Gastropubs in London

An influx of new, trendy gastropubs in London has revolutionised our idea of 'pub grub.' No longer are the sandwiches stale, the clientele aren't quite your 'old locals' and the venues are brimming with style and substance. Fresh ingredients and modern drinks menus are the new standard - a break away from the traditional, but not quite restaurant formal. Whether you're looking to impress your old folk with a scrumptious Sunday lunch, sweep a loved one off of their feet with a dinner date or you're simply after an evening of eating and drinking with friends, these trendy gastropubs in London promise the whole hog.

Last updated on 27th December 2018




The Morpeth Arms

233 user reviews 4

Ideal for those lazy weekends or perhaps a frivolous drink after work, the Morpeth Arms acts as a metropolitan sanctuary, offering escape from the constantly bustling world outside. Full of regal decor and vibrant decorations, it's the food and drinks menu that really stands out. The bar showcases the very best that London's brewers have to offer, while the chef dabbles in traditional recipes, plating up delectable catch-of-the-day treats and serving succulent cuts of seasoned meat. 

Based just a stone's throw away from the banks of the River Thames, the chefs have worked tirelessly at the Bull's Head to build a menu of carefully balanced, hearty British dishes. With a beautiful bar stock full of all your favourite craft beers, fine wines and delectable spirits, the entire venue is brought to life by the bright furnishings, detailed armchairs and wonderful smattering of characterful antiques. Think mouth-watering burgers, piping hot pies, perfectly seasoned steaks and a cosy fire in the corner. 

The Trafalgar Arms

287 user reviews 4

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Grandly proportioned but offering warm and welcoming vibes, The Trafalgar Arms is a gem of a gastro pub in London. The kitchen staff work with the finest local ingredients and it shows; the menu is packed with fresh and artisanal plates well worth digging in to. The Arms is well-suited to a few drinks after work too, and the bar comes sporting everything from delicious wines to exquisite cocktails and a handy beer selection. Make for The Hut - the charming space in the front garden - if the weather permits.

The Elgin

161 user reviews 5

From the locally-sourced produce to the vast choice of craft beer, everything about The Elgin oozes quality. This well-rounded Maida Vale local boasts one of the best pub kitchens in London - it'll set you up for the day with hearty breakfast, or help you see off your night with a delightful dinner time feast. On top of that, the beers are great, the wine list is carefully-tailored to the food menu, and the private room on the first floor is always ready to throw an explosive party for up to 120 guests! Box ticker or what?

The Britannia

60 user reviews 4

Sitting pretty in Kensington, The Britannia has been a stalwart on the London pubbing scene since the 1800s. Awash with contemporary interiors and vintage leanings, she's a beauty for relaxed drinking and socialising. A haven for lovely gastronomy, The Britannia will do you dandy for a warming lunch or hearty dinner with dishes like Monkfish, Ham Hock and Local Rock Oysters to boots. 

The Cow - Geronimo Inns

481 user reviews 4

The Cow is a gastropub in Westfield Stratford City, right opposite the splendid Olympic Park. This lively spot boasts spectacular views, a delicious à la carte menu and splendid selection of beers, wines and cocktails. Head down after work to meet your mates for a pint of premium ale and a packet of pork scratchings over a game of ping pong. Or if you're about long enough for a sit-down meal, tuck into the likes of pan-roasted salmon, sirloin steak or graze with your herd on the the Cowboys platter. 

Union Tavern

19 user reviews 4

The Union Tavern is an utterly charming watering hole in Notting Hill. Sporting a warm and friendly environment, an oh-so-tempting selection of craft beers and a menu of delicious, fresh and wholesome pub classics, The Union Tavern is an ideal North London drinking den. Oh, and add all of that to the fact that it boasts an enviable canal side location - you've got one of the best pub restaurants in London. 

The Lamb

202 user reviews 4

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The Lamb in Holborn has acted as a constant figure in an area of continuous change, with its roots harking as far back as 1729. With a number of original features still intact, including colourful etched glass screens used by publicans through the decades to keep an eye on their visitors, this characterful spot has its head firmly placed in past. Propped up by a diverse menu of seasonal treats and a stunning selection of fine wines, potent spirits and craft beers, it has everything you need for the perfect lazy weekend. 

