THE FISHERY FISH BAR
I'm not one to look behind I know that times must change
But over there in Barrytown they do things very strange
Dos Hermanos always get (over)excited when a new Chippy opens. Doubly so when the Chippy in question is but a short hop away in Stoke Newington.
The Fishery Fish Bar is as the name suggests a Fish Bar from The Fishery Fishmongers who have been selling Fish to the good people of N16 for many years. Ok, got that ? Now they’ve gone and got a bunch of twelve year olds to run the restaurant side of the operation. Well, they did look very young to an old fart like me.
It’s all nice and shiny and bright inside probably down to most of the staff gainfully employed in making it so. Reflecting the fact they probably want to attract the crowd from around the corner in Church Street and at the same time not alienate the locals the menu bravely covers all the bases with saveloys, pies and battered sausages for riff-raff like me and Lobster, Crab and Sea Bass for the lah-di-dahs. I was tempted by a Pukka Pie but instead took the middle ground and went for the usual Haddock and Chips - a good dish by which to judge the skill of the fryer.
My starter of Grilled Squid was fresh but came unscored and didn’t have much evidence of the grill which meant it was tough and rather dull to eat. The Haddock was much better. It was slightly overcooked but not disastrously so. You could taste the fish and the batter was light and crisp and had a good clean taste. Chips could have done with a bit more cooking but I still finished them all – which probably says more about me than the quality of the chips.
I was going to leave after my main course as the bottom-heavy aural background to my meal was getting on my nerves. It had been turned down on request but mysteriously the volume had crept up again. To make things worse the staff started singing along with the sounds of the Sixties. If you are of the opinion that anyone under the age of thirty should be seen and not heard then you will empathise.
However the nice young woman serving me persuaded me to stay and try the only pudding on offer. I’m glad I did, a Lemon Posset though a little fridge fresh was everything you’d want a Lemon Posset to be and could only have been improved by the addition of sack.
When the PA started blasting out Surfin’ USA with backing harmonies from the Fish Bar Crew I knew it was time to go. Still, if it’s ever busier than it was on my visit the staff might be distracted enough to keep quiet for five minutes and you’ll be able to enjoy some very decent Fish and Chips.