Looking for authentic fish and chips? Poppies is your place.
My flatmates and I stumbled across this gem while wandering around Spitalfields Market one Saturday afternoon. Customers have the choice to take away food in a rolled up newspaper, mimicking authentic chippys of British past, but on this occasion we chose to eat in.
The restaurant boasts a ‘50s-inspired atmosphere, complete with a restored jukebox and other decade memorabilia, and meals arrive via servers dressed sharply in ‘50s garb.
The menu is limited, but what’s lacking in selection is made up for in flavor. Choose from free-range rotisserie chicken, savories like steak pie and Cornish pasties, and a variety of fish, including cod, halibut, haddock, and sole.
The fish is succulent and fresh, the batter not too greasy, and the chips crispy. I ordered the chicken, which comes with chips and a side of gravy, and was pleasantly surprised by the large portion. The no-frills menu is priced relatively well given the quality of the food, with cod and chips or a ½ chicken and chips both for £9.90.
So take a step back in time and head to Poppies, where Pop and his family have been serving fish and chips since 1945.
Getting there: Poppies is located at 6-8 Hanbury Street. Get off at the Liverpool Station and make your way through Spitalfields Market to the authentic chippy.
Price: Prices range from £1.50 to £15 for takeaway. Prices increase by £2 to £3 to sit in.
Hours: Monday – Thursday: 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Friday – Saturday: 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Sunday: 11:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Check out the Poppies website for menus and more information.