Sea Shell of Lisson Grove
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[Please note: since this review, Sea Shell of Lisson Grove no longer serves bottomless chips and prices have changed. Time Out editors, January 2020].
Not much survived a 2009 fire that ravaged the Sea Shell. Thankfully, its black and white checked marble floor endures, as does the affection and respect shown it by regulars and staff: ‘How did you hear about us?’ one waiter asked. Fellow diners, mainly older couples, were smartly dressed for their fish and chip supper. But then, with pale art deco-style surfaces, big colourful paintings and a tank of tropical fish, this is one posh chippy – and has prices to match.
Starters were of variable quality: a fish soup was weakly flavoured, yet whitebait were enjoyably large specimens with a robust crust. The batter on our cod (£14.95 with chips) was as delicate as the flesh was flaky, while panko-coated haddock came prickly with delicious spikes of the Japanese breadcrumb. Oil-free exteriors suggested expert frying. Mushy peas were deep green, and tartare sauce zinged with gherkins. Chips are ‘bottomless’ but we declined refills – they just didn’t seem fresh. Takeaways are much cheaper, though celeb-spotters should know that Bill Nighy usually eats in.
The Sea Shell has now expanded into a ninety-seat restaurant and has also maintained its traditional takeaway, receiving glowing media coverage and attracting celebrities from music, film, sport and some of the biggest names in World politics. Whether you are a regular or visiting London for the first time, we will welcome you to The Sea Shell Restaurant and provide you with a dining experience to be remembered. It is the perfect place for a business lunch, dinner with friends and family, or a quick bite on the go. Grab a fast cod and chips in our traditional takeaway or relax with a glass of wine and one of our daily specials in our restaurant, soothed by the bubbling of a fish-filled aquarium.
We are located close to many of London’s finest hotels and famous landmarks, including Regent’s Park, The London Zoo, Madame Tussaud’s and Lord’s Cricket Ground to name but a few. With only a 1 minute walk to Marylebone station and a 7-minute walk to Baker Street station, we are also conveniently near major London transport links.
49-51 Lisson Grove
|Opening hours:||We are open from 12.00 noonuntil 22:30 Monday to Friday We are open from 12:00 until 22:30 Saturday|
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