Restaurants, British Spitalfields
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© Tricia De Courcy Ling

Nostalgia rules the roost at this quality chippy, which comes complete with jukebox, jellied eels and newspaper-wrapped chips.

Poppies’ pick and mix assortment of shiny British kitsch – including a jukebox, mini red telephone box and a monochrome photo of heart-throb Cliff Richard – makes it look like a simulation of a fish and chip shop. The food on the plate is also better than the real thing. The Billingsgate-sourced fish is so fresh that diners are offered the option of having it grilled as well as fried. Extending beyond the staples of cod and haddock, the menu encompasses mackerel, seafood platters and jellied eels.

Lemon sole was simple, crisply battered and matched well with Meantime London ale, while chips were irresistible. Takeaway orders in faux-newspaper wraps are doled out by waitresses in diner-style outfits complete with retro headscarves. Service on our visit was outstanding: friendly and unforced. There’s a gleamingly clean feel to the place (powder-blue Formica tables and all) that draws in everyone from neighbourhood hipsters to grandads with little ’uns on their knees.

The bill, however, gives the game away – Poppies is a cut above. It’s spawned a second branch in Camden: not suprising, since this is as good as fish and chips gets.



Venue name: Poppies
Address: 6-8 Hanbury Street
E1 6QR
Opening hours: Meals served 11am-11m Mon-Thur, Sat; 11am-11.30pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Aldgate East or Liverpool Street
Price: Main courses £10.90-£15.90
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Avatar for GeorgeX

Excellent fish and chips for eat in or take away from the multi-awarded chain restaurant. Nice interiors, quick service and yammi food.

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Avatar for Joanne  M

Poppies is a restaurant / takeaway establishment. The interior is decorated 70's style with funky wallpaper and is nostalgic with vintage photos and posters. I love the menu in how it is branded and I love the plates the food is served on. I also like the little jars that the tomato sauce and mayonnaise is served in.  The cod itself was though just ok looked pretty and presented well but the batter felt a tad dry for my liking and the fish did not flake away which was odd and I can't work out why it did not. The chips also were good and very thick but they were not very crispy and quite dry. The staff all wear uniforms so makes the place feel like an American diner in some respects which is nice but there is way too many staff on the floor. I would not return to this place as I have had better fish and chips in London and locally to were I live but I did feel welcome and the food was good so don't let it put you off in going and trying for yourself.

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Avatar for Dimple M

Can't go wrong with a Poppies! One of the best fish & chip chains in London. Everything is fresh and served hot and quickly! I'd order a classic Cod & Chips with a side of curry sauce and peas (The homemade tartare sauce is amazing). It's a little on the pricey side but considering it's in central London and the portions are more than substantial - it's totally worth it! Totally yummy!

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Avatar for Luisa G

Wow - super fresh and super good! This is real authentic British fish and chips. The food is very fresh and comes out piping hot. I love that the sauces come out in little pots, and I love that it's right in the middle of all of the buzz of Spitalfields. My girlfriend broke her ankle across the road, in a pot hole, so tends to avoid the area now, but let's not dwell on that.

Avatar for chelseadust

I did not have high expectations due to that fact that I love a good ole chippy, I have tried many all over the UK and have my firm favourites. Poppies however exceeed my expectations, they definitely cut the mustard and made its way on to my favourites list. The chips are perfecto, the haddock I had was delicious and I loved the little pots of Heinz ketchup and homade tartar sauce! It's a bit of the pricey side, around £12 for a regular haddock or cod with chips but you are paying for quality so totally worth it!

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Avatar for Chris

Don't be fooled, your local cheap and cheerful chippie this ain't: haddock and chips (regular) and a couple of drinks set us back forty quid. But if you're in central London and desperate for a dose of that delicious vinegary goodness, the food itself is pretty good. You also get the bonus of overseas tourists trying to make sense of the menu and ordering the calamari, which isn't really the point.

One slightly annoying practise seemed to be allowing people to order from the takeaway menu (lots cheaper than eating in) then just sitting at the tables anyway.

Avatar for Liz G

Perfect hangover meal post a long bank holiday weekend! Piping hot chips & super fresh fish = yum x

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Avatar for Matilda Egere-Cooper

I haven't had fish and chips in years, so this place was everything that I was hoping it would be - quality and good value for money (the portion is humongous). Get the haddock; cod is more authentic, but the haddock is really tasty. 

Avatar for Nanny Pat C

We use Poppies as much as we can The one at Camden is Brilliant with Bands playing Friday and Saturday nights The Staff are Amazing and Friendly Food is great a unique night out  "This is the Plaice to go to Rock your Sole"

Avatar for Ioanna La

As TimeOut says, it is "as good as fish and chips gets". I do like fish and chips even though I am not a huge fan of fish, and this is definitely the best fish and chips you can ever get. Simply delicious, great quality (as good as fried fish can be), excellent service. Small place though. Next time you have visitors from abroad and they ask for fish and chips, you know where to go.

