As temperatures begin to get colder, we’re in the mood to visit Great British restaurants this autumn for comforting roasts and fish suppers that showcase local produce. We’ve rounded up our favourites in London…
GREAT BRITISH RESTAURANTS TO VISIT THIS AUTUMN
COACH & HORSES, KEW
With a focus on provenance and where their fish come from, expect a seasonally-changing menu of British dishes made using only the finest ingredients – such as pan-fried Atlantic cod with courgettes, potatoes and spiced coconut sauce; or sea trout with Scottish rope-grown mussels cooked in cider with sorrel. Other dishes include pub classics like beef and ale pie and steak with triple cooked chips.
THE GENTLEMEN BARISTAS, COVENT GARDEN
Working with James Street’s The Gentlemen Baristas, Covent Garden and New Covent Garden Market have created a special two-course British Harvest Time menu pairing roasted ribeye of Aberdeen Angus Beef with a pan fried Cacklebean egg & hand cut chips, followed by a special Eton Mess Sundae using only British-grown strawberries. Two courses plus a drink costs just £20 per person, and supports the best of British food with only fresh and seasonal ingredients.
TOP CUVÉE, ISLINGTON
Tucked away on Highbury & Islington’s Blackstock Road, Top Cuvée offers accomplished food from ex-Lyles chef serving seasonal small plates of British produce cooked to perfection paired with natural wines. This trendy wine bar-restaurant is the place to be seen, snapped and sip… Go for the natural wine and trendy people watching, stay for the damson rice pudding.
SOUL SUNDAYS AT MADISON, ST PAUL’S
Back by popular demand from Sunday 27th September, enjoy Madison’s famous sharing roasts with three courses and half a bottle of wine per person alongside the sounds of soul from their live music trio, whilst overlooking stunning views of St Paul’s.
THE BOTANIST X CAROUSEL GUEST CHEF SERIES, MARYLEBONE
The Botanist x Carousel guest chef series takes place 6-10 October with the exceptionally talented Craig Grozier, in-house chef for the Bruichladdich distillery (producers and home of The Botanist Gin) and founder of the innovative dining concept Fallachan in Glasgow. His hyper-seasonal, local, progressive and wild-to-the-core approach to cooking encapsulates the same proudly local ethos that makes The Botanist such an outlier in the craft gin community.
Grozier’s five-course menu will take diners on a culinary journey featuring the best of Scottish Autumnal produce. Expect dishes such as Arbroath smoked sea trout, preserved gooseberries, oyster cream and kohlrabi and Gigha halibut, smoked Jerusalem artichoke, mussels, black garlic and sea vegetables. Coupled with The Botanist’s Pineapple Weed and Chamomile Collins cocktail, this isn’t one to miss.
GLADWIN BROTHERS, VARIOUS LOCATIONS
Restaurateurs and brothers Richard, Oliver and Gregory Gladwin, Gladwin Brothers, who own and operate Sussex in Soho, The Shed in Notting Hill, Rabbit in Chelsea and Nutbourne in Battersea provide Londoners with the very best organic British produce from their family farm where they grew up in West Sussex. A celebration of the glorious English countryside, The Gladwin Brothers also have an online shop stocked with fresh, nutritious and sustainable food boxes sourced directly from the Gladwins’ farm.
They also sell a Farm Fresh Box with a range of seasonal vegetables, the Herb Box packed with an array of aromatic fresh herbs and a changing selection of beautiful cuts of meat depending on availability. New to the online shop is a range of dishes including their signature Beef Wellingtons, pies, pestos, tarts and ice creams for the full restaurant experience at home.
HUNTER’S MOON, CHELSEA
Pub and dining room The Hunter’s Moon on Fulham Road offers a true taste of an English country pub in the heart of London, and is the perfect spot to while away an autumn afternoon. Owner Chef Director Oliver Marlowe’s daily-changing menu is full of light yet innovative dishes using the best seasonal ingredients: warm salad of wood pigeon with onion confit, pancetta, crispy hen’s egg and balsamic, or chilled gazpacho with Cornish lobster, crème fraiche and lemon to start; and mains of Cornish cod with hispi cabbage, baby leeks, chicken tortellini and roast chicken butter sauce; and roasted lamb rump a la niçoise with olive oil crushed potatoes, slow cooked cherry tomatoes and feta.
On top of the à la carte, the specials board offers additional surprises and delights; from tempura lobster burgers to treacle cured salmon steaks. To finish, a range of showstopping desserts such as a raspberry ripple baked Alaska and Eton mess with strawberry and prosecco cocktail are too tempting to refuse.
Read our pick of London’s best Sunday roast dinners here.
Main image: The Gentlemen Baristas
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After graduating from Cambridge University with a triple First, Rosie decided to pursue a career in the fitness industry rather than follow the traditional path of her peers in investment banking. Unable to shake off the fast-paced routine she developed in her City job, she achieves balance by winding down in yoga sessions, escaping on fitness retreats, and going for extended brunches that somehow seem to wind up in a hidden gem of a cocktail bar.