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  • 5.0 star rating
    22/3/2014

    After a long day at work, I grabbed some good old fish and chips here this week. I ordered the standard cod and chips and wasn't disappointed! The food was great and really well prepared. With fish and chips theres such a fine line, either exceptional or awful. This experience was of the exceptional nature.

    I also had mushy peas with my meal which was also very good.

    A first time but one I'd recommend and also use in the future!

  • 3.0 star rating
    6/4/2014
    1 check-in here

    We came here to try out their healthy option. Their fish can be ordered deep fried but also streamed or grilled. We opted for a steamed sole and a grilled salmon with a few veggie sides.

    The sole was steamed with ginger and scallions but was a long way off from the Chinese variants I'd had before. It was a bit on the bland side. The grilled salmon was fine. Both pieces of fish were on the small side though, given how expensive they were.

    Veggie sides were steamed and grilled veg.  Again nothing too exciting but it ticked the boxes.

    Given what we had, the meal was quite pricey and not great value for money. It felt like elevated cafe food. Not horrible by any means but not really worth expense for sure.

  • 3.0 star rating
    17/6/2013
    1 check-in here

    Olley's is pretty great on the taste, freshness and quirky decor front. Falls a little on the price front. I suppose this is "posh fish and chips" but three quid for chips, really? It'd be nice to be able to get a meal for in or around a tenner, not approaching £15, even at a "posh" spot.

    c*

  • 4.0 star rating
    6/1/2011
    ROTD 18/5/2011

    What do I love about Olley's? Let me count the ways.

    OK, budding food business owners here's a lesson to learn: supreme belief in yourself supported by fresh, uncomplicated food is always going to put you in Gold medal position.

    I've been frequenting this place since it initially opened and it never falters in either its offering or the service of its staff.

    Ok, so it's not especially cheap, that's to say, you're not going to get much change out of £20 for fish and chips and drinks for two takeway, but it is memorable.

    You see, I'm like you, I don't mind paying for quality when it's presented to me as good soul food is hard to come by.  ing.

    In truth, such fare isn't especially hard to present: catch and cook some fresh fish, grow then cook tasty potatoes and throw in some cheeky mushy peas for that trad London experience. How hard can that be? You'll be surprised how many similar establishments royally foul this up.

    Its popularity in recent years has prompted the opening of a sit-down restaurant next door, however, both the sit-down and takeaway venues offer full and diverse menus. They're obviously doing something right.

    Best time to go in my opinion is that surreal quiet time between school drop-off and pick-up. Make sure you take a lazy stroll through leafy Brockwell Park and build up that appetite. Go on, you deserve it.

    Olley's wins because it's unashamed in its celebration of itself. As its advertising says, it's not one of the best fish and chips shops in London, it is THE best fish and chips shop in London.

    Who am I to deny such charming arrogance?

  • 4.0 star rating
    22/2/2011
    2 check-ins here

    I've eaten one too many portions of fish and chips of sub-par quality, especially the batter, and the oil used for frying.  Worse is when it's served piping hot, and you get that initial fried and crunch rush, but then within a minute or so you're faced with a soggy, greasy, cold mess of dubious value.  

    That's never the case at Olley's!  They serve high quality fish, well battered, and perfectly fried.  And the chips are to die for!  

    They also have more than just your standard cod and haddock choices available.  Some dishes are named after famous UK personalities (James Nesbitt, Cilla Black) and last time I went they also had non-fish specials on offer.

    Highly recommeded, worth the trek to Herne Hill!

  • 3.0 star rating
    30/7/2010

    Serious fish & chips on Brockwell Park.
    Serious pricing.
    Seriously.
    £10 for fish and chips, before mushy peas? Well, yeah.
    It's pretty damn good though.
    And the fish was salmon.
    But the cod isn't much less.

    They had some time out write-up a couple of years ago. They're good, but maybe not worth a trip this far out. Though the area's nice, and if you're coming to the Half Moon for a pint...

    • Qype User warrio…
    • London
    • 133 friends
    • 253 reviews
    2.0 star rating
    21/11/2008

    Being vegan I'd never paid a whole lot of attention to Olleys on my daily jaunts past it to and from home. However, after a lovely glass of red round a friend's house last Saturday night the lure of chip shop chips was too much for me and I ventured in.

    The takeaway part is definitely on a different level to your average greasy chippy, so that was nice, and I was pleased to discover they also sell wine to take home. You know how it is after one glass - more is necessary! - so I added a bottle of Pinot something-or-other to my order. I didn't think it was too pricey at £6.

    As a girl who has recently started referring to herself as a lady (it's an age thing), imagine my surprise when I was asked to present photo ID! In retrospect I suppose ordering some chips then saying Oh, and can I get wine as well please might have looked a bit suss, and being endowed with healthy skin has got me in to this sort of trouble before. The funny thing was that instead of indignation, I felt embarassment - almost as though I was a naughty teen trying it on in a shop and not a twenty-something who rents her own flat, pays for contents insurance and enjoys other such boring adult pursuits. I have an ISA, for crying out loud!

