Traditional British food has long been the butt of jokes within the restaurant world, ribbed for its apparent blandness and lack of flair. But the tide is turning – Brits are becoming ever more proud of the stodgy, comforting fare that emanates from the classic English kitchen, with a wealth of restaurants inspired by classic British cuisine opening up across London.
A visit to the English capital isn’t complete without trying a few of its traditional British food recipes, and there’s never been a better time to eat
Open 11am – 11pm Mon – Thurs, 11am – 11:30pm Fri – Sat, 11am – 10:30pm Sun.
While London might not be by the seaside, the classic portion of English fish and chips should still be on the menu of any London visitor. And no place does it better than Poppie’s. Local, sustainably sourced fish are served in an ultra-traditional and ultra-delicious way, covered in crunchy batter. Go for the fish, but stay for the caramel sticky toffee pudding!
Open 8am – 12am Mon – Sat, 8am – 11pm Sun.
Open 11am – 7:30pm Mon – Fri, 10am – 8pm Sat, 11am – 7pm Sun.
Pie and mash is one of the most popular British food you can find. Therefore, if you’re looking for a British dining experience that’s a bit more casual, cheap and cheerful, the meat pies of Battersea Pie Station should be on your British food list. Dine in or take away one of the glorious selection of traditional meat pies, served with ample helpings of mashed potatoes and gravy. Choose a beer-laden pie, like their steak and Meantime stout, for the most English of English pastry experiences.
Open Midday – 3pm/6pm – 11pm Mon – Fri, 6pm – 11pm Sat, 12:30pm – 3:45pm Sun.
Head chef Fergus Henderson has built somewhat of a cult around St. John, a whitewashed smokehouse that serves as a temple to famous British food. Seeing a resurgence in offal, Henderson created the restaurant 20 years ago, offering up incredibly tasty morsels manufactured from the less adored butcher’s cuts. Try the grouse for your main, and the timeless bread pudding for dessert.
Open 7am – Midnight Mon – Fri, 9am – Midnight Sat – Sun.
Featuring a high ceiling with dramatic chandeliers, historic Berners Tavern is as much a feast for the eyes as it is for the stomach.
Open 11:30am – 11pm Mon – Sat, Midday – 8pm Sun.
Opened in 1828, Simpson’s in the Strand is a genuine slice of London history. Original fittings can still be found inside, and the service remains stoically – and pleasantly – traditional. Roast meat comes served with
Open 7am – 10:30am/Midday – 3:30pm/5:30pm – 10:45pm Mon – Fri, 8:30am – 11:30am/Midday – 3:45pm/6:00pm – 10:45pm Sat, 11:30am – 6:30pm Sun.
It’s not a Sunday without a Sunday roast – so say the British. And there’s no better place to head for a few freshly carved slices than the dish’s namesake restaurant, found in Borough Market. All roast dinners are exclusively British-sourced, with the restaurant taking pride in knowing the exact farmer that the meat has been purchase from. Choose one of the many roast options for mains, but leave room for a delightful take on the traditional British crumble for dessert.
Open 8am – 11pm Mon – Fri, Midday – 11pm Sat.
The minimalist, stark interior of Lyle’s won’t exactly remind you of classic British stodge, and the food reflects the look. But patrons can rest assured that the helpings at this trendy eatery are as authentic as they come. Situated on the ultra-cool Shoreditch High Street, Lyle’s do fresh, tasty and seasonal takes on classic British food recipes. While meat dishes abound, Lyle’s is also the ideal choice for vegetarians looking to get a taste of what is typical English food.