Please, allow us to set the scene for you: it’s a Sunday afternoon, most likely a lazy one, the weather’s mild and the sun is out. You’re feeling peckish, and the thought of some triple cooked chips and bread dipped in oil seems extra appealing. The question is: where do you go? Fear not because we have put ourselves through rigorous testing to find the best gastropubs in the capital. We ate, we drank, and we felt remarkably posh. All in the name of sourcing the finest upmarket pub grub.
Let’s start things off with a bang! The Gun may be located in Canary Wharf, but it’s a million miles away from the hustle and bustle associated with the E14 postcode. The Gun is set to the backdrop of a tranquil waterside setting and offers top-notch food in the form of slow-cooked middle white pork belly, a selection of real ales and an international wine list. The gastropub excels in providing a place for dinner as well as somewhere to stop by for a drink.
To north-west London now, and specifically, Kentish Town. The smaller neighbour of Camden has rocketed in popularity over the last few years which has seen an abundance of high-quality restaurants emerge. The Lion and Unicorn is a gastropub that not only specialises in Sunday roasts but also has the bonus of having one of London’s most creative producing theatres just upstairs. Come for the beer, stay for the show.
Heading over to south-east London, Anchor and Hope ups the stakes with a delightful menu that includes a warm salad of snails and bacon, and fried ox cheek. There’s a popular wine list with a range of prices to suit everyone, and well-received ales to quench even thirstiest of mouths. There are no bookings however so be prepared to join a waiting list for a table during peak hours.
The Wells Tavern is a stone’s throw away from the open spaces of Hampstead Heath and affords you the chance to enjoy a Sunday stroll before tucking into a roast. The pub is split into two levels; a downstairs area where you will find a casual, relaxed vibe, and an upstairs which is more suited to fine dining. There is also a small outside space which is particularly pleasant in the summer.
With its classic interior design, The Princess Victoria has the title of the ‘best west-London’ pub in the bag. It’s an ideal setting for a cosy Sunday roast thanks to its frosted windows, and there will be just as many people taking pictures of the stylish central island bar as there are ordering drinks. The Sunday menu includes a roast leg of lamb, half roast of chicken, slow-cooked pork belly and roast rib of beef.
So there you have it: London’s tastiest, most charming and classiest gastropubs all brought together. When you’re not down the pub, why don’t you also check out our ‘where to live in London’ tool for a comprehensive breakdown of the area in the capital best suited to you?
March 29, 2017 rentonomy London Living