Easily the best fish n' chips in London.
It's cheapest (and quickest) to grab takeaway, but if you take the time to have a meal there it's a real treat. The whole place feels a bit lost in time, like a 40's diner that just kept on going.
The fish n' chips themselves are gigantic, which means you can split with a friend and still have room for the second reason to eat in...
The Cartmel sticky toffee pudding.
It's beyond amazing. It's the ultimate version of the ultimate British dessert. You must get it because reasons.
This is the place to take someone for a solid fish and chips with charm but not the grit. Like the Disney World of Fish and Chips but in a quality way.
The atmosphere feels slightly "done" but when it comes to showing someone around town, the cutesy factor mostly works: the men behind the counter battering and frying are appropriately disgruntled... in a charming way, the waiters and waitresses rush around with their brows slightly furrowed (wanting to be sure you're pleased)... in a charming way.
The jellied eel really jiggles in an authentic, but... not so charming way. However, the bread and butter it came with was almost like a sweet brioche so it looked and felt "authentic" but tasted better than the soggy white bread you'd get at a typical hole in the wall spot. The crust on the fish and chips was tasty on its own, and not overly greasy, the tartar sauce was nice. The chips were hit or miss, some nice crispy ones, some chunky bland ones, but douse those things in some malt vinegar and you're golden.
We tried both haddock and cod, the piece of haddock was thinner and smooth, fall-apart texture whereas the cod was a chunkier piece making the meat slightly drier and more flakey. Since the piece was rather hefty, some bites were just straight up cod, which isn't really meant to speak for itself in this type of meal. I guess this is up to preferences, but with the haddock, the crust to protein ratio just felt so right!
You can make reservations via the website, and since there's always at least a bit of a line about 10 or more people deep. Unless you're really going after that amusement park experience, why wait in a queue?
One of the most renowned places in london for fish and chips. The atmosphere is amazing if you are a 50s lover like me: awesome music (last time, aretha Franklin), 50s memorabilia on the walls and waitress dressed like the cafe in back to the future 2!
But more important (well, that's not true, let's say as important as) than the place, the food. First time you come here, you already know what to have: fish n chips, regular. The cod is perfectly cooked, moist and compact, nicely fried (crispy and not greasy). Wonderful! Chips are good, they are bigger than usual size (as I prefer) and perfectly fried. I'm actually wondering about how they manage to have such a perfect fried food, it's amazing!
Ah btw, portions are generous! It's not that cheap, but I can tell you, one dish is more than enough and you won't regret the expense!
Only one defect: beers are not that good and they are a bit expensive, but you are going there for food not to drink, right!?!
In conclusion, definitely suggested, it's totally worth the money and the waiting time (yes, be prepared to wait a bit as it seems to be crowded every day at every tine!), just enjoy your 50s hideout! !
Their cod and chips are amazing! I would also try the sticky toffee pudding.
I just wanted the chips and a beer. Thank goodness we got there before the rush. This place was packed and had a queue outside in the rain once lunchtime started. The chips were good and apparently the fish was really good. The portions were big. The retro signs will have you busy looking around in wonder. Great place for a boring blind date I suppose :) plenty to look at if you realize you're not interested in what he/she is saying.
Large fish is truly large and I couldnt move for the rest of the day. Regular portions are still large enough! The best Fish&Chips I've ever tried.
Some of the best fish and chips I had in London. In London is key - the further North you go, in my opinion, the better fish and chips you will get.
This place has a great atmosphere and some great food. The service was great as well! The people were nice and we got rated right away. I will say that it's quite busy during lunch and dinner, but if you reserve a table or go at an off peak time, you'll get a table. They do have take away, so if it is busy, grab a box and go! The fish and chips is fantastic. The chips are a bit soggy sometimes, but not horrible and don't ruin the food. Also, the peas are good. It is worth mentioning that it is kind of expensive, but it's worth it.
Ordered the large haddock and a couple beers. Would do that 1x/week if I lived here. Easily the best fish & chips I've ever had. Very fresh fish and super fluffy chips.
A little cramped but the food definitely makes up for it. My fish, chips, and peas came extremely quickly and were all delicious. The atmosphere is an old style shake shack and the servers are dressed as such. Overall, cool place and good food.
