London for Foodies: Where to Eat and Drink in London
When I first went to London about 25 years ago, the food scene was dismal. Oh, to be sure, you had very good restaurants creating great dishes from fresh killed game, but the recipes had not changed, it seemed, in decades. And then there was pub grub. Over the past several years, however, London has become a foodie’s paradise. Here is just a brief list of where to eat and drink in London. There is so much more to
For instance, there are the old standards that remain a must for every visitor: no trip to London would be complete without a visit to Rules Restaurant, for example. Established in 1798, Rules is the oldest restaurant in all of Britain to remain in continuous operation. My wife and I shared one of the best meals either of us has ever had (this was ten years ago, and we still talk about it!)—Fresh guinea fowl that had been shot that day on the restaurant’s game reserve in Scotland, cooked in a white truffle cream sauce. Amazing. While you are there, look around, and you’ll realize how many scenes from different movies have been filmed there (James Bond Spectre, and Downton Abbey to name a couple).
Another standard to be sure to enjoy is tea or lunch at Fortnum and Mason, which cannot be beat.
However, each of the establishments listed above, while excellent, also come with prices that reflect the amazing quality. Fortunately for those of us with more real world pocketbooks, London has some of the finest outdoor markets as well, with amazing treats from a host of vendors. So, if you’re looking for where to eat in London on a budget, try your hand at buying your own foods and preparing them. One of the most enjoyable things to do in a foreign country is to browse around their open air markets. There so much to learn, so many culinary experiences waiting there.
Borough Market is open from Monday through Saturday, but it is only from Wednesday through Saturday that you can be assured that all of the 100+ vendors of gourmet cuisine and ingredients will all be available. The options offered here are amazing. Spanish tapas, British meat pies, olives of all varieties, wine, beer, you name it. Another great outdoor venue is Maltby Street Market, just by London Bridge. Stop by Monty’s Deli for a great sandwich, or the Kernel Brewery for a pint or three!! Anyway, suffice to say that bangers and mash or kidney pie are no longer among the only staples if you want to delve deeply into the food scene in the City!!
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