United Chip, fish and chips in Clerkenwell

United Chip, London EC1M: restaurant review

A hip fish and chip shop in Clerkenwell, central London, serving sustainable fish with the ultimate chips

Looking for some of the best fish and chips in London? Read our expert review of United Chip, a fish and chip shop in central London.


United Chip in a nutshell

A hip central London fish and chip shop serving sustainable fish and homemade sides and sauces.

What’s the vibe like?

Long tables with metal frames and florescent strip lights are warmed up with pops of pastel pink, blue and yellow, while ketchup bottles and shakers of salt (rosemary, kelp, cayenne and ordinary table) pepper the tables.

White tiles surround the fryers on one wall while a large blackboard boldly displays the menu on another. The generously stocked help-yourself sauce station is split into dedicated aïoli, tartar, sweet chilli and spicy Bangkok mayo sections, which can be stocked up on freely throughout the meal.

Interiors of United Chip, Clerkenwell

How does the menu work?

For a fish and chip shop there’s a lot of decisions to be made, from which size portion you want to whether or not to order a cone of calamari as a side. The menu is broken down into fish and chips (Atlantic cod, haddock and pollock are all available with chips or frites) and all-day specials include panko fried halloumi and battered Dingly Dell sausage. If you turn up after 3pm then the menu extends to buns and cones, too.

United Chip, fish finger sandwich in soft bap bun

Which dishes should we order at United Chip?

Cardboard boxes are piled high with a mixture of thick-cut fluffy chips and crispy-fried scraps while a light, crisp batter surrounds pieces of fresh flaky fish. A pot of fragrant curry sauce is a must order: rich and salty with a pourable consistency, it’s hard to resist going straight in with a spoon.

Burgers and buns are hearty, with classics being executed at the next level. Panko breadcrumbs coat cod strips that are loaded into a floury soft bap and covered generously in a creamy yet acidic tartar sauce. Meaty crab legs are deep fried before being stacked in a buttery brioche bun and served with creamy sweet Bangkok mayo that packs a spicy cayenne kick.

United Chip, soft shell crab burger in a bricohe bun
Soft shell crab burger at United Chip

Don’t miss out on the mushy peas, served creamy with a great texture from the occasional whole marrowfat peas. Make sure you also pick up a pot of silky smooth aïoli with a garlic tang.

What’s dessert like?

There aren’t any desserts on offer at United Chip, so order a cone of breaded scampi if you’re still peckish.

What are the drinks like at United Chip?

There’s a succinct selection of drinks to pick out of the fridge with most made in east London. Choose between a Dalston soda, a Crate Brewery Lemon Gose sour or a pint of Disco Pils on draught.


What else should we know?

People were queuing for tables at 7pm on a Wednesday night, so if you can’t find a space to sit, grab a box to take away.