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Dec 29, 2008 12:53 PM

Fryer's Delight, Holborn, London

A pretty solid fried cod - very moist fish, puffy batter, soft on the inside with a tiny bit of crisp on the outside. Satisfying chips, the thinnest crispy shell, then soft, almost puffy insides. Fairly clean tasting frying oil.

IMHO, The Golden Hind is still a notch up, in terms of technique - their batter is amazingly crispy, but this isn't a bad place by any means and a worthwhile meal.

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  1. I agree. This place was OK, but I prefer Rock and Sole because I like my fish a bit more crisp. Still haven't made it to Golden Hind, although it is on my list!

    1. I ate the Fryer's a couple of weeks ago and was really looking forward to it having been there several months before and had a decent piece of crisp fresh fish.

      How disappointed was I this time! The chips were OK but not that crisp and the fish (cod) tasted like it had a pancake wrapped around it so soggy was the batter and it had that awful slimy layer on the fish itself. I suspect it was a "re-heat" and I should have paid more attention whilst they were cooking it. I left in a foul mood and vowed to myself never to return there again.

      Rock and Sole was good the last time I went but not a patch the Masters - ask for the Masters special cod for a massive fillet and don't forget the pickled onions and gherkins. They do a weekday lunch special at Masters for £6.95 (i think) - 3 fresh prawns to start, fish, chips, onion, gherkin and tea..oh yes and bread. All nicely walked off by a stroll along the South Bank.

      The Golden Hind maintains high standards and the best thing (apart from the food) is it's a BYO.

      1. Is it the Fryer's that cook in beef fat?

        Never had a duff meal at Master's, IMHO the standard by which all (London) chippies should be judged.

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        1. re: Gav

          That's what I have read - Fryer's use beef dripping (and Golden Hind do not)

          1. re: food.snob

            The Fryers Delight was an infrequent lunchtime treat for my husband as he works nearby, however a couple of years ago he stopped going as he said it often tasted like the chips were re-fried from the day before and weren't at all fresh.

            They do cook in beef dripping - he asked them and they confirmed.

            I shall have to check out Masters and the Golden Hind - only ever tried the Rock n Sole in the list above - which was quite good - the best fish and chips I've tried in London was a place called Rockys that was near Croydon (they used to deliver) - they had fantastic fat chips and lovely crunchy batter on their fish!

        2. As ever, the best resource for chippie reviews is http://www.doshermanos.co.uk/

          Scroll down to Food of the Gods on the left hand side.