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Five great London restaurants for comfort food

A warming glow in your belly comes as standard at these winter-proof restaurants

By Time Out in association with Quandoo

This is it: you’ve spent the whole year eating like a saint (right?), but now it’s December and that means it’s time for some seriously hearty, gravy-slathered stodge. Below are five great London restaurants you can count on to serve food that’ll have you letting out a gentle groan as you settle the bill, all picked by Quandoo.

Spot something that takes your fancy? All the restaurants listed below are bookable through Quandoo – simply click the booking button and get that res in your dinner diary.

Red Dog Saloon

It’s all about proper, smokey, pit-cooked Austin-style barbecue at this lively Soho joint. As such, veggies will find little to get excited about, but everyone else will dig the expertly prepped and casually presented mounds of charred, tangy meat.
Don’t miss: If you’re feeling brave, tackle the Doomsday burger, which packs in spicy cheese, habaneros and fried jalapenos. An ice-cold shake makes a sensible accompaniment.

The Trafalgar Tavern

There’s a lot of love for the classics at this smarter-than-the-average riverside pub in Greenwich. As such, don’t expect anything too clever – just dishes including bangers and mash, fish and chips and burgers (plus roasts on Sundays, of course) done just as they should be.
Don’t miss: The stunning view from the equally beautiful, chandelier-lit dining room. If you’ve always planned on proposing in a pub, this could be the ideal place.

The World's End Market

This 1930s-styled restaurant is set in a vast, Grade II-listed Victorian pub, with a menu of classic British fare to match the old-timey charm. Whether you opt for steak or grilled fish, a big dollop of buttery truffle mash makes the perfectly cosy accompaniment.
Don’t miss: A visit to the long, marble-topped bar where you can take your pick from the impressive cocktail list. Turn up early for your table and enjoy the people-watching.

The Pear Tree

This swish Victorian pub in Fulham is the perfect place to take shelter on a wintery weekend, thanks in part to its solid menu of classic pub grub. Pies, stews and deep-fried things are well represented, with a tempting selection of comforting puds to choose from, too.
Don’t miss: The house burger, which comes topped with spicy Korean kimchi slaw for an added dose of fiery warmth.

The Tommyfield

British pub classics that move with the seasons are at the heart of the operation at this cosy Kennington pub. Factor in a post-lunch pint with the papers and you could very easily see a whole day fly by in The Tommyfield.
Don’t miss: You absolutely cannot go wrong with the beer-battered hake and chips, which is appropriate, really, as the pub is named after the nineteenth-century market that was the site of the nation’s first fish and chip shop.

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