I went here with a friend, based off of a recommendation from my hotel's concierge, and was pretty satisfied. The atmosphere is nice enough, as was the service...it's very 50s style The fish & chips were pretty solid as well. While in London, this was definitely one of the better meals that I had. I would return again.
The atmosphere and service was nice and the restaurant itself is really quaint and fun.
The fish and chips themselves were perfectly edible but not as tasty as you would have hoped. The chips were dry and the other things on the menu aren't particularly exciting.
Why don't they do good milkshakes?
Poppies is a great spot for fish and chips. There are many many places in the UK for this type of cuisine but poppies is pretty consistent.
Their fish is very light and flaky. The batter is lightly fried and crispy.
I do not care for their chips as they are rather limp. I like them crispy on the outside light and fluffy on the inside.
Mashy peas are the bomb....just the best.
The decor is very american Kitschy....america has many themes like this. Chillis, Mels, TGIF etc....but the similarities end there.
Good place for fish and chips!
Best fish and chips in London? Well, I don't know because I haven't had fish and chips from everywhere in London, but I'm willing to bet this place at least makes the top 5.
Seriously, great stuff! Enormous portion! One order was good enough for me and a friend, though we weren't exactly ravenously hungry. We had actually already eaten, but we walked by and it just looked and smelled so good, we couldn't pass it up.
They get very crowded, especially on the weekend, so be prepared to take your food to go or to have bit of a line.
Poppies is infamous for their wonderful fish and chips - I can't quite believe it took me this long to come and sample the fare!
I had a small Cod supper when I went this week - I couldn't even finish the small portion, so the large portions are only for the ravenous! My friend had a battered sausage which disappeared pretty quickly and was declared "one of the best ever" - from someone who grew up on the coast, this is a huge accolade.
The staff were very friendly and fast, and it's a nice little place. If I could give it 4.5 stars I would - it loses the half mark only because it's relatively pricey, and also because I'm not convinced that it's particularly memorable. That said, I wouldn't have any problem with going back!
I am torn between giving this place three or four stars, so I took the latter.
The place is a madhouse and packed to the gills with hungry diners. We weren't sure how long the wait for a table might be, yet we took a chance that it would be worth it.
Hubby ordered cod; I got haddock. The fish is DELICIOUS! It was crisp, flaky, and full of fresh-fish flavor. There are two negatives, though. First, the chips could have been more crisp. Maybe growing up on North America has spoiled me to fried potatoes being absolutely crispy. The chips were quite tasty, despite the non-crispness. The one thing I hope never to encounter again is mushy peas. I've never encountered a dish of peas that didn't taste like peas.
I suppose that not growing up in the British Isles, I'm not accustomed to the taste of these things, I shall refrain from calling them food. This green substance didn't taste at all like peas, but some sort of horrible bean dish. I added vinegar to what I'd had on my plate, and it made them somewhat palatable. We were both very glad to have plenty of fish left to take away the horrific taste of it.
Again, the negatives are coming from someone who's grown up in the land of crispy fries and peas tasting like peas. I firmly believe that this place is worth the wait, and we'll probably be back before heading home to the states.
I had the haddock i was pretty gud , the only problem i had was the tarter sauce it wasnt to good
Good food and beautiful waitresses. I didn't want to leave.
-Opened in 1945
-Owned by Pop Newland, a British man who's been making fish & chips his entire life.
-With the success of their original location in East London, the family opened up a second shop in Camden Town.
-They are frequently regarded as the top Fish & Chip parlor in London.
-Poppies offers live music Fridays and Saturdays.
-Straight out of a scene from a post-war film. The posters on the wall speak to war-time paraphernalia and 50s pinup housewife jokes (so my style). The ceiling is lined with old toys and housewares from the 50s including the tiniest television I have ever seen (then again, nowadays we watch TV on our phones!)
-Beside the dining room there is a line up out the door for quick take out. Patrons can take it home or stand around one of the high top tables outside.
-Fast, efficient and remarkably friendly - our server asked us how we would like our meal timed (thank you!!!) and if we would like new cutlery and plates between courses.