Hosting a bustling atmosphere, a carefully-curated selection of ales and wines, and parties that go on into the early hours, this vintage gastropub in West London is known for facilitating continuous carousing. But more than just the perfect spot for a benevolent bender, Paradise By Way of Kensal Green put their heart and soul into producing some of the best pub food in London. 

Open for a light brunch, an evening feast and everything in between, a lot of thought goes into the menus whipped up at The Phoenix. Chefs use ethically sourced ingredients to prepare modern and traditional British plates which rotate regularly to offer something fresh and interesting upon every visit. There's plenty of colour and quirks to the venue and a drinks list comprising of great British ales and a good long wine list.

The Porchester

44 user reviews 4

The Porchester is a cosy pub in the heart of Notting Hill. With brightly coloured beams connecting the floors to the ceiling and a handful of bright seats spread across the venue, the entire pub is balanced by simple, wooden floors and a similarly plain bar. With tradition running through its core, the pub's team of chefs deal in only the finest, traditional recipes and serve up a selection of warming, homely gastropub treats. While belly-filling burgers and fresh catch-of-the-day treats rule the roost on the weekdays, the hearty roast dinners are all the craze come Sunday. 

The Grove

161 user reviews 4

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Fronting classic British gastronomy to make any punters happy, The Grove is a charming London pub brimming with lovely nosh like warming Fish & Chips, Wild Boar Sausages and Mash and a good old fashioned Burger. Set in a Victorian building, you'll find this pub awash with traditional interiors and a bit of rustic style. 

Market House

144 user reviews 4

Market House is a beautiful Victorian pub situated in the bustling centre of Brixton. This venue frequently invites different chefs from London's best pop-up food stalls to to take over the menu (cool, right?!?)! With a rotating residency in the kitchen, the food here is always fresh and fun! This 'alternative' theme runs deep as the decor inside Market House comprises of reclaimed materials, antique light fittings and vintage furniture - one of the quirkiest gastropubs in London.  

The Black Dog

314 user reviews 4

The Black Dog is something of a stalwart in Vauxhall. Based in the former residence of a glass factory, the venue is now a family-friendly pub that draws in guests from across the capital with its warm atmosphere and a great selection of locally-sourced ales. If that wasn't enough, visitors to this South London gastro pub can enjoy the chef's menu, bursting with flavours and made using only the freshest ingredients. 

Hand Of Glory

41 user reviews 4

Discover this hidden gem in Hackney Downs to experience some gorgeous gastro grub and some of the deadliest ciders to be found in East London. Eye-catchingly decorated with wicker masks, brass icons and even giant maypoles (Morris dancing optional), Hand of Glory is a cracking setting for a pub lunch in London. Sample the wares from the ever-evolving menu of homemade grub before washing it down with a range of locally brewed ales and infused gins. 

People's Park Tavern

220 user reviews 4

This smashing gastropub on Victoria park is one of our favourite places for a pub roast in London. The boys in the kitchen here sure know how to whip up a hearty plate of grub - expect mouth-watering cuts of meat, perfectly crisp roast potatoes and hearty homemade Yorkshires. One top of that, this East London gastropub boasts its own microbrewery - wash down roast with the latest batch of homemade brew. Over the last couple of years, the People's Park Tavern has cemented itself as one of London's best pub kitchens. 

The Bull - Geronimo Inns

184 user reviews 4

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The Bull has got the 'contemporary English heritage pub' style down pat! Bedecked in rustic features, clad in tartan and boasting a bountiful amount of stags heads, this charmingly-Anglian gastropub is perfect for classic British roast or a pint of London's Pride. Head downstairs into one of the sofa-strewn enclaves for a cosy bev or wander upstairs and enjoy a glass of wine in the veranda-style seating that overlooks the venue. Wherever you're sat, just get some good ol' gastropub grub down your chops. 

