Friday at the House of Coco office means just one thing, Fish and Chips! So when we heard our pals over at Poppies were opening a new kiosk our appetites did a happy dance.
Poppies Fish & Chips is excited to have opened their new kiosk at the historic Old Spitalfields Market, expanding this authentic and much-loved chippy from the East End.
Offering everything you have come to know and love from the Poppies family, you’ll find their edible-inked newspaper housing your choice of fresh, flaky and delicious cod or haddock (from £6.50), alongside either battered or classic sausages, fishcakes, saveloy, jellied eels, soft drinks and of course hearty portions of their famed and perfectly crisped chips (from £2).
Although renowned for their authentic, delicious fish and chips, Poppies is as much about its born and bred East-end owner – 72-year-old Pat ‘Pop’ Newland – the shop’s namesake, as it is the food. Pop started in the fish and chips business in the 1950s when he was just a minnow, at 11 years old, cutting newspaper to wrap the portions as they were dished out.
Pat ‘Pop’ Newland has been in the industry since he was 11
Time has done nothing to diminish the public’s appetite, so these days Pop’s rarely found away from the flagship Spitalfields branch, and now his kiosk, where he works 7 days a week. In fact, if you’re there early enough, you’ll usually find Pop sweeping the road outside the Hanbury Street Shop, directing the morning deliveries of fresh fish, potatoes and other locally sourced produce.
Poppies’ winning formula is a combination of Pop, his team and the food’s provenance. Fish sourced at nearby Billingsgate from Joe Bush, the third generation fishmonger T.Bush, old friends of Pop’s, and is then filleted and prepared on site by Poppies Fishmonger Sully. Their incredible chips, sourced from potatoes lovingly peeled and cut up daily, are accompanied by lashings of jellied eels in the traditional East End manner.
“It’s pretty exciting isn’t it?”, said Pop. “Things have gone so swimmingly and we have so much demand that we are opening a new Poppies! I wouldn’t have believed it if you’d told me when I started in the fish and chip industry when I was 11, in the 1950s, that we’d be where we are now.”
“We’ve always just tried to make great food. Fish and chips isn’t rocket science, you can’t put something bad in and expect to get something great out. Whether it’s the fish, the potatoes or the people at Poppies – we give a lot and it seems to be appreciated, which makes the whole thing very special.”
Pop and the team hope to see you at Poppies soon – because we all know it’s the plaice to be…
Poppies Spitalfields Market Opens 4th April 2015
12 Horner Square, Old Spitalfields Market, London E1 6EW
Monday – Saturday: 11:00 to 20:00
Sunday: 11:00 to 17:00
(Photography credit: Angus Campbell-Golding)