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She Recommends Good London Food for Less


Maggie Dobson is a U.K. Journeywoman and the owner of At Home in London specialising in providing Bed and Breakfast in London homes. We asked this savvy businesswoman to share some of her favorite London restaurants that offer good food for less. Maggie sent along these helpful recommendations...

Many of you ask me where to find a good meal without spending a fortune. Here are some of my favourite places where you don’t need to take out a second mortgage to pay the bill.

British food can be confusing. Toad-in-the-hole contains no toads but is sausages in batter. Yorkshire Pudding isn’t a dessert but a batter gravy-soaker served with beef. Black Pudding is a sausage made mostly from blood. Bubble & Squeak is fried mash potato and cabbage. Bakewell Tart is a pastry filled with jam and sponge. And Spotted Dick? Well it’s a sponge pudding with sultanas.


You can find good value British food in pubs, where the classic English roast can cost less than £7.00. Two riverside pubs I like are The Dove 19 Upper Mall, Hammersmith, W6, well-known for having the smallest bar in London, fortunately not its only one! The Old Ship 25 Upper Mall, Hammersmith, W6. TUBE: Hammersmith and then walk along the riverbank – for both. You can find ‘Slow food’ at The Fat Badger, a new pub at 310 Portobello Road, W10 5TA. Simple, seasonal produce sourced from responsible suppliers. Tel 020 8969 4500. TUBE: Ladbroke Grove.


For fish & chips try The Golden Hind, 73 Marylebone Lane, W1. Bring your own alcohol, no corkage fee. Tel 020 7486 3644. Closed Sunday. TUBE: Bond Street. The Seashell on Lisson Grove. Tel 020 7224 9000. Rock & Sole Plaice, London oldest surviving chippie was established in 1871. 47 Endell Street, WC2. Tel 020 7836 3785. TUBE: Covent Garden. Costas Fish Restaurant is a Cypriot taverna making some of the best fish & chips in London.17 Hillgate Street, W8. Tel 020 7727 4310. TUBE: Notting Hill.


If you’re happy eating before 7.15pm then there are lots of places around Leicester Square offering a reduced price menu for a pre-theatre dinner. Here are some I’ve enjoyed at £9.95 for 2 courses. Boulevard Brasserie, 40 Wellington Street, Covent Garden, WC2 from noon to 7.15pm and 10pm to midnight for post theatre diners. TUBE: Covent Garden. Brown’s, 82 St Martin’s Lane, Covent Garden. TUBE: Leicester Square.


For cutting edge places, the U.K. publication, Time Out is hard to beat. Their Food & Drink section is updated weekly. Check their website before you leave. Buy the magazine on arrival. Happy eating, JourneyWomen!



A night at the pictures...

P.S. After your oh-so-pleasant meal let me help you find an almost free cinema. Spend Friday night at the flicks. £1.50 cinema tickets are available at the Prince Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Place, off Leicester Square. Tel 020 7494 3654. Other good deal days, Monday toThursday Matinees - £3.00, Evening/Weekend - £4.00. TUBE: Leicester Square.

Women's words on food...

I came from a family that considered gravy a beverage.
Erma Bombeck, 1993

Roast beef, Medium, is not only a food. It is a philosophy...
Roast beef, Medium, is safe, and sane, and sure.
Edna Ferber, 1913

Soup not only warms you and is easy to swallow and
digest, it also creates the illusion in the back of your
mind that mother is there.
Marlene Dietrich, 1962

Noodles are not only amusing but delicious.
Julia Child, 1978

Everything you see I owe to spaghetti.
Sophia Loren, 1979

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