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Aug 31, 2009 10:19 AM

Back from London

Just back from a great trip to London with my husband and kids (8 & 14). Here's some of the places we ate:

St. John Bread and Wine---fabulous. Great food and service. My top pick.
The Golden Hind - old style chippery. Nice puddings and cool area.
Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese - historic pub with good food. Service very nice as well,
Up Market on Brick Lane (Sun. afternoons) - insanely crowded but lots of booths serving delicious international and British fare.
Borough Market - same as above. Foodie must do. Oysters are tops.
Frontline - Bad scene. Really - don't bother.
Fatoush - very fresh, authentic Middle Eastern in Middle Eastern neighborhood.
Belgo - fun. Good food and beer.

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  1. Never heard of Frontline. Glad you enjoyed St John, hubby and I hope to make it this year, we've been meaning to go for ages. Glad you enjoyed London and DELIGHTED to hear you had lots of good service!

    4 Replies
    1. re: kookiegoddess

      I'm of the opinion Bread and Wine is better than the original. Well it's not, but I like the super informality of it, the range of food you can try, and the better value. I really don't think there's any discernible difference in the quality of the food.

      Only drawback - they don't do bone marrow at Bread and Wine.

      1. re: chief1284

        We often walk in to St. Johns and get a table at the bar. They serve most of the starters (including bone marrow) there and most of the desserts. Its a great way to do it informally.

        1. re: r.vacapinta

          Yes. The bar at St John is very similar to Bread and Wine, and a good way to get the bone marrow. I have developed a certain affinity to Bread and Wine though.

      2. re: kookiegoddess

        Frontline is, I believe, a pub chain a la All Bar One. Don't!