Calling All Londoners! We Need You To Vote For Your Favourite Place To Eat For Grazia Local

04 February 2013 by

Grazia Local is back, and this time we're focussing on London town. Now we know Londoners are fiercely loyal when it comes to their postcodes, so what better way to explore our capital's offerings than turning it into a competition between North, South, East and West London? Should make for some interesting input...

You've all been very kind recommending gastro pubs, delis, cocktail bars and BYO restaurants that you love over the past few weeks, and the Grazia team have been going wild trying each and every one of them out. We're considerably heavier, but full of delicious food and drinks and below are our top picks from each area of London. Now, we need your help choosing which ones are the best!

Gastro Pub

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Clockwise from top left: Dukes Brew and Que, New Cross House, The Clapton Hart, The Jam Tree

Whether it's for roasts or Sunday afternoon drinks, let us know which gastro pub gets your vote. Your choices are...

1. Dukes Brew and Que, N1

Set in N1, Dukes swaps traditional English fayre for American style pulled pork and chilli cheese. Expect HUGE portions and craft beer.

2. The New Cross House, SE14

It's famous wood-fired pizzas come with all number of delicious toppings from pork belly to spiced lamb to chilli beef. Plus it's got a treehouse outside. Awesome right?

3. The Jam Tree, W14 and SW6

How about a top notch Sunday lunch? The roast chicken at this pub in Kensington Olympia is divine. Plus, it's got a beautifully eclectic interior.

4. The Clapton Hart, E5

With rickety furniture and cosy fires, this pub's got a lovely homely feel. The food's super tasty and won't break the bank either.


Clockwise from top left: Boyden's Kitchen, East Dulwich Deli, Palm 2, Ottolenghi

Fresh cheeses, meats and breads are the order of the day, but which deli gets your vote?

1. Boyden's Kitchen, N11

Family run and absolutely charming, this deli-café greets you with tables covered in cakes and bread and shelves of deli delights.

2. East Dulwich Deli, SE22

A regular treasure trove of oils, chutneys, vinagrettes and spreads. It's fresh counter features huge selections of cheeses, breads, meats and homemade salads. Delish.

3. Ottolenghi, W11

Owned by chef du jour Yotam Ottolenghi, this deli has a menu that changes daily, call up at 11am to reserve dishes before everyone else gets their hands on it!

4. Palm 2, E5

Packed to the rafters with fresh fruit and veg, Palm 2 also features foods from around the world, plus a delicious olive selection.

Best Cocktail/Wine Bar

Clockwise from top left: Shebeen Bar, Brunwick House, Bird In Hand, Ruby's

Fancy a tipple? Which cocktail bar wets your whistle?

1. Shebeen Bar, NW5

Serve time in this decadent 1920’s styled cocktail bar with private booths set in old police cells. Try the (once illegal!) spirit Poitin - if you dare!

2. Brunswick House Cafe, SW8

Set in an architectural salvage shop in Vauxhall, this beautiful restaurant/bar is famous for being a treasure trove of antique goodies, oh, and their lethal Prohibition-style cocktails...

3. The Bird In Hand, W14

The Bird In Hand looks and feels like a rustic pub but serves insanely delicious Italian food too alongside their aperitifs. Look out for their huge selection of Gins and Vermouth.

4. Ruby's, N16

Popular amongst Stoke Newington's hipsters, thie underground bar is full of amazing little touches, like serving cocktails in 1940's milk bottles.

Best BYO Restaurant

Clockwise from top left: The Beach Hut, Negril, Fez Mangal, Tayyab

Cheap as chips and properly delicious, which Bring Your Own restuarant takes your fancy?

1. The Beach Hut, N5

This New England styled fish and chip restaurant has a great outdoors area, perfect for summers evenings.

2. Negril, SW2

A huge hit with the locals, this Caribbean restaurant serves top notch oxtail curries, platain wedges and rice and peas.

3. Fez Mangal, W11

This no-frills Turkish BBQ is often packed to the rafters with local punters already in the know. We're all about the chicken shish.

4. Tayyab's, E1

This family-owned Punjabi restaurant is famous for it's delicious curries and mixed grills. Booking early to avoid disappointment is a must!



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