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Golden Union Fish Bar

Restaurants, British Soho
5 out of 5 stars
(37user reviews)
golden union fish bar, restaurant, chippy, fish and chips, Oxford street restaurants
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Time Out says

A gem of a chippie that’s knowingly retro in look and feel but admirably forward-thinking when it comes to the beer-battered, sustainable fish it serves.

Cast an eye over the menu and it’s evident that Golden Union can talk the talk – fish delivered daily from sustainable waters, grade-A potatoes, a combo of two frying oils changed at least four times a week, and freshly made beer batter. The point is, it can walk the walk too. Fish is chunky, flaky and perfectly cooked in a light, crispy, complementary casing; chips are crisp, firm and fluffy; pies and fish cakes are own-made and look it – there seems to be no weak point. Decide to eat-in and the top-of-the-range large cod and chips will set you back £12.95. Side dishes are priced at the expensive end of the scale. The decor is retro with a knowing wink: tiled walls, plastic-topped wooden tables and chairs, and plastic tomatoes filled with ketchup. The music is up to date and not too intrusive, combining well with the busy atmosphere – and the vibe is maintained by young staff who seem genuinely proud of what they’re serving. Chances are you’ll be planning your return visit before you’ve even paid the bill.




Address: 38 Poland Street
Transport: Tube: Oxford Circus tube
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Users say (37)

5 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.6 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:26
  • 4 star:9
  • 3 star:0
  • 2 star:1
  • 1 star:1
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This is by far my favourite fish and chips restaurant in London. The fish is well cooked in clean cooking oils, in a way that is not "heavy" at all - having a really easy irritated stomach :) in oily food, this shop has the easiest to digest fish and chips. It is absolutely delicious; either you order the classic dish or just fish bites. You can take away or just sit in the small cosy area at the end.

The Best Fish and Chips in London. Great Food, great service and in the heart of Soho.

Great taste, great service, very clean, looks great and what we all look for great value for money what else can you ask for?

Best chippy in central London with the nicest staff. I grew up by the seaside so I'm very judgmental about such things. It's the batter that matters ;-)

This is a good place with positive vibe, the best fish and chips I ever had in my life 😊

Fantastic quality fish and chips, excellent service from staff who are always cheerful and welcoming. Have been coming here for over 8 years now, could not recommend the place more!

Super fresh fish, crispy golden batter, fluffy chips, generous portions, old school atmosphere - surely the best fish and chips in London, as an expat Londoner, it's a must-visit every time I get back home.

Best fish and chips in London! Great staff too. Would highly recommend this place.

Fantastic venue in the heart of London. Great food,menu, staff, atmosphere .. 5 Plus

Not only is the food amazing and cooked to perfection there is always a warm and friendly vibe as soon as you enter the Golden Union. It is my number one stop every time I visit London!!


Best described as Cheap and Cheerful! The day I popped in they ran out of Large cod and only had small ones left... I can't imagine how big a large portion must be, since my "small" cod was a big portion. Even the tartar sauce is a massive serving.

Very simple place, it has a canteen vibe, though the staff is always friendly. The fish is best I have had in central london.


For cheap and cheerful fish and chips in central London this hits the spot. Top marks for sustainability and excellent fresh fish. Worth a trip if you're after the traditional British experience!


As chippies go, Golden Union is right up there with the best of them. 

You can't really miss it as there is usually a queue for take away  but slip around the side of the queue and you'll soon get a seat. 

Their menu has all of your chip shop favourites, from your classic cod and chips, saveloy and deep filled pies to some welcome surprises like halloumi or battered king prawns. And for you Northerners, not to worry, they do do peas, curry sauce and a splendid gravy. 

High recommended if you are looking for your fish and chip fix in Soho. 

I have no idea how the people work here. It's always busy and they'll be serving up to 5 people at once. I go here once a week, and they've never messed up my order. Really friendly staff, good fish but London prices. You can eat in if you like, or grab a takeaway box and go sit in Soho Square!

This was FANTASTIC. The place was clean, retro, and just out of the way of a busy street. My server was wonderful--attentive and friendly. My food came quickly and was delicious. My fish was flaky and seemed to melt in my mouth. (AND they had ginger beer, my favorite drink, so it gives them a few extra personal points). Definitely recommend this place. The next time I'm back in London I will come again, for sure. 

