It seems that wherever we go in the world, we as Brits are famous for two things – drinking lots of tea and eating fish and chips. With a love for both of these things, a visit to the Golden Hind seemed natural.
Tucked away down Marylebone Lane, just off Marylebone High Street, is arguably one of the most understated restaurants you’ll see in London. It does little to compete with the glitz and glamour of some of Marylebone’s neighbouring dining experiences, but as was soon to become obvious, it doesn’t need to.
Entering the inside of the restaurant, with decor that seems to originate from somewhere between 1950 and 1970, the welcome to the Golden Hind is friendly – the Greek family that have owned the restaurant for many years create an informal and comforting environment that possibly only a Greek family could create. Although feeling a little cramped, the restaurant has expanded into a larger second room now extending it around the bend in Marylebone Lane.
The Golden Hind appears to be bustling with a mix of loyal regulars and tourists, guide books and maps on the table as they tuck into their meals. The menu is presented simply in a slightly worn leather book – simple is a word that represents the Golden Hind in more ways than one.
It doesn’t need much build up – the fish and chips here are great. The portions are generous, with batter that is rich and crunchy, the chips thick and genuine. They offer prawns and calamari amongst other foods, but you’d be silly to order anything other than the fish and chips. With a meal probably costing somewhere a little north of £10 a head, the Golden Hind also offers good value in comparison to eateries in the surrounding area.
The conclusion is that the Golden Hind really could offer the gold standard in fish and chips, not only in Marylebone, but possibly even in London. With a friendly atmosphere and great food, it’s a must for anyone looking for quality fish and chips in central London – it certainly gets our stamp of approval.
73 Marylebone Lane
Phone: 020 7486 3644
Nearest tube: Bond Street