Gastropubs in London
An influx of new, trendy gastropubs in London has revolutionised our idea of 'pub grub.' 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.
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,
Just a short walk from the tube station, the aptly named The Clapham North is a charming gastropub by day and lively party palace by night. Head down during the afternoon hours for a cracking boozy brunch and wrap your chops around the signature English Breakfast.
The Prince Albert is a treasure of a pub ticking all the boxes when it comes to a cosy local. Bedecked with rustic finery and an easy elegance, there's real fires and hearty fresh food to keep you warm and an award-winning alfresco space to enjoy a few drinks come summer-time.
Situated in the ever-glamorous Chelsea, The Hollywood Arms is a luxurious gastropub that boasts a beautiful decor with grub from their fantastic menu of British seasonal produce. Within walking distance of South Kensington, this charming haunt is a great stop after a busy day of shopping.
Boasting behemoth sharing-boards of gastro grub, this stylish city boozer is the perfect place to graze with friends and family. On top of that, there's listed distillery and a walk-in wine room! Undoubtedly some of the best venues for 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 plates which rotate regularly to offer something fresh and interesting upon every visit.
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.
Along with gastro grub and cosy interiors, The Oak has plenty to offer, from Sunday roasts and bottomless brunches to cocktails and bottles of wine. We also recommend saving some room for dessert. Their apple crumble with vanilla custard is divine.
After a gastropub for some mouthwatering plates? Look no further than The Black Lion on Kilburn High Road. This Grade II listed building is home to some tasty Indian grub, including ragda patties with curried chickpeas and chargrilled aubergine served alongside smoked almonds. Yum.
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 full of all your favourites, the venue adds extra charm with its cosy furnishings.
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.
Hosting a bustling atmosphere, a carefully-curated selection of ales and wines, and parties that go on till late, this vintage gastropub is known for facilitating continuous carousing. Paradise By Way of Kensal Green put their heart and soul into some of the best pub food in London.
The Sun & Thirteen Cantons in Soho isn't just any old pub, it's a totally gorgeous, Parisian-inspired boozer with oodles of personality. Pop along to this bustling haunt to chomp on top-notch plant-based bites, washed down with refreshing beers and ales.
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 alongside an extensive drinks selection.
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. Expect a cracking atmosphere, a delicious range of hearty English grub and an array of fine wines and ales.
A South London babe with the menu to boot, The Lighthouse keep proceedings strictly British with their fine pub menu. While the roster contains Sunday roasts and burgers aplenty, it's their gastro food where this Battersea pub shines. Try the pork belly, we implore you.
With its roots dating as far back as the 17th century, The Rose and Crown is a dainty pub in Wimbledon. Offering a selection of real ales and craft beers, the kitchen serves seasonal British treats and crowd-pleasers. Think hearty cuts of meat, catch of the day and flavoursome roasts.
The Queen Adelaide is a Putney favourite for ambient boozing and relaxed socialising. Decked out in amber tones and comforting furnishings, this pub is something of a classic yet contemporary pub where you can revel in their 'secret' garden for some alfresco drinking and dining endeavours.
Shoreditch may not be your first bet for great gastro pubs in London, but there's a few destinations that might surprise and impress you. Boasting affordable pub grub that nods to gastro goodness and seasonal produce, the Owl and Pussycat is a cutesy vintage pub doing it right.
With a laid-back atmosphere and beautiful furnishings, Richard the First is a tranquil pub in South London that offers locals and visitors in Greenwich a spot to recharge and relax. The bar is stocked full of craft beers and real ales, while offering a hearty menu of traditional gastro pub treats.
The Whippet Inn over in Kensal Rise is a bit of an all-rounder; not only does it boast cosy decor and a welcoming atmosphere, but its kitchen also serves up a delicious menu of elevated pub classics. Whether you fancy crab linguine or a Sunday lunch, they've got you covered.
One of the best gastropubs in West London, Lots Road is a Chelsea staple serving only the finest in seasonal dining. Stop by for its menu of elevated pub grub and sink a few hours in while making your way through their equally impressive bar selection.
