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jranger Jan 16th, 2010 06:12 AM

Is North Sea Fish in London the best place for fish and chips?
Looking at previous years' posts, it seems North Sea was "THE" best spot for fish and chips? Is that still the case? Does one need to make reservations? We are staying quite near there and will arrive to our hotel around 8pm on Thursday evening. We thought we'd try our luck to get into North Sea then. What do you think?

thursdaysd Jan 16th, 2010 06:15 AM

I thought North Sea was overpriced and pretentious. I'd recommend Rock and Sole Plaice on Endell St - not far away. Better and cheaper.

yk Jan 16th, 2010 06:49 AM

I prefer Fryers Delight in Holborn.

Palenque Jan 16th, 2010 06:54 AM

These THE BEST points make me laugh - what criteria deems what is THE BEST - what is a good place for good fish and chips yeh but THE BEST- that precludes every other chippie

Palenque Jan 16th, 2010 06:57 AM

to me the BEST fish and chips is the kind that the average Brit eats -from a local chippie - any chippie - so that is my criteria - traditional fish and chips from a traditional chippie -so it is all in what one deems 'best' to say THE BEST - do you mean Gourmet fish and chips of the type few ordinary Brits ever eat? Or ones cooked in the finest grease. Etc Etc

thursdaysd Jan 16th, 2010 07:02 AM

BTW, a chippie is one step up from street food (and often the food is eaten in the street, even if isn't in newspaper any more). If you're looking for the kind of place that takes reservations you should be eating something else.

gertie3751 Jan 16th, 2010 07:12 AM

This is my favourite fish place in central London. Just off Covent Garden.

HappyTrvlr Jan 16th, 2010 07:21 AM

We enjoyed the fish and chips at The Laughing Halibut, very fresh and delicious.

thursdaysd Jan 16th, 2010 07:26 AM

gertie3751 - that looks like a nice restaurant, but it's not a chippie.

jranger Jan 16th, 2010 07:33 AM

Point taken - there's no such thing as a "BEST" of anything. I really appreciate the recommendations. Just trying to mitigate having a disappointing meal during my very few days in London. So many choices! Kind regards from Canada.

hetismij Jan 16th, 2010 07:37 AM

If you are ever in Scotland go to the original Loch Fyne restaurant. Not a chippie but very good, fish straight out of the Loch, and with a great shop attached. Just along the road is also the Loch Fyne Brewery. Not a chippie and off topic but still

The best fish and chips are the ones you are eating that day, from a local chippie. Not poncey poshed up things but real fish and chips, in paper. North Sea Fish offers starters and deserts for heavens sake!

gertie3751 Jan 16th, 2010 08:06 AM

Thursday: No it's not a chippie. My favourite chippie is in a very unfashionable Essex village that no tourist is ever likely to go to!

alihutch Jan 16th, 2010 08:11 AM

Just be aware that the service from the original Loch Fyne, although pleasant, is quite poor. I think that they rely on the fact that a lot of trade is passing tourists. I've been there quite a few times.
However for the best fish supper in the UK, you want to go to Anstruther

PatrickLondon Jan 16th, 2010 08:34 AM

Gah. Fish and chips has never been the same since they stopped serving it in interesting bits of the Sunday papers ("Priest Elopes with Mother Superior - see p.10 " and the like).

annhig Jan 16th, 2010 09:46 AM

in case you venture further afield, here's the "best" [probably] fish and chip shop in Cornwall:

DS had calamari and chips there the other night and said they were very good - almost as good as mine.

also Rick Stein has a very up-market chippie on the quay in Padstow.

lots of pubs offer very good chish and fips too so don't despair if you can't get them first time round.

ekscrunchy Jan 16th, 2010 09:53 AM

Long thread here:

Cholmondley_Warner Jan 16th, 2010 10:32 AM

Loch Fyne isn't a chippie - it's a mid price chain restaurant (good kippers though).

I don't know that anywhere is "the best" but you won't go far wrong with the North Sea. The rock n Sole is Ok - but very basic and not really somewhere for an evening out (unless you like formica). No you don't have to book. Just turn up.

The best chippies are in the suburbs. The best one I know is in Ilford. But you ain't going there are you?

nytraveler Jan 16th, 2010 11:02 AM

North Sea Fish is a chain - and while the fish is OK - nothing to write home aobut.

Cholmondley_Warner Jan 16th, 2010 11:03 AM

North Sea Fish is a chain>>

Is it bollocks.

avalon Jan 16th, 2010 11:51 AM

Am I the only one who doesn't really like deep fried fish? I much prefer a nice grilled Dover sole , John Dory or a sea bass.I do like chips though1

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