How easy is it to find a decent fish supper without having to fork out at gastro pub prices? In honour of 2013 being the 150th anniversary of fish and chips, batter fanatic Phoebe Lowndes endeavours to find out
Before our second date, my boyfriend texted to confirm our Friday night plans. The location left charmingly undisclosed, I was excited by the prospect of being wined and dined.
Cut to our arrival outside a less-than-glam restaurant and takeaway on Waterloo road. Yet my initial surprise at the choice of establishment gave way to anticipation as we were hit with a hot waft of vinegar. That evening, gobbling battered cod and chips, washed down with house white, we left feeling we were in on a secret.
Masters had revived my love of fish and chips, and since that first date, our Friday-night-fish-supper outings have become a monthly pilgrimage. Where else could possibly match up in South London?
Considering several recommendations, I decided to check out a suggestion from a trusted friend for a fish bar in Kennington. As a low-key place, and a long running institution, I thought it would serve as a good comparison. I then braced myself for two fish suppers in two days, in order to bring you a head-to-head battle of the classic British dinner.
So where’s your favourite fish ‘n’ chip shop?
Words and photos: Phoebe Lowndes