The Fish and Eels Pub in Hoddesdon, England. A quick review.
A little pub history
Dating back to the 1800’s, The Fish And Eels was originally owned by the Christie family brewery who used it to sell Christy’s Hoddesdon-brewed ales. We have always been popular as a riverside inn, with numerous landlords throughout the years – the most notorious being the Reverend Samuel Thackery who, after being dismissed from his chaplaincy, took to inn keeping instead.
Good location, not far away from London’s M25 (junction 25), set by the river in a nice country location. All the features of a traditional English pub, with a nice size outside area with a mooring place for riverboats, smoking area and a grass (smaller) area where children can roam. Parking spaces are available and plenty.
In my personal opinion the dish doesn’t look quite complete. There wasn’t a lot of crushed sweet potato, and the portion wasn’t quite enough for an adult. Especially on the larger size as I am, but I was in luck as the fish portion was quite huge, and had half of one as well.
The cabbage, was a touch old and wilted on the plate, quite tough to chew and plain, therefore it brought nothing of value to the table. The pork belly was nicely done, melt in the mouth and moist, crackling wasn’t quite there, but I guess that it shouldn’t have had a crunchy top to begin with.
Caramelised apple and black pudding were tasty, although there are better quality black puddings available at the local supermarket.
One thing that (again, this is my opinion) spoiled most the dish was the sweet (oh, so sweet) ginger beer glaze that was splashed all over the plate. Too sweet and too much of it, the dish moved over into almost desert category. Sweet potato, sweet apple, sweet glaze…
I did eat it all (I like pork), but it’s safe to say that I will not order it again.
Not much to say (wrong) about this. The fish was haddock, the fish filet was huge. Well seasoned extra-crispy batter on the fish, meat was fresh and tasty, well cooked. The tartare sauce was nice with large capers. A touch on the small size if you compare it with the size of the fish, and the chips were not quite there either.
I haven’t seen any “seasoned chips”, just ordinary chips and not a lot of them. Which is fine if you like fish, but if you like chips more, order an extra portion here.
Overall, not a unpleasant visit at all, the staff here (all that we dealt with) are nice and professional, helpful and cheerful. I’ve eaten here a couple of times before and the experience was a similar to this one, and I’d say that I will visit again, if only for a good beer and a huge portion of fish. (With a few chips next to it).