According to TripAdvisor, there are 17,144 listed restaurants in London. It’s safe to say that we will never go hungry, though in this day and age, humans have never been so picky about where to eat out. Where we choose to go depends on the circumstances really, whether we’ve just finished work and can’t be bothered to cook, whether we want to take the family or a loved one out for a treat (to avoid cooking), or whether it is simply a spontaneous decision as you walk past a nice looking and smelling place (which is a great solution to not cook). We go to restaurants because we want to munch out on something that we wouldn’t normally have at home in a different environment where we are served by others and that’s the beauty of it! So, out of London’s thousands upon thousands of restaurants, where are the best places to go? Here are TripAdvisor’s top 5 in the city.
We’ll start with number 5: Green Pea. Yes I know the name isn’t very exhilarating and I promise they serve more than just green peas. This restaurant is located in Trafalgar Road and is the place to go for some traditional English/Irish homemade food that does not fail to impress! Popular courses include the mouth-watering Roast Dinner, Steak and Guinness Pie, the Lamb Shank and the Vegetarian Parsnip Sausages. The food is said to be absolutely delicious and given in decent sized portions for those who might have skipped lunch or are looking for value for money. The atmosphere is warm, homely and friendly with fantastic customer service. Green Pea has a firm 5/5 rating as well as a Certificate of Excellence with great comments all down the board. And that’s only number 5!
Number 4 is the complete opposite to Green Pea’s concept. The Marianne restaurant is in Chepstow Road, Notting Hill and is quite a bit more ‘up market’ and is more ideal for special occasion dining. In other words, it’s fancy. The owner herself, Marianne is an exceptional chef, cooking for A-list celebrities and she competed on Masterchef – The Professionals, so you know you are in good hands. The first and most notable feature of this restaurant is that it is very small, tiny in fact. Though believe it or not, this has proven a delight to customers and it has been described as intimate, cosy and stylish. The menu is definitely something very special. Serving European and French cuisine, the Marianne changes its menu daily using fresh and seasonal ingredients for a high quality presentation and taste. The choice of a three or four course menu can include Steamed Turbot, Rennes Pigeon (don’t worry it’s not a pigeon from off the street… hopefully) and Veal Fillet, all of which are served with some French extras that I couldn’t understand, but they sure sound delicious. The food arrives in not the biggest portions, but with exquisite presentation for an elegant evening meal. The Marianne has had a total of 141 reviews on TripAdvisor so far, and all but one are excellent or very good; not bad at all!
We move on now to number 3 and the competition is heating up as Gordon Ramsay enters the scene. Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in Chelsea opened in 1988 as Ramsay’s first solo restaurant and is unsurprisingly up there in the top 3. The style is again high standard and modern French with a variety of different menus to choose from. Popular prestige dishes include the Ravioli of Lobster, the Cotswold Lamb and the Isle of Gigha Halibut (I have no idea what that is but it sounds like a fish). The cuisine of this restaurant is of an award winning standard with only the finest and freshest ingredients for a classic yet modern French taste. The service from staff has also been particularly noticed by customers as very attentive, welcoming and impeccable, noticing mistakes and problems ‘before they even have a chance to occur’. Wow, waiters that see the future, service doesn’t get better than that! The surroundings are formal as expected, but intimate with a pleasant ambience which is again ideal for a special celebration. With 1,003 excellent TripAdvisor reviews, who can possibly beat this?
Our penultimate entry is thankfully not another one of Gordon Ramsay’s restaurants, but a pub! The Andover Arms in Hammersmith is ranked number 2 on TripAdvisor and has been named ‘a hidden gem’. This charming pub is guaranteed to pleasantly surprise you with its settings, service and tasty English dining. Upon entering you are greeted with a warm crackling open fire, quirky Persian rugs and Edwardian portraits that really set the scene of a traditional 1870s pub. A glossy mahogany bar serves fine ales, beers and other refreshing drinks and the menu is sure to get your taste buds tingling. The famous Beer Battered Fish, the flavoursome Grilled Swordfish, scrumptious Cumberland Sausages and succulent Rump Steaks plus many more delicious dishes spoil you for choice at the Andover Arms. Reviews say the food is cooked to perfection and the quantity will never allow you to clear the plate. The atmosphere is fun and vibrant with chatty and friendly staff who clearly show pleasure in their job roles, providing a memorable experience for customers.
So, we have reached the number 1, the top dining venue in London, the perfect place to eat out, the restaurant of all restaurants. *Cue tense music* this restaurant in Chelsea offers modern and contemporary British cooking balancing luxury with simplicity. With culinary experience from famous capitals of the world and THE freshest ingredients from a kitchen garden, this restaurant is a must. Choices of wines, cocktails and champagne are just the start of your unforgettable meal. Mains can include English Rose Veal, Native Lobster and Yorkshire Lamb and don’t even get me started on the desserts! Apricot Tart, Lemon Chiboust with Pumpkin Ice Cream and a British Cheese Selection, it’s just too good to be true. The dining room is inspiring with a bright interior and beautiful shades of pale green, ochre and ivory. The service is formal, polite and friendly with professional staff who take pride in their work and dedicate themselves to serve as best as they can. I can happily announce that the winner of TripAdvisor’s top 5 best London restaurants is, The Five Fields. A place where expectations will not only be met, but exceeded and a place where you can experience true fine dining in style. The most highly recommended restaurant on TripAdvisor, it is just not acceptable to say no!
Bank Holiday weekend has just gone, but that doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself and what better way to spend your time than visiting London and exploring its rich heritage and culture, such as attractions, events and these very restaurants! And don’t forget, you’re always welcome at the Georgian House.