Five places to find traditional English grub

To celebrate St George's Day, we've tracked down the best places to try traditional dishes that are fit for the patron saint himself.

Rules was established as an oyster bar by Thomas Rule back in 1798
Rules was established as an oyster bar by Thomas Rule back in 1798


If you’re game for a spot of, well, game, Rules is the one for you. Established as an oyster bar by Thomas Rule in 1798, this old fashioned restaurant serves a variety of seasonal meats including rabbit, grouse and squab pigeon. Much of the venue's food is sourced from its estate in the High Pennines. It’s also the only restaurant in the UK to serve Belted Galloway beef on its menu.


Crowned ‘Best Newcomer’ at this year's National Fish and Chip Awards, the Catch in Cornwall serves fish fresh from the coast. Sourced from Looe harbour, all its cod and haddock is from sustainable stock certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). Its chips, made with potatoes from a local farm, come with homemade tartar sauce, mushy peas or gravy.


M.Manze, a cockney favourite, has been serving up no frills dishes since the chain began in 1902. At its Elephant and Castle branch, the staff use family recipes that remain unchanged from generation to generation. Seated inside its green and white Victorian interior, you can expect pie and mash served with liquor, alongside jellied and stewed eels.

The Pump Room Restaurant

Accompanied by music from its live band the Pump House Trio, this 18th century venue offers guests a lavish afternoon tea experience near England’s historic Roman Baths. There are over 30 different loose leaf teas to choose from here, alongside finger sandwiches and homemade scones. Brave guests can try the famous spa water from the Pump House fountain too.

St. John

Credited with helping to re-boot English cuisine, this nose-to-tail eatery is housed inside a former smokehouse in Farringdon. Surrounded by white walls and wooden furniture, guests can enjoy meat and fish dishes such as lamb sweetbreads, braised cuttlefish and ox heart. Besides adventurous food, it also sells aprons and t-shirts featuring its famous pig logo.

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