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  • 5.0 star rating
    26/8/2014

    The fish and chips were nothing short of perfection. We ordered a cod and haddock meal to try both. Also tried the mushy peas and fish cake. If I come back to London I will definitely dine here again. Also tried two types of lagers too. All n all it exceeded my already high expectations.

    The restaurant decor is nice and everyone was extremely friendly!

  • 4.0 star rating
    13/10/2014

    I maybe a noob on Fish 'n Chips in UK, but it met(or went beyond) what I just expected. I was just freakin' happy to have my 1st ever fish 'n chips in UK soil, OK?

    I thought everything was bigger in US than anywhere else in the world. But wow.. I had not seen fish 'n chips as big as the one from Poppies. This alone made impressed the shit out of me and gives automatic 4 stars to this place.

    Taste? Some may call it mediocre, but it was pretty good to me.
    Not too greasy or too watery inside which can happened to white fish a lot.
    I need to plan a London trip once again just for this.

  • 4.0 star rating
    21/8/2014
    1 check-in

    Tip: Poppies has a dine-in and take-out menu where prices are cheaper for take-out.

    Came here with a friend to dine-in, and we weren't disappointed, except for the longer waiting time. We shared a large cod fish and chips and a calamari appetizer. Because of the calamari, which was freshly made, our food which came altogether, took a while.

    The fish and chips were the star of the night. They managed to make a deep fried dish not overly greasy, with the chips made from fresh potatoes. I suspect their chips may not be twice fried, hence not achieving the crispness, but I didn't mind it as I do love my chips slightly mushy. Our cod flaked nicely and wasn't over done. Batter was light and not overly chunky, *almost* like an English version of tempura! Everything went well with lemon and tartar sauce. Yum!

    Our calamari was over-priced, with 5 thick rings for £5. Probably would not order it again because of the waiting time.

    Would I come back again? Yes, for a quick dinner and a fish and chips fix!

  • 5.0 star rating
    18/7/2014

    Hands down the best fish and chips I have ever had.

    I usually opt out of ordering this dish because it's usually over battered and greasy. This was nothing like that.

    The fish was moist and quite delicious. I'm glad that I was able to stop by here during my trip to London.

  • 4.0 star rating
    17/9/2014

    Loved it. First time having fish & chips in the UK. I loved the malt vinegar & salt on the chips/fries instead of ketchup. It was good on the fish, too, which was super fresh & fried perfectly with the skin. I prefer crunchy chips but I believe it's standard that they are more potato-ey/not crunchy. I went twice. One large order of fish & a side of fries in one container is enough for two. The beef pie is pretty good, too. I like the flaky crust. I'd def come, again.

    • Liz S.
    • Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, United States
    • 0 friends
    • 16 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    6/10/2014

    Food was delicious. The fish and chips were the tastiest I had in London. Great service. The servers kept our drinks full. We were a group of 11 or so. The live music on Saturday night was fantastic.

  • 5.0 star rating
    26/8/2014

    Tried the cod and haddock. Both were excellent! The cod allows you to taste more of the malt vinegar and tatar sauce while the haddock is more of a nice white flaky fish. Can't decide which was better. The service was excellent. All the servers were extremely attentive. Had to try the mushy peas and a fish cake and both were just ok. Would definitely recommend this place!

  • 5.0 star rating
    6/6/2014

    I miss Poppies like none other.

    Brilliantly light, crispy, flaky and filling fish & chips...without the grease hangover!
    I used to treat myself to a large haddock & chips once (well, *cough* sometimes twice) a week, and even brought along friends who found my obsession both amusing and/or puzzling.

    But in the end, I think they got it. ;)

  • 5.0 star rating
    3/8/2014
    1 check-in

    Fish and chips best one I've ever had. Very huge chunk of fish with min batter. Meaty fries. They won awards from seafish nationally best. Ordered regular cod and haddock with chips. Huge amount. Total 17pounds. Sit outside in front bench and order ale from the Golden heart.

  • 5.0 star rating
    15/5/2014

    There's a reason this place is always so crowded.  

    Fish n Chips (Haddock w/ skin) was insane.  Best I've tasted (besides the Lion and Key in Hull).

    There are 2 distinct vibes here:  inside seating (calm, bright, small and warm) and outside stainless steel table (street style and where the action is).

    We did outside.  It was raining and there was an awning to protect us.  The malt vinegar and salt are lashed to the metal table so they don't get knocked off by drunk people or stolen.

