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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
A mightily impressive Victorian gem with original features and a suntrap conservatory, menus feature everything from beer battered fish & chips to quiona & beetroot salads, with a glorious roast dinner served on Sunday and boozy options whenever you're stopping in.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Serving gorgeous gastro grub from the heart of Kilburn, The Alice House is a contemporary pub that offers light bites and hearty classics. To accompany? An ample selection of fresh cocktails that can be enjoyed while sinking hours into the cosy yet vibrant atmosphere.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.