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London spots for Bangers and Mash, Welsh Rarebit, Steak and Kidney Pie, etc.?

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Buzzy2 Jun 16, 2011 10:34 AM

I'm in London for a couple of days. I've looked around the boards for comments on these dishes but I haven't found much. Anyone have suggestions for places to get great versions of traditional foods such as these? I've been to St. John and I love it, but what about a restaurant or pub that makes all these items well? Also, I was wondering if there is anyplace that makes a Welsh Rarebit that is more like a fondue or dish of melted cheddar than cheese spread on toast.

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St. John
26 St John Street, London EC1M 4AY, GB

  1. limster Jun 16, 2011 03:19 PM

    Newman Arms for pie or savoury suet puddings. The crust on top is light and crisp, and various filling have been excellent. Beef and Guinness was deep and rich, nice white cream sauce with the chicken and ham etc... Suet pudding with steak and kidney was also very good, a comforting soft texture, with savoury meaty and metallic flavours.

    Really liked the bangers and mash at The White Horse in Parsons Green, but that was a few years ago.

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    The White Horse
    1-3 Parsons Green, London SW6 4UL, GB

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      Buzzy2 Jun 16, 2011 04:04 PM

      Thanks for the suggestions. Bangers and mash (and welsh rarebit) are at the top of my list, so I might try White Horse first.

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      The White Horse
      1-3 Parsons Green, London SW6 4UL, GB

    2. PhilD Jun 16, 2011 05:31 PM

      Would it be Welsh Rarebit without the toast? If you want it without toast it is cheese fondue so head for a swiss or Austrian place.

      As to getting it in London, I feel St John is probably the best (and only?) bet as it is a dish that has faded from cafe and tea room menus as burgers took over.

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      St Johns Restaurant
      24 Sir Thomas Street, Liverpool L1 6JB, GB

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        Buzzy2 Jun 16, 2011 11:26 PM

        I hate to admit this but in the US the most well-known version of welsh rarebit is Stouffer's frozen product which is a small pan of cheese sauce that you heat and dip bread into. Unlike fondue, they use cheddar, not gruyere or emmental, etc. Therefore I grew up expecting that the UK pubs would serve it the same way. I guess I was wrong. Too bad my hotel room doesn't have a kitchen...

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          pj26 Jun 17, 2011 03:43 AM

          I've had a great Welsh Rarebit at Albion, but it has toast (which is surely what Welsh Rarebit is, wouldn't it like saying I'll have pizza but without the base?!).
          Newman Arms for pies.

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        helen b Jun 17, 2011 04:08 AM

        For pies, the Guinea Grill on Bruton Street.

        Welsh rarebit - the Wolsley do a good one but bizarrely the best I've had recently was in the cafe at Libertys department store on Regent St!

        If you're wanting a trad Brit fest though...look at Rules in Covent Garden.

        Have a good time!

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