As food bloggers, the husband and wife team behind We Love Food have visited hundreds of restaurants around London over the years. Here they share their top ten picks of local restaurants across the capital, from Wandsworth to Hackney
Bruno Loubet’s Grain Store is housed in Granary Square next to those very cool dancing fountains. Just a short walk from Kings Cross station, in a very different part of town. It serves great valued imaginative cocktails and incredible cooking bursting with bold flavours. The location and whimsical menu makes this a great and original restaurant.
Granary Square, 1-3 Stable Street, London N1C 4AB
We love Puglia, having holidayed and married there it holds a pretty special place in our hearts. Ostuni, London’s first Puglian restaurant is also the name of the town in which we held our nuptials, double whammy in specialness. Authentic gorgeous Puglian cuisine in a stunning looking restaurant, the service is a little haphazard but somehow it only adds to the charm.
43-45 Lonsdale Road, London NW6 6RA
This place has been going for years and nothing changes, a truly comforting and rare thing. No-frills, no website, no credit cards just simple hearty home cooked Afghan food, it’s all pre-prepared and reheated but don’t let that put you off, the authentic food is amazing.
5 Islington Green, London N1 8DU
This has been a treasured place of ours for many years now. Located right opposite our office it lures locals in for its incredible all-day brunch menu. For us it is a little taste of LA, with a friendly welcome and gorgeous food. At the weekend the queue is out the door. Don’t miss The Table Stack – chorizo and ham hock baked beans on a toasted bagel with two poached eggs and hollandaise.
83 Southwark Street, London SE1 0HX
5 The Ship
The Ship Wandsworth is an institution, at the weekend it’s packed to the rafters, people spilling out onto the streets. What makes this pub special? It’s the landlord, he runs the friendliest pub with top service and really good food, not your average pub grub. The summer BBQ is a must, but get there early to nab a spot by the river and leave the car at home – parking isn’t easy. This year they plan to BBQ a whole ox in collaboration with Flat Iron, Soho!
41 Jew’s Row, Wandsworth, London SW18 1TB
Whoever has Dukes on their doorstep is very, very lucky. Not only does it have incredible BBQ food, but it’s home to the Beavertown Brewery so there’s a great range of beer (although the cocktails are fab too). Dukes is our favourite place for BBQ food, their meat is amazing, don’t miss the beef ribs and pulled pork sliders. There’s even an outside covered eating area perfect for smokers, or for summer dining.
33 Downham Road, De Beauvoir Town, Haggerston, Hackney, London N1 5AA
Where else can you get a 2lb lobster, with fries and salad for £20? We really felt that we were a million miles from home in here – even the music, Blues and US Rock, adds to the illusion. They now have a branch in Covent Garden too but you just can’t beat the original.
332-334 Kings Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 5UR
This cosy and romantic local serves gorgeous Italian food. Famed for its Pappardelle with beef shin ragu. The downstairs dining area is perfect for a date night – plus they serve one of the best espresso martinis in town.
300 – 302 St Paul’s Road, London, N1 2LH
The Diner is one of our favourite restaurant chains, good reliable US food, a gigantic menu with tonnes of choice. The wet fries are out of this world, and the cocktails are fab too, we love the Cherry Pie which tastes exactly as it sounds. This branch along with Spitalfields and Shoreditch even deliver, how amazing is that?!
105 Gloucester Road, London, SW7 4SS
Baltic is set in a converted 18th-century coach workshop with a stunning bar that twinkles with ambient lighting. Its focus is on Polish and Eastern European food, and of course vodka. Don’t worry, you won’t have to Google the Polish ingredients, the staff are extremely helpful.
74 Blackfriars Road,London, SE1 8AH
welovefood-itsallweeat.com is written by a husband and wife team who come from magazine backgrounds. Their blog was born over three years ago, although both still disagree about why it was started in the first place – it was intended to be a hobby, but has instead taken over their everyday lives!