-Servers all dress up in 1950s nautical type dresses - honestly, it's like Poppy's was personally created for me!
-I believe the other location offers booze, but we were already feeling loopy from jet lag so ordered simple with a few Cokes in retro bottles to keep things sober.
-Heavily fish & chip based rounded out with a variety of classic British staples like baked beans and mushy peas.
-All fish is sustainably caught and purchased from Peterhead Fisheries.
-There are 13 different seafood options for your fish & chip supper.
-Take-Away meals are served in newspaper like the good old days.
Hand Peeled Prawn Cocktail ( 4.95)
We certainly weren't expecting baby shrimp in a Russian-type mayo dressing laying on a mound of iceberg, but it was pretty tasty. My only complaint is that I wished there was some dressing on the lettuce below and a little less on top as it was hard to get an evenly dressed bite.
Gherkin ( 1.00)
Yum. Mild sweetness and not too sour, a great pickle.
Garden Peas ( 2.45)
These are you-know-who's favourite food so he was super pleased with this. Simple but effective.
Halibut and Chips ( 15.90)
I can see what the fuss is about-these were damn good F&Cs. The halibut was so moist, it literally melted like butter on the tongue, while the batter was crispy but light. The chips, while not my personal style of fried potatoes (I like skinnier with skin and more browning), were undeniably fluffy.
Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding ( 4.60)
Months ago (maybe years ago) Carmel tweeted to me all the way from England and I have since wanted to try their famous STP. Well, it was damn good. Not too sweet, but super moist and delicate, I loved the rich molasses flavour of the cake. I wasn't particularly hungry but I ate it all up.
-Bill for 5 dishes and 2 pops came to 37 including tax and tip ($60 Canadian). Kind of pricey considering what we got and what we would likely pay for this in a fish and chip shop at home
-Despite the price, the food and service was great and I loved the nostalgia atmosphere and for that alone I would be back.
Yelp has never steered me so wrong. Maybe this place bought all its reviews? It's like a bad 50s diner inside and the whole staff is wearing costumes and scowls. We had haddock and it was worse than fish sticks from the freezer. The chips were soggy and bland. Seems like a tourist trap. Totally don't get why this place is highly ranked, and wish I hadn't gone here.
Not a big fan of fish and chips, but...
You gotta try their cod! I had more than 3 "fish and chips" in 7 days and this is the best and the only one that makes me realize why this is a "must-have" dish
The place is great both for sit-in and takeaway. The cod is amazing - fried in groundnut oil and served with chips. I literally licked my fingers. It's a delight and not expensive at all. The takeaway is of the same quality and is wrapped up pretty quickly when you order something. The guys are fast and always polite. Lovely.
Don't do it!
Awfully bland, just not good. It smells fantastic from the outside, the service is great, but the fish and chips are terrible.
Very good meal. I had the Cod fish and chips. Cooked just right. The woman I was dining with had steak pie and we shared each others main courses. The steak pie had an outstanding, flaky pastry crust. Sticky toffee pudding for desert was quite good as well.
Interesting decor, and servers' uniforms.
Definitely a cut above the average fish and chips place.
Poppies is a fantastic way to have traditional fish and chips without going to one of those gosh-awful touristy places.
On our last night in London, the Mister and I really wanted something traditional. Trusty Yelp pointed us to Poppies - and they take reservations, so score for them. When we arrived, the incredibly lovely servers immediately took us to our table by the windows, and the experience was really fantastic.
The service was fast and friendly, and the food was delish. They had a local cider too! We had fish and chips and a chicken pie with chips. I'm not a fish and chips connoisseur, but it was light, crispy, and not greasy. Oh, and the sticky toffee pudding we split was gone in about 30 seconds - it was that good.
So, if you're near Shoreditch and looking for some good traditional food, head on over to Poppies!
