Visit London Blog » fish and chips http://blog.visitlondon.com Enjoy the very best of London Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:00:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Six Things We Learned on the Eating London Food Tour http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/05/five-things-we-learned-on-the-eating-london-food-tour/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/05/five-things-we-learned-on-the-eating-london-food-tour/#comments Tue, 06 May 2014 08:22:22 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=38592 Bread & butter pudding at The English Restaurant

East London has long attracted people from all over the world: silk-weaving Huguenots, persecuted Jews, Bangladeshi chefs… who have all made their fortunes on its cobbled streets – alongside the native Cockneys born and bred here. So where better to hold a heritage food tour?

The Eating London food tour lasts about 3.5 hours and is packed full of fascinating facts about Brick Lane and Spitalfields, hidden gems and visits to everywhere from a traditional English boozer to a Brick Lane curryhouse. Visit London went along to sample it for ourselves – and left with brain and belly delightfully full. Here are just five things we learned on the way…

1. St John does an amazing bacon sandwich

St John Bread & Wine knows a thing or two about meat – its founder is the pioneer of the ‘nose to tail’ food revolution after all. So it should be no surprise that its bacon sandwich is a real treat, and a great way to kick off the tour. Made using Gloucester Old Spot rashers, for once the delicious smoky bacon is the main event, not something to be smothered in ketchup!

2. How to spot a real bagel

While tucking into hot salt beef bagels at the Brick Lane Bagel Bar – juicy meat falling away, pickles sliding, mouths drooling – we learned how bagels are made the proper way. Unlike supermarket bagels which are steamed, real bagels are boiled before being baked. You can tell it’s not the real deal if it has the telltale grate marks on the underside.

Cheese tasting at Androuet

3. You can get a cheese wedding cake at Androuet

French cheese shop and restaurant Androuet served up some delicious English cheeses for us to try, expertly paired with dried fruits and nuts. Our attention was also caught by the photos of giant cheese wedding cakes they supply for more savoury-toothed couples. Brie-lliant!

4. It pays to look up

Our Eating London guides constantly surprised us by pointing out street art, strange buildings or quirky signs we’d missed – despite having walked around the area countless times in the past. Many times a whole new world opened up just by looking above eye level.

5. You can still buy fish & chips served in newspaper

In the 1980s, the powers that be decided serving fish & chips in newspaper was unsafe as the ink could seep into the food. Poppies in Spitalfields has ingeniously got around this law by printing their newspaper with edible ink! It’s also just been voted Best Independent Fish and Chips Restaurant in the UK at the National Fish and Chip Awards – an award well earned, after tasting their wonderfully light cod, chunky chips and piping hot mushy peas. Well worth a look.

6. There’s always room for dessert

Filled with tasty drinks and snacks from some of East London’s finest restaurants, the tour ended at Pizza East with a slice of salted caramel chocolate tart. Sprinkled with almonds and sea salt, no-one could resist scoffing down the entire slice (despite all that had come before) accompanied by a cuppa and chatter. Well, we had been walking after all – it was well earned.

Eating London’s East End Food Tour takes place Monday to Saturday at 10am. Adults £59. To book, visit eatinglondontours.co.uk

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London Bar and Restaurant News: Holborn Dining Room, London House, Villandry and Bianco43 http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/02/london-bar-and-restaurant-news-holborn-dining-room-london-house-villandry-and-bianco43/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/02/london-bar-and-restaurant-news-holborn-dining-room-london-house-villandry-and-bianco43/#comments Thu, 13 Feb 2014 10:00:01 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=37737 There are a number of new bars and restaurants that have recently opened in London.

Holborn Dining Room
Holborn Dining Room and Delicatessen at the new Rosewood London hotel offers classic British cuisine in a historic setting. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served seven days a week. The Head Chefs have both previously worked at Quaglino’s, Le Pont De La Tour and The Wolseley, and the Bar Manager comes from Brasserie Zédel and The Ivy.

London House
Gordon Ramsay’s new venture is located in his home borough of Wandsworth. The recently-opened London House restaurant and bar in Battersea Square has a worldly menu, thanks to the international background of Head Chef Anna Haugh-Kelly.

Villandry St James
A 1913 Edwardian baroque building in St James is now the home of the new French Mediterranean restaurant Villandry. The restaurant sits conveniently between Piccadilly Circus and Pall Mall. It is split into two areas, one for formal dining and another for the Grand Café brasserie.

Bianco43
Are you hungry for Italian cuisine while exploring Central London? New restaurant Bianco43 is roughly 30 seconds’ walk from Trafalgar Square on Northumberland Avenue. The restaurant’s wood fired oven is Italian, so authentic Neapolitan pizzas will come to your rescue.

Other recently-opened London venues include the wine bar Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels; fairytale-inspired bar and restaurant, The Fable in Holborn; Turkish Mediterranean brasserie Kitchenette in Putney; Jackson + Rye, the New York-style restaurant in Soho; Brooklyn Bowl, the 800-capacity concert venue and bowling lanes at The O2 Arena; and Poncho 8 grab ‘n’ go Mexican restaurant in Sheldon Square, Paddington.

More London restaurant and bar news
London’s dining scene continues to impress and congratulations must go to the following venues for their recent achievements:

Michel Roux Jr’s Le Gavroche restaurant will re-open on 17 February. A new kitchen and private dining room have been added to the restaurant.

Coq d’Argent restaurant is hosting a stargazing evening on 25 February with a demonstration from Bernard Karpinski of Modern Astronomy using the Skyliner-200P telescope recently added to the restaurant’s winter terrace.

During the weekend of 21-23 February, the Craft Beer Rising festival takes places at the Old Truman Brewery in East London. 60 breweries will be showcasing more than 200 beers alongside a program of music and street food.

More London restaurants

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Visit London Asks: Where Do You Get London’s Best Fish and Chips? http://blog.visitlondon.com/2010/08/visit-london-asks-where-do-you-get-londons-best-fish-and-chips/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2010/08/visit-london-asks-where-do-you-get-londons-best-fish-and-chips/#comments Mon, 09 Aug 2010 08:00:09 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=12955 Next Monday 16 August, The Golden Union Fish Bar in Soho is celebrating 150 years of British cuisine favourite, Fish & Chips!

According to Golden Union, Joseph Malin set up the first chip shop in Cleveland Street in London’s East End in 1860 on this date.

To celebrate the momentous occasion, Golden Union is offering the first 150 customers through their door on 16 August a fish and chips meal for £1.50 each. Good luck!

It got us wondering, where do you go for London’s best fish and chips?

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