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North Sea Fish Restaurant

Bloomsbury

In danger of losing its fine reputation to the new breed of chippies, this long-established restaurant appears to have pulled up its socks over the past year or so. Booking is advised for winter evenings; lunchtimes are quiet at best. In an interior better suited to a Cotswolds tea room, service is attentive and friendly. Drinks are dispensed from what looks like an old hotel bar: well stocked, notably with Spitfire and Bombardier ales – the perfect accompaniment to a quick lunch. Starters are varied; spicy prawns seem to be on the ‘daily specials’ list every day, but are good value.

Excellent fish cakes, made in-house, arrive clothed in a light batter rather than breadcrumbs. For mains, all fish can come in jumbo size – small is not in the vocabulary here. Cod and haddock top the price list at £13.95. Chunky fish (skin on) is served hanging off its own plate in a light, flavoursome batter; chips come in a basket, sides in bowls. The ketchup was far too vinegary, and mushy peas too watery – but if these are the only criticisms, there’s little to worry about.

 

Venue name: North Sea Fish Restaurant
Contact:
Address: 7-8 Leigh Street
London
WC1H 9EW
Opening hours: Lunch served noon-2.30pm, dinner served 5.30-10.30pm Mon-Sat
Transport: Tube: Russell Square or King's Cross
Price: Main courses £9.95-£21.05

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Robert R

The takeaway specials here are wonderful, get the mini fish and ships special, its as big as most places full size and an absolute bargin! The burger specials are also wonderful. All the staff are great and service is fantastic. 

Andrew H

The fish was beautifully fresh and properly cooked - crisp light batter and meltingly soft plaice fillet, and a perfectly cooked (and enormous) grilled salmon fillet - we took half of it home! Chips could have been cooked a little more and the mushy peas were tinned, alas. Nice blush Pinot grigio.