A PRICEY plate of fish and chips has left food reviewers baffled by the hefty bill.
TikTok star @whatlorrieats has shared her incredulity at being charged £55 for two servings of haddock and fries at a swanky chippy in London‘s Soho.
Her video review of the meal has been liked by more than 1,200 people – with many sharing her surprise at the cost, though others have stuck up for the award-winning restaurant Poppie’s.
The reviewer’s partner did give a thumbs-up at the end of the video – though both seemed bemused by the price.
She began her film by showing the bill, charging £39.90 for two large portions of haddock and chips, £2.95 for curry sauce, £1 for a pickled onion, £5.70 for their cokes and a service add-on of £6.19 – tallying £55.74 in total.
She told viewers: “We decided to visit London’s best chippie.
“It’s definitely the most expensive fish shop I’ve ever come across.
“These guys have won multiple awards for their fish and chips, so we decided to see if it was worth the hype.
“Inside it was really, really busy – quite an old-fashioned but kitsch kinda-type setting but the staff were really, really lovely.”
She described the fish as “perfectly-cooked” and the chips as “great” – but said she was “howling” at the pickle’s “presentation” in its own dish.
And she complained: “The curry sauce had onions through it which was different – I wasn’t a fan, to be completely honest.”
And she concluded her mixed review by saying: “All in all the food was good and we cleared our plates, but the price – I mean…”
Hashtags she added to her clip included the phrases “mostexpensive” and “overpriced?”
In the comments below the video, she agreed with someone who called it a “rip-off” –
One viewer said, “I’d rather go down ma local chippy and get a fish supper for 8 quid”, while another remarked: “It’s just a fish supper – I wouldn’t have paid that.”
Other comments included “I’m sure it’s nice but it’s not worth £55”, “Looks gorgeous but I couldn’t afford that” and “It’s nice but crazy prices”.
The TikTok uploader was also told, however, “It’s not a bad price considering the area” and that the bill “isn’t THAT bad for London”.
The head fishmonger at Poppie’s spoke out last year what he can tell about people from their orders.
Salih also described how the staff’s working day, starting with receiving fresh fish from Billingsgate Market in south-east London at 6am.
Poppie’s has an average rating of four stars out of five on review site TripAdvisor.
The most recent comment there from earlier this week was: “Great service, great atmosphere, amazing fresh food and well priced.”
Another visitor said: “With so many choices of places to eat in London Poppie’s can be easily missed, but well worth checking out.
“A retro feel to the restaurant, with a traditional fish and chip shop menu, reasonable prices and great service makes this a great eating experience.”
Whitehead’s Fish & Chips in Hornsea, Yorkshire, was named best takeaway at this year’s National Fish & Chips Awards announced in March.
Poppie’s took the prize for best independent fish and chip restaurant when the event was held in 2014.
Britons spend an estimated £42m each year on takeaways – and polling has suggested fish and chips are people’s feelgood favourite, followed by roast dinners.