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Mar 7, 2013 01:42 PM

London Bistro/Nose to tail/ brasserie/pubs/tapas

Im going to London in the first week of june. The only thing Im sure of is to eat at St,John. I`m interested in value for the money, but quality dining.

Before arriving London we will be dining at The Waterside Inn for dinner, and Hinds Head for lunch rhe next day. But in London I would like to eat at places with a more low key profile. I`ve been checking out; Arbutus, Wild Honey, Les Deaux Salons, The green man and the french horn, Terroirs, Bull and Last, Cambio de Tercio..

I would have be glad to have some advice from you in these categories..


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  1. I'd exchange Les Deux Salons for Bistro Bruno Loubet - much better food at the latter. I was disappointed in what we got served last time I took a visiting relative to Deux Salons, plus it can be quite noisy.

    1. Try Hereford Road for similar cooking to St John, but at a slightly lower price point. I had fried calf's brain there once and it was just slightly too disturbing for me to finish it (I'm a neuroscientist...), but everything there is cooked really well. I haven't been to St John restaurant, but been to St John Bread & Wine and Hereford Road just seemed much more comfortable/low key in terms of ambience and surroundings.

      1. How about The Shed, which we loved when we visited in December? Definitely nose-to-tail, definitely high quality, British food in tapas-type offerings. Decor is a bit "cute" but food was great, and so was the service.

        Highly recommend the Lamb Chips with harissa if they are on, as well as the roasted root vegetable salad with tahini-honey dressing and dukkah.

        1. I'm sure you're aware of this Jorn but you won't want to eat at more than one of Wild Honey/Arbutus/Les Deux Salons as they are from the same group.

          The Green Man and French Horn and Terroirs are also run by the same people. They aren't too similar but again the diversity in London means it's probably not worth going to both.

          Bull and last is great.

          Hereford Road is a good suggestions, you could try Brasserie Chavot which has just opened, or Balthazar.

          Other similar places are: Draper's Arms pub, Anchor and Hope, Great Queen Street.

          Tapas, my favourites in rough order: Opera Tavern, Barrafina, Donostia, Brindisa, Jose.

          1. I had an ok-ish meal at Green Man and French Horn last week - my expectations were very high as their sister restaurant Brawn is currently one of my favourites, but apart from some excellent whitebait, found the rest of the meal to be pretty good but not great. If you can, try to get to Brawn in East London.

            Out of Arbutus, Wild Honey, Les Deux Salons, I would go for Arbutus, it has a slightly 'lighter touch' than the other two. Hereford Rd is a good suggestion, had an excellent lunch there last year and is very good value. And as always, second the recommendations for Anchor and Hope and Great Queen St for a more pub type meal