London is home to an array of incredible restaurants, bustling eateries and cool cafes. With everything from Sticky Toffee Pudding and Pie to Pasties and Toad-in-the-Hole on offer, deciding what to eat in London can be tricky. Here at Eating Europe, we love good ol’ British grub! So, after years of experience with our London food tours, we’ve searched (and tasted) far and wide across the city to bring you the capital’s top 5 British foods. Next time you’re in London, make sure you follow our handy guide and stop by one of our favourite restaurants for a taste of traditional Britain…

This post was originally published in 2014 and has been revised for accuracy!

Sunday Lunch at The Pig and Butcher

Next time you’re free on a Sunday, get yourself down The Pig and Butcher in Islington. This gastro-pub takes Sunday Lunch seriously and offers a delicious selection of rare breed meat, bought straight from the farm and butchered on site. You can indulge in your choice of delicious roasted meat, served alongside your favorite traditional trimmings and their rich gravy which takes a whole three days to make! But make sure that you leave enough room for one of The Pig and Butchers indulgent puddings because they are out of this world.

Fish ‘n Chips at Poppies

If you’re looking to try some good ol’ Fish and Chips, then Poppies is the only place in London to get your hands on this great British tradition! Serving delicious food since 1945, Poppie’s menu is packed with delicious dishes including mouth-watering fish, golden chips and scrumptious savouries. But Poppies certainly isn’t your average chippy! It’s bursting with nostalgia, plenty of 40’s and 50’s memorabilia and some of the friendliest staff in London. In fact, it’s no surprise that Poppie’s has recently been voted The Best Independent Fish and Chip Shop in the UK…

Pie and Mash at M.Manze

M.Manze is the original home of London’s favourite, Pie and Mash. Open since 1902, London’s first pie shop is still using the same traditional british food recipes and regularly welcomes a whole host of celebrity fans! You can take-away but to make the most of your experience, we highly recommend eating-in at one of Manze’s authentic shops. Whatever you do, make sure that you order a hearty plate of traditional pie and mashed potatoes topped with lashings of their world-famous liquor. If you’re feeling adventurous, why not ask for a side of Jellied Eels? Go on, we dare you!

Afternoon Tea at The Goring Hotel

For London’s finest traditional Afternoon Tea experience, make sure that you head to The Goring Hotel. Located in Belgravia, this extravagant hotel has been serving Afternoon Tea for over 100 years and is known to be a favourite of The Royal Family! During your visit, you can marvel at the incredible surroundings and take your pick from a delicious array of finger sandwiches, pastries and homemade scones served with clotted cream and jam, along with 18 different varieties of tea. What’s better yet? You can enjoy this scrumptious selection for just £42.50 per person. Finally, don’t forget to dress to impress when visiting The Goring…


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Bacon Butty from St. John Bread and Wine

If you’re a fan of all things porky, then head down to St. John Bread and Wine. Nestled in Spitalfields, this quirky restaurant offers a selection of delicious british foods including Blood Cake, Smoked Backfat with Brown Sauce and Middlewhite Chop, Hispi and Trotter. But St. John Bread and Wine’s showstopper is definitely their Old Spot Bacon Sandwich and at just £6.30, it’s nothing less than incredible! So if you’re in the East End and on the hunt for a breakfast bite, make sure that St. John Bread and Wine is your very first stop…

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It just doesn’t get tastier than this! So make sure that you head down to London and indulge in some of the capital’s most delicious dishes… We promise that you won’t be disappointed.

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