As you probably have heard, the UK is well known for its dish fish and chips and there are hundred of restaurants, pubs and corner shops offering this. Finding the perfect fish and chips turned out to be quite a challenge, but after a while I luckily found my favourite place, a restaurant called ‘Poppies‘ situated in the East End, just around the corner from Brick Lane – a famous street with lots of vintage shops, Indian food places, cool bars and clubs, and the infamous Sunday ‘Brick Lane Market’.
I became aware of the quaint restaurant when I saw people standing in front of it eating newspaper-wrapped chips, which they all seemed to really enjoy. So I decided to give it a try. As soon as you enter Poppies you are welcomed by a 50’s style interior which includes an old jukebox, waitresses dressed up with kitschy, colourful headscarves, chefs wearing toques, and walls covered in newspaper articles and knickknacks. Pops, the owner of the place, has collected these items over many years.
Poppies offers both takeaway and eat-in.
The cute restaurant was founded by the Pop family, who started serving fish and chips in 1945. When they opened they were determined to only deliver the freshest and best quality fish, directly from Billingsgate Market, which they still do, but only from sustainable fish traders.
Poppies offers a variety of fish, such as haddock, cod, halibut, which can all be served in two ways: fried (the typical UK way) or grilled (for those watching their figures). I would advise anyone to make reservations in advance as it can get quite packed in the evening.
The prices are all decent considering the quality of food. We ordered the quintessential fish and chips. The chips are hand-cut and I especially loved that they were not too oily like you find in many other places. For a starter we chose the fish cake and we had the delicious sponge pudding with vanilla ice cream for desert. It was a perfect British dinner, which definitely met all our expectations. Also, the servers were very helpful, patient, and friendly.
Fried cod fillet with chips
Grilled cod fillet served with chips
Our starter, fish cake
Fish cake with tartar sauce
We reall enjoyed our evening here and would happily come back anytime.
Poppies is located at 6-8 Hanbury Street, Spitalfields, London, E1 6QR in the neighborhood of Brick Lane. Call ahead for reservations at +44-020-7247 0892.
Poppies is open Monday thru Thursday, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. – 11:30 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
And if you haven’t been to Brick Lane, I recommend a visit to the well-known Sunday Brick Lane Market, which offers a great variety of vintage clothes and delicious food. However, try to hold yourself back in case you want to try fish and chips afterwards!
Do any of you know another great fish and chips restaurant in London?