National Chip Week 2015

Best chips in London

Posted on 13 February 2015 • Written By Neil Simpson

National Chip Week 2015

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a Londoner in possession of a good amount of change, must be in want of some chips. According to consumer data company Kantar Worldpanel, chips are part of nearly 3 million UK meals every year. So as National Chip Week swings into action from Monday, we polled our own crack team of diners about town – otherwise known as the Square Meal office – to decide where the best chips are in London. Scroll to the bottom to discover the whereabouts of London’s ultimate serving.

Five Guys burger and chips london restaurant
Five Guys (above), various branches

“I love the spicy cajun fries at 5 Guys. They cook them in peanut oil so they’re healthier too”
Mieke-Kyra Smith, Senior Marketing Executive
Twitter @mieke_chu

Brady’s, Battersea
“A great place for chips in Battersea, Brady’s serves chunky seaside-style examples that you can really get your teeth into”
Mark de Wesselow, Publisher

The Fish and Chip Shop City gold lead chips Champagne vinegar restaurant LondonThe Fish & Chip Shop (above), City and Islington
“Whether you’re sitting in or going out – the crispy chips here are great bang for your buck. For £2 you’ll get a huge box to take away, but be sure to order a few helpings of the spicy tartar sauce for dipping. It’s the ultimate”
Sasha Filimonov, Imbibe and Best Bars Business Development Manager
Twitter @sashasips and Instagram @sashasips

Garnier interior restaurant London chip week
Garnier (above), Earl’s Court

“The pommes frittes here come included with most dishes and are exemplary. Satisfying French fries in every sense”
Camilla Warr, Restaurant Relations Manager
Twitter @camillawarr

Hache burger chip week restaurant london
Haché (above), various branches

“Haché burgers serve amazing sweet potato chips”
Mieke again (she likes chips)

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Hixter (above), City and Bankside

“The chips are cooked with goose and beef fat and are just beautiful”
Millie Milliken, Editorial Assistant
Twitter @milliemilliken

Honest Burgers, various branches
“These guys make the best chips. They’re perfect. The rosemary seasoning is ridiculously good and the chips are all golden and crispy. I could eat three plates right now”
Gaëlle Laforest, Imbibe Editorial Assistant
Twitter @gaellelaforest and Instagram @gaellelaforest

Hubbard & Bell Holborn Hoxton Hotel Soho House Group

Hubbard & Bell (above), Holborn

“The French fries with roasted garlic aioli are very umami, or they have truffle fries with parmesan and parsley”
Chris Ioakim, Square Meal Guide Assistant
Twitter @cioakim

Hush Aspen fries Mayfair London Restaurant
Hush (above), Mayfair

“Hush’s Aspen fries with parmesan and truffle are the best. I can still remember them… amazing!”
Kate Stephens, Lifestyle Sales Manager

MeatLiquor (above), various branches

“The chilli cheese fries here (top left) are a meal on their own for only £6.50, a glorious plate piled with beef chilli, cheddar, jalapeños, French mustard and, of course, shoestring-style fries”
Neil Simpson, Editorial Assistant
Instagram @nrichsimps

Poppies, Spitalfields

“They have won awards for being the best fish and chip restaurant in the UK, so in other words you’re guaranteed a solid, traditionally-British chip experience”
Laura Foster, Imbibe and Square Meal Assistant Editor
Twitter @laufoster and Instagram @laufoster

Sea Shell Lisson Grove Fish London restaurants chip week
The Sea Shell (above), Lisson Grove

“Fancy-schmancy skinny fries are all well and good with steak-frites but for fish and chips you need something with a bit of welly to stand up to the salt and vinegar - you also need to be able to use one, instead of a fork, to scoop up the mushy peas. Nobody does thick-cut chips better than this old-school icon (and you might bump into chip fan Lady Gaga)”
Ben McCormack, Editor
Twitter @mrbenmccormack

Tommi’s Burger Joint, Chelsea and Marylebone

“The perfect thin-cut chip, if that’s what you’re into. What’s more, the Chelsea branch has the biggest selection of dips and accompaniments I’ve seen in a restaurant. What’s a chip without a dip?”
Neil again (I eat many chips)

The Wolseley interior Piccadilly London Restaurant
The Wolseley (above), St James’s

“Excellent skinny fries”
Kate again (quite the chip expert)

But there can only be one winner. With thumbs up and diets off all round, the Square Meal office judges Hawksmoor to have the best chips in London:

Hawksmoor triple-cooked chips steak london restaurants chip week

“Hawksmoor, triple-cooked (above). Just so salty, crunchy yet fluffy at the same time”
Chloé Kingham, Events Manager
Twitter @chloekingham

“Hawksmoor’s triple-cooked chips are crispy yet also fluffy. They’re perfect with the Stilton hollandaise sauce, or better still, the bone marrow gravy. Get in my face”

“I recently went to Hawksmoor Air Street’s bar for a snack before going to the theatre. Our waiter’s suggestion was chips, which were crisp but fluffy, tasty but relatively thin (not skinny), served in a canapé-style flute. They’re perfect with a half-pint of pale ale”

“You have the glorious choice of beef dripping fries or triple-cooked chips. My advice? Go with a friend, order both and have a taste-off. For me the triple-cooked chips have the edge with a super-fluffy inside and perfectly crisp outside. Yum. You can quote me on the yum.”
Julie Sheppard, Imbibe and Square Meal Managing Editor
Twitter @joolsshep

So there you have it, we clearly love a good fluffy stuffing in this office. Don’t agree with our choices? Let us know on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

Find out more about National Chip Week here