Supposedly created for the Duke of Wellington to celebrate his Battle of Waterloo victory, London’s restaurant’s are still obsessed with a good old beef wellington over 200 years later. From pub grub to fine dining, these are London’s top 10 beef (and some veggie alternative) wellingtons to get stuck into.
They don’t just have a great wellington on the menu at Sussex, they have a signature range of all things wellington. The restaurant, which is the first central London project for for the Gladwin Brothers (The Shed, in Notting Hill, Rabbit, on the Kings Road, and Nutbourne in Battersea), may be on Frith Street but feels as though you’re in the Sussex countryside thanks to wood panelled walls, delicious British produce and a warm, comforting vibe.
The wellington fillings vary from Rare Venison, Chard and Black Figs to Hare, Quince & Lovage and classic Beef Chateaubriand. Trust us, they taste as good as they look.
If you’re a veggie and love a Sunday lunch out but are sick of the bog standard nut roasts on offer, head to Percy & Founders for one of their epic wellingtons instead. Their Harrier Butternut Squash & Nut Roast Wellington is served with Yorkshire Pudding, Market Vegetables & Roast Potatoes and you can ask for a vegan version on request. So good, it could give the real thing a run for its money.
Available every Sunday from midday.
As much as we love a wellington, they are somewhat of a treat and an excuse for restaurants to charge an obscene amount for a dish. Well, for a more relaxed lunch or dinner out, head to Islington’s Hunter S pub or it’s sister outpost, The Hemingway in Victoria Park for a welly that’s decent and less than 40 quid for two people. The standard is consistently good and it comes served with moreish fat chips and fresh greens.
Plus, it’s not your usual boozer; they do a great cocktail, serve champagne in coupes and the toilets are always something to have a giggle at (if you know, you know).
As you’d expect, a restaurant with a name like Roast do Wellington well. Due to popular demand, the once Saturday only special is back and consists of a fillet of beef Wellington served with rosemary roasties Yorkshire pudding and gravy. Dishes will be limited daily to ensure the wellingtons are of the best standard, so make sure you book and call ahead to pre-order.
Available Monday to Saturday.
Executive Chef Ben Kelliher heads up The English Grill team at Rubens at the Palace and it’s his wellington that has the wow factor. To make it even more of an occasion, the dish is rather splendidly carved at the table from a silver serving trolley for guests enjoy.
Without a doubt one of the most famous wellingtons in London, if not the world, Gordon Ramsay’s beef wellington at the Savoy Grill is almost too good to eat. Served for two at least, it’s got crispy, buttery pasty on the outside and rich, succulent beef inside. Order creamy mash and cheesy cauliflower gratin on the side.
The Brits have been serving up beef wellington since 1815 and Simpson’s in the Strand have been serving up British food since 1828 – it’s no doubt they’ve managed to nail their welly as one of the best in the capital. Head there for old school glamour and a bit of ceremony – Simpson’s love to carve their dishes on their silver serving platters for all to see.
If you haven’t ‘pressed for champagne’ you need to get yourself to Bob Bob Ricard pronto. The theatrical English-meets-Russian restaurant looks like an old Orient Express train, offers decadent dining options from oysters to wellington and vodka served at -18 degrees, plus, a button on each table luring you to ‘press for champagne’. Warning: the bill can add up pretty quickly, but it’s worth it.
Served with truffle mash and bone marrow sauce, Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street wellington is one of the most decadent ones you’ll find in the capital. They also do a fantastic ‘beet’ wellington served with horseradish, picked mushrooms and truffles if you’re looking for a vegan alternative.
If there’s one thing the Holborn Dining Rooms know how to do, it’s pastry. They have a dedicated pie shop that you can pop into to pick up pre-made bites of the English classic and they even put on masterclasses for guest. There restaurant wellington is just as good – glossy and buttery on the outside and perfectly pink in the middle.
The Montagu Kitchen at Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill love wellingtons so much they’ve dedicated a whole day to them. Wellington Wednesdays see the British dish (supposedly Churchill’s favourite) take centerstage come dinner time. The wellingtons are UNLIMITED and served with truffle mash, honey glazed root vegetables and grilled tenderstem broccoli. I mean, the dream.
Where: 30 Portman Square, London, W1H 7BH, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Marble Arch (0.2 miles)