We all know that the hospitality industry is suffering at the moment, and so it’s more important than ever to support local and independent businesses – especially COVID-safe restaurants. It’s been a tough year; so as we approach the winter months, why not treat yourself to some lovely meals in the capital?
Whether you’re a local or a tourist, we recommend West London for dining out. Forget what you’ve heard: West London restaurants can be both cool and affordable. Here are our 5 suggestions:
Church Road, Barnes
A relative newcomer to the area after opening in September 2019, Church Road is swiftly becoming a neighbourhood favourite. It’s not pretentious fine dining, but it is elegant and well-cooked food.
Here it’s all about a community feel, seasonal produce, and environmental ethics. For example, Church Road’s meat-free ‘Little Sprouts’ menu makes use of wonky vegetables that would normally go to waste, creating a 3-course lunch menu for £22!
The Fish House of Notting Hill, Notting Hill
The Fish House of Notting Hill is well known, and rightly so. A stone’s throw away from Notting Hill Gate station, this eatery is perfect for a quick bite to-go on a cold winter’s day, or for a sit-down meal in their intimate dining room. The Fish House is always a good shout if you want to keep things cheap and cheerful, but be sure to time it well, as this place gets incredibly busy!
Kricket White City, Shepherds Bush
There’s so much to do in Shepherds Bush: you might be there for a socially-distanced gig, doing a spot of shopping at Westfield, or maybe you’re lucky enough to live in the area!
Whatever it is, you need to check out Kricket – an Indian sharing plates restaurant that’s perfect for any occasion. Their cocktails are also delicious, although their huge outdoor terrace may be out of bounds if the weather’s bad! Hotels in Shepherds Bush are fabulous too – we recommend the Dorsett for a luxurious yet affordable stay.
The Prince, West Kensington
The Prince is a very cool renovated pub with a very large drinking hall, and FOUR onsite restaurants. You can dine in at these, or grab food to take into the drinking hall.
Take your pick – do you fancy Vietnamese from Mam, trendy food from Rabbit, burgers from Patty & Bun, or Thai from The Begging Bowl? Make sure you book in advance as The Prince is packed on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.
Santa Maria, Chelsea/Fulham
Santa Maria sits on the border of Chelsea and Fulham and is famous for its Neapolitan pizza – using the same ingredients and cooking method as you’ll find on the streets of Naples.
Their motto is ‘quality and quantity at honest prices’, and we couldn’t disagree. Our top pick is the San Gennaro with anchovies, black olives, and capers. Veggies and vegans look no further too, as Santa Maria also offer a fully vegan pizza menu.
Yes, winter is cold and dark, but with eateries like those aforementioned… you have nothing to worry about!