The 2012 London Olympics may have help to regenerate east London, but there are some parts that don’t need a shot in the arm – witness Pat ‘Pop' Newland’s legendary family-run chippie. Step into Poppies' white-tiled premises, and you're overwhelmed by wartime memorabilia, newspapers from yesteryear and a classic jukebox – although the food never plays second fiddle to the nostalgia. Hot seafood platters and homemade fishcakes are warm-up acts for “beautifully and generously prepared” fish and chips from sustainable sources (with homemade tartare sauce), plus free-range rotisserie chicken, pies and pasties. Cheerful, nattily dressed waitresses are as sweet as can be, and you can even brush up on your Cockney rhyming slang by memorising the phrases emblazoned on the walls. Finish with Cartmel sticky toffee pudding or apple pie.
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