Linked to the British staples as much as the 5 o΄ clock tea, traditional and tasty fish n’ chips is not always an easy find in London, even though it’s served almost everywhere – certainly in all pubs. Luckily, there’s a simple and unpretended place in the heart of Covent Garden that masters the art of fried fish fillets for more than a century.
Operating in London since 1871, Rock and Sole Plaice serves huge, golden, crispy fillets of your chosen fish, accompanied by French fries, various dressings and a long list of sides to choose from. Following a traditional recipe, they cook locally sourced cod, haddock, plaice and even sea food, like prawns and calamari. The sides include all traditional choices, like mashed peas, pickled onions and eggs, gravy and gherkins, but besides all these i recommend to also order the delicious fish cakes, freshly fried golden burgers of fish, potatoes and aromatic herbs.
There’s also a menu of meat and British pies if you wish to try something other than fish. In this corner restaurant which stands in the same location since its beginnings, there are two floors but if the weather is fine you can also sit outside under big umbrellas and among plants. What is certain is that you will be served delicious and very satisfying portions of one of Britain’s most common dishes, an experience you must never overlook!
Rock and Sole Plaice: 47 Endell St, West End, London