So, here’s a bit of a break from Burgers(sorrynotsorry) – Poppies of Spitalfields is British personified: Fish and Chips. I had heard a couple of people mention Poppies and when Nadia and I found ourselves on the streets of Shoreditch and hungry (not homeless!) we decided to head to Poppies.
‘Best Fish ‘n’ Chips discovered in London town’ – a big claim to make, so would Poppies live up to it? Well, they have been named Best Independent Fish and Chips restaurant in the UK! So down to business…
The menu is clear with some nice design detailing however I wish it was 100% consistent – see the lines above and below the titles ‘daily starters’ and ‘fish supper served’ but not on the ‘scrumptious puddings’, ‘beverages’ or ‘wines’ – who would have wine with Fish and Chips though!?
The restaurant has a retro feel which is complimented by the use of the duck egg/pastel blue. The Spitalfields restaurant (they also have one in Camden) is quite small, we were lucky to get a table really, but it didn’t feel cramped. The waitresses are very fast and wear matching retro outfits, and let’s not forget all of the vintage memorabilia that fills the walls:
If you’re lucky you get to sit next to the retro juke box which was a gorgeous colour considering it’s age!
Nadia and I both ordered cod and chips each:
‘Ooooh yummy!’ says Nadia ha
Cutlery ready – I was SO hungry at this point! And what a lovely meal it was – the chips were chunky, the fish was cooked to perfection and there was even a slice of lemon to squeeze over it. It was a big portion too, so good value for money in my opinion.
The waitress brought the bill over in this cute mini frying net with some penny chew sweets (we only ate the fruit salads!) which was lovely.
The restaurant is full of quirky, interesting signs, quotes and objects including these newspaper print chairs:
Fish & Tips – I love a good pun!
We had a lovely time at Poppies and would definitely recommend it – it was lovely. If you’re visiting and don’t have time to eat in the restaurant you’re able to takeaway so there’s no excuse for you not to try Poppies. I saw on their website that they have live music at the Camden restaurant from time to time so check for a fish ‘n’ gigs date soon.
Have you been to Poppies before? What did you think? I’d love to hear about your experiences so let me know. Any recommendations for my next Food & Fonts post?