The best batter in town: the top fish and chip outlets near Chelsea

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Wherever you might choose to stay while on a short-break in London – right in the heart of the happening West End, deep in the down-to-earth East End or within the salubrious environs of Kensington and Chelsea – there’s a good argument for topping off one evening during your time in the capital by indulging in a classic fish and chip supper, but where to head for one in the Chelsea district…?

Baileys

(115 Dawes Road SW6 7DU/ open: 12noon-10.30pm Sunday-Thursday; 12noon-11.30pm Friday-Saturday)

A well-reviewed ‘chippy’ just down the road from Chelsea proper, this Fulham-located establishment comes highly recommended. Specifically, you might want to try the dishes that have been previously picked out by reviewers for particular praise; the likes of a fresh and delicious deep-fried sausage, a chicken and mushroom pie and chicken nuggets. The deep-fried sausage comes with a light and fresh, garlic- and olive oil-based aioli sauce; the chicken and mushroom pie’s fabulously favoursome; the chicken nuggets are fried in a seasoned batter, which makes them arguably tastier and – maybe a little – healthier than the fast food-style alternative you’re often served. Overall, Baileys is about good, fresh ‘fish and chips food’ done right.

Johnnie’s Fish Bar and Kebab House

(494 King’s Road SW10 0LE/ open: 12-11pm daily)

This old-fashioned fish and chip shop is especially renowned in its local area because everything from its excellent menu is available via home delivery (or can be delivered to wherever you may be staying in the vicinity; say, at San Domenico House hotel) thanks to the UK-wide Just Eat food delivery service. In reviews, the top-quality food’s claimed to be hot and tasty, while the batter – on both the fish and sausages – is singled out for its crispiness. Moreover, the place’s staff are said to be friendly and accommodating, not least because they ensure the sizes of portions served are very generous!

Fishers

(19 Fulham High Street SW6 3JH/ open: 12noon-10.30pm daily)

This outlet’s been serving fish and chips in exactly the same location ever since it opened way back in 1982. And there’s a good reason for that; whether eaten in or taken away, the food it offers up is great. In fact, according to online reviews it’s ‘divine’. Even the food’s presentation is celebrated as ‘artistic’ – not bad for a humble British chippy! The service too is claimed to be excellent; the staff all serving dishes and offering assistance with a fine attitude, while visitors intending to dine in (perhaps out for the evening from nearby luxury suites London) are advised to grab a window seat, which offers fine views of the attractive Fulham locality.

Seafresh

(80-81 Wilton Road SW1V 1DL/ open: 12noon-3pm and 5-10.30pm Monday-Friday; 12noon-10.30pm Saturday-Sunday)

Finally, where better to head for a fish and chip supper than an award-winning chippy? Located in Pimlico – so just a short hop, skip and jump away from the heart of Chelsea – this place prides itself on serving up only the finest British seafood, fresh from London’s legendary Billingsgate Market. Established back in the 1960s, it’s an establishment that – according to online reviewers – is revered not just for its high-quality standard fish and chip dishes, but also its grilled squid mains (available with garlic and chilli oil) and outstandingly fresh and delicious haddock fish. With both a take-away service and a small restaurant, its staff are commendable in their professionalism, while food prices are reasonable – no wonder its popular with both locals, tourists and dining groups then!

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