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by Mike Whyte (subscribe)
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Published June 1st 2011
I know, I know, you picked this article because of the title - and I thank you for it. It's one of the best puns I've ever seen, and I wish I could take the credit for it, but unfortunately for me, this is actually the real name of the shop I'm going to tell you about!

Rock and Sole Plaice is a - wait for it - fish and chip restaurant and takeaway, located just around the corner from Covent Garden. There is seating both outside, inside and downstairs, the latter option probably being the most interesting - it is painted as an underground seascape complete with schools of fish and coral formations - it strangely is like dining at the bottom of the ocean.

If the thought of this leaves you a little cold, there is the former option of dining outside, a popular choice by all accounts, thanks to the numerous people-watching opportunities afforded to you in this area.

There is also a lot of tradition involved with this location too, as the restaurant played a part in the local community during World War II, distributing food to those that needed it, the restaurant being the place where the decisions on distribution were made.

Now, to finish, if you're a fish and chip virgin, let me help you get the best out of your visit:

1) Eat in - you will be served on a plate, and also will be able to take your pick of condiments (try the tartare sauce especially, it will make your meal!)
2) Don't ask for fish and chips - it's a common mistake - decide by the type of fish and the size; cod is the most popular, so if you're hungry that's a 'large cod and chips, please.'
3) Finish off your meal with a pudding, you might not feel that hungry, but the puddings here are rather typical British fare, so it will keep with the authenticity. Be warned though, after you've finished you may not want to eat for the rest of the day!

So now you know, pop in, and see one of the best examples of why this most traditional of British dishes remains dear to the hearts of the natives.

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Why? It's all about the combination of the fish, the batter and the fried potato!
When: Mon - Sat - 11.30am-10.30pm; Sun - 12pm - 9.30pm
Where: 47 Endell Street WC2H 9AJ
Cost: Above the average for normal fish n chip takeaways, but option of eating in available, and worthwhile
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