The Handbook
The Handbook

At the moment we are celebrating all things British, from the glorious British sunshine and the copious drinking of Pimms, to the recent addition to the Royal Family and of course Great British food. Strawberries and cream, Sunday lunch, fish and chips and even eels, here are some of our favourite restaurants serving up great British cuisine in London:

Boisdale of Belgravia

Having conquered his own little part of London with fine Scottish culinary produce, Ranald Macdonald younger of Clanranald founded Boisdales.  Throughout the restaurant nods are given to its Scottish heritage, even before the menu, with a decor of reds, mahogany’s, dark greens and a hint of tartan.  With haggis, Scottish Salmon and Ayrshire bacon on the menu and a veritable malt whisky list, you can see why it is known as the unestablished Scottish embassy of London.

Porters English Restaurant

The pie, a true British favourite and not so humble if you are dining at Porters English Restaurant, yes they may not be the most exotic of flavours think Steak, Guiness and Mushroom, but when they taste so good, less is definitely more! The restaurant itself taps into the inner eclectic eccentric in all Brits, with a Doctor Who phone box, and an old fashioned car hanging from the ceiling. We love the quirky take on the Last Supper painting, which features the founder of the restaurant, the 7th Earl of Bradford.


With Scottish razor clams, Devonshire crab and Cumbrian steak gracing the menu, Roast is a slice of brilliant British cuisine.  Situated above London food haven, Borough Market, Roast is a little bit of escapism from the bustle below. It’s sophisticated, sleek , an understated glamour if you will, if however street food is more your thing, fear not, they have that sorted too with Roast to go, downstairs in the market.

The Gilbert Scott

With the introduction of their Gin Garden, The Gilbert Scott at St Pancras, have just ticked another suitably British box, because summer is not summer without gin and tonic, especially in London. Stepping out of the garden into the bar, you are transported to a suitably Victorian gothic bar, ornate, decadent and charming. We say stop in for afternoon tea whilst you wait for the train, a British tradition in itself.

The Great British

The name says it all, it’s great and it’s British. With a decor which is somewhere between a British cafe and a top London restaurant, we fell in love. High wooden panels, little tables topped with Victorian fireplace tiles and low lights.  Their daily classics include nostalgic favourites Shepherd’s Pie, and Fish and Chips with mushy peas. Take a date and indulge in English wine, British cheese and Kent strawberry Eton Mess!

The Goring

Encompassing all that is quintessential in British finery and tradition is The Goring and with awards to its name citing its excellent British fare, you only need to take a look at the menu to see why. Not shying away from traditional courses, dinner can see Hampshire Eel being served as a starter, before Lincolnshire Pork Belly and then Gooseberry Fool, just given The Goring twist.

The Penny Black

Serving up Kedgeree, Beef Wellington, Cornish mussels and Welsh lamb, The Penny Black on the Fulham Road is all about brilliantly cooked British ingredients and flavours. British food doesn’t get much more classic than a Sunday roast, so it’s a good thing that they serve up one of the best around. Wonderfully relaxed, this is all about great food and fun, without the formality of white table service, brilliant for a Friday night.