Best Pub Lunches in London
Whether you want an informal, quick bite to eat or a more fine dining experience for your afternoon break these are some of the best pubs for lunch in London. From gastro pubs with some of the top chefs, to places to grab a traditional Sunday roast, to party places offering a bit of fun, there is something for everyone.
Last updated on 14th February 2017
There’s really only one place you’ll need to start when having lunch at The Admiralty, and that’s the pie section. Serving up deliciously made, melt-in-the-mouth classics with a hearty helping of mash and gravy, it’s a great spot for seeking respite from the bustle of Trafalgar Square outside. Fancy making it a liquid lunch? There’s a strong choice of Fuller’s ales to complement your pie juuuuust right. Lovely.
A haven for classic British gastronomy, The Britannia knocks up just the setting for a relaxed pub lunch in London. Sitting pretty in Kensington, she's a lush boozer of old world charm and contemporary finishes where you can tuck into sharing plates, sandwiches and mains like their Slow Roasted Pork Belly (we hear it's pretty bangin').
The Old Bank Of England is a beautifully renovated London pub that offers the perfect place for lunch in the city. This historic site prides themselves on not only their long history, but their delicious homemade pies. While they do serve a whole menu full of traditional pub classics, the main attraction are these fresh pastries filled with the finest quality British meat.
The White Swan is a traditional gastro pub that serves up delicious meals alongside a great range of drinks. With a modern British menu that can be enjoyed all day long, it is the perfect place to stop by for a nice lunch. It's been called one of the best pub lunches in Holborn, especially if you get there before 1pm for the express lunch deal of two courses for £14.50.
Winner of the Best Pub 2012 in the DesignMyNight Awards, Paradise By Way of Kensal Green is a delicious pub and party place. The vintage charm of the pub makes it a beautiful place to relax and enjoy some great food. The head chef Tim Payne - former protégé of Marco Pierre White - is responsible for the seasonal, modern British cuisine which includes a cracking Sunday roast.
28 West serves up classic Americana treats with a modern twist on the banks of the Canary riverfront. The menu’s depth makes it suitable for a quick bite, but we’d tip coming in to sample their ‘bun and bones’ selection. Chicken burgers, steaks, lobsters and ribs steal the show, and there’s a delightful choice of continental craft beers and experimental cocktails for good measure.
The Roundhouse in Wandsworth puts on a cracking effort with it comes to pub nosh. Their menu changes daily with what ingredients is seasonally available so you can count on a home grown menu of British cuisines and classic gastro goodness to see you through any pubbing venture here. Worth noting the good spread of craft beers they've got on too, you know, to wash it all down.
The Chelsea Pensioner offers a dining and drinking experience that won't break the bank - isn't that what we're all looking for? With mouth-watering flatbread pizza and tasty bar snacks accompanied by high quality drinks, it is the ideal place to grab a delicious pub lunch - and if the weathers nice you can dine alfresco in the secret beer garden!
The Iron Duke is a cosy pub offering a warm welcome in the heart of London's West End. This traditional pub is known for it's delicious British food and real ales. Perfect for a family lunch, especially if you hire the private dining room with an open fire for an intimate afternoon. Choose from freshly homemade sandwiches for a lighter meal or the classic fish & chips, sausage & mash or burger for something more filling. Get away from the busy city and enjoy an afternoon with good food and a lovely atmosphere.
People's Park Tavern do proper good pub lunches. But even if they made plain old cheese sarnies, instead of the hearty pulled pork burgers and huge hot dogs on the menu, we'd still turn up and nosh down. That's because People's Park Tavern have the best setting for a lunch in the whole of London. With their amazing beer garden bordering on the edge of Victoria Park, anything you order will have a complimentary side of beautiful.
The Candlemaker infuses classic dishes with a little unusual flavour to make for a truly comforting pub lunch experience. If it's a roast you're after, try a half chicken ballotine, roasted garlic broccoli, golden crispy roast potatoes, carrots with star of anise and roasted parsnips with a chicken elixir (£11.50). For something a little lighter, how about Beer Butter Shrimpts (£5.50) or Tortilla Espanola (£4.50).
Come to The Well and you really will eat like a King. We’re talking exquisite seafood, ribs, burgers and chicken dishes, and we haven’t even mentioned Sunday Lunch yet. The venue has no less than five separate roasts to ponder as well as a polished choice of beers, cocktails and a truly continental choice of fine wines. Treat yourself and dig in this weekend!
The Black Dog is a charming, cosy pub in the heart of Vauxhall. Based in the former residence of a glass factory, the venue is now a family-friendly pub that draws in revellers from all over with its stellar selections of craft beers, real ales and fine wines. Head down on the weekend and enjoy a belly-filling Sunday roast created by the expert chefs in the kitchen.
St Bart’s lays on a choice of homemade burgers, classic British mains and renowned flatbread spreads from its Smithfield base. The focus falls on the best British ingredients they can lay their hands on, with meat coming from the nearby market and a whole host of artisan wines and Meantime Brewery beers to wash it all down with.
A gastro pub in London known for their in house cured and smoked meats, The Jugged Hare offers a dining experience like no other. The open kitchen allows customers to watch their food being prepared on a rotisserie and charcoal grill while they admire the walls full of taxidermy. A window to the kitchen's cold room shows the ageing process of the restaurant's meat and hanging game.
There's only one good reason that we go to the pub at lunchtime, and that's for a pint. But what if your pub could offer you more? Join the Duke of Clarence in South Kensington for a pub lunch in London that boasts the finest in affordable, British plates.