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 26th May 2022

The Selkirk

563 user reviews 5

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.

Grand Junction Arms

54 user reviews 4

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 Mayflower

6 user reviews 4

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 White Swan

134 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 Four Thieves

205 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.   

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.

Richard The First

727 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.

Iron Duke

1 user review 4

The Iron Duke is a no-nonsense, small and friendly pub found in the heart of London's West End. Serving delicious traditional pub food with a splattering of lovely real ales, this is the perfect place to escape the bustling streets.

George IV

179 user reviews 5

The George IV in Chiswick manages to combine a cosy appeal with a modern aesthetic to create a fun environment to tuck into some good London pub food. Alongside their roast dinner, their menu is packed full of tasty treats, with fish and choice cuts of meat taking centre stage.

The Ram

3 user reviews 5

The kitchen over at The Ram has been taken over by the guys at Burgers, Wings and Ribs. These fab foodies rustle up a mean selection of grub, including unlimited chicken wings for £16, towering stacks of deliciousness and sides like dirty fries.

The White Horse

111 user reviews 4

Serving up a stunning selection of locally sourced dishes, this southeast London spot gets it's ingredients from independent producers nearby. From lunch through to dinner and the traditional Sunday roast, you won't go hungry here.

The Lady Ottoline

43 user reviews 5

Looking for the best pub grub in London? Head to Bloomsbury where The Lady Ottoline is keeping you fuelled up with a range of British classics and modern twists. Tuck into chicken Caesar croquettes, smoked salmon Scotch eggs and classic fish and chips at this pretty Holborn haunt.

For everything from speciality steaks to Sunday roasts and fish 'n' chips, Larkshall is a great shout. Head to the Chingford traditional pub to settle down in their friendly surroundings, washing your meal down with pints or vino.

People's Park Tavern

530 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 Mall Tavern

841 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 Jugged Hare

266 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.

Royal Oak

197 user reviews 5

Looking for some British classic fare in London? Royal Oak presents some of the best pub grub from beer-battered fish to rotisserie chicken and Sunday roasts. Grab a cocktail and settle in for an evening of board games or hit the bar for some mingling.

The Snooty Fox

8 user reviews 5

A cool, quirky and seriously cosy pub in Canonbury, The Snooty Fox is an ideal spot for a bite to eat. Check out the drool-worthy menu, which showcases a range of Asian-inspired small plates and bao buns, as well as towering burgers, fish and chips, and Sunday roasts.

The Black Dog

557 user reviews 4

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.

The White Bear

642 user reviews 5

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 Admiralty

45 user reviews 5

If the stunning views and wide selection of craft beers on offer weren't enough to convince you to go to The Admiralty, then you should know that the pub is renowned for having some of the best pies in London. So tuck in and absorb the spectacular views of Trafalgar Square.