My first meal in London was a traditional lamb pie and chips lunch at a classic British pub. I wanted my last full meal to be another classic: Fish and chips. And I wasn’t just looking for the English equivalent of Long John Silver’s.
I really researched this one, and finally decided on the 100-year-old Golden Hind, in Marylebone, which Travel + Leisure, Zagat’s, and London Time Out all ranked as one of the five best fish and chips restaurants in the city.
The Golden Hind. I guess the “D” is silent.
The Golden Hind, named after the galleon that circumnavigated the globe under Sir Francis Drake, opened in 1914, the first year of the Great War. I thought about that as I chatted w/the helpful, friendly young German couple at the next table. A century ago, our great-greats might have been trying to kill each other.
Fish and Chips
So how was it? The chips were just OK. The fish part of the F&C was the best I’ve ever had. The fish was just-out-of-the-water fresh, and the outside stayed crunchy to the end, which was key for me, because I hate it if the coating gets soggy before I can eat it.
The Golden Hind lives up to its ratings.
Now that I’m writing this, I’m hungry for F&C. When I was living in San Francisco, I was a regular at an inexpensive little restaurant in North Beach, called Edna’s Fish & Chips. It closed long ago, but I still have fond memories of Edna and her food. And I miss another of my favourites, Piccadilly Fish & Chips, which I see is still open on Polk Street. It occurs to me that I’ve never found a place that serves really great F&C here in Washington.
That may be reason enough to move.