£6 for fish!
Fish & Chips
20 Berwick Street, Soho, London W1F 0PY
- Piccadilly Circus Tube Station (0.4 km)
- Tottenham Court Road Tube Station (0.4 km)
- Contact us:
020 7437 3280
9 reviews of Fish & Chips in English
Despite years and years of trying, I still haven't been able to figure out quite how anyone manages to avoid the food treats / gorges on a Friday. Sausage batch for breakfast, go on, it's Friday. Have a biscuit, why not, it's Friday. Stay for a drink, no getting up tomorrow.........
I'd like to see the research which goes through the impact of Fridays on individuals' waistlines and wallets, just because it's Friday. I'd also like anyone who knows to step forward and let me know how on earth I'm supposed to politely decline, clutching my box of chickpeas, when my whole office decides to go out in the sunshine for Fish and Chips Friday. Come on... you know what day it is...
The imaginatively named Fish & Chips in Soho is one of those places that'll make you feel great, a little bit piggy, and then great, and then most probably exhausted. The massive turnover here ensures that the chish and fips is as fresh as it can be - more frying going on all the time - though I don't know if the same can be said for the sausages and pies. I had a decent tasty bit of haddock (there was a wait for plaice and we have to be careful with our cod of course) and a pile of chips. Nothing was too greasy, forsaking the fact that we're talking about fish and chips (it's never gonna be a health food).
We wolfed it down in a sunny Soho Square on what will probably have been the last Friday of summer 2009. As such it'll be my abiding memory of this year's 'warmer season', and not a bad one to carry off into the long winter nights. Naturally I spent the rest of the afternoon wondering when we'd be going out for that Friday night glass of wine (come on! No getting up in the morning!) and promising to at least try harder to say no next Friday...
I shouldn't really be putting my review up for fear of being publicly whipped as I committed the unthinkable of separating the nations favourites. Yes folks; "I'll have the fish, hold the chips".
One thing you are saved from with the chip base is the pool of oil that streamed out of the half tray into the paper - but luckily they wrap it snug in a few sheets of paper and I meandered to the park with little spillage.
But this is fish and chips, not a salad valley and all this is to be expected. The fish is served in big fillet portions with a crisp crunchy batter casing and is £4.40 (without the chips). If you're hankering for a fish n chips fill this is definitely not a bad place to pick it up and judging by the steady flow of customers, they have a decent rep.
I love fish and chips, and this is one of the few “chippies” left in Central London and they do it well.
It is really busy at lunchtimes and the queue can be out the door, but I have always eaten in and have never waited for a table for more than a few minutes.
Decor-wise, it is your standard chippy, easy wipe down tables!
Nothing better, fish, chips and mushy peas with lashings of salt and vinegar. Not too pricey, (in so much as where else can you go for a sit down meal, good food, large portions, you couldn’t do that in most pubs and the food is nowhere near as good). I have never cleared my plate.
Always really popular at lunchtimes, with a long queue outside, but if you are eating in, then you can usually bypass this and get a seat straight away.
They do a good selection of greasy spoon staples - egg and chips etc - as well as fish and chips. Large portions and good value for money.
There is NOTHING better than good fish and chips. NOTHING. And this place does it brilliantly. Fish and chips is hard to come by in the West End, GOOD fish and chips even more so, so I’m chuffed that this place exists.
I try not to subject my body to it too often nowadays, but sometimes it just can’t be avoided. Luckily I am fairly near by, so the urges can be fulfilled quickly.
As others have said, the prices are above average, but fish and potato are getting quite expensive, so it’s not surprising (plus take into account the location), but it is worth it.
What makes good fish and chips is highly subjective, but most people I know nearby agree that this place does it well.
One of London’s best known fish and chips restaurants this place has been going strong for so long it’s become a Soho institution. The same can be said of the staff - several of them have been working there for donkeys years.
The prices are slightly above average (£6 for fish and chips without a drink) but still decent value and the service is pretty efficient. The old stodgy reliables like mushy peas are, of course, also on the menu.
It’s only a lunchtime option though as it doesn’t open in the evenings.
Oh my God, what have I done? Going into this place at 2pm on a Friday afternoon, having only had a measly bowl of museli for your breakfast is just asking for trouble.
If I was to put this problem into a mathematical equation it will look something like this:
Eyes > Stomach = Sick + Sleepy
In my gluttonous state I went for chips, cod and mushy peas…plus a couple of slices of buttered bread…oh yeah, and a can of full fat coke.
What was I thinking? If I was a 20 stone trucker then I might have stood a chance, but as a 5’ 8” ‘new media’ wimp I was fighting a losing battle from the start.
Don’t get me wrong, they serve a great plate of fish and chips here but there’s a lot of it (and you’d expect a decent portion if you’re paying £6 for the fish!) and I defy you to clean your plate and walk out without having to take your belt back a notch.
I’d like to say I’ve learned my lesson, but I know I’ll do exactly the same next time… maybe I’ll go for Diet Coke next time though!
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george123, 13 July 2008:
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