Ark Fish


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In December 2002, Faulkners Restaurant of Kingsland Road was sold and all links with it were severed at this time, contrary to several articles written since. In September 2003, Mark opened ARK Fish Restaurant which at present is the only restaurant owned and run by Faulkner Caterers.

The name ARK was chosen because it is the recognised name for Faulkner Caterers at Billingsgate Market. When buying fish at the market the fish is delivered to the buyers vehicle by one of the market porters. The boxes of fish are marked with the registration number of the van/lorry to which they are to be delivered. Faulkner's first van, some 30 years ago, had the registration number ARK 846H and consequently the name ARK was used and still is today.

Our reputation is based on our refusal to compromise in any way in the purchase, cooking or serving of fish. John Faulkner always maintained that fish should be bought firstly on quality basis and secondly on price and he also instilled this in Mark. Mark buys his fish daily from Billingsgate Market where the majority of fish comes in daily by plane from Iceland. Iceland practice a rotation with their fishing grounds to preserve spawning fish. A large amount of the fish is line caught thus eliminating the indiscriminate catching of undersize fish and fish that will eventually have to be thrown back into the sea, often too late for them to survive. Line fish are of better quality as they suffer less stress than those entangled in nets.

ARK Restaurant prides itself on being a family run business. Some of the staff who were originally recruited at Seashell and Faulkners are still working with Mark and his family today.


142 Hermon Hill, South Woodford, London, E18 1QH

020 8989 5345 020 8989 5345


Opening Times

Tues-Sat 12N-2.15pm 5.30-9.45 (Sat -10.15pm) Sun 12N-8.45pm


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4 Reviews 


15 April 2024  
Food & Drink 2.5
Service 0.5
Atmosphere 3
Value 1.5
Rude and unprofessional

My 86 year old mother treated us to a meal..table was wiped, debris on floor, mother mentioned to waitress,  who could have  dealt with it  by saying 'Thank you Madam for pointing this out to me' but instead became abrasive and rude, leaving my mother shaking and close to tears.
The waitress turned out to be the manager, who was just as unprofessional towards me when I challenged her behaviour towards my mother. Meal was totally spoilt.
I wrote to the directors who fobbed me off with a 'Thank you, we will look into this, your custom is important to us' email. 
Very disappointing!


25 November 2019  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Ezgi sava


Michelle T

15 May 2013  
Food & Drink 1.5
Service 2.5
Atmosphere 2.5
Value 1.5
Not as good as it was :-(
Have been here around 5 times over the last few years. Unfortunately, portion size, service and atmosphere are not what they were. The menu is also smaller than it was. Am very sad as this was always a good reliable local restaurant but the standard has slipped.

Wendy B

26 November 2012  
Food & Drink 4.5
Service 4.5
Atmosphere 4.5
Value 4.5
If you want good fresh fish at reasonable prices then this is the place for you. The restaurant is relaxed, buzzy and the staff are friendly. Although they don't operate a reservation policy, they are very efficient at getting you to a table as quickly as possible, and there is a bar area to have a drink while waiting. There are always a selection of specials as well as the staple plaice, cod, haddock, skate, prawns, etc which can be cooked anyway you wish and the chip portions are generous, come in separate bowls and tasting delicious. Drink prices are not unreasonable and there is a fair choice of wines. I have been back to The Ark many times as you can't beat it for quality, price and an all round enjoyable experience.
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