The Mall Tavern

536 user reviews 5

The Mall Tavern epitomises what it means to be a gastropub, boasting 28 taps filled with the best beer and cider from around London and across the globe, as well as a delicious menu packed with seasonal, classic British dishes.  The interior is decked out with modern bar stools, polished tables and long, comfortable brown sofas lining the walls. Stick around for Friday as they host Friday Night Music Club, where their ace DJs play the best in classic RnB.

Lamb Tavern

200 user reviews 4

There's certainly not a shortage of top pubs in the city, but we've always had a soft spot for the Lamb Tavern. It's part of the fabric of this part of town, proudly standing on the iconic Leadenhall Market since 1780. Visit today and you'll find a beautiful three-storey hangout, made up of a lively bar, an attractie Mezzanine level and a private hire Dining Room that hosts all kinds of special occasions looking out across the market place.

It's probably easier to find something that The Northcote doesn't do. A top drawer boozer serving a great selection of ales, ciders and wines as well as hearty fare in an abundance, it's pretty easy to see why such a lively crowd stop in. There's all sorts of entertainment going on too, with their raucous quiz nights and all the big sporting action broadcast live, this is undoubteldy one of the most popular gastropubs in London. 

The Bull & Gate

392 user reviews 4

Offering a classic yet contemporary feel, this beautiful pub in Kentish Town is ideal whether you're looking for a casual date night or catching up with some friends over a few drinks. The food is excellent, with fresh and local produce used in their seasonal menus, and the drinks cabinet features great beers, cocktails and fine wines. Come for a Sunday Roast if you really want to make a day of it or check out their opulent, first floor Boulogne Bar, serving vintage-inspired cocktails.

The Duke's Head Putney

414 user reviews 4

You'll struggle to find a more idyllic spot for a quick drink than The Duke's Head. Occupying a prized plot on the banks of the Thames, this Grade II listed, 150-year old building looks out on the starting point of London's famous boat race. It's well worth a visit right throughout the year as well, with Putney's locals heading round for early evening drinks, light lunches and hearty Sunday roasts with unrivalled views and a calming atmosphere on offer.

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Offering some seriously delicious plates of food, this charming Victorian pub has a ktichen headed up by former Selfridges Rooftop head chef and Hix Group alum, Steve Wilson. Head down for warming beef ragout pappardelle, bangers and mash, herb gnocchi and vegan burgers.

Tokenhouse

140 user reviews 4

The Tokenhouse is a modern gastropub in Moorgate that offers a fantastic space to get your chops around some cracking grub. Expect a modern menu that combines the wholesome freshness associated with American and French bistro style food with high quality ingredients. To add to that, there's an equally awesome selection of booze too. Oh, and if you heads downstairs, you'll find speakeasy cellar bar that rustles up a fine selection of punchy concoctions - an ideal setting for intimate gatherings.

George IV

55 user reviews 5

Head over to this charming spot and enjoy a game of monopoly with a pint London Pride's in hand. Hungry? Tuck into a cracking menu that places heavy emphasis on fresh, seasonal, locally sourced ingredients - here, you'll find rustic British cuisine and delicious daily specials, plus evening nibbles and moreish morsels like British charcuterie. With a grand dining space, pub grub fit for a king, and an ever-rotating selection of ales, The George IV is easily one the best gastropubs in Chiswick.

A top notch and almost luxurious location for gastro dining in London, The Clarence in Whitehall isn't just made up of decadent rooms and charming dining spaces, their menu is a roster of seasonal classics and British favourites that keep high-end gastro punters coming back for more.

The White Swan

105 user reviews 5

The White Swan is the perfect place to enjoy a boozy lunch, a hearty Sunday roast or even a catered private party! This gastropub has a traditional bar area downstairs and a formal dining room on the first floor - on either, tuck into some of the best pub food in London. Even better, if you happen to be around of an afternoon, snag yourself a bargain with one of the cheapest pub lunches in London. 

The Crown - Geronimo Inns

283 user reviews 4

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This two-floored gastropub by Victoria Park is home to all of the the buzz, banter, comfort and charm that befits an East End boozer. Whether out front in the beer garden, upstairs on one of the terraces or in the main bar, The Crown is a great spot for a boozy catchup with friends. With a cracking atmosphere, a delicious range of hearty English grub and an array of fine wines and ales, it isn't hard to understand why this is one of the most popular gastropubs in East London.