Probably the best fish & chips I've ever had! We were actually heading to Turner & Roast for sandwiches, and our cab drove right past Poppies, which I had also bookmarked since it is highly recommended for their fish & chips. Since we only had one sandwich at T&R, we decided to split an order of fish & chips at Poppies. There was a small line when we got there around 7:30pm on a Saturday, but we were sat within 10 minutes. They also have a separate take-out order line, and a lot of people were going that route. There is a small bench outside to eat your food if you prefer. We ordered:
-Large Cod Supper (Fried in Groundnut Oil, Served w/Chips & Homemade Tartar Sauce, £12.50, yelp.com/biz_photos/popp…): Delicious! The large order was HUGE, and I wouldn't be able to finish this on my own. The fish was perfectly cooked, and super crunchy outside but nice and flaky inside. The chips were also delicious, and had a nice crisp. You can't skimp on the salt though. I also really liked the homemade tartar sauce, but had to ask them for more since they give you so little. A must order!
-Roll & Butter (£1.50/each, yelp.com/biz_photos/popp…): The roll was really soft, and comes already buttered. Good, but nothing special.
-Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding (Served w/Scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream, £4.60, yelp.com/biz_photos/popp…): Delicious, and a must order! The sticky toffee pudding comes out nice and warm, and goes really well with the scoop of cold ice cream.
Overall, I had a great meal at Poppies, and this is a must stop if you are in London and like fish and chips!
The cod was thick, moist and fresh with a crispy battered shell. The side of steak cut fries aka "chips", was not seasoned with any salt but firm. This can be good in a way if a customer wishes to salt their own "chips". The green mushy beans were seasoned well but I wasn't really a fan of.
Place was busy and usually a wait for a table. However, if you don't mind taking a brief walked around the block, there are plenty of open picnic tables and benches open to the general food court type area.
Overall, good eats!!
It is a great and perfect
place to grab a delicious fish and chips. It will lightly breaded, flaky, and
full of flavour. Really crispy and not so greasy. They also offer variety of
classic drinks and side dish. The place is really good to grab some quick take
Friends were recommended Poppies by a local who claimed it was the best around Shoreditch. I'd have to politely disagree.
Kind of expensive, definitely not fast food prices, but reminiscent to the Americans' Ruby's. Kind of what you'd expect out of the place.
Prompt & polite. No complaints! Very friendly.
I've had better Fish & Chips. While the cod I ordered wasn't dry, it wasn't very moist either. A little on the oily side & not too full of flavor. I didn't dislike this fish, but I wasn't crazy about it. I just think it could've been better. Perhaps I should've chosen the Plaice or Halibut. The seafood sampler was okay too. I did however, enjoy the mushy peas with a little pinch of salt (why England, why? Why so bland?). The tea I got was really good though. Can't complain about tea!
50s diner that has a lower level bathroom area. Rather medium interior, but it's also very cramped. Did deal with very obnoxious patrons, which isn't the restaurant's fault at all...but when a woman originally from the UK asks you to identify mushy peas & claims she's from Jersey.........where do these people .... I don't even...GO HOME. Oh wait, she's supposedly already home...omg whatever, GO BACK TO JERSEY. YOU'RE BAD & YOU SHOULD FEEL BAD.
Would not say this place is the best. Would not recommend it, but if you're in the area, it doesn't hurt to try it.
Warning: Check that your salt shaker is screwed securely!
I ended up dumping the contents of my salt shaker on my fish. Fortunately, I had just a few bites left (but the last bites are always the ones you savor most!). Still, good place for late night fish and chips with cute diner decor and solidly yummy mushy peas! Also, they offer an organic cider which goes perfect with the meal.
I'll be totally honest - I've never actually had the fish at Poppies, which is odd, considering it's a fish and chips shop. But I seem to only come here when I've already just eaten, or I'm on my way to somewhere else for a meal. However, neither scenario prevents me from walking away with a giant newspaper cone full of steamy starchy chips!
Grab some condiments from the salt and malt vinegar shakers chained to the counters just outside and for a mere £2.30, you have enough fried potato to satisfy a party of three or four people with a savoury snack.
Between the exceptionally quick service and the reliably good takeaway treat, I always have a problem with passing up Poppies whenever I'm down on Hanbury. I -do- have to stop in one of these days to finally try their fried fish, too... with chips, of course!
What could be more British than fish & chips? Despite the fact that it's battered and deep fried and served up with a side of chips that puts the term "Super-size" to shame, you can't help but crave it. And when such a craving strikes, there are few better places than Poppies to go to.
