The 100 best dishes in London: British dishes
From roast dinners to fish and chips, keep it traditional with the best British dishes in London restaurants
Mon Dec 8 2014
When this Fulham gastropub opened in 2008, the heart of many a food pilgrim was set aflutter by the simple brilliance of its venison scotch egg, from the warm, oozing yolk to the toothsome casing of top-quality shredded venison fresh from Berkshire. The Harwood Arms is Fulham’s worst-kept secret, which makes dining tables hard to come by, but swing in for a pint and nibble at the bar.
- Corner of Walham Grove and Farm Lane, SW6 1QP
- Price: £4
Tuck into a great British tradition at this Hanbury Street chippy, safe in the knowledge that the fish is sustainably sourced and all the frying is overseen by Pat ‘Pop’ Newland, an East Ender with decades of trade knowledge under his belt. Poppies is civilised enough to draw in the smarter Spitalfields set (there are Meantime beers, wines and table service), but at its heart is a great no-nonsense chip shop.
- 6-8 Hanbury Street, E1 6QR
- Price: From £9.90
Starting life as a stall in Old Spitalfields Market back in 2001, the Square Pie Company has now grown to three London outlets. But this branch – in a swish shop unit – remains the flagship. Square Pie uses top-class ingredients and offers two sizes of square-sided pie. The fillings run from traditional (steak and Guinness) to quirky (mushroom and asparagus); all are served in funky cardboard takeaway boxes. The sumptuous mince pie comes with mashed potato and tasty, fresh mushy peas.
- Old Spitalfields Market, 105C Commercial Street, E1 6BG
- Price: £6.99
Watch out – this chook has its claws out. That’s right, the whole roast chicken at Tramshed (and Hixter, its more mainstream spin-off), arrives ‘standing up’, with a stick up its bum, its legs in the air, and its talons still very much ON. But don’t worry, this isn’t a Chinese restaurant, so you don’t actually have to eat the feet – just divvy up the juicy, crisp-skinned meat and herby bread stuffing between you and a couple of mates (which, given the £25 price, is a total bargain). It doesn’t come with roasties but proper skinny fries, which are actually pretty damn great for dunking in gravy.
- 32 Rivington Street, EC2A 3LX
- Price: £25, main course for 2-3 to share
This smart Clapham restaurant specialises in Modern French cuisine, but also does a smashing Sunday lunch. The classy three courses for £38 centre around beautiful but gutsy roasts, the highlight being Aberdeen Angus sirloin with proper Yorkshire puddings, roast veg and fresh horseradish (grated with a flourish, table-side). Bookends might be charred mackerel with oyster mayonnaise and shrimps, or asparagus with Bayonne ham, curd and truffled egg for starters, and sticky date and toffee pudding for dessert. Service is top notch, and unexpectedly unfussy, for all the pressed linen and sparkling glassware about. Pricey, but very special.
- 4 The Polygon, SW4 0JG
- Price: £38