The Rose and Crown

136 user reviews 4

With its roots dating as far back as the 17th century, The Rose and Crown is a dainty pub in the heart of Wimbledon. Offering a selection of real ales and craft beers, the kitchen staff have worked tirelessly to plate up a menu composed of seasonal British treats and crowd-pleasers. Think hearty cuts of meat, fresh catch of the day treats and flavoursome roast dinners.

Step inside this elegant gastropub in Central London and pop yourself down by the window where you can catch some of the best front-row seats to London's marvellous landscape. More than just a good place to ogle at the Shard, The Tower of London or the Thames, The Oyster Shed is a great place to polish off some classic British nosh too - expect classic pub favourites with a modern twist. And with a great choice of fine wines, craft beers and real ales, this place is one of the best pubs in London for the booze alone! 

The Fentiman Arms champions wholesome classic dishes to the taste of apple & venison sausages, lamb rump and a sizzling steak offering. With a glorious spread of mouth-watering grub, this is easily one of the best gastropubs in South West London. Wash this menu of modern British delights down with a splendid selection of cask beers or bottle of high-quality red from the carefully-curated wine list.   

GOAT

646 user reviews 5

Goat DINE is a cool West London haunt thats offers up a New York-Italian slant on the traditional gastropub (think: homemade beef burger with fontina cheese, crispy pancetta and fries). On top of that, this venue offers up an impressively-extensive drinks menu, boasting a multitude of cocktails, wines and champagne. Naturally, sporting a carefully-crafted menu of exquisite grub and a sophisticated-yet-accessible drinks menu, this is one of the best gastropubs in Chelsea - a fantastic spot to catch-up with friends over a wood-fired pizza and a large glass of wine.

The Pig's Ear Chelsea

114 user reviews 3

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With a delicious menu of British and French food and taps full of locally brewed beers and ales, you can bet the Pig's Ear is one hell of gastropub. Head upstairs to their elegant dining room to feast on their delicious menu, which comes with a wine list filled with predominately French wines.

Retire to The Phoenix to discover a world of fresh British classics thrown into the barter alongside a litany of real ales and fine wines. It's a cosy, comfortable place that attracts an eclectic bunch, especially on Sundays when hungry punters flock here to get their fix of the one the best roast dinners in London. Combining their excellent selection of booze with a menu full of elegant grub, this is up there as one of our best pubs for food in London. 

King's Head Roehampton

148 user reviews 4

A haven for Roehampton locals and visitors to the nearby Richmond Park and Putney Heath, The King's Head is a pub where you're guaranteed to eat well. A showcase of delicious, British ingredients, the pub offers pub classics with a modern edge and sample dishes include pork ribs, sausage & mash, Shepherd's pie and burgers. There's an extensive choice of boozy favourites to wash all this lovely grub down with as well.

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Neatly tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street, The Adam and Eve is the perfect spot to refresh and recharge from a day spent on your feet. With a hearty selection of warming ales, a quirky choice of bottled beers and a range of delectable tipples for the Friday night merrymakers, this West End Gastropub is by no means a trap for tourists and shoppers - they have some of the finest booze available. The food here is equally as diverse and high-quality; here you'll find everything from light, healthy salads to traditional fish'n'chips. 

Old Bank Of England

149 user reviews 4

It's a known fact that sumptuous pies go hand-in-hand with top-of-the-range ales - it's a match made in heaven. Luckily enough for London's workers, this grandiose public house serves both in equally impressive fashion. Step inside and embrace the historical significance of this venue (and check out the courtyard if the weather allows!). With hearty homemade dishes plastered across the menu, this is the place to be if you're after some of the best pub grub in London. 

CCC is a local legend at the heart of the Catford community. Found inside a grand-old building fitted with vaulted ceilings and stately chandeliers, the pub is known for its dynamic range of cask ale, real cider and craft beer, which rotates on a regular basis. There's comfort food dishes if you're hungry and regular quiz and movie nights.