Quality Fish Restaurant
Where ‘Q’ Stands for Quality
Stroll off the beaten track of George Street, and you’ll find a wealth of pubs, cafes and restaurants in Richmond.
These narrow, quirky lanes are a foodie’s paradise, with everything from Brazilian street snacks and Argentine empanadas to Italian gelato and Crepes Suzette to tempt your globe-trotting taste buds – but for the days when only the best in traditional British fayre will do, you can’t beat proper fish and chips.
Quality Fish Restaurant on King Street is one of Richmond’s oldest places to eat. When its current owner, Mary, took over in early 2020 she discovered amongst the paperwork a copy of the Fish Trades Gazette from March 18th, 1967 – according to its cover, the ‘Official Organ of the National Federation of Fishmongers’.
Amongst adverts for the finest canned cockles and mussels, frozen haddock from Norway and line-caught cod from Grimsby, she found a fantastic article entitled ‘Where Q Stands for Quality’ – all about her very own fish and chip shop – that suggests the restaurant has played an important role in the Richmond hospitality scene since the 1930’s.
The article describes ‘a shopfront in keeping with the selective and choosy clientele’ of Richmond, and ‘an interior unique in the annals of planning and design’. It would seem that not much has changed at this hidden gem over the past 55 years!
It is this unique interior that really strikes you as you push past the queue of hungry locals and tourists awaiting their takeaways – your mouth watering at the smell of freshly-fried chips – through the saloon-style doors into the main restaurant.
For lovers of mid-Century design, the décor is a dream. Rosewood-effect laminated booths line one wall, with pale blue vinyl benches, cream Eames-style chairs and a tiled floor. Whilst the ‘orange and peat brown’ silk furnishings and Swedish globe lights from 1967 have been replaced with more practical options, the rest of the room remains largely unchanged.
Once seated in one of the cosy booths, you’re all set to experience Mary’s famously friendly hospitality alongside huge plates of your favourite fish in crispy batter, fluffy chips and, of course, mushy peas and tartare sauce. Locals rave about the freshness of the produce, the generous portions (which can be boxed up for you to take home if you can’t finish them!) and the warm welcome from Mary and her team.
Quality Fish Restaurant is a great place for delicious, traditional British fish and chips – but it’s also part of Richmond’s foodie history and a superb example of mid-Century restaurant design, so opt to eat in for the full experience. The ‘Q’ really does still stand for ‘Quality’.
11 King St, Richmond TW9 1ND
020 8948 4171
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