Avocado Sweets Appointed To Design Top Fish And Chip Restaurant

One of the nation’s top independent fish and chip restaurants has teamed up with Avocado Sweets to create a retro look for their new London eatery.

Following a hugely successful two years, 

Poppies Fish and Chips of Spitalfields

 is opening a sister restaurant on Hawley Crescent in Camden, North London, in Spring.

The design for the new 110 seater restaurant will take customers back to the 1940s and London's re-birth after the war - complete with a restored 1948 vintage Wurlitzer 1100 Jukebox.

All fixtures and fittings have been lovingly sourced by designer, Evros Agathou, and 70-year old owner Pat Newland to offer a genuine and warm setting, with a touch of London eccentricity.

Highlights include an original 40s projector with home reels, reclaimed cinema seating, original pendant lighting and a period six-seater bar.  The memorabilia will be set against a back-drop of traditionally-made Victorian tiles on the floor and walls.

Fresh from success as a finalist in the international Society of British Interior Design award Avocado Sweets is thrilled to bring its trademark innovation to Poppies’ new restaurant.

“Poppies already serve great tasting and sustainable food and the restaurant design gives customers a memorable environment to enjoy it in,” says Avocado Sweets owner, Evros Agathou.  “From floor to ceiling, we’re bringing to life vintage items - like the reclaimed cinema seats and 40s Jukebox - within a comfortable, quality setting.  With Poppies, we’re borrowing the best of the old to create something fun and new,” he added.

Spread over two floors there is the restaurant, served by 'Popettes' which also offers customers a take-away option (seasoned with lashings of Sarsons and wrapped in Poppies own newsprint), seating upstairs to browse the library of war books and comics over coffee; and, in keeping with the 1940s scene, a lounge and piano for use by any local entertainers and performers.  

Poppies Fish and Chips of Spitalfields was a finalist in the 2013 National Fish and Chips of the year award (Independent Fish and Chips restaurant category) and the only London fish and chips in the shortlist of three.  See 


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Poppies Fish and Chips of Spitalfields

 started as a labour of love to indulge 70 year-old master fryer and owner, Pat ‘Pop’ Newland’s hobby and personal interests and has proved to be a great success.

Pat began his fish and chip career in ‘Phil’s’ on the Roman Road aged 11, where he cut the newspaper and was paid 1/2 a crown a week. With Poppies, Pat is creating fish and chip shops with all the traditional courtesy, humour and values of the East End - and providing London with the very best fish and chips.

NewsSusie Agathou