London may be a bit more than a pebble’s throw away from the sea, but fish and chips are still very much a weekend staple in the city. The cheap dinner option (like most food) has had the fancy treatment in recent years, but you can still find decent, more traditional options that will give you back change from a tenner.
Note: The places below are currently offering only takeaway and/or delivery.
Kerbisher & Malt
This small West/South West London chain is more on the fancy end of things, with very cool, modern decor. But there is plenty of substance to match the style here, the fish is all sustainably sourced and the portions are more than generous. And if you don’t fancy the full on fish and chips, fish bites are a good alternative.
The coley is £6.95 and the cod and haddock are £1 more. Chips are £2.75.
Kerbisher & Malt
A proper, very old chippy in the heart of London. Fryer’s Delight in Holborn has been serving up fish and chips to hungry workers for over fifty years. Replete with red formica tables, black and white tiles and old-school menu board, this is a no-fuss kind of chippy, where haddock and cod are £6.50 and chips are £2.
The Fryer's Delight
Toff’s of Muswell Hill
Another old-school fish restaurant that seems to have been in its dark wood interior since opening in 1968. Despite the snooty sounding name, it’s not a posh fish place, but it has signed up to the Marine Stewardship Council and cooks sustainably sourced fish which isn’t always guaranteed—especially at the cheaper end of things.
Locals queue well out of the door, and up the street on a Friday night to eat Toff’s award-winning fish & chips. Prices are written up in chalk, and a regular portion of either cod or haddock costs £7.60 and chips are £2.60.
Toff's of Muswell Hill
Considering Lisson Grove’s pricey postcode—it’s close to Regent’s Park, The Seashell is another long-running, traditional restaurant that serves up decent fish & chips.
The main restaurant is more on the expensive side, but the ultimate takeaway fodder and is the fried cod or haddock and chips for £11.
Another no-frills fish and chips place, bang in the centre of town. Just a short walk from the noise of Oxford Street is Fitzrovia’s Fish Bone, winner of Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2015.
The best deals are at lunchtime here, but a cod fillet with chips (small) will only set you back £7.