She Recommends Good London Food for Less
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...
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.
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.
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
& 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.
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.
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,
night at the pictures...
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
words on food...
came from a family that considered gravy a beverage.
Erma Bombeck, 1993
Medium, is not only a food. It is a philosophy...
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
not only amusing but delicious.
Julia Child, 1978
you see I owe to spaghetti.
Sophia Loren, 1979
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