When it was the Clifton Fry, the chipshop on Clifton Terrace just opposite Haymarket station was no great shakes. It changed hands a wee while ago and since then I’ve been meaning to pop in for a review visit.
The Station Takeaway, as it’s now known, has had a little interior refresh to give it a smarter feel, but is essentially the same offering as previously. However, the quality is much improved.
I’ve visited on a few occasions over the last couple of months and been impressed with a range of different items that I’ve sampled. I memorably stopped here in the early hours of New Year’s Day to gain provisions for first-footing my dear mother. The chosen New Year bounty was a white pudding supper.
On this visit, I sampled their fish and chips. With the usual efficiency of process that you get in most chip-shops I was soon being asked if I wanted salt and sauce. I’m an avowed sauce only person, as I consider chip-shop brown sauce as a one-stop condiment shop, as it packs the fruityness of brown sauce with a vinegar edge and plenty of saltiness.
With the items duly encased in a neat cardboard box, which was similar to the design of the packaging at the excellent L’Alba D’Oro, I was soon on my way.
It proved to be very tasty eating with the batter crisp and light, the fish moist and meaty and the chips suitably crunchy then soft. I was really pleased with things.
So overall, I was impressed with the Station Takeaway. It’s now right up there with the best places for fish n chips in the city. I’m pleased it’s relatively close to my abode as on the occasions when I feel the need for this most British of dishes I can be confident that I can get a good quality rendition of it near at hand.
Blythe scores the Station Takeaway
4/5 for food
3/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for service
3/5 for setting
giving an overall 13.5/20
I ate: fish supper
I wore: blue and white shirt
Total bill: £6