    Thankfully the man in charge came to my rescue, pooh-poohing the serving girl's protestations that I looked too young. I look 17, really? In my shocked, vaguely inebriated state I made some show of pointing out one or two wrinkles on my face to the woman, now suddenly indignant that she still didn't believe I was [well] over 18. She wasn't interested.

    If I ever happen to have my passport on me and am passing Olleys, be sure I will visit again just to wave it in that lady's face. And in ten years time perhaps I'll go in again and beg her to ID me

    • Qype User cocoal…
    • London
    • 47 friends
    • 182 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    19/4/2008

    We hadn't planned to go to Olleys but just wandered past when hungry and decided to give it a try.
    The service is great, before our starters turned up we got given little fishcakes to try. This wasn't because our starters were late, in fact the whole meal was served promptly.
    The range of fish is interesting, though there is no advice on how ethically the fish is sourced
    The food was amazing but not really worth the prize. It's about £12-15 for a piece of fish, and that doesn't include chips, mushy peas, potatoes etc that's all about £2-3 extra. Our meal came to £50, which is a bit much for very standard fish and chips for two. But great for those who want to spend on good quantitiy.

    • Qype User clashc…
    • London
    • 26 friends
    • 39 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    30/9/2008

    A bit expensive, but fantastic. The fish comes in any type of form, with dozens of different fish to choose from. Chips are chunky, the tartare sauce and mushy peas are delightfully home-made, and they serve drinks and alcohol too.

    Could be a bit cheaper, but it really is the best fish and chip place in London. Portions are massive - if you're getting takeaway for two people, just two pieces of fish and one serve of chips is more than enough.

    • Qype User fron…
    • London
    • 8 friends
    • 3 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    26/11/2008

    Olley's has about the best choice of fish suppers you can get - healthier options, including grilled fish, unusual fish varieties as well as the traditional cod and scampi. A portion of chips costs about £2 - the fish varies. Cod is about £6 a portion (cant remember the exact price).

    The shop is split into a takeaway section (the bit I go to) and a sit-down place. It all feels warm, clean and relaxed. A nice touch is that you get some free chips to keep you going if there's any kind of wait for the fish to cook.

    The downside is the price - this isn't a cheap place, but it is reliable. It's right opposite Brockwell Park, which makes it a good stopping off point on summer evenings.

  • 5.0 star rating
    6/12/2011
    6 check-ins here

    Hands down... Olleys Fish & chips are best in south london.. Full Stop..! Evening can be a long wait.. but once try the food the wait was worth it...

  • 5.0 star rating
    4/4/2010
    First to Review

    The famous Olley's fish experience is hyped by many as the best fish 'n chip shop in London.  Calling it a fish n' chip shop somewhat undersells what it actually is, which is an affordable gourmet fish and chip restaurant.  Fish comes fried in batter or grilled and steamed.  I plumped for the old favourite, cod and chips, though the range is as big as any other restaurant of its kind.   Fish was excellent, chips likewise and it came with homemade tartare sauce.   It lived up to the hype and the pride they take in their work is evident.  If you can drop in at lunchtime, take advantage of the lunchtime special.  Well worth the money.

  • 4.0 star rating
    25/10/2010
    1 check-in here

    Olley's has the best fish and chips in London!  One of the things I wanted out of my first visit to London was to see how amazing fish and chips can be.  Lucky for me, one of my friends who was on this trip grew up in London and knew exactly where to go.  She took us to Olley's for the true fish and chips experience.  Apparently, years ago, Olley's was more of a to-go food stand where you ordered and got fish and chips wrapped to go in a newspaper.  Now, you have the option of sitting down and eating your meal with a beer in tow (beer makes everything better!).  My fish and chips were amazing.  The fish was fresh and tender and the batter was crispy.  Delicious!

    • Qype User grands…
    • London
    • 2 friends
    • 6 reviews
    2.0 star rating
    17/12/2012

    Olleys, once had some nice fish and chips there, but that was about 18 years ago.
    Dry,Dry expensive chips, average tasting fish and you have to wait for yonks.
    And its too expensive.

    • Qype User lindle…
    • London
    • 8 friends
    • 22 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    18/6/2007

    This place has the look and feel of traditional fish restaurant. My boys love it but to be honest I can take it or leave it. Everything is done really well, the service is spot on and they do take their fish and chips very seriously! This is the place to go if you fancy yourself as a bit of a connoisseur!

    • Qype User Lisa_R…
    • London
    • 5 friends
    • 14 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    3/10/2009

    Fish and chips, fish and chips how do I love thee? Let me count the ways...and the calories. But never mind. I have been visiting Olleys Fish Bar in my local South London for several years now. The last time I visited was a couple months ago. My cousin and I went to Crystal Palace to see Usain Bolt do his thing.Then we were hungry and wfelt like fish and chips.I like Olleys because its a proper sit down restaurant. It has a nice atmosphere with cosy corners for couples as well as an upstairs eating area. The owner is friendly and attentive, the service is good. The fish and chips are delicious, try the calamari for starters - very nice. The mushy peas are just right. The dessert menu is very good - offering homenade traditional puddind=gs such as spotted dick, treacle tart and apple pie. There is also a delicious range of creamy ice creams available. It is a bit on the pricey side. Our meal for two came to £27 but that was on a special deal.

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