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.
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.
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.
The City of London has not only history and banking jobs on its side, it also has this top gastro pub. Head on down to the traditional innards of The Punch Tavern as this boozer promises the finest in seasonal fare and classic British dishes.
The Old Queen's Head offers American diner grub to line your stomachs in preparation for the inevitable late night partying. They also offers a strong British roast every Sunday for the traditionalist in you,, making it a fun, well-rounded gastropub in North London.
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.
Found down a quiet(ish) side street in the heart of Chelsea, The Surprise is a chilled haven that you'll quickly fall head-over-heels for. It's bright and airy with a lot of character; there's plenty of comfy sofas to while away the hours in and some quirky artworks lining the walls.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Located in the heart of the City, Three Cranes is a gorgeous Victoria townhouse turned gastropub. Spread across five floors, this elegant venue features a ground floor bar, two dining rooms and serviced apartments on the upper floors. Menu highlights include the much-lauded steak tartare and the traditional smoked eel.
Situated in a prime location close to King's Cross station, The Driver is a north London pub with charm. Whether it's a casual drink, private party or corporate event, this spacious watering hole can cater to you. There's even outside areas for those warmer months.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Churning out high-end gastro fare on a daily basis, this gastro pub in Maida Vale is prime for those wanting a traditional pub setting for dinner in the city. Head on down for plush British plates and the most stunning selection of wine and gin.
The Cow is a gastropub in Westfield Stratford City, right opposite the splendid Olympic Park. This lively spot boasts spectacular views, a delicious menu and splendid selection of drinks. Head down after work for a pint of premium ale and a packet of pork scratchings over a game of ping pong.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
The Sail Loft is a charming pub with hand-curated dishes and seasonal produce. Not only boasting views of the Thames and nautical interiors, The Sail Loft is a must for those wanting to catch some of the most affordable gastro grub in the business.
Fronting a menu of delicious seasonal plates, Swan at Shakespeare's Globe is more than just a place for a pint and some pork scratching. From roast brill and stuffed rabbit, to caramel and sherry tart and a very decadent afternoon tea, it's one of the best gastropubs 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.
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.
Goat DINE is a cool West London haunt that 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.
While there's so many options to choose from when it comes to dinner in London, there's one thing that we can be sure of: gastro always hits the spot. A cutesy plot in the heart of the City, The Fine Line is ready to dose any and all guests on some of the best produce in the business.
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 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.
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.
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.