London boasts hundreds of fine dining destinations, ethnic eateries and locally owned cafes serving up everything from European delicacies to international favorites. If it's your first time visiting Great Britain, don't miss the chance to enjoy a traditional English meal at one of the many English restaurants in the city. You'll get a taste of English food at some of the pubs around London, but if you want to enjoy a slower-paced sit-down meal, you'll want to make reservations at one of London's traditional English restaurants.
Here are three British restaurants to add to your itinerary:
This dining venue actually used to be a pub and still has a relaxed, neighborhood pub atmosphere. Now a modern gastropub, the Chelsea Ram made waves in the London restaurant scene when it opened in 1995. It's famous for its salmon and haddock fishcakes, roast pheasant breast, pork and leek sausages and other English favorites. If anything, you'll want to head here for dessert. The brandy pudding with toffee ice cream is always on the menu and the perfect ending to any meal. Head here on the weekend for brunch, served from 10:30 a.m. to noon.
This restaurant, in a cul-de-sac between Kensington High Street and Kensington Church Street and within walking distance of Kensington Palace, isn't easy to spot when you're traveling around the area. But it's been a mainstay of the neighborhood for more than 40 years and boasts a warm, inviting atmosphere. Be prepared for generous portions of English favorites including Cornish smoked mackerel, steak and kidney pie, and wild boar sausage with mash. Highlights of the dessert menu include a classic bread and butter pudding; burnt cream, made from the original Cambridge University recipe; and Maggie's famous apple crumble and cream. Maggie Jones's is a charming little place to enjoy a hearty meal on a rainy afternoon.
A popular venue for large groups and gatherings, Shepherd's Restaurant is a cozy eatery near the Houses of Parliament — it isn't uncommon to spot some Members of Parliament dining here on any given day. This is the place to try prawn fishcakes, classic English puddings, steak and kidney pie, and deep fried cod with chips. Dessert lovers won't want to miss the traditional golden syrup sponge or the sticky toffee pudding, both served with custard. The restaurant boasts a diverse wine list, and private dining menus with three-course meals are available.
by Sabah Karimi