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Second London chippy for Des McDonald

Ex-Caprice boss Des McDonald is to open his second fish and chip shop in London this week.

The Fish & Chip Shop City on Old Broad Street EC2 is less than five miles from his Islington restaurant and takeaway, which launched in June 2013. It will seat 60 with a further 16 seats for outside dining and includes a takeaway.

The new venture will emulate the Islington site in both its décor, which pays homage to the traditional British café, and menu serving fresh MSC certified fish. This will include a selection of line and hook caught cod, haddock and whiting, which will arrive daily from Brixham, to be grilled, or fried in The Fish & Chip Shop’s own recipe batter, made with Camden beer. The chips will be hand cut in the shop from British potatoes and double fried in refined rapeseed oil.

The menu doesn’t just serve ‘posh fish and chips’, diners can choose from a range of seafood from the raw bar including West Mersea Native No.2 oysters, lobster grilled or served with mayonnaise and Fruits of the Sea for two.

The City kitchen will be headed up by Steve Wilson, formerly of Scott’s and Daphne’s, and will be overseen by Lee Bull, group executive chef for Des McDonald Restaurants. Adam McMahon, previously at The Fish & Chip Shop in Islington, will be the general manager.

Plans are to open with a soft launch with 50% off food on 13th and 14th October ready for the official opening on Wednesday 15th October.