Golden Hind Review – Awesome Fish & Chips!
Published 28 November 2009
Those who know me personally will know that I have a thing for fish and chips, and that every once in a while I would crave for some beer battered cod served with (preferably triple cooked) chips. However, I’ve yet to come across a fish and chip lover like me. For some reason, the notion of eating fish and chips brings out a lot of opposition in some people, with the arguments being that its not tasty, its full of oil and fat and artery clogging, or that its a travesty to deep fry a good fresh fish.
I reckon that the opposition and the majority of these arguments were probably formulated and set in stone because most of the fish and chips served in the UK is absolute crap. Whatever happened to the British being proud of one of their national dishes? Now, the majority of fish and chips are served in school canteens, fast food chippie shops near football stadiums, or as something to absorb the alcohol bingeing in pubs. And its no wonder that when you eat the defrosted microwaved frozen fish and chips in one of the above places that it ends up tasting like eating rubber.
Thankfully, there are still a few great places in London to have the real authentic fish and chips, one that uses fresh cod or haddock, cooked with care, and served with perfectly golden crispy chips and minty mushy peas. I’ve already reviewed one of these good fish and chip places in London, Sea Fish in Highbury, but recently I went to another place called the Golden Hind which is definitely much better than Sea Fish and probably one of the best fish and chip restaurants in London.
This small cosy restaurant is located in Marylebone, just a short walk from Oxford Street and Bond Street Station. Off the beaten track, it is frequented by fish and chip lovers, as well as locals and office workers in the area. I went during a weekday lunchtime and it was fully packed, with a long queue waiting for the take-away orders. They offer discounts for take-away orders, so in the summer it might be worthwhile to get a fish and chip take-out and head for a nearby park or square, otherwise the restaurant itself is cosy and pretty comfortable.
The menu is ridiculously simple; you order the type of fish you want (and size: either large or small), then add on your side orders. They have a few other options on the menu, mainly seafood, but you can see that those were tacked on as an afterthought.
I decided to go for the standard battered cod, with chunky chips and mushy peas. I had ordered the small cod, and was worried that it might be too little, but when it arrived it was actually quite massive, and with the generous portion of chips and mushy peas it was definitely a very filling meal.
The batter on the cod was light and crunchy, while the fish inside was definitely very fresh and extremely tasty. Normally deep fried meat loses its natural flavour, but at the Golden Hind you can still taste the cod, which was delightful. The chips were decent, not the best I’ve had, but the mushy peas was really good and tasted like it was homemade. It was properly mushed, but not to the point of being a puree, and again the natural taste of fresh peas came through. Definitely not the taste of canned peas!
It was an extremely satisfying meal. While the service was at times too efficient for my liking, the place is more like a caff rather than a proper restaurant, so good service is not to be expected. Rather, The Golden Hind is a perfect place to come to satisfy a fish and chip craving or for a Sunday lunch after a day out on Oxford Street. Slightly more expensive than most other fish and chip places, but for the quality you are getting and the close location to Oxford Street, you won’t find a better fish and chip shop in the area!
Rating: 8 out of 10 stars
Cuisine: Typical British Fish & Chip shop (“chippie”)
Price Range: £7.50 for a small battered cod, chunky chips, and mushy peas.
Address: 73 Marylebone Lane, Marylebone, W1U 2PN (location map)
Nearest Tube Stations: Bond Street Tube Station (10 minutes walk), Marble Arch Tube Station (15 minutes walk)
Tel for Booking: +44 020 7486 3644
Website: No website available. But bookings taken through the phone number above.