    Don't half step.  A full order is good if you're totally wasted.  Otherwise get a small order or split a large with a friend.

  • 5.0 star rating
    8/5/2014
    2 check-ins

    The calamari and chips are absolutely delicious. Super crispy, homemade tartar sauce, and very large portion - I think I got 10 rings plus a generous helping of chips! By the end of the meal I was stuffed and very pleased.

    My boyfriend ordered the cod which he said was also fried to perfection (though he wasn't so impressed by the portion, just okay with it). Not too expensive either especially considering the size of the plate! Will definitely be coming back.

  • 4.0 star rating
    26/3/2014

    Probably the best fist and chips I had in London. I tried a bunch of places and this place is the best bang for your buck.

    The fish and chips were fresh off the fryer and it made the difference. I would've given 5 stars but you guys charge for ketchup?!

  • 5.0 star rating
    16/1/2014
    1 check-in

    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.

  • 3.0 star rating
    31/3/2014
    1 check-in

    I think I was a little too hopeful when I came here for the first time. I was in spitalfields market and shoreditch area and I checked yelp to suggest me a place so there I was. When I came there was a bit of line but I didn't wait that long and we ordered before we sat down and the food came quickly once we were settled.

    We ordered the seafood platter and haddock fish 'n chips. I was a bit let down because the chips were no longer warm. It was just mildly warm. The fish and seafood were great so had no complaint on that. But the chips were ordinary and rather dismaying.

    We ordered desserts but unfortunately they were ran out of the pudding and apple pie. So we were left with ice creams, chocolate and strawberry flavors. They were just ordinary but I thought the strawberry was better than the chocolate.

    They are said to be the champion of national fish 'n' chips competition 2014 but I can tell you there is another place I would choose to get my perfect fish 'n chips.

  • 3.0 star rating
    3/2/2014

    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?

  • 4.0 star rating
    23/12/2013

    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.

  • 5.0 star rating
    11/10/2013
    1 check-in

    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.

  • 4.0 star rating
    15/9/2013
    1 check-in

    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.

  • 4.0 star rating
    31/10/2013

    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!

  • 4.0 star rating
    27/9/2013
    1 check-in

    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
    in UK.

  • 4.0 star rating
    25/10/2013

    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!

  • 3.0 star rating
    16/4/2014

    Nice decor if you are into the retro thing and can't fault the service or anything. Just feel that it is quite overrated and overly priced but maybe that's to pay for the decor. Happy days near by is just as good

  • 3.0 star rating
    15/12/2013

    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?

  • 5.0 star rating
    16/9/2013

    Opening Remarks:
    -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.

    Ambiance:
    -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.

    Service:
    -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!

    Drink Menu:
    -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.

    Menu:
    -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.

    Closing Remarks:
    -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.

  • 4.0 star rating
    20/5/2013

    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!

  • 1.0 star rating
    8/7/2013

    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.

    Ugh.

  • 5.0 star rating
    5/1/2014

    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! !

  • 4.0 star rating
    2/5/2014

    Really great fish & chips!  The fish was fresh, the batter was cunchy, and the portions were large.  The decor and service were very 50's American - pretty cool.  The establishment was very clean which is impressive given the open kitchen where hundreds of pounds od fish and chips get fried everyday!

  • 4.0 star rating
    11/1/2014

    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.

  • 4.0 star rating
    25/6/2013
    1 check-in

    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!!

  • 4.0 star rating
    12/3/2014

    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.

  • 4.0 star rating
    26/8/2013

    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.

  • 3.0 star rating
    14/12/2012
    1 check-in

    Friends were recommended Poppies by a local who claimed it was the best around Shoreditch. I'd have to politely disagree.

    Prices:
    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.

    Service:
    Prompt & polite. No complaints! Very friendly.

    Food:
    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!

    Environment:
    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.

    • Dima H.
    • West Los Angeles, Los Angeles, United States
    • 19 friends
    • 4 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    15/3/2014

    Their cod and chips are amazing! I would also try the sticky toffee pudding.

  • 4.0 star rating
    18/2/2013

    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.

  • 4.0 star rating
    10/9/2012
    3 check-ins

    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!

  • 5.0 star rating
    10/2/2014

    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.

  • 4.0 star rating
    29/8/2012
    1 check-in

    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.

  • 5.0 star rating
    24/10/2011
    5 check-ins
    Listed in Fish and Chips

    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.

  • 5.0 star rating
    7/11/2013

    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.

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