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Jan 25, 2009 02:16 PM


I'll be moving to London soon. I'm looking for information on good food at gastropubs all over London. I'm eager to travel and explore, and go far for food. I'm especially interested in the food, not the ales.

Are there any good books I should consider buying?

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  1. Hi gtrekker2003! I'd definetely recommend the Time Out Guide as it tends to be excellent. Check out this link about the best gastropubs in London:

    You might find this interesting as well:

    The Anchor & Hope near Waterloo always gets raving reviews from fellow hounders. There are many, many great ones but I've not been in London for quite some time so hopefully others will be able to give you accounts of recent experiences. Good luck!

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    1. re: Paula76

      Agree with the recommendation for the Anchor and Hope above. Also try Great Queen St in Covent Garden, or the Eagle on Farringdon Road - the 'original' gastropub.
      The Drapers arms in Islington is worth trying - always friendly staff, or out West way head to the Havelock Tavern (I have a feeling they may have recently been awarded a Bib Gourmand). You could also head to E14 to the Narrow - Gordon Ramsey's gaff.
      Might be worth buying the Good Pub Guide - it lists not only good eating pubs, but also good drinking (real ales, good wine lists) etc. Or check out their website

      1. re: pj26

        I live a couple of streets away from the Havelock Tavern and still haven't made a visit due to recent reviews being less than positive.

        I've heard the Cumberland Arms on nearby North End Road is a lot better.

    2. I rate the Prince of Wales in Upper Richmond Road, Putney pretty highly. The food is well-sourced and cooked by real enthusiasts. Excellent bread. I'm not sure if it has made it to the guides yet.

      1. The White Horse near Parson's Green is my favourite so far. Really like the Ambassador on Exmouth Market as well. Was disappointed with the quality of the cooking at Green Queen Street, and liked Anchor and Hope enough but don't think it's worth the long waits. The usual caveat is that I've been to these places only once.

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        1. re: limster

          The Ambassador's not a gastropub though.

          You should definitely give the original gastropub, The Eagle, a whirl and there's another good one round the corner from there on Ray Street, called The Coach and Horses.

          I liked The Pig's Ear in Chelsea when I went, and I am fond of my local, The Prince Regent, although I'm not sure I'd travel across London for it. That applies to most gastropubs imho - they're a neighbourhood thing.

          Having said that, the Harwood Arms in Fulham has been getting fabulous reviews, and I've been wanting to go to the Sportsman in Seasalter (near Whitstable in Kent) for ages.

          Where are you going to be living, OP?

          1. re: greedygirl

            Yes, that makes sense -- I wasn't exactly sure about the ambassador myself, but googled it and found that some review sites call it a gastropub.

            I'm slowly making my way through the obvious places on Exmouth market (Moro, Metcalf, Ambassador), the Eagle is next on the list. Many thanks for the Coach and Horses - will definitely check it out.

            1. re: limster

              If you're near Exmouth Market, try The Easton, consistently good gastropub on Easton Street.

        2. THe Atlas in Seagrave Road (just around the corner from West Brompton tube) is an often overlooked gem.. Italian influenced menu, which is great. They do a lovely rib eye steak with a salsa verde which i can wholeheartedly recommend.

          1. check out the Anchor and Hope in SE1, the Eagel in Farringdon, The Pigs Ear in Chelsea, The Cow in Notting Hill, and the Morgan Arms in Bow

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            1. re: beckypoostchi

              forgot about the Morgan Arms - have been there a few times now and the food has always been great - love their shoestring frieds and their Sunday roasts are fantastic. Also some good beers on tap. Has a really nice neighbourhood feel to it

              1. re: pj26

                i almost forgot about it too! i only ever end up that way once a year or so but have had some really good meals there. St Patricks day there is also pretty amazing

                1. re: beckypoostchi

                  The Pigs Ear was great when I went, but the guy who ran it now has the Carpenters Arms in Hammersmith...I loved this place so much I went back the next week, even though it isn't anywhere near where I live. Otherwise Anchor and Hope is my favourite.