Life is all about balance, some days you’re going to drink coconut water, go to HIIT and eat healthily. Other days, you’re going to be fuelled on hot chocolate, down coffee like it’s going out of fashion, and seek out all of life’s most comforting comfort foods. That’s the beauty of life, and when you’re having one of those days, try one of these restaurants.
Mews of Mayfair has stepped up to the comfort food mark with their own take on an offering we all know and love. If mac and cheese fritters with cranberry sauce sound good then get yourself down there, and find the offering on the Saints VS Sinners Menu. We think you’ll be a true saint to try it!
Where: 10 Lancashire Court New Bond Street W1S 1EY
Nearest station: Bond Street (0.3 miles)
Best For Steaks
Sophie’s steakhouse is something of a Chelsea institution, serving meat to Chelsea’s red blooded, and red trousered carnivores. There’s a simplicity to the place that’s attractive, Sophie’s isn’t overly showy, but feels like the sort of place that locals actually head for dinner. Needless to say the steak is well worth the trip.
Where: 311-313 Fulham Road, Chelsea, SW10 9QH
Classic Fish & Chips
Fish and chips with plenty of salt, vinegar and mushy peas (if your so way inclined) has to be up there as one of the ultimate comfort dishes. Sure we’re not by the sea, but the Thames is a good substitute, wrap up warm, get your fish and chips to go and sit along Embankment or South Bank and watch London go by.
Where: 55 Old Compton Street, Soho, W1D 6HW
Brunching At It's Best
Smith & Wollensky may be known for their steaks but their brunch is the perfect hangover food. Walk along the Thames first to build up an appetite/ cure the pounding headache and then tuck into smoked bacon hash with poached eggs, American waffles and piles of pancakes.
Where: The Adelphi, 1-11 John Adam Street, Covent Garden Riverside, London WC2N 6HT, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Charing Cross (0.1 miles)
As well as serving up seriously good grilled cheese sandwiches, the famed Cheese Bar in Camden offers mozzarella sticks or a charcuterie board alongside two types of fondue. Plus, add in truffled roast potatoes, pigs in blankets and buttered deep -fried sprouts for dipping, finish with an apple strudel and go home, full and happy.
Where: Camden Stables Market, Camden, NW1 8AH
If this beast doesn’t look comforting then what does?! STK has recently launched their sharing-style dinner inspired by American and British dishes. As Brits, it’s a given that we absolutely love a Yorkshire pud – if you don’t, are you even British?! STK’s Giant Empire State Pudding won’t disappoint that’s for sure, firstly due to the sheer size of it and secondly because it tastes so darn good with its big base allowing you to pile up your plate with parmesan truffle fries, truffle mac and cheese American cornbread as well as roasted seasonal veg.
Where: ME London, 336-337 The Strand, London WC2R 1HA, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Temple (0.3 miles)
Whilst Hawksmoor may well be known for their moreishly good steaks, it turns out they’re a real dab hand on the roast front too. Perhaps one of the royals when it comes to comfort food, roast dinners are not only a staple of Britain and our foodie needs with oozings of gravy galore, but it’s also pretty hard to hate on them too with so much yumminess on one plate. Hawksmoor’s roast includes everything to be expected on a roast, including beef dripping-soaked roast potatoes and the bone marrow and onion gravy.
It’s the most British thing on the planet and boy, do we dig that! Serving up a food that Chrissy Teigen quite literally travelled to London for, The Ivy’s Shepherds Pie is famous for its meaty treaty goodness and smotherings of mash. It’s simple, it’s British and it’s comfort food at its finest. Plus, have you ever seen a shepherd’s pie look so sexy?!
Where: Across Their Various Locations
All About That Salted Caramel Life
Fatties is back! The ultimate in comfort food, the salted caramel connoisseur which is based in Maltby Street Market serves up decadent, gooey brownies; hot chocolates which are next level extra and cookies which are so good you’ll forget all about that no sugar diet.
Where: Fatties x Browns East ,21 Club Row, E2 7EY
Death by Carbicide
You know what makes a Monday better? Pasta. And where better to go for pasta than Padella. The pasta connoisseurs serve up plates of happiness, coated in parmesan. Not sure what to choose, we recommend the Pici Cacio e Pepe is also one of the most Instagrammed dishes in London.
Where: 6 Southwark Street, Borough Market, SE1 1TQ
The Burger of all Burgers
Patty & Bun, aka the guys who know how to lighten any mood with their burgers. How can you be sad when you have cheese balls, brisket nuggets and an Ari Gold burger with cheese and Smokey P&B mayo?
Where: 18 Old Compton Street, Soho, W1D 4TN
Milkshakes and Deep Fried Oreos
As well as burgers, fried chicken and brisket, The Blues Kitchen also do cracking milkshakes and they’re glorious – we recommend the chocolate and peanut butter. You can also choose to shake hard or shake home, by adding your favourite tipple into the mix. Pair with their deep fried Oreos for the ultimate indulgence.
Where: 40 Acre Lane, Brixton, London SW2 5SP
Short Rib Mac N' Cheese
This beef has gained itself quite the reputation at Meatup, and you’re about to find out why. It’s a fully traceable Irish Short Rib marinated overnight, laced with a secret house blend of spices, smoked over English Oak for a minimum of 4 hours and then cooked low and slow overnight. The chef has conjured up a unique Mac N Cheese to really set this dish alight. Made with four delicious cheeses with the beef short rib added into the mix.
Where: 350 Old York Road, London, London Borough of Wandsworth SW18 1SS, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Wandsworth Town (0.1 miles)
Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner
Marcus Samuelsson’s Red Rooster is Harlem shaking up London with its sumptious offerings, making for a jolly good time and ever better comfort home. On offer, there’s fried chicken with a gourmet twist, positioned in the heart of Shoreditch and to wash it down you can relish the Thursday to Saturday programme featuring live music and a tempting 2am license!
Where: Red Rooster Shoreditch, 45 Curtain Road, EC2A 3PT
One for the vegans! As any vegan worth their salt will know, Camden is the place to go for vegan food with more and more vegan eateries popping up by the week. Rudy’s Dirty Vegan Diner was a new addition as of April 2018, joining neighbours like Young Vegans and V Burger. They have a weekly changing menu of American comfort food specials, including Rudy’s Reuben, a vegan pastrami grilled rye sandwich with all the trimmings – sauerkraut, cream cheeze, grilled onions and Russian dressing. If you have any room after that they serve cookie sandwiches in a variety of flavours like chocolate and cherry or chocolate chip and buttercream icing. Talk about salivating at the thought of things!
Where: North Yard, Camden Market, NW1 8AH