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73 Marylebone Lane
Marylebone’s much-fêted fish & chip shop has settled into its sideways extension, allowing more punters to enjoy its famous frying. The add-on echoes the original room’s plain interiors (think
tiled floors and wood panelling) and the advice remains the same throughout: if you want to enjoy the main event to the full, swerve the calamari and king prawn starters and refuse the jam
sponge with custard for afters. Cod, haddock, halibut, plaice and rock salmon – plus homemade fishcakes – are all on offer; the beautifully golden batter has been known to discharge rather too
much oil, but the accompanying chips and peas are impeccable. Ever-present crowds generally obscure views of the famous vintage fryer, and queues often stretch out of the door. Service is
brisk, and there’s a BYO policy for those eating in.
Best Fish & Chips
73 Marylebone Lane
Bond Street Tube Station 426m
Regents Park Tube Station 656m
The Wallace Collection 160m
Wigmore Street 214m
Mon-Fri 12N-3pm Mon-Sat 6-10pm
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Rate & Review
Food + drink: 4
I just love this place. For fish and chips (that's pretty much all they have) this for me is the place in london to go and has been for many years. They have enlarged their space a while ago so it's now easier to get a table. Its very simple and basic so you will not spend any more time there as neccessary to eat – but than again that's what this place is all about
A US foodie friend of mine doesn't do fish and chips. It's not that he doesn't do real junk food (he is American after all), so is a specialist in burgers (there are definitively no decent ones in the UK or, indeed, outside the US). He also loves his kebabs (or kebobs, as he is want to call them): the place next to Lidl on the Seven Sisters Road gets the nod for these, ahead of the efforts of Topkapi which was too posh, being dismissed as: “lamb salad”. He cures and smokes his own bacon for goodness sake. But no, fish and chips he just cannot handle.
This is a shame, as not only can it be excellent, this wonderful restaurant local to us does some of the finest in town, and I should like to introduce him. The restaurant has recently taken over the crepe place next door. I'm not sure what it is with crepe restaurants and Marylebone, but the last one got taken over by the Real Greek and this one too fell to the Greek owners of the Golden Hind.
The centrepiece of the room is an enormous, old style fryer, alas no long functioning, but still giving off that small of tallow fat and beef dripping that pervades the room. The room itself isn't much to write home about – it is functional, the tables are nicely spread out and it is light. It also has that lovely smell of fat and vinegar that always lingers too long when you fry at home, seeping into the clothes, but here, it just adds to the atmosphere of the place.
The cod (sorry, I know that I shouldn't) is lovely: golden, crispy batter, opening up to allow the steam to escape from a firm, white, flakey piece of fish. The chips are good, thick and have just the right amount of sogginess to soak up the vinegar and the mushy peas an almost luminous green. Service is friendly and brisk and the fact that this is a BYO can do no harm to the queue that is ever-present, competing with the ever-present queue out side Relais de Venise opposite. Me, I would stick to the fish and chips and the luminous green mush that you get here, as opposed to the luminous green sauce that comes with your steak and chips opposite. At least you know what the mush is.
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