London is blessed to have thousands of fried chicken shops spread out across every borough in the city.
Most people have their favourites, but the plethora of choice available means its hard to definitively rank which brand is the best for fried chicken.
Unless you live in South London of course, where one brand reigns supreme.
The idea that something has become an ‘institution’ has been bandied about to the point its lost all meaning, but in the case of chicken joint Morley’s, it rings true.
Since opening their doors in 1985, the franchise has dominated South London’s chicken scene to the point where most people can’t abide anything else.
Key to the charm of the brand is their perceived exclusivity to those living south of the Thames, with only a smattering of the stores located in North London.
This means that a sad majority of Londoners may go their entire lives without sampling the delights of Morley’s.
We decided to pay a visit to the Finsbury Park branch of the chain to see if the food was really as good as South Londoners make out.
‘This place meant business’
As soon as I entered Morley’s, I knew this was a chicken shop that meant business.
It was just gone 12pm which is quite early for lunch but the shop was filled with customers and the trays were piled high with chicken pieces and BBQ bits of every variety.
On the walls, the colourful story of Morley’s was displayed for all to see as well as their glowing recommendations from various media outlets.
I couldn’t wait to tuck in and ordered a Morley’s Medley for £6.49.
It’s a truly mighty meal comprising of chicken pieces, chicken wings and BBQ wings but it was Wednesday so I thought I’d treat myself.
‘Everything was exceptional’
I was so intrigued I couldn’t even wait to drive home so eagerly set about perusing the meal in my car.
I must have looked a right state to passers by, so covered in grease and BBQ sauce was I, but quite honestly I don’t care.
The food was exceptional in every way.
Let’s start with the chicken which was juicy and succulent and expertly fried.
A lot of chicken shops fall into the trap of over or under seasoning their batter but Morley’s had got the balance just right.
Their BBQ ribs were also exceptional, which is very promising indeed.
Most chicken shops that offer BBQ ribs do so half-heartedly and you can tell from the taste.
But Morley’s clearly put their heart and soul into theirs as they tasted heavenly.
And as for the chips?
Let’s put it this way – they’re second only to McDonald’s chips in my estimations.
There can be no higher compliment than that.
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‘The best fried chicken in London’
I wanted to find Morley’s overhyped.
If I’m honest, I desperately wanted to slate it – but I simply can’t.
Morley’s is quite simply the best fried chicken in London, on both sides of the river.
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