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Heading to London for a week in early April. Want to make sure I have authentic fish and chips while there. Staying near Kings Cross but will be touring all over London proper.

Can someone direct me to the best place to grab fish and chips and maybe a pint on the side?

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  1. You can do a search for previous threads on this topic... upper right hand corner of the page.

    Two favourites seem to be Master's Superfish near Waterloo or The Golden Hind, Rock and Sole Plaice is also popular.

    1. Noting your wish for a pint and "authentic", bear in mind that there are those of us who would suggest that pubs are not the best place to eat fish & chips.

      I've enjoyed Masters and thought Rock & Sole Plaice possibly the worst I have experienced anywhere in the country - even worse than the chippy on the village which is saying something.

      1. "Authentic fish and chips"
        Not defined

        http://www.goodforlunch.com/reviews/c...

        Kings Cross Example :
        http://www.qype.co.uk/place/363000-Go...

        Camden :
        http://www.pier1fishandchipshop.co.uk...

        "London proper" : exactly?

        Patra19

        1. The Bull & Last is a highly recommended food pub on the board and have fish and chips on the menu

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          1. re: damien76

            As Harters said F&C and a pint of beer are not usually the best bedfellows (a big pot of tea is more traditional). Plenty of pubs do have OK F&C on the menu (though menu have pre-made bought in versions) and the B&L is a very fine dining pub.

            But good F&C needs to come from a good chippy with big industrial fish fryers, it needs to be served in paper and it doesn't need poncy triple cooked chips - I actually like slightly soggy (but real) chips with lots of salt and vinegar, which takes me back to my youth and picking up a fish supper on the way back from the pub and eating it from the paper as I meandered home.

            Pub F&C vs. Chippy F&C is like a taco from a nice restaurant vs a taco from a down and dirty taco truck - ones real, ones gussied up! Head for Masters and have a few pints first.

            1. re: PhilD

              Are the pints to obscure the ambiance? :-)

              1. re: PhilD

                Agree with Phil - "proper" chips are slightly floppy.

                Possibly the scientists amongst us might be able to tell us why that means the chips can soak up the vinegar better than crisp fries. I have no idea - but they do.

            2. Appreciate all the replies. I know nothing specific about the pub scene vs other options. I just know I like f&c and wanted to get a good batch. If a pub isnt the place, fine and as for the pints - that was a side remark.

              1. I recently had quite good F&C at the Admiral Codrington in Chelsea. It's more on the restaurant end of gastropub, but it a nice place with very good non F&C food as well (sort of close to museums, Harrods, etc., if you're heading in that direction).

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                1. re: brokentelephone

                  They also have VERY good burgers.

                  1. re: pj26

                    They were doing an O'Shea's menu for a while, and had some of the finest steaks I'd had in London, but alas, I think thats over now.

                    They do an excellent Sunday roast as well.

                2. I really liked The Golden Hind when I tried it a few times many years ago, but I completely converted to Master's Superfish. They have some crazy lunchtime deals too.

                  1. Kerbisher & Malt (west London) or Poppies (east London).

                    1. Fish Central near Barbican/Moorgate (kind of) is really good for fish and chips and at least as good as any I've had in London.

                      I was a Golden Hind devotee, mostly due to proximity and ambiance, but I think I've shifted.

                      I found Kerbisher & Malt to be mediocre, though am aware people are keen, perhaps I had a bad night. The service and look of the place are, like Poppies, a few steps up from the commonly suggested alternatives.