Sea Shell of Lisson Grove

Restaurants, British Lisson Grove
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Venue says Serving London's most famous fish and chips for over 60 years. Dine with stars such as Michael Jackson, Denzel Washington, Lady Gaga, etc.

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.


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Sea Shell of Lisson Grove says
Expect to have the best fish and chips at The Seashell of Lisson Grove! Serving quality fresh fish delivered daily, using the best locally sourced produce. Relax with a glass of wine and enjoy a traditional British classic in a modern environment. Alternatively, have a quick, quality fish and chips to go from our take away. Visiting any of the top London attractions? London Zoo, Abbey Road, Madame Tussauds, Sherlock Holmes Museum? We're a short walk away! New after work happy hour deals, party menus and private event space available. The perfect venue for your next birthday, office party, romantic dinner, champagne celebration or casual lunch with the kids! Michael Jackson and many other celebrities enjoyed it, we're sure you will too!
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Venue name: Sea Shell of Lisson Grove
Address: 49-51 Lisson Grove
Opening hours: Meals served noon-10.30pm Mon-Sat
Transport: Tube: Marylebone
Price: Main courses £12-£30
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Avatar for Shaun G

I had the pleasure of visiting this restaurant last week with some work colleagues for dinner. The fish was fresh and perfectly cooked, service top class and one of the best tartare sauces i've had in a fish & chip restaurant. I must also comment of the amazing deep fried ice cream dessert - Heaven on earth. If you want good service and great quality fish & chips without the nonsense, you wont go wrong with a visit.

Avatar for geoffrey l

The Fish and Chips were of excellent quality and value.Served by waiter with a good sens of humor.When our food arrived, it was really well presented with big portions, and I can say confidently it was the best Fish and chips I've ever eaten: it was crisp and light, golden brown & shiny ,really fresh, and u could taste the oil it was deep fried in was of new and high quality. An absolute delight ....

We left truly impressed, congratulated the excellent staff for their excellent customer's service & kindness. 

We'll definitely go back, as it's been a long time since I was happy & satisfied with dining out in London! 

Avatar for Eward fueclelock

I revisited this fish and chip shop today after I having moved out of London 12 years ago. I was sadly disappointed, the fish wasn't cooked properly, it should have been flaky white but it was a grey translucent colour. A small pot of chips which weren't fresh came with the fish, but they had posted a sign that stated bottomless chips with main meal. Because I hadn't eaten all day ( it was 3pm) I asked for another pot of chips. when I had finished this small pot of chips the waiter glibly asked if I had had enough calories. At the time I didn't catch what he said because of his accent (Polish). I will not be going back and I would not recommend people to eat there. This restaurant is clearly using a reputation that was gained thirty years ago but does not live up to it now.