Maddy's Fish Bar, 397 New Cross Road

Maddy's Fish Bar in New Cross is now open. We tried it for the first time last night, expecting to beat the rush by getting there just after 7pm, but found it already packed. The golden rule of Greater Brockley: Good news travels fast.

It's an excellent new addition to the local seascape, offering a different kind of fish and chip experience from the likes of Tony's Plaice or Fishy Business, and different again from Brockley's Rock. Portions are smaller but more delicate and while the menu focuses on doing a few things well, there are also some surprises, like gorgeous chicken nuggets. The chips come with the skin on, the batter is tempura and the mushy peas are the best we've ever had.