On the outside, The Black Dog looks like a cool British boozer. On the inside, though, it's a contemporary British gastropub that you need to go to. The main string to their bow is their massive stocks of beer and wine, including ales and continental beers, but their kitchen isn't something to avoid. Boasting a wide range of gastropub dishes, it's impossible to leave there hungry.
British Restaurants in London
For years we put up with every country on Earth turning their nose up at our food until, one day, all the chefs in Britain just said no. Not only is London now a culinary powerhouse to rival Paris, actual British cuisine has evolved from simple pies to full on gourmet deliciousness. These pubs, restaurants and bars have got British ingredients, British recipes and created some of the best British food in London. So take a look at our recommended list of the best British restaurants in London and get a tinge of patriotism as you eat.
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This centrally-located bar and restaurant in the heart of Bank serves an ample menu of European cuisine alongside a vast cocktail list from expert mixologists. Pairing the fine food and drink menu with its slick interiors and modern feel, this bar is a real winner.
Sitting in the suave Broadgate Circle is the Botanist, one of the trendiest bars around. While it is often used as a hub for after-work drinks, they also have a menu packed with great British cuisine. Make yourself comfortable amongst the shapeless tables or cosy booth seats and enjoy some fine dining British food, washed down by a cocktail or two.
With a focus on contemporary European cuisine, this stunning Marylebone restaurant offers a ten-course tasting menu of unique dishes, from rose-cured salmon and red mullet, to black cod with caramel miso and pigeon with purple potatoes.
Join the Bermondsey Bar & Kitchen for a wide range of amazing, seasonal food crafted with sustainable British ingredients. And if that's not enough, their cutesy rustic interiors will make you feel right at home, and the carefully curated drinks menu will flow just as well as the conversation.
Bourne & Hollingsworth is a cute all-day brasserie perfect for eating great food in comfortable environment. Spread across four rooms, the insides are soaked in greenery, clean white colours and tonnes of character, coupled with sofas soft enough to sink into. The menu is all about tasty British gastro food washed down by delicious cocktails.
From a light terrace through to a leafy bar area, The Lampery is all sorts of stylish. The new restaurant is moments from Tower Bridge and has a great all-day menu, from hearty English breakfasts to dinners of lobster burgers.
With a menu that includes tantalising dishes like Gilthead sea bream with roasted cauliflower and pickled mushroom to Cornish lamb rump served alongside baby beetroots and chimichurri, The Gilbert Scott is a top spot for British food in King's Cross.
Established in 1763, The Bow Street Tavern is a beloved watering hole that offers a menu of great British classics from the heart of Covent Garden. The menu includes succulent Sunday roasts, fish and chips, and steak and ale pie to enjoy in cosy surroundings.
London Steakhouse Co. is serving up award-winning steaks in West London. The restaurant was co-founded by Marco Pierre White and creates delicious meaty plates, along with serving fine wines and a chic atmosphere.
Offering a gorgeous selection of roast dinners, this British restaurant near Borough Market sources its meats exclusively from UK supplies, with many coming from the neighbouring market and surrounding area.
Using only the finest British produce, the Blue Door Bistro keeps a shifting menu of seasonal delights. Get your fix of twists on classic dishes, washed down with a healthy dose of cocktails, and treat yourself to something a little more luxurious.
Founded by the team behind Tart London and Tom Warren, Wild by Tart is set inside a stunning former power station, with many of the original features still present. The carefully curated menu here is made up of local produce-led small plates and bites, with regular seasonal updates.
Offering good old fashioned pub grub, this great British restaurant in London can furnish you with everything from cauliflower and pale ale soup, to pig's ear fries, Cornish fish soup with Aspall cider and even beef mac and cheese.
While Powder Keg Diplomacy might have the colonial vibes in recipes and decorations, they certainly have modern sensibilities when it comes to taste. Their elegant Victorian bar is complimented by an equally elegant menu, offering a range of traditional British food, all while drinking great cocktails.
Along with creating apprenticeships designed to help people out of homelessness, Bridge Bar and Bistro is also a delicious all-day eatery close to Tower Bridge and The Shard. From comforting classics to seasonal dishes, the menu showcases the very best of Britain.
Balans is the best place to escape the world and eat a hearty menu of modern British food – and while you're at it, wash it down with some expertly made cocktails (or three).
No.11 Pimlico Road is a relaxed, all-day eatery serving up delicious wine and fresh food. The venue itself is all mellow tones and wooden furnishings, making it a comfortable escape from the busy Chelsea streets. Their menu boasts fresh British food – with a few European dishes thrown in for good measure – and this can all be washed down by one of their wines from their on-site wine shop.
Offering a great selection of quality dishes, from Seabass ceviche and chargrilled monkfish tail to crispy pig cheeks and truffled polenta, this sleek Dalston eatery is one of the best British restaurants in London.
