonbury Festival 2015 but never had an opportunity to sample them as I was drawn in by the other types of festival foods (shame on me!). But this year is different.
I wasn’t sure if critic is relevant for ‘temporary’ festival setting. Then, there are so many repeaters to this festival for both festival goers and stool holders. So yes, it is relevant. Here we are at the Other Stage, the stall is situated, facing stage, right hand side.
First challenge, take photos in a massive crowd.
Challenge 2: Queue !!!! ages and ages to get served. Then, while we were queuing, we were listening to the live performance by Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, cannot complain!
Finally, my fish and chips. Surprisingly delicious. Worth queuing as foods are freshly cooked. Tartar source was delicious too. Shame that my portion of chips was tiny for £8. Portion size of chips is probably the last thing on the stall holder’s mind, all the staff looked pretty stressed with constant flow of orders. While I was eating, I was asked by one of the public where I got this from. She must knew I am Fish and Chips critic! Don’t be shy, just tell me!
What a fantastic summer days we had, nothing can compare Glasto. Thanks Glasto, we had a Blasto! (as quoted in Metro)
I will certainly back 2019, to sample more fish and chips at Glastonbury!!! Thank you!!!!!
Hello Hello Hello! I am finally here at “Fish Fish” in Highgate. Finally, because I always wanted to be here, living in London for many years, drove past this venue for many many times, the name “Fish Fish” is simple and clearly suggestive, how can I ignore, after all, I am the fish and chips critic.
As you can see, a lots of signs advocating great value. However, the restaurant was totally empty on Friday night approx 8pm…. is this OK?
Fish and chips “£ According to fish market”….. then I was told it is £14.95…. Take away £7.95… I had to ask, then confirmed they are the same dishes.
This is not according to fish market, it is according to “rent of the premises market”.
Fish and Chips is “deep-fried in low cholesterol vegetable oil”, ok, at least not so high risk to develop heart diseases after consumption of this meal. Great.
OK, I got it. You received award in 2014 and 2015. Yes it is great achievement but here we are in 2017. If Gordon Ramsey sees this, he would rip it apart, “Don’t hang on to the past glory!!!”. Ah, hang on the minutes, I am also hang on to the past glory, my important award winning!! Then this is not even a year ago so it is perfectly ok for me to do it!
- Fish 8/10. Delicious. Fluffy and fresh fish and batter is crunchy, very clean batter, indeed, this must be cooked in clean vegetable oil, definitely.
- Chips 6/10. It’s ok….yes, crunchy and clean but may be cheap standard “white potatoes”? Flavour missing.
- No mushy peas, but I must say salad was tasty, perfectly dressed in vinaigrette style dressing.
Overall satisfactory 7/10. Then, what would you expect if you pay for £14.95 for fish and chips, it should be nice.
The restaurant was almost empty all night. However, there were stream of take away went out the door, drivers were constantly picking up foods for delivery. There was not a single person came in to order takeaway nor phone rang for ordering take away while we were there. These orders must all came via internet. Wow, this fact somehow impressed me. There were very little footfall on this street, they have found survival tool. Fantastic, I can understand why you charge me £14.95 to eat in.
The restaurant does not even have own website. I typed in “Fish Fish Highgate” in Google, wow, every possible takeaway sites you can think of came up, listing Fish Fish, waiting for orders to be placed.
I wish you well Fish Fish, you are surviving this take away war in London. Good night!
Good evening! A bit delayed report from London Southbank, we are at Studio 6, Gabriel’s Wharf on the Southbank, on a school night. Why not!
We like in here, good beer, and I remember good pricing from previous visits. I have reported from here back in April 2014 and May 2014. Wow, good to have those records as we can compare and contrast.
The menu has been refreshed, of course, it has been 2 years since. “Homemade beer battered fresh haddock served with and cut chips, mushy peas & Tartare sauce” £12.50. ????£12.50, is this good pricing as I remembered? According to my previous reports, it was £9.95 in April 2014, £9.25 in May 2014. This is, whopping 26-35% price rise. Well above triple lock!! Brexit has not fully bite yet, what are you going to do when Brexit bites!!!
