What to Eat in London

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1. Posted by yammanie (First Time Poster 1 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

I will be in London for a week in January, and I wanted to ask where should I have the traditional dishes. Mostly, I wanted to try pie and mash, and beef wellington.
Anyway, I've done some research and found some highly recommended places

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2. Posted by Andrew Mack (Respected Member 576 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Pie and Mash is an accustomed taste.
Personally I like it but I've lots of friends that don't.
I used to go to a couple of places in Poplar and one in Whitechapel (in Watney Market) but I've no idea if they still exist, as lots of them have closed in the last 20 odd years.

I'm not sure I'd call Beef Wellington a London dish, but it's available in many good restaurants.

I would suggest you try Simpsons Tavern as the food there is very good traditional heavy food, like Steak and Kidney Pie and Liver & Bacon ; http://www.simpsonstavern.co.uk/
Just round the corner from Simpsons is The George & Vulture which is similar https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_and_Vulture
They both do traditional Roast dinners as well.

The other one to try is Fish & Chips, which is available in many places, but it really needs proper fresh real chips (fries).

Where will you be based for your week (London's a big place)?

3. Posted by leics2 (Respected Member 488 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Beef Wellington is an English recipe but certainly not 'traditional' (and not something ordinary people ever made or at at home).

The best place to try pie, mash & liquor ( a traditional London dish) is at a proper pie & mash shop. There aren't too many of those left nowadays...and London is vast..... but this 2018 article may give you some ideas:


The best fish & chips come from proper fish & chip shops, eaten from the wrapping as a takeaway meal. You'll pay ore to eat them in a restaurant and, frankly, it's not the same thing at all.

Other traditional English (not London) dishes (e.g. shepherd's or cottage pie, steak & kidney pudding, sausage & mash, roast dinners etc) are often found on pub menus (including 'Irish pubs'). Wetherspoons pubs have good real ales and reasonable food, including all the dishes I've mentioned, at very reasonable prices and there are quite a few in both central London and the county of London:


Knowing where you'll be staying will help us give more specific ideas.

[ Edit: Edited on 10-Dec-2018, at 10:32 by leics2 ]

4. Posted by Andrew Mack (Respected Member 576 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Quoting leics2

The best place to try pie, mash & liquor ( a traditional London dish) is at a proper pie & mash shop.

They are the only places you can get real 'Pie & Mash' which require a certain type of pie and 'Liquor' which is a savoury sauce (used like gravy).

5. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 784 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Although you can get fish and chips in restaurants all over London (of varying quality, it has to be said), it is not really a traditional London dish but a British one, and it's at its best on the coast where the fish is landed.

In addition to Weatherspoons it's worth looking out for the Fullers pub chain as they have a decent traditional menu. But as others have said, let us know what part of the city you'll be staying in and we may be able to make some specific recommendations.

And a further point - many Londoners these days don't themselves eat the dishes you mention very often. For us a traditional night out at a restaurant probably means Indian, Italian or Chinese

6. Posted by ToddP (Budding Member 85 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Wetherspoon's (are pub chain in UK) for great VERY CHEAP pub grub and drink

7. Posted by Andrew Mack (Respected Member 576 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Jellied Eels and also Whelks are both traditional London Food.
Personally I don't like jellied Eels (and whelks are only 'OK'), but one of the main places to get them are at Tubby Issacs ; http://spitalfieldslife.com/2010/09/23/tubby-isaacs-jellied-eel-stall-aldgate/
Whilst Spitalfields Market is a nice place to have a walk around.