best gastropubs London

The 7 Best Gastropubs In London

Get ready for a gourmet feed: these are the top gastropubs in London right now. What exactly is a gastropub? It’s a watering hole that can also compete with top restaurants when it comes to food.

We’re not talking about any ordinary pub grub here – we’re talking luxury scotch eggs, house-cured meats, and artisan ingredients. The places where you come for a laid back Sunday roast and a delicious date night dinner.

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1. The Hero of Maida

This traditional Victorian pub serves up independent beers from family-run breweries, good wines, and an all-day menu of incredible eats. Downstairs in the pub,  you’ll find Welsh rarebit, sausage rolls, salads, charcuterie, cheeses and other good things on the blackboard, with a knees-up roast on Sunday.

The dining room upstairs has a full menu of daily-changing dishes such as grilled rabbit.

2. The Marksman

Serving great local beers, ales, lagers and ciders alongside a selection of fine wines and spirits this is the perfect spot to unwind for proper gastropub fare in London.

Their bar snacks and modern cooking is legendary in the area and includes dishes like this Pheasant with Tamworth sausage and butter bean. It’s one of the best gastropub dishes in the country.

3. The Guinea Grill

A traditional gastropub and restaurant that is located in the heart of Mayfair that focused on many great things but especially on the best grass fed beef. During the week that means some of the best steaks in the business, and a proper Sunday roast.

The cooking is refined and superbly well executed, with the Welsh Rarebit a star: a mix of Gruyere, cheddar and Wensleydale, cream, egg yolk, English mustard and Worcester sauce spread on toast and grilled.

4. The Orange

The Orange is a beautiful British pub on over four floors in the heart of Belgravia. All the ingredients are sustainably sourced in the UK to create a true “farm-to-fork” experience with carefully crafted gastropub dishes to ensure nothing goes to waste.

They place a huge emphasis on vegetarian grub too: their veggie scotch egg is a must-order.

5. The Canton Arms

This properly old school boozer that’s had a huge overhaul in the last decade. It still retains all the charm of a local pub, but with a food menu that can give the big shots a run for their money. There’s a fall-off-the-bone Salt Marsh lamb shank ‘Tuscan style’; Dexter beef short ribs and a delicious banana caramel bread and butter pudding to share between two.

best gastropubs London

6. The Anchor & Hope

One of the UK’s leading gastropubs for over a decade, The Anchor & Hope is famous for its seven-hour lamb shoulder. This popular pub doesn’t take reservations, so you’ll more than likely have to wait a while for a table, but it’s worth it. Order some nibbles at the bar if you’re too hungry to wait – the potted shrimps and toast is divine.

best gastropubs London

7. Merchants Tavern

European influences meet British charm in this popular London gastropub. Featured inb the 2020 Michelin Guide as a top spot to eat, Merchants Tavern is an all-rounder. Sink into one of the cosy booths for a dinner of Cornish Ray wing, Barra cockles and broad beans, or sit at the bar with a Bloody Mary and tempura oyster plate.

best gastropubs London

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Sarah Clayton-Lea
Sarah Clayton-Lea

Co-founder of Big 7 Travel, Sarah created the company through her passion for championing the world's best food and travel experiences. Before her career in digital media, where she previously held roles such as Editor of Food&Wine Ireland, Sarah worked in the hospitality industry in Dublin and New York.

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