Avatar for Diana T

The smell is intoxicating, the whole street smells like yummy fish and chips. However, the chips are really mushy and the fish is so fried that you barely taste the fish. I didn't enjoy the greasy food at all. Sometimes the chips are a bit of guilty pleasure, but mostly I've only gone back because its near work, and I like the fact that they wrap the chips in fake newspaper. The waitresses' outfits are cute, so if you ever need at little pick me up its worth stopping by, just a little bit of vintage. The food is usually very hit and miss, you either love it or you hate it. 

Avatar for Laura G

Poppies is recommended as a prime spot for classic fish and chips in the city, praised for it’s quality fish and retro atmosphere filled with British memorabilia. I went there with high hopes, but it was downhill from the moment my beer battered cod hit the table. Served with piping hot proper fries, the fish itself was blend and quite firm - there wasn’t enough lemon or (industrialized) tartar sauce in the world to bring it back to life. I aimed for dessert to save the day and, to my surprise, their moist sticky toffee pudding is something that is worth a visit all on it’s own. For fish and chips? Better go somewhere else.

Avatar for Stazey H

Don't even bother trying this place. It's awful. The staff are rude and obnoxious. Save yourself and try somewhere else. Don't wast your money!

Avatar for Elkkle

greasy, average, chips half cooked, sauces from tubes. fishes are tasteless, serving is super slow. not impressed at all.

Avatar for susan

Not again! Had the takeaway Fish and Chips ( cod). The fish was completely overcooked, mushy and tasteless. I am not even sure if it was cod at all. Tasted rather like something very very cheap. The chips were tasteless and definitely not crispy. The currysauce was not worth the money either. What is the use of a fancy place with lots of decorations, when you cannot eat the food??? I am very disappointed and really miss the takeaway which was there before. The new place seems just another place for tourists who are happy with everything you serve them. I will stay away!!!!!

Avatar for Ben

Five stars, sorry but you must be crazy! The waiting team were lovely. But the fish (grilled haddock) had been over cooked and the chips were only so so. Toffs in Muswell Hill is about 10x better.

Avatar for Owen

Great stuff. Not sure about James's review "Best place for fish and chips is masters in waterloo. Fish bought in billinsgate that morning". Since you went for fish and chips on a Sunday, quite how Masters would get the fish fresh that day from Billingsgate when its closed is beyond my comprehension.

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Music terrible. Sit in the back if you don't want to hear it so much. Staff must have to listen to it constantly. Everything else really first class.

Avatar for Paul

This is the first time I've had fish and chips in a long time.. And I have definitely been missing out! Since visiting Poppies Fish and Chips for the first time a couple of days ago I have been having cravings for their melt in the mouth food since. They also have great customer service and a fast moving queue! So i'll definitely be going back soon, and would recommend it to anyone in the area for lunch/dinner/late nights!

Avatar for James

Went for takeaway on Sunday and was disappointed unfortunately as I was really looking for a decent place for fish and chips around my area (whitechapel.) The interior is pretty superficial and the staff who I dealt with were far from cockney types..' both issues I could easily overlook. I just found the quality of the fish inferior, batter was greasy and the chips sub standard. Best place for fish and chips is masters in waterloo. Fish bought in billinsgate that morning, battered to order and large portions (with free bread, prawns, gerkin, pickled onion and sauce.) Although the staff are a bit sombre, it's a lot more genuine. Not a bad experience but I haven't been back since.

Avatar for Michael

My wife and I visited Poppies yesterday and were amazed by how busy this place was on a Sunday! It was great going back to the 50's and we met Pop too - what a lovely man full of stories to share. To the important bit though - the food was amazing. The Fish, particularly the Haddock I had, could only be fresh to taste like that and the batter was so light and no stodge! I would thoroughly recommend all my friends in the city and anyone visiting London to visit and experience this great restaurant. We will definitley be back too! Thanks for a great Sudnay afternoon lunch.

Avatar for Stephanie

I have a BIG PROBLEM with this restaurant! I went in there soon after it opened after reading glowing reviews. My group of friends and i asked the waitress which fish was sustainable and she asked me what that meant. Confused, she went to get the manager who said he didn't know and that we must be accusing the restaurant of serving fish that wasn't fresh. We tried to explain that we wanted to know what was line caught and what was caught in trawlers. The manager laughed at us because he thought we were niave enough to think that fish were caught by one fisherman with a rod (hes impression of line caught). The manager got really aggressive with our table of girls and it wasn't a pleasant experience. We nearly walked out and i wish we had because although my fish was very nice, my friends Calamari was anemic. The timeout review makes it sound like the people serving you are knowledgeable old east-end types which is not the reality.