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REVIEW: Sutton & Sons, Islington

REVIEW: Sutton & Sons, Islington

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For this writer with deep roots in the East of London, happiness is fish and chips on a Friday night – and Sutton & Sons just took things up a notch.

Managing to modernise that most British of traditions while leaving its nostalgic elements intact, hipsters and hungry traditionalists are equally emphatic about the Shoreditch (Boxpark), Islington or Stoke Newington outposts.

Golden, flaky battered fish is irresistibly fried in front of you – cod, haddock, plaice, coley and monkfish piled up with chunky chips, but true townies will be torn over the pie and mash with liqour.

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So what sets this place apart? The extensive small bites, grilled fish, salad and sides.

Cromer crab on toast or 1/2 a dozen Maldon oysters makes for an unexpectedly decadent starter, and lighter options of grilled trout, mackarel, seabass, haddock, cod and plaice can be served with new potatoes, coleslaw and salad. Everything is cooked with care, and served by friendly staff who know food.

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Dessert was the hurdle we expected Sutton & Sons to fall at – this is a chippie, after all. But home baker Hana Sutton (wife of Danny Sutton, the fishmonger who provides the spoils for this special spot), takes care of that too. We sampled one of the most decadent sticky toffee puddings ever made, sensational stodge that meant calling a taxi, too full to face the bus – sated and sleepy, we smiled all the way home.

Amy @ Fashionbite xx

Website: Suttonandsons.co.uk

Address: 356 Essex Road, London N1 3PD

Amy Everett is FashionBite's food and travel editor, she also writes for national newspapers and magazines including the Guardian Travel, Stylist, Shortlist, Red, Cosmopolitan and more.

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