This Christmas, Poppies welcomes the ultimate party pastry to the menu… the mince pie! But, as tradition dictates, it will be given a delicious Poppies makeover with a joyously warm and crispy coat of batter!
In recent years we’ve taken all sorts of classic Christmas foods and given them the Poppies treatment using Pops’ secret batter recipe. From sweet treats like Quality Street and Ferrero Rocher to King of all Christmas veg, the Brussels Sprout.
This year, we’ve gone for Santa’s favourite fireside treat, and we can’t wait for you to try it. Bite through the warm, crispy coat to melt in the mouth all butter shortcrust pastry and a rich filling made of a mixture of vine fruits, cranberries, clementine and mild spices.
The big man in red is desperate to get his hands on one but he’s going to have to wait until Christmas Eve. Anyone else, naughty or nice, will be able to get their hands on one exclusively from Poppies Soho between the 11th and the 25th of December. Each portion of 3 costs £4.75. Don’t delay, come and try this delicious deep-fried dessert before Father Christmas comes to Town!
In the spirit of Christmas, it’s become a Poppies tradition, to take something integral to the celebrations and deep fry it.
We’ve seen battered Quality Street, giant pigs in battered blankets, battered brussels sprouts and finally, the Ambassador’s favourite made its debut at Poppies with the irresistible Battered Ferrero Rocher. The iconic Ferrero Rocher is made up of the finest roast hazelnuts surrounded by a smooth chocolatey filling, crispy wafers and hazelnut pieces. Last season, Poppies added to the lavish layers of this timeless treat by dunking it into their signature batter and deep frying it to perfection, the latest Christmas guilty pleasure.
Deep frying these golden delights in our tasty batter delivered everything and more for a decadent Christmas bite – warm chocolate, hazelnuts and a bit of crunch – yum!
Poppies is partnering with The Official Armed Forces & Veterans Breakfast Club this November to offer free fish and chips to members of its social clubs each day w/c 6th November between 11am and 12pm. For that hour, each of the Poppies’ three restaurants will offer veterans of all ages and members of the Armed Forces the chance to get together face to face, talk, reminisce and enjoy a great meal together with brilliant banter – and batter!
In addition, throughout the month of November, Poppies will be increasing their standard 15% discount for military personnel past and present to 50% in honour of all those that serve and have served our country. Poppies is proud to support local communities and champion British values. This collaboration is our salute to the unwavering dedication and service of our veterans.
Dereck Hardman, Founder of The Armed Forces & Veterans Breakfast Clubs said, “Feeling isolated is a major factor in contributing to poor mental health and suicide amongst Armed Forces Veterans. Our clubs seek to end that social isolation bringing veterans and members of the Armed Forces together to forge friendships and seek support as needed. We are delighted Poppies is providing a warm, welcoming space and delicious meal for our members and hope that any others in need who perhaps haven’t reached out yet, will find their nearest club via our website – www.afvbc.world – and join us.”
Did you know – Fish and chips are part of British wartime history – the only food never rationed to maintain morale and bring comfort in a time of crisis. It was also a method of identifying allies on the front line – if you shouted ‘fish’ and the reply was ‘chips’ you knew you were amongst friends.
Terms & Conditions
- The free meals are available for Veterans and members of the Armed Forces dining in any one of Poppies 3 restaurants, w/c 6th November only, between 11am and 12pm.
- All places must be pre-booked via the Poppies website. Groups of Veterans can book a table together or if you book a table for 1, you will be grouped with others.
- The offer is for the individual only, not to friends and family. Please bring sufficient identification to demonstrate you are a Veteran or member of the British Armed Forces otherwise you will be charged full price for your meal.
- The offer is valid for dine-in or takeaway meals in November 2023. To secure the 50% discount, please bring identification to demonstrate you are a Veteran or Serving Member of the Armed Forces to redeem half price the cost of your individual meal. If insufficient identification is provided unfortunately, you will be charged full price.
To all ghosts, ghouls, witches and werewolves – Heinz cast a spell over Poppies this Halloween with a spooktacular sauce to accompany your favourite fish and chips.