From a slap-up full English to a big hearty plate of fish and chips, this wine bar and restaurant offers some of the best British grub in Moorgate.
Offering a mouthwatering selection of classic British eats, this gorgeous Kensington restaurant brings you the perfect lunch, dinner or pre-theatre dining destination with everything from scallops to sashimi and steaks making an appearence.
Located in Stroud Green, The White Lion is a trusty boozer. Expect exposed brick, a hit list of London beers and a hearty menu of British classics, if you're in the area on a Sunday make sure to check out their roast.
Indulge in some seasonal small plates that will make you swoon at this great British restaurant in London. From grilled cauliflower and salt baked beetroot, to oxtail croquettes and lobster doughnuts, it's one of the most exciting eateries in East London.
Little Nan's is bringing all sorts of deliciousness to central London as the quirky spot opens up in Fitzrovia. Known for their unique mix of tropical and Pat Butcher inspired interiors, the venue is bringing afternoon teas, cocktails and lunches to the masses.
Located in the heart of Bermondsey, Loyal Tavern serves up British dishes with a twist. Think crab bisques and lamb rumps, while baked celeriac rests in a mushroom broth with confit yolk and parmesan.
The Guinea is the best place to visit for delicious British food. A top English pub in the heart of Mayfair, they serve a variety of delicious dishes, boasting superior Scotch beef and award-winning pies, delivered with silver service. And you can wash it all down with a variety of food, wines and beers.
Located in the heart of Fulham, this elevated gastropub is home to some of London's finest British fare. Forget the greasy starers and limp mains, because the chefs here have the Michelin kitchen experience that will really ignite your tastebuds.
Chiswell Street Dining Rooms offers elegant interiors and delicious British bites in one fancy restaurant. Whether you come for an afternoon tea (can you get more British that?), or a plate of new or traditional British dishes, while relaxing in their elegant leather clad restaurant, you are guaranteed a truly British experience.
A great atmosphere and quality food makes Tanner and Co one of the best British restaurants in London. Head down for brunch, lunch or dinner, and they've got a variety of dishes to feast on, from sharing platters to individual large plates packed with tasty British meat and veg. And with it just a stone's throw from London Bridge, it couldn't be easier to get to.
Head to Marylebone where this gorgeous bar, restaurant and coffee joint offers a delicious selection of unique British eats, from tasty sandwiches and warming soups, to scotch eggs, veggie rolls and a changing roster of daily specials.
With chefs trained at Leiths School of Food and Wine, the menu is as mouthwatering as it is eclectic. With everything from pumpkin salad to steak tartare getting a look in, this great British restaurant offers some of the best pub food in Deptford.
Open from breakfast through dinner, this unique Battersea restaurant brings together stylishly rustic interiors and stunning plates of food for warm and welcoming venue that will take you from brunch to late night drinks.
Head down to Bank where this gorgeous restaurant-bar offers a stunning range of international wines, alongside a menu of seasonal British eats, from gin-cured salmon and crispy lamb Kiev, to sharing platters of artisan cheeses and a sticky toffee baked Alaska.
The Jugged hare may serve up delicious British gastropub food in London, but the venue itself has a quirky edge. Filled with taxidermy animals in a Grade II-listed building, your surroundings will scream eccentric as you tuck into delicious plates of gastro food. With an eight-spit rotisserie and a walk-in wine room where guests can hand-select their wine, there aren't many places to get as pure a British experience as here.
Throw yourself back to your school days with a naughty alcoholic twist at the Schoolhouse. Their menu is packed with traditional school meals (but, you know, actually good), with a 'tuck shop' for lighter bites. The retro memorabilia is pretty cool, but it really shines in the drinks department. The teachers have confiscated over 60 craft beers and the science professor has concocted some interesting cocktail mixes for you to experiment with.
The menu at canal-side restaurant The Lighterman is made up of modern British classics. From hearty fish and chips to full English breakfasts and gravy-laden Sunday roasts, all set to the stunning backdrop of Granary Square, this place is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.
The London Cabaret Club lets you feast on delectable British dishes while watching shows celebrating the country's culture. Serving up wonderful plates of British tapas dishes, both your tongue and eyes can be dazzled as you watch everything from a James Bond-style celebration of the city, to even a cabaret in appreciation of British pop.
Just a short walk from St Paul's, this great British restaurant is a top spot for after work drinks and business lunches. With tasty seasonal food and a delicious menu, you'll be fed, watered and well looked after.
It doesn't really get more British than Gun. The pub is a Grade II-listed 19th Century building, painstakingly restored to its former glory, and steeped in history. Modern comfort combines with historical presence in the design and sitting prettily by the River Thames makes it an ideal place in London to eat British food. Expect a gastro menu packed with pheasant, Cumbrian beef and Peterhead cod alike.