As you might have noticed, we quite like London. We like its people, we like its parks and we really like its pubs. And now, when we boast that London has the best boozers, we have some back-up.
The Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropub Awards are voted for by food critics, chefs, pub owners and all manner of industry experts, and this year’s numero uno? None other than Fulham’s Harwood Arms.
Currently the only Michelin-starred pub in London, it’s helmed by head chef Sally Abé with a focus on traditional British fare, specialising in game. Which means you can expect the likes of fallow deer with stuffed mushroom, hazelnut and purple sprouting broccoli, or roast red-legged partridge with bacon, creamed kale, pickled pear and bread sauce. Then there’s a top-drawer Sunday roast (of course), an extensive wine list and the kind of desserts (lemon curd doughnuts with earl grey cream, anyone?) that not even the staunchest healthy eater could resist.
Mayfair’s The Guinea Grill also sneaks into the Top 10, while eight of the capital’s eateries grace the Top 50 in total.
So make like Drake and start from the bottom (of the list) and get to here. ‘Here’ being the Harwood Arms, obviously. Keep up.
Check out the full list here.
For more of London’s best gastropubs, eat and drink your way through Time Out’s list of the city’s finest.