The Sea Shell
49-51 Lisson Grove, London, NW1 6UH
- Recommended for:
- Backpackers / Students, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, First-time travellers, Singles, No fuss, Relaxation
Expert review of The Sea Shell
When this landmark fish and chip shop was destroyed by fire in 2009, the story made news headlines. Now it’s reopened and continuing in the fashion that made it famous – after all, it wasn’t broken; they only needed to fix it up.
There’s a reasonable choice for people who don’t want traditional fish and chips – I sometimes have a plate of mixed chargrilled fish with salad and chilli sauce confident in the knowledge that my husband will let me have half his battered haddock. Portions are generous, and the cooking’s flexible: opt for fish fried in matzo meal if you prefer, or swap the chips for new potatoes, baked potato or mash. You can confidently skip the dreary desserts but might want to try classic English starters such as devilled whitebait, jellied eels or smoked salmon. The international wine list is brief but well-chosen; there are draught beers too (John Smith’s bitter, Murphy’s Irish stout, Kronenbourg lager).
Comfortably functional, and spotlessly clean.
Friendly but slow at times.
One of the few good places in the area between Lords Cricket Ground, Regents Park and the Edgware Road.
Good fresh fish is never cheap in London; expect to pay £14.50-£16.50 for fish and chips, and up to £29.50 for prime grilled fish such as dover sole.
More information on The Sea Shell:
- Price guide:
- Seafood, Traditional
- 49-51 Lisson Grove, London, NW1 6UH
- 020 7224 9000
- Lunch, Dinner
- Opening times:
- Mon-Fri noon-2.30pm, 5pm-10.30pm; Sat noon-10.30pm.
- Accepts Credit Cards:
- Not necessary