The word institute is thrown around a lot in the food world. But when a fish and chip shop has been around for over 40 yrs it’s a fair claim to make. With a rich history steeped in salt and vinegar, Sutton and Sons are the newest owners of this Islington staple and they’re doing it justice.
Sutton and Sons have been on the fish scene for a couple of decades having opened a fishmonger in Stoke Newington back in 1998. Since then they have gone on to open three fish and chip shops in Stoke Newington, Hackney and the latest in Islington.
The fish is responsibly sourced and supplied, unsurprisingly, from their own fishmongers. This already has a big Gills approval.
What we ate?
Well as seaside ladies we couldn’t resist starting with whitebait. These little delights were much meatier than either of us had experienced before. Soft and fresh with a light batter and squeeze of lemon. Delicate and delicious.
Onto the main show – we of course had battered cod. Served on a no frills white plate this is classic British food at its best. With a light, crisp and grease free batter we were off to a good start. Inside the cod was firm and flaked just perfectly as you cut through.
We also tried the grilled Skate with beurre blanc sauce. This was a sight to behold and took up half of the table. Skate can be a little plain, however the combination of grilling the fish and pairing it with the buttery sauce, made for melt in the mouth fish that fell off the bone.
All and all this was some of the best fish we’ve had in a chippie, as well as some cracking mushy peas and curry sauce (Gemma’s favourite). Our only qualm would be the chips, which we found a little dry.
Sutton and Sons is a great choice for fish and chips cooked expertly and ethically. Pop by one of their shops to dine in or take away. Grab a bag and take a stroll by the canal.