[London] Extended week-end only eating English food
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Dec 16, 2012 2:45 AM Last Post By: happyscorpio
Dec 5, 2012 4:33 AM
[London] Extended week-end only eating English foodHello
Title says it all: After happening on http://projectbritain.com/food/dishes.htm, I'd like to go back to London with a few friends for an extended week-end and only eat typical English food for the whole trip.
Effectively, "Super-size me" with better food :-)
So, what places would you recommend in London for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for three days? Good sandwich places are fine too.
I've found those places and tried a few of them the last time I was in town:
Bistro Soho : 75 Beak Street, Soho, W1F 9SS www.bistro1.co.uk
Bistro Soho : 27 Frith Street, Soho, W1D 5LE www.bistro1.co.uk
Bistro Covent Garden : 33 Southampton Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 7HE www.bistro1.co.uk
Pub Chandos : 60 Chandos Place London WC2N 4HG
The Cafe In The Crypt 8 Saint Martin's Place WC2N 4JH
The Porcupine : The Porcupine 48 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0BS
The Rock & Sole Plaice 45-47 Endell St (chippy; Take hadock instead of cod, and try calamaris)
Fish Central 155 Central Street, Islington (chippy)
North Sea Fish 7-8 Leigh St (chippy)
The Fryers Delight 19 Theobald's Rd (chippy)
The Friars Inn 23 Elizabeth Street (chippy)
Sea Shell Restaurant 49-51 Lisson Grove (chippy)
Mr Fish 9 Portchester Road (chippy)
Rules 35 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden (Eng£ish)
Belgo 50 Earlham Street
Stockpot 18 Old Compton Street
West End Kitchen 5 Panton Street
M Manze 87 Tower Bridge Road (pie and mash) http://www.manze.co.uk/
The Punch Tavern 99 Fleet Stree
Square Pie - Spitalfields 16 Horner Square
Lennies 6 Calvert Avenue
Gaby's Deli 30 Charing Cross Road
Dec 5, 2012 5:46 AM
Dec 5, 2012 8:11 AM
2Many of the restaurants you have listed are not typically English. But the real question is what is typical English food? If you are looking for food which would have been eaten in England for hundreds of years then you will be in for a disappointment.
Fish and chips was in fact food of Jewish people in the East End, but became the national dish. However no longer. If you do want fish and chips I would recommend The North Sea Fish Restaurant and the Seashell over the other restaurants you have mentioned.
is a must for a Pie and Mash, again proper East End of London food, although having said that the family are of Italian extraction! If you are after jellied eels, nicer than they sound go to Tubby Issacs
Simpsons in the Strand and The Wolsely are about as English as you will get, expensive but good for breakfast, lunch and dinner!
You could also try Porters in Covent Garden nothing special but very British
Of those on your list;
Gaby's Deli is an Israeli Deli,
Belgo is Belgian,
Rules is overpriced, all ponce no cirmcumstance but don't rule it out
Stockpot is OK, but you will probably be disapointed. Great value for money homestyle cooking but nothing adventurous - jelly and ice cream for dessert
The Cafe in the Crypt is more like a canteen and serves up food like lasagne so not typically British.
I mentioned that Fish and Chips was previoulsy the national dish - now adays it would be a Curry. Balti's and Tikka Masala's were both invented in Britain, so do try a curry Aladin is particuarly good.
Some more good restaurants are mentioned here http://www.timeout.com/london/feature/324/londons-best-british-restaurants
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Dec 5, 2012 8:59 AM
3Thumbs up from me for Rules (not that I'm biased in any way: none of my family have ever worked there or anything...). You definitely have to have pie and mash if you're in London (though I've never actually tried jellied eels).
Slightly more pricey, and a bit more... experimental, is St John, but definitely still based on British Classics. And their puddings are to die for.
You've missed out the important meal of afternoon tea (okay, so it's not an everyday occurrence, but I often have afternoon tea with friends). You'll pay through the nose in London, of course, but the setting is half the point. Any of the big hotels do afternoon tea, but my favourite place is The Wolseley. The rest of its menu is more Mittel European, with American influences, but it does a mean afternoon tea which combines style and substance. A lot of substance. Have an early lunch and a late dinner. And I mean a late dinner. Like post-theatre late.
My final, and most emphatic suggestion, is the Harwood Arms in Fulham. I am a great fan of the Pot Kiln, in Berkshire, which is a bit of a trek for you, but the Harwood Arms brings rural Berkshire to the city. You don't say when you're visiting, but game is the real attraction. Luckily, venison is in season year round.
I think at some point though, you have to find a supermarket and just go mad on biscuits. Jammy Dodgers, rich tea, digestives, garibaldi/nice/marie, chocolate hobnobs (the king of biscuits), custard creams, shortbread, gingerbread... I could go on.
And that site is sadly lacking in British food. It doesn't even mention regional specialities.
Dec 5, 2012 2:32 PM
Dec 5, 2012 2:32 PM
Your link does not work because of the comma.
Dec 7, 2012 4:55 AM
6Sorry about that, and thanks for the correction. Posts can't be edited afterward.
Here's a rough draft. I'll put all this later into a database + web app so as to be able to sort items by location, occasion (breakfast, lunch, tea, dinner, or anytime), or type of food (chippy, pub grub, etc.) and display the locations through Google Maps : http://wholelottalove.free.fr/english.food.html
Thanks everyone for the great infos.
Dec 10, 2012 8:43 AM
7J Sheekey for fish that is not just deep fried
Pie and mash at Manze http://manze.co.uk/index.php?app=gbu0&ns=display&ref=FindUs&sid=a7l0599ct34mw1433a7o67678cz8940m
Breakfast or lunch at Pellicci http://www.timeout.com/london/restaurants/venue/2%3A1001/e-pellicci
Breakfast at Shepherdess Cafe on City Road, near Old Street tube - old style "caff" with pictures of celebs visiting over the last 30 years on the wall.
If you want to stay in central London, you could try the Canteen chain - there are about five Canteens in London now.
Also the restaurant in St Paul's cathedral specialises in using British ingredients.
I did read that Chicken Tikka Masala and pizza has overtaken fish and chips as the most eaten dish in England now. So really, you should have a curry. Baltis and Tikka Masalas were invented in the UK - you won't find them in a restaurant in India.
Dec 16, 2012 2:45 AM
8Fish and Chips are typical English. Any Steak House ... http://travellingdreams.com/postcard-from-london/
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