The next time you find yourself with a craving for fish and chips in Islington, pay a visit to Trawlerman’s Fish Bar.
This low-key fish and chip shop opened its doors in early 2020, taking up residence on the former site of short-lived seafood restaurant Trawler Trash, which specialised in serving lesser-known, more sustainable seafood. Despite the similar-sounding names, though, Trawler Trash is owned by a completely different team.
In fact, the family of the current owners used to run a restaurant on this site back in the 1980s. The family already own a number of fish and chip restaurants around the capital and have now decided to revive their old stomping ground.
As for what you can expect, Trawlerman’s Fish Bar is an intimate space with a few tables for those looking to eat in, although it mostly relies on the takeaway trade. It’s done out like a classic fish and chip shop, but with a bit of a contemporary edge – think clean white tiles, navy blue accents and a central counter.
The menu here is everything you would expect from a classic fish and chip shop, with varieties of fish to choose from including cod, plaice, haddock, scampi, rock and fish cakes. Naturally, you can pair these with thick-cut golden chips, with the option to add salt and vinegar if you wish.
If you are not in the mood for a portion of fish and chips, you can instead order filled savoury pies, pieces of battered halloumi and barbecue chicken. On the side of your meal, you can order the likes of mushy peas, pickled eggs and of course, lashings of curry sauce.
There is no alcohol served at Trawlerman’s, but you can stock up on bottles of water or cans of fizzy drinks to wash down your meal with.