If I’m with just one other person I would often rather sit at the bar than a table. It’s less formal, easier to share (or nick food off the other persons’ plate) and you can cuddle up. Plus, you can see what others are ordering and always have someone on hand if you want to order more or get a recommendation. So here are my favourite eat at the bar restaurants in London.
You could go solely to try their selection of giant fishbowl gin and tonics and walk away happy, but also the serrano ham and tomato bread are a must. Try the suckling pork with lemon sorbet (mind-blowing) and the chorizo in cider. It is all delicious.
Possibly my favourite restaurant in London and sitting at the bar you get to see what others have ordered too. Everything is delicious but you can’t go far wrong with the burrata, squash and aubergine. If they do the venison with blackberry this is an absolute must but not always on the menu. If there’s no space at the bar, the sharing tables downstairs are also great and make sure you check out the mirrored toilets which are awesome but highly confusion.
Duck soup, Soho
The interior is simple, authentic and not flashy, and the food is delicious. The menu is handwritten stuck outside and changes daily. Sit at the bar and devour the day’s specials.
Riding House Cafe, Soho
The bar stretches for miles and the cocktails are yummy. Whilst not a full menu, the bar snacks are superb. Nothing screams comfort food like the potato bread with marmite butter.
Their cheese selections are delicious and a must, haddock croquette, flat iron steak and pumpkin risotto. Everything we ate was delicious, I’m hungry just thinking about it!
Not a bar as such but a bar overlooking the window, making it perfect for watching the world go by and getting a little sun. Munch on shakshuka for breakfast with a flat white.
The Wine Shop, Balham
Finally, not a restaurant as such but The Wine Shop in Balham is a must for a drink at the bar. There is live music on a Friday and Saturday, they are super friendly and will always let you try a couple of wines before you decide, and I have a serious addiction to their salted blanched almonds. Chat with the other customers and don’t make the mistake of popping in for a quick one, I’ve missed many a supper staying too long but that’s ok because they do cheese and meat boards.
Jumper is old Zara cashmere but very similar here
Any brilliant places I’ve missed? I would love any recommendations!
For breakfast, check out The Wolsey as my top place.