While London is synonymous with fish and chips and mushy peas, finding a place that serves quality fish dipped in a light crispy batter and served with thick crunchy chips and fresh mushy peas, is a task.
Ask a local, and they will tell you to head far out of the city, near the ocean where you can still find places serving it up wrapped in paper. But when you are time poor and relying on public transport, where do you go? Let's get a list growing! Here are the places I tried on my visit to London. Please share where your favourites are in the comments below.
Fish and Chips at Dicken's Inn, St Katharine Docks
1. The Dicken's Inn, located at St Katharine Docks, is an 18th-century warehouse converted pub and restaurant with outdoor balcony seating which is always a draw card for me for summer. These guys prepare a delicious freshly battered fish, with a large portion of chips, and ramekins of tartare sauce, curry sauce and mushy peas. Unusual to me, the meal arrived with sliced toast with butter - a larger piece of fish would have been preferred. A meal best accompanied with a cold local ale.
2.The Wellington, a part of the Nicholson's pubs, the one on the Strand is an acquaint corner pub with steep stairs leading to a cosy dimly lit long space with a view of the strand. Their large serve is enough to share between two adults. Tasty cod fillets hand battered in pale ale, crispy chips, and watery mushy peas. But the drawcard item for me is the 40 gins (and just as many whiskeys and ales) on the menu! I recommend a bone dry martini made with the modern and distinctive Silent Pool, made locally in Surrey Hills.
3. Cote Windsor, another chain restaurant, is located at several places in London and surrounds. We tried the one in Windsor, enjoying a waterfront view. For those who prefer great taste but in a dainty serve, Cote is your place. Finger length sized crumbed fish served with shoe-string fries, tartare sauce and braised minted peas.
4. Friend's BBQ. Home cooked is always the best. Not only do you get to choose your favourite fish from the local fishmonger, but your body will also thank you for choosing heart-healthy grilled fish and oven baked chips. We made our own mushy peas, adding fresh mint and tabasco for a spicy kick.
Have you travelled to London and sampled their iconic fish and chips and mushy peas? Please share where you recommend in the comments