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Four places in London for excellent onion rings

the ring southwark


Few things go better with a pint or a burger than a portion of well-made onion rings. In fact, some are so good you could dine on them alone. Here's where to find the perfect ringers. 

The Ring, Southwark

This pub got its name because it serves up the best onion rings in London. (No, I refuse to believe it had anything to do with the now-defunct boxing ring over the road.) Here you’ll find moist, buttery onions in a fluffy outer shell. The kicker? They’re laced with chilli.

Meat Liquor, various sites

It has come to be known in certain culinary circles that the onion rings at Meat Liquor are quite simply as big as your face. What more really needs to be said?

© Dirty Burger

Dirty Burger, various sites

What do you get when you cross the two best accompaniments to a burger? Answer: onion fries. That’s right, Dirty Burger’s onions are in no way circular, but guess what? It doesn’t matter. These beauties are salty, sodden with oil, and surrounded by a paper-thin batter – in other words, everything you want in an onion ring. You know, without the 'ring' bit.

The Mayflower, Rotherhithe

As you surely already know, this pub’s named after the ship that transported the first pilgrims to America in 1620, departing from the adjacent dock on the Thames. Unfortunately for them, these pilgrims clearly didn’t taste the pub’s bar snacks – the allure of the al dente onions encased in a batter with the crunchiness not unlike Monster Munch would’ve ensured they never bothered to set sail in the first place.

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