Situated (apparently since 1871) just near enough to Covent Garden Piazza to be a tourist trap, this corner café has prices that reflect its location – charging from £15 for fish and chips, and £5 for a fish cake, sausage or saveloy. It’s enough to make any Londoner think twice, and yet still they come. Fish, whichever species you decide on, is clearly fresh and flaky, but can be disappointing in size once the crispy batter has been negotiated.
Our chips, fried in groundnut oil, were so randomly shaped we suspected the cutter had been distracted from his job; they were dry and bland too. Nevertheless, the minimalist menu also yielded side dishes of coleslaw and mushy peas that were of a decent standard. To cope with the crowds, the management seem to opt for over-staffing, but service on our visit was efficient and unobtrusive. That said, expect a sense of being rushed if you arrive at a popular time of day.
|Venue name:||Rock & Sole Plaice||Contact:|
47 Endell Street
|Opening hours:||Meals served 11.30am-10.30pm Mon-Sat; noon-9.30pm Sun|
|Transport:||Tube: Covent Garden|
|Price:||Main courses £10-£20|
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Average User Rating
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The Rock and Sole Plaice has been working very hard listening and applying customers constructive feedback to improve and deliver the best service possible. It has been around since 1871 indeed, keeping strict to its traditional recipe and values, never giving away quality for profit and that is something to be proud of.
Several years ago I picked up some takeaway scampi from here and it was the best I'd had in ages. Now though it's a total tourist trap. The scampi was the worst I've ever had - I had to send it back. It was incredibly overcooked and like dog chews. The new less overcooked version was better but definitely not like what I'd had previously, meat was small and unremarkable. Service was awful - almost comic they forgot both our starters and our mains. Calamari was pretty poor. Chips were a waste of calories, frankly, bland and dry as others have said.
My friend had skate - part of it was OK but the thinner end was like leather it was overcooked. The only highlight was the sticky toffee pudding which was also given on the house (as we had complained so much) - if I ever went back it might be just to have dessert. Even the tea was stewed and dark brown like coffee as not enough milk. And to top it all - £50 for 2 people - maybe tourists don't know how much fish and chips costs normally but £16 for preprepared scampi is quite a shocker.
My friend says he picks the restaurant next time and I have no say in the matter. How embarrassing.
Went here last night with 2 friends, fish was lovely and moist, I had Cod. Sadly we all thought the chips were bland and dry a real let down. Agree with others that the service is a little abrupt. My biggest gripe though is the price, certainly not worth the £18 to eat in. Won't be returning anytime soon, which is a shame
it used to be a good place for fish and chips in central London.. Too bad that they decided to multiply by three the prices. Now if I have to pay 20 pounds for some fish and chips I don't want to eat in a basement begging for being served. There are plenty of better places at that point. So no, I won't go back there.
We paid £19 for two large cod and one portion of chips to take away! Fish was cold, dry and flaky. Will never go back. Had much better quality elsewhere and half the price.
Just been here. Rubbish. Asked for bag of chips and mushy peas. "ONE MINUTE" they shouted at me. They shouted this every two minutes for the ten minutes I waited. Still no chips, so I left. You're a chip shop - have chips ready. Rude staff, bad service, give it a miss.
Went here yesterday with family, I would highly advise anyone of going to think twice. The fish is severely over-priced BUT since it's a tourist trap I understand why/ due to location. HOWEVER, I was at lease expecting it to be good. WRONG! The calarmari's coating was so hard, it was literally rock hard and over fried. I know because I am a chef myself. I hate complaining but when u serve fish and chips at this price, it's totally unacceptable. Waiters don't seem to care and cant wait for u to leave... There's always people waiting!!! And yes plenty of tourists too. AVOID
If you want proper British fish and chips served by a Romanian and two Polish people, this is the place to come. Apparently.
Took my girlfriend out for lunch and we ate in. You walk through the kitchen to get to the downstairs walking right next to the food they've left on the side to be collected by waiting staff. You get put on tables with other people, have to climb over them or have them climb over you. The waiting staff don't seem to understand what you ask for. I asked for salt, they brought pepper, it took quite a while to explain the order in the first place. It's really expensive, £37 for cod and chips twice, a curry sauce, fanta and a coke. It was okay though, nothing special.
Ate at Rock &Sole Plaice with visitors from south of France. They were extremely impressed with the quality of fish and enjoyed the chips. Portions were huge if a little expensive - but, then, it is in Covent Garden...
The best fish and chips I have had in a long time, can't wait to go back again. People saying the price is a bit steep but it's no more expensive than anywhere else in London and I personally think much cheaper for a city with such over inflated prices. Food was delicious and a nice atmosphere, I would definitely recommend this place to anyone visiting London.
I must agree with P Burton. It was expensive and the fish and chips was dreadful. The batter was dark, oily and required a chisel to break through it's carapace, revealing a dry little portion beneath. The chips were far too thick and utterly tasteless. I really didn't thing fish and chips could be quite so awful.