I also think this is one of the best fish and chips. Cheers!
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mariakowalski23, 18 January 2013:
I think this place has allot of history certainly allot of people seem to know it, the fish was fresh and very crispy just how I guess it is supposed to be and the chips nice and chunky the way I like them. Definitely recommend this place
My parents lived near the Sea Shell as teenagers and have always told me how wonderfull the Sea Shell was, and so I found myself nearby in December so thought why not try it out?
First of all the service in the takeaway section was terrible, grumpy staff that clearly didnt want to be there and gave no indication of how long I would be waiting, in fact they just took my money and served the next customer I had to ask !
The Fish and chips when I received them were ok, I cant complain but they were nothing amazing either, I certainly wouldn’t go out of my way to go back again.
The Sea Shell was somewhere I've been meaning to try for years and years but have never been in the Marylebone area. However, last Saturday on the way back from Alfies Antique Market I finally found out for myself just how excellent their fish (cod) & chips are. It's virtualy impossible to find a spot of greasiness or oiliness in either the battered fish or the chips. Massive portion of fish in it's own eco-card tray, ditto the perfectly cooked chips. Definitely the healthiest take away (I actually ate at their spotlessly clean marble topped counter) ever! Can't wait till go back but it'll have to wait until I've shed half a stone or so :)
Surely the best fish & chips restaurant in London
Welcoming ambience with friendly and attentive service. You can't fail to be mesmerised by the tropical fish tank bounding three sides of a raised seating area. Watch the fish swim all the way round
Amazing fish & chips, fish obviously freshly cooked. Not too many chips, and cooked to perfection, that could be eaten without condiments (as if you'd want to). Don't forget a gherkin and pickled onion all tastefully served and presented
Good variety of fish on the menu with a starter platter including yellow fin tuna, swordfish & eel that we're going back for another time, to have with their oak aged steak as a main course. I know, it's a fish restaurant, but if their fish is anything to go by their steak will exceed expectations
Also promised myself Spotted Dick from the dessert menu, which I was only prevented from having this time by the size of the main course.
Decent wine list and not over priced. We had a Viognier which we don't often come across when eating out. Light and zesty and a perfect accompaniment
Have already recommended this restaurant and will be visiting again very soon
At last... Sea Shell has re-opened after their refurbishment- decent fish and chips that you don't have to drive to coast for.
Not a lot to say about fish and chips, they are either amazing or awful, Sea Shell has never been anything but amazing every time I have eaten here...
Very good chippy. Has been for about 30 years. My dad used to tell me that Prince Charles used to get his fish and chips from here. Now I've no idea if that is true or not, but the quality of the food is such that it is plausible. Which says enough really.
I have been to the sea shell many times for take awat fish and chips and I can only say it is one of the best in London. It is up there with the two brothers. The big difference between the sea shell and other fish and chips is that these are fresh. It costs a little but more but the taste is excellant. When you gt fish and chips here you understand what good fish and chips should taste like. It is a shame there are not more around London like this instead of those awful Kebab or CHhicken places. I must go to the restaurant next door one day. Well worth a visit.
I popped down to the Seashell to get some fish 'n' chips at lunch... but found it a little burnt! Boom-Tish
They suffered a fire a few months back, and according to the poster on the boards (see photo), should be up and running (and frying) again soon.
Some of our cousins from across the pond or over the Channel may take a certain view on the idiosyncrasies of 'British’ cooking. There are the names, for a start. Spotted Dick. Toad in the Hole. Severed Retina in Suet. I may have made one of those up.
Fish 'n’ Chips (you have to use the 'n’... it’s traditional) is a timeless example of the genre, and has the added advantage of being What It Says On The Tin. And we should make the distinction here. Chips are not fries. Fries are thin, and made of cardboard. Chips are thick and made of grease.
I have spent at least some of my life living in Yorkshire, and they take their fish 'n’ chips seriously up there. The Seashell, though, is the equal of any Northern pretender. The pisces in question are spanking fresh and sheathed in light crispy batter. The chips, contrary to the laws passed down from parent to issue throughout the annals of British culinary history, are crisp. And they sell big bloody gherkins to go with them. Gherkins, as I may have mentioned in a previous review, are good. Oh yes, and they sell proper scampi, which remind me of being 8. Christ knows why. I must have eaten a lot of scampi as a young fella.
All the usual suspects are present. I’m talking about the fish, not the clientele. There is, oddly, a restaurant attached to the chippy. Or perhaps it’s a chippy attached to a restaurant. The room is clean and faintly 50s-looking, and the service is nice and friendly and tends to be a tad slow. I spend occasional Fridays having lunch there - it’s my Catholic upbringing - and in this instance I don’t really mind if the food takes a while. If I was rushing on a Monday, I might feel differently.
Here’s the kicker… it isn’t cheap. Lunch will set you back £11 for fish and - sorry, 'n’ - chips, or the takeaway is £6 or thereabouts, depending on what you have. Annoyingly, at the takeaway you pay extra for sauces like ketchup and tartare, which would seem to me to be necessities rather than luxuries. Still, it’s a small sacrifice for what is a fine, nay, pre-eminent example of the genre. Don’t forget your gherkin.
On a recent detour after a long slaving day in the heat for what used to be called work, this place caught our eye. I’ve never tried the take away but looking at the portions I was quietly surprised that they were not far off the restaurant portions.
The batter could do with some improvement, although I may have lost my taste buds after taking a bite straight out of the fryer. Delicate fish, but not as good as up North (really bad comparison, but it’s true). Try the special mushy peas!
The Sea Shell has the best combo of Fish (cod) & Chips and mushy peas that I have had in my entire life and that is a lot of years, my dear!
This restaurant is somewhat a locals spot for those that live in and around London. Just look at the lunch queue and you will know how scrumptious this place is!!
Wonderful fish and chips, a rarity these days. Average £12 for two. Generous portions, cooked to perfection - what else can I say. There is a restaurant out the back, pretty basic decor, friendly staff though, but felt quite crammed in.
This is a good fish and chip restaurant, but not cheap. (Not expensive either just in between). A lot of people don’t know there is a restaurant behind the take away. However, if you have a buggy, its a bit of a nightmare. They do have a stairlift thing though, but its still a bit of a hassle.
Though its not formal, I would feel out of place in a tracksuit. More of a sweater and jeans kinda atmosphere. The waitress was very nice and treated my children kindly.
The lemon sole goujons were lovely with an extremely generous portion.
The take away prices are cheaper than dining in. Though there are a few stools to eat along the take away window.
Not easy to park in the area.
Definitely the best fish & chips in London!
It’s not fine dining, it’s not asian-fusion cuisine nor mediterranean…it’s good old fish & chips…and done very well!
The restaurant is quite basic and informal however you should be going there for the food! Great for a lunchtim meal - go for the cod, chips and mushy peas - all you need! Real comfort food!
Well my first visit here left a very favourable impression. Didn’t join the lunchtime queue in the takeaway but sat in the more relaxed surroundings of the restaurant.
I went for the battered skate, my lunchtime companion the Seashell char-grilled platter. The skate was delicious, a good size wing, the chips (though good) were almost superfluous! The platter (cubes of monkfish, halibut, salmon and cod) was generous too and equally tasty.
I’ll return, especially since it’s so close to Marylebone Station!
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