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Fryer's Delight

Restaurants, British Holborn
3 out of 5 stars
(10user reviews)

Time Out says

Although this looks like a London cabby’s chip shop, its adherents are far more widespread. Every lunchtime, businessmen, hungry locals and passing trade wander into this blast from the city’s culinary past. Furnishings don’t seem to have changed much in the 50-plus years since fish were first fried here. It’s a cosy little spot, with Formica-topped tables, long benches and an old-school menu up on the wall.

New restaurants may try to recreate this ‘retro’ look, but Fryer’s is effortlessly genuine. Even Giuseppe, the Italian boss who’s been frying in London for the past 45 years, is a no-frills man; he claims not even to like fish, but he certainly knows how to fry it. Cod flakes were moist, against dark, dry and crisp batter, fried the old-fashioned way in beef dripping (or vegetable oil for veggies). Try rockfish as a stronger-flavoured alternative to cod, and make your own butty with a doorstop of bread that comes slathered in butter.




Address: 19 Theobald's Road
Transport: Tube: Holborn tube or bus 19, 38, 55
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3 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3.4 / 5

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It's a very old fashioned Fish & Chips shop, but the tasty of food is just amazing, you can have also a proper English tea, the staffs are friendly with all the customers.

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A no frills, traditional chippy that certainly hits the spot. Am a repeat customer and have never been let down. This place is world famous. Great chips - 'proper' chip shop chips and the battered fish is great too. Reasonably prices for what you get and a great London experience.

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After a bit of research I came across a blog of the best fish and chips in London and Fryer's Delight was highly rated. To work up an appetite I walked a mile to get here after work last Friday to grab a takeaway. I was bitterly disappointed. It was absolutely disgusting. The fish didn't resemble anything I'd eaten from a fish and chip shop before - and I've had lots of fish and chips! It didn't cost the earth but was a miserly offering. It had a greasy, soggy batter which looked like it had been under a heat lamp for days, never mind hours. The chips were limp, greasy and definitely not fresh from the fryer. Fryer's Fright more like.

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AVOID AT ALL COSTS; the place looks & feels old, but not in a good way. It's fairly cheap so I gave it a try as fish'n'chip outlets are not that common in the city. The chips were hard & had a synthetic oil taste, but worse than that the sausage I ordered was undercooked so I returned the lot. The older Mediterranean guy behind the counter who refused to give me a refund was rude & argumentative. Save your money & time, you're better off in McDonalds.

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Worse chippy ever... Overcooked fish and cheap continents they charge you a bomb for! Don't get the hype at all, was very disappointed

Crispy batter, almost tempura like. Cod flakey, moist and flavoursome - cooked to perfection. Chips perfect size and crispy while still having classic F'n'C taste. Decor is great subterfuge for what was one of the best dishes of F'n'C served to me in central London. All served with the perfect cup of builders tea  - with no bag left in the cup. Top Marks

I'm from San Francisco, where we actually have one great chippy. When in the UK we are looking for better. It wasn't until Fryer's Delight that we found one. Exceptional cod and chips! Fine textured, crunchy batter. The staff was English when we were there - and very helpful and informative. We hope to make it to another chippy or two on this trip, but we Have To get back to Fryer's Delight,

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