Best Pub Food in London

Where once 'pub grub' was literally a soggy pie and an unhappy pint has now become one of the most delicious staples of British food. Gastropubs are king in the capital, offering up everything from the finest cuts of steak to mouth-watering roast dinners that even your mum can't live up to. So whether you have a hangover to cure, a rainy day to run out or want a feast in a beer garden, make sure you head to these boozers for the best pub food in London.

Last updated on 4th July 2018




The Jugged Hare

8 user reviews 4

With a place like The Jugged Hare, it's all about the experience with the food. They might offer some of the best gastropub food in London, but this is all made that much better by being situated in the Grade II listed Whitbread Brewery. Inside, taxidermy lines the walls and the open kitchen where customers can watch the food being prepared on their eight-spit rotisserie and charcoal grill adds a bit of theatre to the food.

The Black Dog

199 user reviews 5

The Black Dog is an award-winning pub beloved in the Vauxhall area thanks to its modern interiors and delicious menu. While most venues focus on British cuisine, they are much more international, with full English breakfasts sitting next to albondigas. Meanwhile, the insides are a refined and great place to chill out.

People's Park Tavern

140 user reviews 4

If you're feeling a bit homesick for your local but want the top quality London pub food you've come to expect, pop down to The People's Park Tavern. They offer traditional food, including a lovely Sunday roast, and offer a wide range of beers to wash it all down. They also have one of the best beer gardens in the capital, perfect for relaxing (and for the kids to let some steam off in) as you tuck into their delicious food.

The Mayflower

1 user review 3

Inspired by the ship that first carried English pilgrims to the New World, the Mayflower is one of the most authentic English pubs in South London that offers its guests delicious gastropub dishes, locally sourced ales and stunning views of the Thames. From hearty cuts of British meat to belly-warming pies, you'll be spoiled for choice by the diverse menu.

The Mall Tavern

396 user reviews 5

Beer drinkers have found their paradise here, as the Mall Tavern has over 28 taps filled with the best beer from around the planet. But while the contemporary pub might have the hops down, they don't skimp on dinner, with a menu packed full of seasonal British classics – with everything from a superfood salad to beef & ale pie.

The Rose Pub

2 user reviews 4

It's not often you get that village pub feel in West London, but luckily the Rose Pub exist. Nestled in Fulham, the relaxed pub offers everything from cocktails to beers and wines, while serving up a delicious spread of both great pub food in London, as well as small plates and sharing platters. Their beer garden really steals the show, though, which is the perfect spot to hideaway and tuck into one of their roast dinners.

The Joker of Penton Street, as the name suggests, doesn't take itself too seriously – but it sure seems like it does when it comes to the food. With live music and comedy to enjoy, making it the ideal spot to enjoy their array of food, especially their burgers. The kitchen is also often worked by London's street food eateries, with the likes of Burger Bear and Tongue 'n' Cheek taking the reins already.  

The White Swan

66 user reviews 5

The White Swan manages to combine that rustic pub aesthetic with the taste of a modern gastropub. With tantalising options like Cumbrian veal or pan-fried duck on the menu coupled with a wide array of European wine, draught beer and cocktails, they deliver some of the best pub food in London while maintaining that jovial local atmosphere.

The Selkirk

24 user reviews 4

When looking for the best pubs in London, there's only two things that really matter: great food and great drinks. The Selkirk offers both of them, as well as vintage furnishings and a fun pub vibe. Set in a beautiful Victorian building, they manage to offer tonnes of character while still delivering on British classics like Shepherd's Pie, roast chicken and more.

Old Bank Of England

1 user review 5

The Old Bank of England oozes history, residing in the Bank of England's former law courts. The interior is almost as stunning as the food, which focuses on British classics like beer battered fish and chips or Hampshire sourced steak burgers. But their speciality is definitely the hand-crafted pies, so make sure you eat up both the history and gravy.  

The White Bear

189 user reviews 4

The White Bear is one of the oldest pubs in South London, so you can bet they know how to cook you up some food. While their recent refurbishment has added some more contemporary touches, the venue retains a rustic feel, creating the perfect pub atmosphere. As for food, the order of the day is all about big plates of gastro food.

The Four Thieves

30 user reviews 4

The Four Thieves doubles as both an incredibly fun night out packed with entertainment and a wonderful pub boasting delicious food. They offer traditional pub food in London with a modern twist, daily specials, a famous Sunday roast and a BBQ in the summer. When you're finished with the meal, you can drink one of their over seventy gins and play vintage arcade games.   

Richard The First

88 user reviews 4

Richard The First is an old-school pub that is nearly one hundred years old. The inside is cosy with a splattering of wooden benches to keep up the old pub vibe. Their dining room and outdoor area perfectly compliment their delicious menu of London pub grub, which includes everything from gastropub bites to sharing platters.