On a recent visit to Pimlico we had the opportunity to visit one of the most famous ‘chippies’ in London – Seafresh. Established in 1965 this well known local restaurant and take-away is also this year celebrating its fiftieth anniversary.
As we all know there is nothing like a good plate of fish and chips. Sadly, what we get in most places is, to paraphrase an old joke, ‘nothing like a good place of fish of chips’. This is especially true in London where every corner pub or local cafe serves up their version to unsuspecting tourists and passers-by.
Fortunately Seafresh keeps the flag flying for our traditional speciality, even if the owner Anastasis Leonidou lends a Greek angle to the proceedings, with excellent houmous and calamari also on the menu, alongside some Greek desserts and wine. There is plenty more of course, with a wide variety of fish alongside lots of starters and daily specialities.
The fish is delightfully fresh; delivered daily from Billingsgate Market. The batter light, and the chips nicely crisp and un-fatty. Those wanting the most authentic experience can order from the take-away section of the shop, whilst a more leisurely meal can be taken in the adjacent ninety-cover restaurant. We enjoyed some wonderful fresh taramasalata with pita bread and a ‘retro’ 1970’s style glass of Mateus rose, and an ice cream desert (missing only an umbrella) before winding up with a surprisingly good, and rather more 21st century, cappuccino. Wonderful, and all for less than £20 a head.
Our waiter had worked at Seafresh for 28 of the restaurant’s 50 years, which fitted in with the relaxed family vibe of the restaurant. We knew we were in a truly traditional spot, as the group of Greek locals at the adjacent table broke out the Tavli (Backgammon) and settled in for a long evening with a bottle of robust red wine. We could have been at the local fishing harbour, but who cares whether that’s in Greece or England when the fare is this good!
For more information visit www.seafresh-dining.com
Images by CELLOPHANELAND*.