Known for championing British produce, Roast specialises in traditional dishes that are as flavourful as they are hearty. Ingredient provenance takes pride of place at the beginning of the menu, with Cornish mussels, New Forest cider and Manx queen scallops all featured. The restaurant’s wine list is similarly patriotic, supporting the burgeoning English wine industry with an exclusive Bacchus Reserve by Chapel Down vineyard in Kent. Expect to find a menu filled with home-cooked comfort food including Lancashire hotpot, beer-battered Cornish whiting and Bramley apple crumble.
Roast, The Floral Hall, Stoney Street, London SE1 1TL, +44 (0)845 034 7300
St John’s focus on authentic traditional cuisine is made clear from the outset; from its stark interior with its whitewashed walls and hard surfaces to its meaty, masculine dishes, everything in this acclaimed eatery is stripped back to the bare essentials. The menu is constantly updated, often changing between lunch and dinner on the same day, but it is broadly constructed around the nose-to-tail cooking philosophy. Typical dishes might include pigs’ ears, trotters, bone marrow and pigs’ tails.
St John, 26 St John Street, London EC1M 4AY, +44 (0)20 7251 0848
As might be expected from its eccentric hunting-lodge décor, with duck feather-coated lampshades and antler-studded ice buckets, Corrigan’s is renowned for its high-quality game. Locally sourced produce has also enhanced the restaurant’s reputation; the seasonal nature of the ingredients means the exact menu is always a surprise but may include hare, partridge, woodcock and deer. The excellent flavourful cuisine is complemented by a relaxed and hospitable atmosphere, which encourages its patrons to enjoy their meals at a refreshingly leisurely pace.
Corrigan’s, 28 Upper Grosvenor Street, London W1K 7EH, +44 (0)20 7499 9943
The Seven Dials outpost of the small but well-regarded Hawksmoor restaurant group continues the winning combination of fine steak cuts and innovative house cocktails. Its high-quality meats are sourced from a herd of North Yorkshire-reared Longhorn cattle and prepared on a real charcoal grill, ensuring they are full of flavour. These choice cuts are accompanied by a varied appetiser selection, featuring delicacies such as bone marrow with slow-cooked onions and Brixham crab on toast. Don’t miss the bespoke cocktails; the Marmalade with gin, Campari, lemon juice and rich English marmalade is especially delicious.
Hawksmoor, 11 Langley Street, London WC2H 9JG, +44 (0)20 7420 9390
Seven Park Place
Small but perfectly formed, Seven Park Place is hidden away just moments from the buzz of Piccadilly. This intimate restaurant boasts an opulent sense of style, inspired by the Roaring 20s with gold embellishment, lavish fabrics and handmade crystal lighting, while banquette seating affords diners unexpected privacy. The menu makes use of chef William Drabble’s classical French training combined with the finest British ingredients, prepared relatively simply to let the natural flavours shine. Be sure to try the best end of Lune Valley lamb with confit potatoes, and don’t miss dessert – the hazelnut sponge with ice cream is particularly noteworthy.
Seven Park Place, St James’s Hotel and Club, 7-8 Park Place, London SW1A 1LS, +44 (0)20 7316 1615