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A Chippy off the sustainable Block: Hook in Camden

SEEN made her way to Hook on Camden Parkway on a very warm London evening (yes, we do have them). It’s not far from the tube station but just far enough to have a bit of a local vibe. It has a nice new grey interior with a roof window to let in the light, and a wall of small wooden boxes.

Hook is putting a twist on the traditional fish’n’chips by using sustainable fish cooked fresh to order, with a mix of the usual accompaniments and something a bit different. The menu is refreshingly limited, composed of sharing plates, starters, mains and dessert and the drinks list is similarly eclectic. It being a warm day, SEEN opted for homemade lemonade with rhubarb and ginger, which was delightfully refreshing.

I went straight for the classic fish’n’chips: cod in panko breadcrumbs with salted seaweed chips and a side of mushy peas. The food comes in the small wooden boxes that I mentioned earlier. Having not been a huge fan of panko breadcrumbs in the past, I must say that I am now a convert. On cod it is wonderfully crisp and crusty and a pleasant change from too much batter. The chips were made from a potato sliced and cut into half-moons, roasted rather than friend. Again, lovely. There was a nice tartare dip and the sweet mushy peas came in a little warm kilner jar of their own. I ate everything bar the greaseproof inner of the box. You can’t say any fairer than that. The waiting staff were efficient and friendly, telling me that the menu changes occasionally, with items that are successful with diners remaining on it. A sure recipe for success.

63-65 Parkway