Does Highams Park's newest chippie live up to the hype?Cornwall transplant Darren Law reviews a new takeaway that's had rave reviews
Decent fish and chips are seemingly hard to come by in Highams Park and, further afield, even Walthamstow seems to struggle with what should be a simple affair. After spending my early years in Cornwall, I felt this shortage keenly and was therefore intrigued when The Broadway Fish and Chips opened its doors.
The shop’s grand opening was on 22nd February and, just three days later, you could see a queue of customers stretching out the shop and down the road. While reviews are mostly positive, some people have suggested the food struggles to live up to this considerable hype. Given my upbringing, I would like to think I know my battered sausage from my cod and chips and figured I was the right person to weigh in on the debate.
The new takeaway is just a short walk from the station (credit: Mark Rider)
The décor is crisp and clean with a nautical theme and, upon ordering, the service was transactional and not overly friendly. I went for the classic cod and chips and, when I enquired where they source their fish, I was told they have “a supplier in Gillingham”. I’ve asked the same question of other chippies and often been told their fish is imported from elsewhere, such as Norway, so I considered this answer a definite plus.
After a fairly lengthy 15 minutes wait - especially given I visited in the early evening on a Tuesday - I was handed my cod and chips (with salt and vinegar obviously!) The batter on the cod was cooked perfectly, not too thick or oily and nice and crispy, while the fish was moist and succulent. As for the chips, they came up large and were cooked well.
While Broadway isn’t overly cheap, since my meal set me back £11.70, overall I would give their food a solid 8 out of 10 and will be coming back for sure. For those less keen on fish, there are plenty of other options on the menu, as well as a lunchtime special served from noon to 4pm, which includes fish, chips and a drink for just £7.50.
As the poster on the wall inside rightly points out: ‘You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy fish & chips, and that’s kind of the same thing!’
Visit Broadway Fish and Chips at 3 The Broadway, E4 9LQ from 11am to 10pm, Monday to Saturday