After reading the good reviews I decided to give it a try and I wasn't disappointed! The fish was made fresh to order and the batter was nice and crispy without being greasy. The chips were the right combination of crisp and floury. The portions were huge, good value for money. All very yummy, I will definitely go back.

Went there after seeing the reviews and it was even better than promised. Cod was fresh with crispy and light batter, chips brilliant and the atmosphere was casual and just right. Not too smart, spot on. Service was as good as it gets. Well done to everyone involved in running this small place just off Oxford street.

Genuinely British F&C parlor, with loads of attitude and excellent food, topped with friendly service. Large portions, too, at correct prices. Excellent Haddock and Mushy Peas, good fried prawns.

Somewhere between 3 and 4 stars. I had takeaway, but the cod & chips was still good compared to the stuff I've had recently. It was odd, the more I ate of it, the more I liked. Crispy chips, freshly cooked, and decent batter.

I'm happy to have found this place. Very nice battered cod, chips that are not the tastiest in the world, but lovely and crisp on the outside, and soft in the middle. Good sized portions. Very cheap. Waiters clearly a bit over-loaded but polite. Fun 70's style decor, complete with ketchup held in large plastic tomatoes. Clearly this isn't exactly a posh restaurant, but it's fish and chips done properly - definitely recommended.

First rate; could not find better. So nice to have great TRADITIONAL English food in London without rip off prices and at a top quality with fantastic staff.

Thanks to the Golden Union for their impeccable personal service, delicious fish and wonderful chips. We brought our American colleagues here for a 'Taste of Britain'. They loved it, we loved it. Great atmosphere, really friendly staff and a nostalgic trip down memory lane. Thanks, we will be back again!

Totally amazing! Being a Friday and feeling a little on the fragile side, I took a walk around the corner from work and got myself a large cod and chips..... Being from the southern hemisphere I am a bit of a fish and chip snob but all I can say is this is the best F&C's I have had in years!!! Will be making this a regular thing for sure

Brilliant. saw someone walking with a takeaway and hunted it down found it tucked away. Opted for sit down service which was quick. Everything cooked freshly, chips were amazing and batter on fish was delicious cannoit fault it, agree that reviewer must have been on an off day will be back

I took a takeaway. I recieved Fish that you needed a hammer and chisel to cope with the batter only to discover grease soaked slimy fish underneath ,chips that had both the taste and the appearance of refries dry,hard edged and multicoloured all in all completely unedible,the seagull dined well on my misfortune.At just under £10 for mine and my wifes portions.

If you like soggy batter and savagely overpriced fish and chips then this is the place for you. Disappointing as I was rather hungry had to leave half the fish as it was undercooked. Service from the young gentleman who severed me was good hence the extra star.

Lovely atmosphere, great service, friendly staff, and the food, wow. just incredible. Great choice in the menu, homemade pies, even the tartare sauce is superb. A great restaurant!

My family and friends eat often at the Golden Union and have enjoyed the food and experience every single time.I am a vegetarian and so is my husband, so it is good to know a chippy offers a menu that caters for our needs and cooked separately from the other dishes. The staff are wonderful and I know so many people who go back time and time again. You must try this eatery... A+++++++++

Timeout's reviewer must have gone on a bad day. When we went, the fish, cooked to order, was fresh, flaky and delicious. The chips were perfect, as were the mushy peas. The place was clean and stylish, the music good, the staff friendly and efficient. Even the loos were nice. It was the best, and most unpretentious chippy I've been to in london.

I like everything about this place, but especially the food. think the reviewer must have gone on a bad day. We had haddock, chips, peas. Haddock fabulous - really meaty and succulent; chips faultless, chunky, crisp and steaming, excellent peas; the service was quikc and friendly; the restaurant clean and attractive. Plus, their prices are more than reasonable. I hope it stays the same.

lovely place: everything delicious, though the batter was a smidgen greasy. I'd give it solid 9 out of 10, and I'm fussy.

Brilliant. At last a traditional dining room in London that remains as simple and efficient at what it should do. Great service, tasty and freshly cooked fish and chips. Recommended.

Since our local fish & chip shop burnt down, The Golden Union Fish Bar has become our new local chippy. For us we have only ever been served with good quality flaky fish, the fish is battered to order and not left to sweat in the counter top ovens. It’s clean and very friendly. I would highly recommend eating there.

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