British Fare and Gastro Pubs

Good ol’ hearty British fare! Amazingly, a lot of English restaurants are not particularly do-friendly so it is always a nice surprise to find them.miss-darcy-4

The Botanist – Simple Modern British food served at tables or the bar in this airy, all-day Chelsea restaurant. Part of the ETM restaurant group, but we have only been to the one at Sloane Square. Dogs are allowed in the bar dining area. 7 Sloane Square, London SW1W 8EE

Brompton Food Market – Right around the corner from South Kensington tube station, Brompton Food Market is a butcher, greengrocer, fishmonger and deli all under one roof. They have the best produce and at the back there’s also a place, a little sanctuary where you can sit and have something to eat from the deli. 33 Thurloe Pl, London SW7 2HQ

Bumpkin – rustic-chic British brasserie serving carefully sourced Modern Brit food and wines. There are several venues but we have only been to the one next to the Chelsea Farmer’s Market where there is outside (covered) seating in the back. 119 Sydney St, London SW3 6NR

The Butcher & Grill – a modern style butcher shop and deli with an informal bar and grill. I really did not expect this to be dog-friendly but it is – very convenient for after-walks in Battersea Park. But then again, have known a few butchers that are dog-friendly. 39-41 Parkgate Rd, London SW11 4NP

Clarke’s – An amazing find! White table cloth, fine dining. It is farm-to-table restaurant focused on seasonal British ingredients and breads from Sally Clarke’s own bakery. Well-behaved dogs (goes without saying) are welcomed at the tables on the side where the bar is but still white-table cloth service. Please call in advance to let them know when bringing dogs so they can reserve appropriate table. 124 Kensington Church St, Kensington, London W8 4BH

Cornish Tiger – Fine dining in Clapham, a Modern British fusion restaurant. Had the most amazing duck dish. Salivating every time I think of it. Clapham Junction, 1 Battersea Rise, London SW11 1HG

Geales Chelsea Green – There’s the original posh fish n’ chips Geales in Notting Hill – where dogs are not allowed in, but the one in Chelsea Green does – they have their own dog. Leather banquettes, gingham tablecloths and antique mirrors and Ulysses to welcome you! 1 Cale St, London SW3 3QT

The Henry Root – classic British bistro with an informal vibe where modern meets traditional. Part of The Affinity Group, they have three other restaurants which are also dog-friendly. This was the first restaurant I took Darcy to and made me realise I can take dogs to restaurants in London! Our journey began here. Theu continue to do Dog Dinners a few times each year and dogs from the neighbourhood. 9 Park Walk, London SW10 0AJMiss Darcy 4(At The Henry Root – photo courtesy of

HUNter 486 – The restaurant at The Arch Hotel, a relaxed, boutique-style hotel. Hunter 486 is named after the 1950s dialling code for Marylebone. It offers a ‘Best of British’ inspired menu – Fish & Chips and Afternoon Tea with a twist. While it is dog-friendly, diners with dogs sit in the Library. It was absolutely fine. 50 Great Cumberland Pl, London W1H 7FD

Kitty Fishers – A dimly lit space that serves modern British with a Spanish twist at the fast becoming hip Shepherd’s Market. Very popular now, hard to get it. Interesting food. 10 Shepherd Market, London W1J 7QF

Maggie Jones – a favourite haunt among Kensington locals for over 40 years. Cosy, rustic, informal and incurably romantic, the restaurant is tucked away off Kensinston Church Street. Named after Princess Margaret who frequented the place. The royals come often from nearby Kensington Palace. There’s a special silver water bowl for their dogs – Darcy was served water once with it. 6 Old Ct Pl, London W8 4PL

Nutbourne Battersea – In south London’s Battersea, this is a good place to go after a good walk in Battersea Park with the dogs. A bucolic brasserie serving British-grown health foods and salads.  35-37 Parkgate Rd, Battersea SW11 4NP

Pubs tend to be dog-friendly so there’s no need to list the hundreds of pubs in the city.  So the exercise here is to identify the Gastro Pubs that can ensure a good meal.

The Abingdon – A quaint interior Kensington gastro pub serving great food and wine. Quite busy in the evenings and it was one of those days when George wasn’t behaving! 🙁 54 Abingdon Rd, London W8 6AP

Alice House – A mix of vintage chic, innovative cocktails, craft beer and British food in stripped interior with exposed bricks and bare bulbs. 53-55 Salusbury Rd, London NW6 6NJ (To be trialed soon!)

The Brown Cow – A foodie pub with carefully considered rustic decor. 676 Fulham Rd, London SW6 5SA

The Cross Keys – The iconic restaurant & bar in Chelsea serving creative takes on traditional Euro-Brit food in a historic setting. 1 Lawrence St, London SW3 5NB

Thomas Cubitt – A local favourite in one of London’’s most distinguished and picturesque neighbourhoods, buzzy atmosphere of the Ground Floor Bar usually spills out onto the streets when the weather is nice. Also a restaurant upstairs but not accessible to dogs. Close to Sloane Square. 44 Elizabeth Street, SW1W 9PA

The Grazing Goat – a warm, rustic and comfortable interior with a delightful seasonal British menu. Near Marylebone area, it is a restaurant, pub and hotel. Part of the Thomas Cubitt group. 6 New Quebec St. W1H 7RQ

The Orange – A 5-minute walk from Sloane Square tube station, a gastropub and hotel featuring wood fired pizzas, classic British dishes. Dogs there all day! Part of the Thomas Cubbitt group. 37 Pimlico Road SW1W 8NEimg_5390-2-2-2

Percy & Founders – All-day British-European restaurant, bar and lounge with a polished, art-filled space. Located in a new development at the top of Berners Street in London’s Fitzrovia. Part of the Thomas Cubitt Group. 1 Pearson Square, London W1T 3BF

The Phoenix – Just off King’s Road serving seasonal, update of a traditional pub with a menu of modern British and European food. 23 Smith St, London, chelsea SW3 4EE

The Pig’s Ear – An award-winning popular gastropub just off King’s Road dishing up English/French brasserie-style bar food, with an oak-panelled upstairs dining room. Dogs downstairs only. 35 Old Church St, Chelsea, London SW3 5BS

Prince Albert – a Geronimo Inns gastro pub situated just across Battersea Park, decked out in rustic finery with stripped wooden floors and open fire, for real ales and an eclectic menu. 85 Albert Bridge Rd, London SW11 4PF

Princess Victoria – A grand British pub with walled courtyard herb garden and traditional British menu. We went there one year for Burns Night. 217 Uxbridge Rd, London W12 9DH

The Alfred Tennyson, formerly known as The Pantechnicon Rooms has been re-named, the gastro pub offers a warm, rustic and comfortable interior with a delightful seasonal British menu. Located in Belgravia. 10 Motcomb Street, SW1X 8LA