Sandwiched between Hammersmith and Shepherd's Bush in West London, Kerbisher & Malt is a traditional fish and chip shop with a modern twist. As well as having the option to take your food away, you can also dine in on a long wooden bench or a small table, eating from a plate with a knife and fork.
The interior is bright and clean, with a pleasant low-key atmosphere and bright white tiled walls. On one such wall is a quick glance menu, while on the opposite side, amid black and white prints, is a TV screen that is hooked up to the kitchen, so you can watch the chefs at work.
They are clearly passionate about what they cook: fresh fish from sustainable sources, local potatoes that are peeled and cut in the shop, and only the finest ingredients for their sauces and salads. This is evident in the food, which is crisp and full of flavour. Because the fish is made to order, you can choose to have it lightly battered, or - for the health-conscious among us - grilled. The range is excellent with a choice of haddock (£6.60), cod (£6.90), plaice (£6.70), pollock (£6.80) and coley (£5.80). There is also a 'favourites' menu with fun things like fish finger butties for £3.50, or a straightforward chip butty for a mere £2.00.
There is a selection of accompaniments such as mushy peas or freshly made coleslaw to finish off your meal, and they are licensed to sell alcohol to people dining in, so you could wash it all down with wine or a beer if you wanted to.
If you are a fan of fish and chips, then Kerbisher & Malt is definitely worth a visit for a nice lunch or teatime treat. Yes, it's a bit more expensive than your usual chippy, but this is definitely reflected in the restaurant-quality food that they serve.