To celebrate the launch of the Heinz limited edition [Scarily] Good Black Garlic Mayo, Poppies and Heinz partnered to create deliciously devilish dishes, guaranteed to ward off any vicious vamps whilst satisfying all hungry monsters.
Added to the menu for a limited time were:
Ghostly Cod Bites and Chips, £9.75 – 5 pieces of fresh, tender cod fillet battered in Poppies secret recipe.
Sausage Severed ‘Fingers’ and Chips, £8.90 – the classic combination of a large, plain sausage and chips.
Or you can treat yourself to a side of freshly cooked Chips, £3.50, with lashings of Heinz sauces for dipping.
The Poppies team is proud to announce a new restaurant will open in early 2024 on the vibrant and iconic Portobello Road!
We’re planning the same cosy, nostalgic atmosphere Poppies is famous for with a nod to the site’s former occupants – wood panelling from its term as a bank and signage from when it was George Portwine’s butcher shop – plus additional retro touches and tributes to our wonderful founder, the late Pat ‘Pop’ Newland who remains very much in the hearts and minds of everyone at Poppies.
Pop’s son, Danny Newland, said, “We couldn’t leave West Londoners without decent Poppies fish and chips any longer, they deserve to taste the best!
“Poppies, like Portobello Road, is dedicated to preserving London’s rich traditions and history which makes it the perfect fit. We’re committed to serving up the tastiest and freshest fish and chips in town so whether trying it for the first time, or indulging in a regular Friday tradition, customers will get a top-notch, lip-smacking, belly-filling, classic British meal.”
Follow @popsfishnchips on instagram for updates on the building process and a countdown to the opening.
Poppies set the London sneaker scene on fire by teaming up with the hotshot OG Kicks to celebrate the opening of their flagship London store in the vibrant streets of Soho.
Originally from the breezy shores of Brighton, they flipped the script, bringing the best of the seaside right into the heart of the bustling city. We created a playful nod to their delectable fish dishes and the freshest sneaker drops in town. They shot an ad at the iconic Poppies Soho takeaway joint, blending the sizzle of street fashion with the aroma of their famous fish specialties.
That wasn’t all, they had a weekend pop-up extravaganza that had the town talking. Every savvy customer who ordered the much-hyped ‘OG Special’ from the takeaway snagged a golden ticket, unlocking exclusive surprises. From t-shirts and discounts to the hottest kicks in the game, the prizes had the crowd buzzing.
We had a special treat for customers who dined with us over the Easter weekend…
Legend has it that each year, the Easter Bunny pays a visit to hide special eggs in all sorts of places for well-behaved children to find. Luckily for us, lured by our fish and chips, he hopped over to Poppies for lunch and while enjoying his meal, hid some of his special eggs in our restaurants. Each morning over the Easter weekend, colourful Easter eggs were hidden in all three of our restaurants containing a reward to be enjoyed there and then. Those lucky enough to find one, opened it up to reveal their prize – free drinks, desserts, discounts off the bill and even a £100 gift card were up for grabs! What an ‘egg’cellent Easter treat!
Did you know that our Soho restaurant at 59 Old Compton Street was once the renowned 2i’s Coffee Bar, a coffeehouse that was the birthplace of British rock & roll during the late 1950s.
The 2i’s Coffee Bar
was a vibrant hub for Soho’s hip crowd. Upstairs, it served coffee and sandwiches, while its basement was home to a small stage with space for an audience of around 80 people. This was where talent scouts came to seek out emerging and gifted artists. It was at the 2i’s that notable talents like Tommy Steele and Cliff Richard were first discovered changing the landscape of rock & roll in Britain forever!
Today we like to think the place is still dedicated to ensuring people have a good time and we’ve kept plenty of nods to its rich musical history with a 2i’s neon sign in the style of its original logo, vintage records, musical instruments and photographs of rock & roll legends lining the walls. We also saved a piece of the original wall painted by songwriter and musical composer Lionel Bart
when he was a waiter there – see if you can spot it next time you visit.