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Fishers

19 Fulham High Street, London, England, SW6 3JH, United Kingdom

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This is a traditional fish and chip shop that has a good reputation. The small dining room is separate from the takeaway counter, the room having a wooden floor and decorated with assorted prints and photos. There was a neat row of geraniums in window boxes, a welcome distraction from the sights of Fulham High Street. I drank beer; there were a few wines listed, though without either growers or vintages, so I think tea or beer is a safer accompaniment. We shared scampi, which was pleasant enough, with batter that was not greasy and served with home-made tartare sauce (11/20). 

Haddock and chips were the main event, and I have to say I found this fine but unremarkable. The batter was crisp enough, though I have had better batter elsewhere. The haddock was good, tasting fresh and properly cooked through. Chips were bought-in, though they were at least cooked properly and were crisp, while mushy peas were made in the traditional way from marrowfat peas, while garden peas were just regular frozen peas. Bread and butter was offered as a catering pack of Anchor butter on the side of the bread, the butter a solid block when opened, more Frisbee than Friesian. 

At £9.50 prices are fair for a large portion of fish and chips, and certainly this was a cut above the average chippy in London, but it seems to me a good local place rather than somewhere to make a special trip to.  I am still in search of somewhere that can match my memories of the sublime fish and chips served at Bibendum when Simon Hopkinson was cooking there. 

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  • Douglas Keel

    Following a fire at the end of 2011 it changed hands with terrible results. flabby fried fish and flabby chips - no longer recommended

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