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.
Working with MasterChef's Sebastien Lambot, head chef Marek Rudnik has created a menu of mouthwatering British classics that complement the cosy setting of this gorgeous pub. Their Sunday roasts are an absolute knockout, with vegan and veggie options available.
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. Propped up by a diverse menu of seasonal treats and a stunning selection of fine wines, spirits and craft beers, it has everything you need for a lazy weekend.
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.
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.
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 Porchester is a cosy pub in the heart of Notting Hill. 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.
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. Expect a hearty selection of warming ales, a quirky choice of bottled beers and a range of delectable tipples.
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.
When it comes to British gastro dining in London, there's not many pubs that cover all bases quite a Young's pub. Head over to Woolwich for The Guard House and indulge your palate on seasonal plates and home-brewed London beer.
Set in West London, The Hero of Maida is a gorgeous traditional Victorian Boozer complete with an upmarket dining room on the second floor. First opening in 1878, the space has benefited from a sleek and sophisticated face-lift, with the menu featuring both British and French cuisine.
You'll struggle to find a more idyllic spot for a quick drink than The Duke's Head. 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.
Eating pub food in Earlsfield is made easy thanks to this top gastro haven in the heart of South London. Not only can you enjoy plates of stunning British fare, tidy off those mouthfuls with a pint in their stunning beer garden.
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.
The Black Dog is something of a stalwart in Vauxhall, with a 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 with the fresh ingredients.
Billed as “a veritable palace of refreshment”, The King's Head is a firm favourite for Winchmore Hill locals. Food is available all day, from a light brunch to a full on dinner-time banquet, and menus are comprised of fresh, ethically sourced ingredients that go down a treat.
A showcase of delicious, British ingredients, this 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.
There's certainly not a shortage of top pubs in the city, but we've always had a soft spot for the Lamb Tavern. Visit and you'll find a beautiful three-storey hangout, made up of a lively bar, an attractive Mezzanine level and a private hire Dining Room with stunning views.
Searching for South London's best gastropubs? Prince of Wales in Putney is an unmissable spot for seasonal drinking and dining. Choose between the heated terrace or cosy indoor dining room before diving into the menu of fresh seafood, juicy steaks and wholesome Sunday roasts.
The Honor Oak has everything you want from a good gastropub in London: a great range of craft beers, cask ales and fine wines and a menu packed with delicious, seasonal British food. They even have a wonderful beer garden for the summer months and a living wall.
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.
Located in the heart of Camberwell, The Crooked Well is an award-winning gastropub, fronting some of South London's tastiest plates. While interiors are traditional, the menu is anything but, with dishes such as Moroccan spiced lamb croquettes and celeriac steak served with kale, white beans and salsa verde.
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 breakfast, or see off your night with a delightful dinner.
Serving traditional British gastropub dishes, the Curtains Up pub is a warm, welcoming watering hole in West London. Sitting above the quirky Baron's Court Theatre, the simple yet characterful wooden bar contrast with the brightly coloured, patchwork armchairs and vintage tables.
With a former Zucca chef running the kitchen, Arthur Hooper's is one of Southwark's most exciting gastropubs. Join them to explore the menu of exquisite European small plates, made with fresh produce from Borough Market, which have been perfectly-paired with an ample wine list.
The Dog & Fox is a well-rounded gem of a gastropub in Wimbledon Village. Serving up a culinary experience to rival the best in SW19, there's also a bar featuring well-kept ales, the finest spirits and some of the most sought after wines from across the globe.
When it comes to good quality food in the city, Queen's Head Hammersmith knows a thing or two about gastro plates. Head inside this West London gem (which is also dog-friendly), where you'll be met with rustic wooden features and a mouthwatering a la carte menu.
Sitting just south of the river, The East Hill pub offers South London's weary locals a quaint spot to relax, unwind and recharge in. Styled as a cosy home away from home, their soft armchairs and vintage sofas seem to have a force of attraction on all who walk through their doors.
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. 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.