From a fine-dining fairytale venue to a tapas tavern, not to mention gastropubs galore, here are our top spots to cuddle up by the fire with delicious food in London.
For more fireside dining, check out our list of venues across the UK.
33 King Street, Covent Garden
Annually topping our list of London’s most romantic restaurants, this intimate French dining spot features an indoor courtyard illuminated by fairy lights and dotted with tables for two which are never too far from the open log fire. Overseen by Marcellin Marc, the AA-rosette-awarded cuisine channels the wholesome flavours of Provence and Tuscany with seasonal dishes such as honey-glazed Goosnargh duck breast and crispy duck leg pastilla with a ruby port sauce.
44 Elizabeth Street, Belgravia
Named after the 19th-century master builder, this celebrated venue exudes understated elegance and retains a homely feel, thanks to the open fireplaces in the ground-floor bar and upstairs dining room. The food is distinctly British and Sundays are all about roasts, from Millers of Speyside dry-aged beef sirloin to Trecorras Farm kid goat. We suggest pre-ordering your choice to share among four or five people with all the trimmings.
6 New Quebec Street, Marylebone
Another superb venue by the Cubitt House group, this former Regency townhouse in Portman Village is kitted out with fine fireplaces throughout the traditional gastropub downstairs and the smarter dining room above. There is a large selection of beers, guest ales, wines and champagnes and the group is a member of the Sustainable Restaurant Association, which is reflected in dishes such as Hebridean lamb with sweet potato, fennel and merguez sausage.
90 Berwick Street, Soho
Although most of the decor and menu is more reminiscent of a Cantonese restaurant, there are certain elements of Alan Yau’s popular ‘pub’ that allow him to refer to it as just that – including the roaring wood fire and copper vats of beer. Throw into the mix dim sum, bao buns and Peking duck with pancakes and the delightful result is indeed a Chinese gastropub.
27 Coldharbour, Docklands
The most inviting area of this riverside haunt in East London is the Red Room, where you can sink into one of the chesterfield armchairs and tune in to the crackle of the open fire with a glass of port in hand. Alternatively, hire the semi-private dining space with a group of your nearest and dearest and order off the three-course feast menu for an extra indulgent afternoon or evening.
168 Highgate Road, Kentish Town
Housed in a Grade II-listed building, this historic pub features a rustic, woody decor, complete with bovine heads on the wall and a coal fire with a large stone surround. The menu pays homage to the pub’s long list of British suppliers, from Cornish mackerel to wild herbs foraged in Kent, and diners can sample some inventive bar snacks while they wait – the crispy pig ears are particularly good.
163 Old Brompton Road, South Kensington
Situated beneath a glass conservatory-style roof, the roaring fire at the heart of this Spanish stalwart brightens the darkest of evenings and informs the restaurant’s warm red and burnt orange colour scheme. At the flagship of the group’s five venues, the focus is on inventive tapas and main plates that break away from tradition, such as the poached spicy skate wing with suckling pig meatballs and crispy sweet potato.
35 Putney Bridge Road, Wandsworth
Priding itself on being a local institution on the borders of Wandsworth and Putney, this convivial pub is gaining a following from further afield and the Sunday roasts – not to mention the selection of cask ales – are certainly worth travelling for. Blankets will be supplied for those who want to brave the patio, but the table next to the Victorian fireplace is the most enviable in winter months.
11a Northington Street, Bloomsbury
Located off the Gray’s Inn Road, this pub features a wood-burning stove fireplace at the ground-floor bar, where you can catch most major sporting events and enjoy regular gin tastings to help take the chill off. Upstairs, you can tuck into fine seasonal fare at the elegant restaurant or in the private dining room which seats up to 12 guests and boasts its own grand fireplace.
Last updated on 6 December 2016