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I am lucky enough to live in Brockley, SE London which is extremely gluten free friendly, as I have written about before in my Gluten Free Guide. But it just keeps getting better and better, with the welcome addition of Maddy’s Fish Bar in New Cross.

New Cross itself is a major student hub, home to Goldsmiths University and Lewisham College. It is also centred on a major road and weird roundabout junction. Sounds lovely doesn’t it? But good things are happening there. A few years ago the London Particular sprang from nowhere to serve awesome coffee and simple seasonal food, and now has a sister bar which opens late into the night. Then when the site next door got in touch about opening a fish and chip shop next door, the owners got Maddy on board.

Working in food for most of her life, Maddy’s passion is fish. And it really shows. The menu at this modern fish and chip shop is simple, seasonal, well sourced. But don’t let that put you off. It is by no means over the top or pimped up. Maddy lets the food do the talking… or rather SHOUTING!

This was by far the tastiest take away I have had in a long time. Especially fish and chips. Very different to the wonderful Brockley Rock, the fish which is delivered daily from boats in Poole, varies depending on the catch. Then it is fried in a naturally gluten free, herby light batter to seal the fish for cooking while you wait. Served with chips made from organic, seasonal spuds, were the best proper chips I have had in my recent memory, it is then complemented by a fresh slaw using naturally gluten free tamari in the dressing.

Own made mushy peas, slightly chunky, minty and bright green rather than overcooked khaki. A tartare sauce that was piquant and tangy. There is also their own curry sauce. Plus they also make chicken nuggets with slow reared free, range chicken, have specials on such as moule marinere and serve local craft beers and ciders to wash it all down with. There is a little eat in area with rustic plywood benches and tables, plus two communal tables outside. What else do you need to know….?

OH YES! And the best thing. It is gluten free fish and chips every night! Not on tuesday when you have yoga! Or every other month! Every night of the week.

So, yet another example of inclusive, simple food that breaks down the barriers to free from eating out. Such a welcome addition to the area, and I urge you to swing by as you are heading down the A20 out of the city!

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