Posh Nosh: Date Night at Sutton and Sons
Written by: Sophie Taylor
If you happened to be in Stoke Newington Sutton and Sons chippy earlier this year, you may have witnessed the true essence of Sutton and Sons solidarity. Gearing up for a particularly hot Tinder date, Chico* decided to fuel up on his usual Cumberland sausage bap from his favourite fish and chippy. Layering on a little too much ketchup in excitement, Chico squirted a thick dollop on his (now) saucy white shirt, freshly ironed and all.
True to form, the crew at Sutton and Sons lived up to their friendly reputation and helped him sponge off the offending stain with a smile. Unfortunately it was all in vain, as his hot date never even showed.
Boo hoo but also wahey! because there are plenty more fish in the sea. Plus it means that now I am with Chico, expertly squirting vinegar all over my top in solidarity at the Essex Road branch of Sutton and Sons.
This family run restaurant has been sourcing the very best of date night seafood for the last twenty years, sourcing the finest and freshest fish from their very own fishmongers in Stoke Newington.
But not only are they super sustainable, these guys are also trés on trend with their own signature lobster sub. So you can feel posh and down to earth all at once, stroke your beard then passionately get off with an avocado once you’ve finished cycling home on your fixie.
Our favourite is the real hearty meatiness of their tuna burger which comes with a side question of rare or medium rare? followed by a heavily pregnant pause.
For no-one wants chewy tuna, but would equally like to avoid salmonella. Luckily the charming Arianna helped us out and we went for medium rare.
It was a delicious steak with tapenade, thinly sliced pickle and a big fat helping of skinny fries to soak up our troubles.
The authentic, chip shop style chips are fluffy and crispy, peeled and chopped by hand and exactly what you’re craving on a carb binge. But we didn’t deign try them this time as we eyed up the hearty brioche buns holding orders of seafood perfection together.
The lobster sub (yes we went ahead and ordered it) came bursting with fresh white meat and claws ready to be devoured immediately.
Meanwhile our house white arrived in a cooler and no label, swing top bottle that took me back to wine houses in the Mediterranean, filling up fresh vino by the tap and taking it to the port to drink to the sailors on their return back to sea.
It was cold, refreshing and the perfect accompaniment to our sweet marine feast. To truly embody the drunken sailors ourselves, we bid farewell to the sea shack style abode and said hello to the pubs and back streets of Islington.
Perhaps what’s most surprising about this high quality fishery is the laid-back feel. From the no nonsense wooden bench seating to the easy going staff, S and S is one cool customer. Mr and Mrs Sutton know the importance of the motion in the ocean, not the size of your restaurant. Their intimate group of diners and fishmongers is understated, inviting and in the know.
Regrets? We’ve had a few, but from Sutton and Sons it was only that we didn’t sample the Maldon oysters. Particularly as it’s National Oyster Weekend and they go so well with tabasco and champagne. Any excuse. We’ve also just heard word of Mrs Sutton’s dessert selection which includes deep fried battered Mars Bar and lemon posset with fresh berries. Next time my sweet, next time.
Chin chin and bottoms up to Danny and Hana Sutton: we’ll be back for pudding and ketchup spilling once more.
*not real name unfortunately
Sutton and Sons, 356 Essex Road, N1 3PD
Photos via Sutton and Sons insta.
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