I have yet to come across really good fish & chips in London, despite having been, at one time or another, to many of the most popular chippies in the capital – The Golden Hind, Rock & Sole Plaice, Seashell of Lisson Grove and Seafresh in Victoria amongst them. All were decent enough (Seafresh the best) but none were great. The search continued at Masters Superfish in Waterloo, another of those places that frequently comes up in discussions about the best fish & chips in London.
I had a Master Special: Approximately a 247 gram Prime Cod, cut as available, which arrived swiftly. I loved the extra-crunchy batter at Masters – probably the best batter of all of the fish & chip places I have tried in London. But once cut into, the fish was pretty greasy, especially noticeable given that my last fish & chips meal at fish! at Borough Market was an entirely greaseless affair. The freshness of the cod here also could not compare to the stunningly fresh fish at fish!. The serving, as you can see from the photo, was huge.
In a nutshell…
The best batter I’ve had in London would make up for chips that were just okay, peas that were far too mushy, and probably even for fish that was not quite as fresh as at other places, but not, I’m afraid, for the excess of grease. Such a shame.
191 Waterloo Road, London, SE1 8UX
Average Price: £10
Worth noting: Closed Sundays