Without a doubt Spitalfields is the trendiest place in East London. Home to a retro market, amazing eateries, hoards of fashionistas and street vendors, not to mention high street stores and Rough Trade record store. You will be sure to find something cool to do, and you don't have to be hip to find it.
Just a stone's throw from the Spitalfield's market you will see a retro looking diner style restaurant splitting at the seams with tons of hungry punters. That'll be Poppie's Fish and Chip Takeaway and restaurant.
This restaurant has made sure that every last little detail makes you feel like you're stepping back in time and experiencing the old values of the East End, good British food.
Poppie's has been voted as one of Time Out's top 100 restaurants and after my visit I can vouch for that as every last morsel of my Fish and Chips was amazing. It's a family-owned restaurant who strive for authenticity, friendly and traditional service. This family have been serving and cooking Fish and Chips since 1945 - so they certainly know what they're doing.
You can queue at the side window and get a takeaway meal that is served just like the old days, in a newspaper wrap. Or you can queue and wait for a table - it looked really busy but turnover is fast, I waited about 10mins for a table and it was worth it.
The waitresses have vintage style pinafores and head scarfs and the men are decked out in suits. There is British Memorabilia on the walls and archaic music being played throughout as selected by customers via the vintage jukebox. The atmosphere is fun, old-fashioned [in a good way] and relaxed.
Prices are reasonable, if a little more expensive than your local chippie - but remember you are in the heart of London and you are being treated to great surroundings and superb service. A regular cod and chips will set you back around £9.90, a pot of tea around £1 and a beer around £3. They offer sides, desserts and kids' meals too. If fish isn't what you fancy you can get chicken and pies too.
The takeaway menu has less variation but is slightly cheaper too. You can see both menus by going on their website.
This restaurant definitely has the cool factor thanks to its 50's styling but the food and service hold their own too.
If you want to have the full traditional experience opt for a main fish dish which is served with chips, a pot of tea and side of crusty bread and mushy peas. And if you're still not full apple pie or sticky toffee pudding is up for dessert...
Yum yum yum this one is going on my definitely visiting list when I'm in London in January... the only problem is that this list is getting very long...and with so many of the places on it being delicious food I'll be getting very fat lol