Located near Liverpool St, this is going to be my go-to place to line the stomach before a night out. While there is seating, it tends to be quite busy and for fish and chips I don't need more than a place to rest my tray - luckily the outside tables are perfect for this!
I opted for the cod on the recommendation of the girl taking my order and I can't say I was disappointed. The massive piece of fish was juicy and flaky and cooked to perfection. The batter managed to stay crispy and dry without giving in to the oiliness that KFC chicken and most chippies' products have in spades. The chips were thick and fluffy with just a hint of crispiness on the outside. While they were tasty and filling, I would have preferred more crunch. I will say that these beasts of potato can absorb a fantastic amount of malt vinegar which just supports my stomach-lining preference.
Overall, for less than a tenner you get a delicious filling meal that will keep you going without clogging your arteries. It's hard to ask for much better than that!
I had a meeting in the area and it was up to meet to pick the spot. The reviews here were solid, and so this was it.
Poppies was... good. Good but not amazing. I'm still waiting to be bowled over by fish and chips in this city (and am taking all recommendations.)
Not that it was bad, mind you. Flaky crust and fresh fish. It all just sort of, fell apart though, as I was eating it and became very hard to take a bite after a while. I need my chippies with a little more stability.
Also, the staff was pretty damn bad. I kept having to wave like an idiot to get his attention for anything, and there were three people in the whole place. Not good.
The atmosphere is kitchty fun. It's got that '50s diner feel to it. Not sure what fish and chips has to do with '50s diner, but there you go.
Nothing terrible, but I'll probably need to go with someone else who loves it before I come back.
Yum. Solid Fish & Chips place. Not stingy with their mushy peas either. And, don't forget the stick toffee pudding.
Very light and flaky,
A throwback to the fifties,
Always a long queue.
Poppies is such a fun place to grab fish and chips. The decor is so nostalgic and the staff has some pretty cool uniforms. I loved taking out of town friends to Poppies for this reason, and for its delicious food. The fish is also flakey, and I never have a problem with anything being too oily (which seems to be pretty common at other places). They also offer a range of "classic" soft drinks and sides. Although a little pricey, I think that when the whole atmosphere and quality of food are considered, it's worth it.
My only complaint would be that sometimes it's quite hard to grab some of the waitstaff's attentions. But other than that it's a fun place to grab some classic fish and chips.
Oh, and they have this funny thing where they rope off the dining area from the to-go line. My friends always joke that the host is like a bouncer, because he has to move the rope to let people in.
I was a bit disappointed with Poppies. The fish came out oddly fastlike literally immediately after we ordered it. The batter was a tad soggy and the fries were not crispy.
Oh, thank god.
I was starting to think that fish and chips were better in Texas than in their homeland!
Poppies is SO delicious. Perfectly crispy, large portions (seriously, don't get the "large" unless you're dying of hunger). The chips were crisp on the outside and not soggy like I've experienced at other fish and chip joints.
I live nowhere near Spitalfields, but if I'm craving fish and chips, I'll trek down to Poppies.
PS... they have an AMAZING sticky toffee pudding.
Yep I agree.
This IS good fish and chips. Mmmm MMmmmm MMMmmmmm
Thanks Yelp, I'm always on the lookout for a good chippie. It was too busy for me to get a table on a Sunday evening (damn you brick lane) but I, on my own, was quite happy to sit on the bench outside wolfing down my thick piece of fish and fried spuds.
What a great place for fish and chips! We stopped in to Poppies on our last night in London and we hadn't had any fish and chips yet. The reviews for this place were very good so we made a reservation online and went right over. The staff was very friendly when we arrived and helped us with the menu (since we are relatively unfamiliar with this British tradition). They helped us to make some great choices for what to eat and drink! I was feeling under the weather, so I asked the waitress for a cup of hot water (for my thera-flu) and she didn't even bat an eye at the odd request. The service was very fast and we were surprised at how quickly our orders came out. The fish and chips were delicious! They were lightly breaded and very favorful. The cider we had with it was also wonderful! I would certainly return the next time I am in London!
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