1 Fish : 5/10 Mediocre. Texture was not quite right, a bit soft side, almost like “take away from a reasonable chippie, shame batter was not quite crunchy but can’t be helped as they were wrapped in paper for at least last 10 minutes” type texture. I hope it make sense.
2. Chips : 5/10 as above, texture not quite right.
3. Mushy peas : 4/10, in fact is should score 5/10 as an average mushy peas, but 1 mark off for presented in a paper cup
Sorry folks, not too much details, this is one of downside of delayed report with alcohol influence (i.e., blurred memories). Too busy chatting, eating, drinking, in the end, paid too much by mistake on top of 26-35% price raised Fish and Chips (i.e., impaired ability to divide bill correctly).
Hey, life too short, but lesson learnt! Continue searching for my best Fish and Chips! Good night!
Good afternoon from sunny West Sussex coast! I am doing right thing, of course, having Fish and Chips by the sea at Ropetackle, Yey!
I am going for Haddock (large) + chips £8.75. I have to be honest, not being disrespectful, £8.75 is more than I expected to pay in this setting. Ah, yes, this must be Brexit related food price rise. However, this is not dampen down my spirit!!
My initial disappointment (re: missing mashy peas) was soon replaced by joy!
Fish : 8/10 Cooked freshly at order, piping hot and crunchy batter. It did not feel greasy at all + fresh batter integrated well with fish, suggesting fried in clean oil (i.e., not excessively reheated old oil) at right temperature for right amount time. Fish was firm, juicy fresh, cooked though but not over cooked.
Chips : 8/10 Crunchy outside, fluffy inside. Again, not feel greasy at all. They were also cooked at order too.
Hang on a minutes! why no mashy peas? In fact, menu reads “Haddock cooked to order in vegetable oil, with chips and fresh mixd salad”. So it is my fault to expect mashy peas, but….
Overall though, “you know what you doing ” fish and chips. Very simple no fluff (such as line caught, sustainable, triple cooked, hand cut, special ale/cider batter, brah brah brah…..) but satisfactory. Thank you Ropetackle Fish and Chips! Good night!
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A rare insight into our NHS hospital meal. Great that a hospital have fish and chips on their menu, when we are not well, what we want to eat is something familiar. Taste? Batter on fish and chips was soggy, fish was dried… but so what? If any of us has not been able to eat properly for days and if we were served this fish and chips, this should tastes the best fish and chips in the whole world. Thank you our NHS!!!! Total score 10/10!!!!
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Hello hello hello from The White Hart, Waterloo, London on a school night.
The last time we visited this premises was almost exactly 2 years ago, again it was a school night. We actually remember it was not an impressive Fish and chips then (total score 4/10), therefore, we have not visited for 2 years. According to the record, it was “Fish & chips – sustainably caught hake, cider & tarragon batter, pea puree & chips £11.75″. Today the menu reads “British ale battered cod with triple cooked chips and mushy peas, £12.95”. Just over 1% price rise in 2 years, this is below inflation, acceptable (at least it is not Brexit related inflation). BTW, we used to see “hake” more often but it seems quietly going back to cod. Somebody tell me why please?
- Fish 5/10 Perfectly mediocre. Yes this is nothing wrong, but absolutely nothing special. No skin, no flavour on batter, slightly dry texture of fish, not flavoursome at all,
- Chips 5/10 Again, I cannot quite point out what was wrong but nothing special. No evident characteristic of “triple cooked”, if such thing exist!
- Peas 3/10 straight from the tin
Overall soooo not special but not bad enough to complain. From the menu and how they present themselves on the website, it is clear that the intention is “a gastro pub”. But this is clearly failing.
The place was packed but not many people were eating. We now know why. Here, we found unpleasant consistency, “good beer but nothing special/disappointing food”. I don’t think we will be back.
You must sort out the lighting, we could not hardly what we were eating. I was certain there was not skin on fish but had to do close examination using torch as well as needing torch to read the menu.