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.

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Last updated on 3rd June 2024

Lots Road

Get your pub food fix at this gastropub in Chelsea, where an ingredient-led menu takes centre stage. Promising only the finest and freshest seasonal dishes from the kitchen, Lots Road takes classic favourites and British staples to new heights. 

The Last Judgment

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Slap bang in the middle of Holborn and housed in a former bank building, The Last Judgement is a grand pub fronting opulent decor: think towering, golden ceilings and dazzling chandeliers. It fronts an impressive wine collection, craft beers and spirits alongside a droolworthy British menu. Look forward to tucking into beer-battered cod served with chips, chicken pie or sausage and mash. 

The Rugby Tavern & Bistro Bleu

Looking for classic pub fare with an elegant French twist? Then you'll love The Rugby Tavern in Bloomsbury. This charming venue features leather booth seating, a well-stocked central bar and even a stylish bistro upstairs, with a pretty, plant-filled terrace outside. As for the menu, expect everything from chickpea falafel burgers to moules mariniere and breaded chicken schnitzel.

The Devonshire

You might know The Devonshire for its perfect pints of Guinness but it also happens to offer some of the best gastro pub food this city has to offer. Standing tall just off of Piccadilly Circus with its glossy green tiles and clusters of thirsty punters surrounding its outsides, this hot pub is the brainchild of a group of famous publicans and restauranteurs. Oisin Rogers, Charlie Carroll and Shaley Palmer-Watts came together to create two floors of elegance and fine nosh. Among smart white tablecloths and rustic brickwork, you'll find moreish plates of hand-divided scallops with bacon and malt vinegar, langoustines, lamb cutlets and duck fat chips.

The Crooked Billet E5

You can trust this atmospheric pub in Clapton to dish up some seriously good food. The Crooked Billet E5 is popular with locals and newcomers alike, partly because of its enormous beer garden. On the menu, there are hearty roasts, sausage with mash and marmalade onion gravy plus plenty of bar snacks if you settle down for a tipple or two.

The Mayflower

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 Admiral Codrington

Sophisticated gastropub The Admiral Codrington knows a thing or two about great food, with cosy interiors that feature quirky wallpaper, comfy booth seating and dark wooden paneling. Situated in Chelsea, this relaxed space serves up delicious dishes like Aberdeen Angus steaks, aubergine and chickpea curry or a rotating pie of the week, washed down with premium spirits and ever-changing guest ales.

The Angelic, Islington

Sometimes, nothing can beat some good ol' pub grub... and The Angelic in Islington is serving just that. Whether you're in the mood for a traditional Sunday roast with all the trimmings or a succulent burger, this laid-back watering hole is sure to impress.

The Black Lion

Pub grub doesn't get any better than The Black Lion on Kilburn High Road. This fabulous boozer is whipping up a mouthwatering selection of Indian plates and lip-smacking bevvies. Think tandoori chicken wings with pineapple chutney or double-cut lamb chops. Need we say more?

The Jugged Hare

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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 Victory

Perched above Waterloo's busy concord, The Victory is dishing up some of the best pub food in London. This bright and modern pub's menu includes a range of elevated small plates like halloumi friends with tahini, double fried chicken alongside siracha ketchup and larger dishes like roast lamb rump.

The Victoria

The Victoria is a pillar of the Dalston community famed for its live music and equally great burgers. The venue has been hosting live music for years, and serves a wide variety of locally brewed beers, continental wines and classic cocktails. But stay for their range of burgers, from steak to beef, that are all ethically sourced.

Grand Junction Arms

If you're craving good ol' pub grub, then Grand Junction Arms has got you covered. Boasting a range of pub classics from burgers to fish and chips, and refined dishes, such as their grilled salmon supreme with creamed leeks, broccoli and lemon butter sauce. 

The Four Thieves

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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.   

The White Bear

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 Brown Cow

Hop off the tube at Parsons Green to find some of the most delicious pub food this side of the city. The Brown Cow is a cosy haunt fronting wooden benches topped with individual candles and modern lighting, as well as a cracking menu. Swing by for a couple of small bites, like a chorizo scotch egg served with smoked tomato aioli, or tuck into large plates of buttermilk-fried free-range chicken burgers and Butcombe Gold beer-battered haddock, alongside thick-cut chips.

The Lansdowne

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Located close to Primrose Hill, The Lansdowne is a charming gastropub that's been serving up delicious dishes since 1992. Take a seat on one of their wooden tables and relax in their laidback surrounds, sipping on draught beer or one of the many gins available from the bar. As for the menu? Not only are their pizzas known for being some of the best in the area, but you can also nab sumptuous Sunday roasts and small plates like three cheese macaroni or cumin hummus with flatbread.

The Highbury Barn Tavern

When you're after gastro pub food in London, The Highbury Barn Tavern will fit the bill. This local favourite with football fans isn't just about its sport, as menus here promising popular Sunday roasts, juicy brisket burgers, and pork and cider pies. Plus, there's a crackling open fire in winter and a beer garden for summer.

The Selkirk

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.

People's Park Tavern

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.