The Sea Shell

Price guide: Mid-range

49-51 Lisson Grove, London, NW1 6UH

Price guide: Mid-range

Sea Shell exterior © Todd Cissell

By Jenni Muir, your London expert

I write for AA Travel Guides, Time Out. Read more
#94 of 115
expert-rated restaurants in London
Expert overall rating:3.5 out of 5
Food and drink:
3.5
3.5
Ambience:
3.5
3.5
Service:
3.8
3.8
Location:
3.2
3.2
Value for money:
3.5
3.5
Recommended for:
Backpackers / Students, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, First-time travellers, Singles, No fuss, Relaxation

Expert review of The Sea Shell

Head north of the busy Marylebone Road to sample some of London’s best fish and chips.

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.

Food and drink: 

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).

Ambience: 

Comfortably functional, and spotlessly clean.

Service: 

Friendly but slow at times.

Location: 

One of the few good places in the area between Lords Cricket Ground, Regents Park and the Edgware Road.

Price advice: 

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:
Mid-range
Type:
Restaurant
Food:
Seafood, Traditional
Address:
49-51 Lisson Grove, London, NW1 6UH
Telephone:
020 7224 9000
Website:
http://www.seashellrestaurant.co.uk
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Fri noon-2.30pm, 5pm-10.30pm; Sat noon-10.30pm.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Not necessary

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