Poppies is not a typical London chippy. These tend to be depressing places – all greying linoleum, soggy chips and lingering smells of old grease. Poppies, on the other hand, is a self-consciously charming caricature of the traditional – y’know, Lindsay Lohan post-makeover in Mean Girls; still warm and fuzzy on the inside but totally polished on the outside. Everything is spick and span. The floor tiles are sparkling, the formica tables filled by Shoreditch hipsters and the waitresses clad in flowery scarf-and-apron combos. More to the point, the fish and chips are actually good. Believe us, a serious achievement in Central London. The flakey white fish is sourced from Billingsgate and cooked to crispy perfection in a well-flavoured batter. The hand cut chips are good and thick and taste perfect with lashings of salt and vinegar. The kitschy cutesiness may be hard for some to swallow, but the deep-fried food won’t be.
|Address:||6-8 Hanbury St, E1 6QR|
|Phone:||020 7247 0892|
|Nearest Tube:||Liverpool Street|
|Need To Know:||Takeaway available; Watch out for Camden branch coming soon|