SquareMeal Review of
Poppie's Fish & Chips Camden
Pat ‘Pop' Newland’s family-run chippie in Spitalfields is a legend, but his irresistible mix of 1940s nostalgia and superlative grub is now also available to the good folk of Camden. Like the original, this branch is a white-tiled space filled with wartime memorabilia, a vintage jukebox, reclaimed cinema seating and newspapers from yesteryear – tailor-made for some proper patriotic victuals. Jellied eels, fishcakes and hand-peeled prawn cocktails are warm-up acts for big helpings of fish and chips from sustainable sources, plus hot seafood platters, free-range rotisserie chicken, pies, pasties and saveloys. Nattily dressed waitresses (aka ‘poppettes’) are as sweet as can be, and you can even brush up on your rhyming slang by memorising the phrases on the walls. On Friday and Saturday nights, the lounge upstairs morphs into a venue for indie bands, poets, comedians and knees-ups around the old Joanna.