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London - Top Picks for Indian, Pub and Scones

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  • HungryPhil (NY City Chowhound) May 23, 2006 01:00 PM
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This chowhound's first taste of London begins on Friday.

If you could provide your best picks for moderately priced Indian, Pubs and Scones w/Jam & Clotted cream it would be greatly appreciated!!

Many Thanks!

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    Joan Kureczka

    Favorite pubs include:

    --The Lamb (on Lamb's Conduit, beautiful historic pub)
    --Lamb and Flag (Covent Garden. Free, great traditional jazz and blues on Sunday night)
    --Dog and Duck (Soho, tiny and beautiful Victorian pub)
    --The Eagle (Farringdon Rd, those steak sandwiches and other good food)
    --Market Porter (Borough Market, amazing beer selection. Borough Market, say no more)
    --The Grenadier (Knightsbridge. Hidden country pub-like gem)

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    1. re: Joan Kureczka

      Joan's suggestions are all wonderful. This recent ex-Londoner would also suggest.
      Pubs:
      Any of the Sam Smith's pubs if you're on a budget. You can get two pints of the surprisingly good own brand lager or bitter for less than four pounds, which is an astonishing thing. Two of the nicest are the Angel in the Fields at the south end of Marylebone High Street, and the Fitzroy Tavern on Charlotte Street. Charlotte Street is one of the foodiest streets in London, so worth a trip anyway.
      Scones:
      Patisserie Valerie. Small chain. Good cream tea. Croissants are also probably the best in the world and have often been acclaimed as such. Nicest branch is in Soho.
      Very very good scones for tea at Claridge's. Often some more unusual flavors.
      Indian:
      Make a trip to Southall if you're devoted. The Brilliant lives up to its name, and the hype.
      In central London, I like Khan's on Westbourne Grove. For something more upscale try the Red Fort in Soho or, indeed, Rasa Samudra for seafood/vegetarian Indian, across the street from the Fitzroy tavern.

      Enjoy your trip; London food has improved immeasurably in recent years.

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        Peter Cherches

        I disagree with the Khan's recommendation. It's very popular, cheap and enormous, but I find the food pretty forgettable.

        One of my favorites for Indian is Gopal's in Soho. It's multiregional, with some Goan & southern specialties. The owner is from Hyderabad, I believe.

        A little research revealed that my e-friend & fellow blogger Sam of Becks & Posh is also a Gopal's fan.

        Link: http://becksposhnosh.blogspot.com/200...

      2. re: Joan Kureczka

        Thank you all so much for your detailed replies.

        It seems my budget might force me to have to have tea at The Orangery in Kensington...any thoughts? Do you recommend the Orangery?
        I really do want to sample delicous scones with jam and clotted cream, but can't do a 30pound high tea unfortunately...

        1. re: HungryPhil

          I just had tea in the Orangerie and thought it was very nice. Great setting and good food and very good prices.

          1. re: LJ

            I've been in London on an extended stay for business and my only afternoon tea experience was at the Orangery. The food was awful and the place felt like a tourist trap. I'd avoid if possible. I wish I could offer other recommendations. Perhaps a local can...

            1. re: MB

              my friend, i have news for you.

              the whole afternoon tea thing is a tourist trap. its not a local thing at all. there aren't even tea shops around any more, more's the pity. the average english person seems to cheerfully dole out for the worst coffee on this planet at starbucks, but can't seem to be bothered enough to support tea - of which the english are master blenders.

              and the orangery is beautiful rooom, beautifully situated - did you see the sunken garden in the front?

              1. re: howler

                Disappointed to hear this, Howler.
                As a New Yorker,I make it a point not to fall into "tourist traps". Maybe I'll go high-end and do the one at Brown's. I guess I'll see.

                Thanks so much.

                1. re: HungryPhil

                  You might as well go to Brown's. Keep in mind that if they keep on feeding you until you're stuffed, than it can replace dinner, and/or lunch. Properly planing can turn it into a bargin.

                  Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

                2. re: howler

                  I don't know if you ever get into the world outside London, howler, but there are tea shops.. and good ones.. all over the UK. My best so far has been at Simon the Pie Man in Rye. I have to agree with you that the London versions are not 'traditional,' but they make for some fun eating - especially as a tourist. Don't ruin the economy! :-)

          2. re: Joan Kureczka

            Thank you all so much for your detailed replies.

            It seems my budget might force me to have to have tea at The Orangery in Kensington...any thoughts? Do you recommend the Orangery?
            I really do want to sample delicous scones with jam and clotted cream, but can't do a 30pound high tea unfortunately...

          3. If you become addicted to scones and cream, just pop into any M&S food hall. Buy a bag of scones (different varieties available) and a pot of cream and have a nice snack in your hotel room. I ditto the suggestion of Patisserie Valerie.

            1. I had the most delicious Inidan food at Tamarind. It's the first Indian restaurant to receive a Michelin star.

              Link: http://www.toprestaurants.com/london/...

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              1. re: a

                I think the chef who won the Michelin at Tamarind is now the main honcho at Benares. He's been on a UK cookery show this week and his food looks better than wonderful.