Don't Miss: Best Comfort Food in London


Winter is a time when everyone seeks out warming, comfort food to help to stave off the cold and keep your spirits up. Although we haven't experienced any snow this year, Londoners are still seeking out their favourite comfort food to help them forget about the damp weather outside. Look away now if you're on a healthy kick for the New Year as we delve head first into the best places to get comfort food in London!


Traditional British


British food is the ultimate in comfort food. Wholesome and filling, you may need to go for a long walk to burn off the calories consumed but it is definitely top of Londoners favourite comfort foods in the winter season. Traditional pie and mash shops are definitely worth a visit, some of which have been running for over 100 years. One of our favourites, M. Manzes, has been dishing out pie, mash and liquor for generations (since 1902) from their Tower Bridge outpost and it is still as popular as ever. Another popular pie and mash shop is G. Kelly's on Roman Road which has also been running since 1927. For traditional fish and chips, you can't go wrong with Poppies in Spitalfields or Camden who recently walked away with the award for Best Independant Fish & Chip Restaurant 2014 in the U.K..

Ramen



What is more comforting than a steaming hot bowl of noodles and broth when the weather is wet and cold outside? The ramen craze in London doesn't seem to be going away anytime soon and Londoners have wholly embraced the trend with ramen restaurants popping up all over the city. And for very good reason. This flavourful broth is cooked slowly for hours on end to retain all of the flavour of the meat or veggies, poured over noodles and topped with a variety of toppings such as braised pork, tofu, fish and eggs. Bone Daddies in Soho and High Street Kensington is one of the most popular ramen places in London and serves up a variety including Tonkotsu Ramen (20 hour bone broth) and fusion favourite, Kimchee Ramen. Another firm favourite is Tonkotsu who go so far as to make their own noodles at the East London branch of their restaurant. Slurp up the traditional Tonkotsu ramen or try the Tsukeman (cold noodle ramen) and sample a few of their delicious gyoza on the side.

Americana

We have always looked across the pond for inspiration for comfort food and another craze that is taking over London is proper buttermilk fried chicken and consquently, the popularity of dishes like mac and cheese and cornbread has grown and grown. Rita's in East London dishes up everything from Fried Chicken and Waffles to Green Chilli Mac & Cheese to New Orleans inspired Dulce de Leche Beignets. Chicken Liquor is a tiny option in Brixton and are famous for their Buffalo Chicken Burgers and Double Fried Korean Chicken. Definitely one to avoid if you're on a diet as they even deep fry their mac and cheese! 

For more on food in London, check out our Eating Guide.

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