As the nights become darker and the winter months roll in, there’s nothing we love more than finding a good old British pub, cosying down with a glass of red wine and filling our stomachs with a hearty meal. Now, we have to be honest and say that London is full to the brim with pubs, however over the years we’ve narrowed down a few firm favourites which we visit time and time again.
Therefore, we re-visited our favourites, hunted down some new places – the things we do for our readers! – and complied a list of what we believe are the best Cosy British Pubs in West London. So, if you’re in the capital this winter and have a hankering for Fish & Chips paired with a lovely glass of Malbec, then we suggest visiting one of these classic British pubs.
250 Ladbroke Grove, London W10 5LP
The Eagle is the ideal location if you’re looking for a classic and relaxed pub while exploring North Kensington, we can guarantee you’ll struggle to find another one like it in the same neighbourhood! It is the only location you can try fresh Truman’s Raw beer straight from the tank. So, if you’re a beer lover then we’d highly recommend stopping by.
In addition, the menu is full of British produce, meaning you can truly taste classic British food. Our favourites include the Tank beer battered Fish & Chips with mushy peas and tartare sauce, and the smocked Ham Hock Croquettes with horseradish mayonnaise. Plus, if you feel like something sweet then the Panna Cotta is a brilliant way to end your meal.
The Anglesea Arms
15 Selwood Terrace, Kensington, London SW7 3QG
The Anglesea Arms is a beautiful, traditional pub located in one of our favourite parts of London. Surrounded by the V&A Museum, Natural History Museum and Kensington Palace, it is the perfect place to relax after a long day exploring the capital.
One of our favourite aspects of The Anglesea Arms is the twist on traditional British food, from the Crab Scotched Egg with smoked haddock and dill mayonnaise, to the Shoulder of Lamb with ratatouille and salsa verde. However, if you have a real craving for the classics then we can confirm the Fish Pie and Sticky Toffee Pudding are the best of the best!
The Princess Victoria
217 Uxbridge Rd, White City, London W12 9DH
The Princess Victoria has always had a place in our hearts, we’ve celebrated birthdays here, as well as popping in every now and then due to the impressive wine list! We were heartbroken when it shut for refurbishment, but now, The Princess Victoria, is back with a bang and its signature horseshoe bar.
The Princess Victoria was one of the original gin palaces built in 1829, meaning you can pick from over 100 gins to pair with your meal. Speaking of which, they have a brilliant menu with all the classics. Our particular favourites are the Ham Hock Croquettes to start and the Grilled Duck Breast with new potatoes and pomegranate jus for main. Plus, if you still have room then the Chocolate Cake with pistachio ice cream is a dream combination!
The Lillie Langtry
19 Lillie Rd, Fulham, London SW6 1UE
The Lillie Langtry has a great homely feel and particularly popular with the locals, and if the locals love it then you know it’s a good one! Plus, if you arrive around 6pm you’ll be greeted with some tasty snacks, free of charge, from the chef. We sampled delicious spicy chicken wings! A great treat while we looked over the menu.
In addition to the great snacks, The Lillie Langtry has some delicious food, especially the smoked duck with celeriac remoulade. But, one thing we can’t say no to is the Baked Camembert and flat bread… is there anything better?! Followed up with the Sausage and Mash or Flat Iron Steak with garlic butter, we promise you won’t leave disappointed. Plus, why not throw in a Chocolate Brownie with salted caramel ice cream, or the classic British Sticky Toffee Pudding!
67-69 Abbeville Road, Clapham, London. SW4 9JW
The Abbeville is part of the Three Cheers Group which is our favourite pub group in London. What makes this little hideaway special, alongside it’s wonky, oldie-wordie, vintage charm, is the fact it was the Three Cheers Group’s first ever pub they bought – so there’s a lot love between these walls. If that wasn’t enough to convince you, it has just had a major revamp in decor and menu – we have to say both are perfect!
To start we had the Burrata with Asparagus off the main menu, plus the Spicy Aubergine with Goats Cheese on Flat Bread off the specials menu. Every day the chef is given the freedom to experiment with different dishes and we can whole heartedly confirm this one worked! For mains we had Shoulder of Lamb with Winter Veg – it literally fell off the bone it was so tender – and a classic Steak, because lets face it, it’s the best thing on any menu. Finally, we couldn’t leave without dessert, so with no hesitation, “One Banoffee Pie and one Crumble please!?”
The Oak W12
243 Goldhawk Rd, Hammersmith, London W12 8EU
Now, The Oak W12 isn’t what we’d call a classic British pub, however we had to include it as it’s a regular haunt for us. It offers an amazing Italian-Mediterranean menu and is located in a stunning Victorian gastropub. A little bit different to the pubs we’ve previously mentioned. We’re afraid you won’t find any classic Fish & Chips here, but they do offer a great glass of Malbec.
If you’re eating at The Oak W12 then we’d say you can’t go wrong with a stone baked pizza. Our favourites include the Diavola: spicy salami and fresh chilli, the Contadina: caramelised onions, mushrooms, goats cheese and truffle oil, or the Parma: parma ham, rocket and parmesan. However, if you don’t fancy a pizza, although we can’t imagine why, then we can highly recommend the Slow Cooked Beef Ragu or the Seared Tuna Salad.