There are some pretty epic restaurants in London. You can indulge in almost any delicacy you could possible desire and if you’re not quite sure what you’re after, there are hundreds of delicious dinner choices hidden just around the next corner. So, in honour of London’s most excellent eateries, I thought I’d start a new series of posts showcasing some of my favourite food places, kicking of with the best of the meaty and burger-focused bites…
This former pop-up was so popular with customers that they had no choice but to give it a permanent place on Soho’s Beak Street. Perhaps not one for your vegetarian friends – the menu is pretty much steak, steak and steak along with some delicious sides – but for those of you out there with a hankering for some beefy goodness, this one is the prefect place for you. Just £10 will get you one of the tastiest steaks you’ve ever had; £50 got us a full meal for two, along with wine and several sides. Not bad for one of the best steaks in town.
5a Air St, London W1J 0AD
Next up is one of my favourite spots for a Sunday roast, Hawksmoor on Air Street. The portions are massive, the sides are delicious – crispy roast potatoes, superbly-cooked veg and a whole roast garlic – and the service is pretty darn ace. And if roast isn’t your thing (then you’re crazy…?) they also do a pretty mean selection of steaks and sides. Plus, if you’re still hankering after something sweet even after all that food, their pudding list is pretty perfect. The peanut butter caramel shortbread is out of this world.
1-3 Long Acre, London WC2E 9LH
Fast food at its finest, these burgers are the ultimate US import, providing you with that naughty fast foody fix but with so many more tasty ingredients. It’s a wee bit more expensive than your average Maccy D’s – but you get a lot of tasty treats for your money, including two beef patties in your bun, endless soft drinks and one of the biggest helping of skin-on fries I have ever seen. Plus you can add as many different relishes and condiments to your burger as you like, without any increase in cost. Gobble gobble. It’s not a wonder the queues are always so ruddy massive but thankfully they’re opening up several new restaurants across the UK in the coming months so your next Five Guys burger fix will never be too far away.
The Thirsty Bear
62 Stamford St, London SE1 9LX
Hidden away in Waterloo, this fine foody pub serves up a selection of incredible burgers – all of which you can build yourself using one of your table’s built-in iPads. There are a whole host of toppings available – from avocado to bacon to onions – and if you’re feeling especially hungry, you can stack up an endless selection of beef patties until your burger is fit to feed a whole family. And while you’re waiting for your order to be delivered, you can help yourself to some cider or beer, handily dispensed out of your own personal on-table tap. You can’t really get more convenient than that…
Patty & Bun
54 James Street, London W1U 1HE
The last restaurant on my meaty tour of London is also one of my ultimate favourites – Patty & Bun. Located just two minutes’ walk from one of my favourite shopping destinations, Selfridges, this place turns out some of the tastiest burgers I’ve ever had. The burgers themselves are of an excellent quality, the buns aren’t soggy and the rosemary chips are so moreish, I feel like I could munch on them forever. The only drawback to this place is the often lengthy queues for a table but if you time your trip well, you can avoid them entirely. Either way, these burgers are worth the wait. Trust me.