Geales

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Kensington

Someone had been at the salt cellar the night we dined at Geales – both battered pollock and fish pie had us gulping down water. A shame, as both were decent versions: the fish pie was a cheese, potato and fish medley, with one solitary prawn, topped with breadcrumbs; the large portion of firm pollock, cooked just so, was slightly overwhelmed by a vast wrapping of golden batter. This giant costs £10.75 (cod, haddock and sole hover around £12), but (OK) chips are cheekily priced separately – £3.45 for a modest helping. A tiny bowl of peas costs the same, meaning this chip shop classic comes in at £17.65.

There’s a short specials menu, plus a handful of grills and a macaroni cheese for refuseniks. Starters run from fish soup to Malden rock oysters; we liked the deep-fried whitebait and a hot-smoked salmon, pear and walnut salad, but loved the ‘light bites’ – bargain-priced pots of moreish vivid green olives; light pink, creamy taramasalata; and moreish pickled herring and anchovies, all at £2. Desserts are the usual mix of ice-creams and school puds. Decor is tastefully subdued, as is the clientele. There’s a commitment to buying UK fish in season – for more details, see the website.

Venue name: Geales
Contact:
Address: 2 Farmer Street
London
W8 7SN
Opening hours: Lunch served noon-3pm Tue-Fri. Dinner served 6-10.30pm Mon-Fri. Meals served noon-10.30pm Sat; noon-9.30pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Notting Hill Gate tube
Price: Main courses £15-£25

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John O'Dowd

Greasy batter, watery fish, small portion of chips, aloof service. Overrated in the extreme. This restaurant has been living on past glories for far too long. It has not been helped by the fact that Costas' Fish and Chip Restaurant has now closed.