Fish and chips is always satisfyingly good grub, but at Kerbisher & Malt they like to take something simple and do it well.

Former Ealing Gazette and Fulham Chronicle reporter Poppy Bradbury and I got together for what turned out to be a humongous lunch and catch-up a couple of weeks ago.

I had heard about this place being high-grade fish and chips and had wondered how you can make the country’s signature meal top quality. Surely fish and chips is just fish and chips, right?

Well, unless you somehow manage to make it non-greasy as this quirkily-decorated restaurant does.

All the fish is fresh, from sustainable sources and cooked to order.

The eatery prides itself on the fact that all their potatoes are from local farmers, they do not use preservatives or anything from a packet, and they make all their own sauces and batters- except for the ketchup.

I decided to go for classic options and picked the battered haddock, £6.70, with chips, £1.90, mushy peas, £1.60, and tartare sauce, 50p.

Poppy wanted to be a bit different so ordered the pollock in breadcrumbs, £6.80, chips, £1.90, Kerbisher green salad, £3.00, and lemon mayonnaise, 50p.

I liked how the meal was not oily, tasted fresh and was very satisfying.

Poppy liked the fact there were different types of fish on offer, pollock, plaice and coley, not just the typical haddock and cod.

The portions were extremely generous, maybe even too big. When I was presented with my plate I almost felt overwhelmed by the task in hand.

 

It’s nice to have a relaxed setting to take your time over a meal that is usually rushed though, and Poppy and I had certainly put the world to rights by the time we left.

There are currently three Kerbisher & Malt branches; in Ealing, Brook Green and Mortlake, and a Clapham store is set to open at the end of this month.

Staff at the Ealing restaurant are extremely friendly, and Poppy and I were made to feel very welcome during our lunch break.

We walked out feeling stuffed and ready for a nap, but as news never stops it was back to the desk...