You can grab a great meal at plenty of London pubs, but sometimes you want more than just a bite to eat. When you’re in town for the night, sometimes something more informal is what you need. There are great pubs where you can grab a pint and then also stay the night. Here are three top choices.
York & Albany
For a luxurious stay with superb food, head to Gordon Ramsay’s York & Albany. This Nash-designed coaching inn has been restored as a bar, deli, and restaurant, with 10 Regency-style bedrooms. After you and your partner have checked in, you wander through the original stable doorhead to the crimson room downstairs. You order the broccoli soup with Brighton blue cheese to start, followed by the braised lamb shank with confit garlic mash and grilled courgettes—possibly the perfect combination of meat and vegetables. Meanwhile, your partner goes for the incredible ham hock terrine with apple chutney and brioche and then the deliciously rich pappardelle with Parmesan cream and summer truffle. Everything tastes so amazing, that this could happily be your last supper. You decide to share a dessert, so you opt for the classic vanilla crème brûlée with a palate-cleansing rhubarb sorbet. Climbing the soft brown staircase to your room, you admire the polished antique furniture and silk wallpaper, grabbing a plush white dressing gown and settling down for the night.
Tulse Hill Hotel
Located south of the river is the delightful Tulse Hill Hotel, a stunning early Victorian-period building. You have to wait for a table, so you order a pint of ale in the candlelit antique bar. When your table is ready, you go through to the restaurant, which is a spacious yet cosy room with bare wooden tables, giant chandeliers, and quirky hanging portraits. You order a bottle of organic malbec and peruse the Moorish-influenced menu, picking your own starters, but deciding to share the robata-grilled côte de boeuf, which could be the most succulent cut of meat you’ve ever tasted. For dessert, you share the apple pie, which is well worth the 25-minute wait as it’s cooked from scratch. After your meal, the friendly hotel manager takes you up the narrow staircase to one of nine small, yet beautifully designed bedrooms, all with bespoke en suite bathrooms, multimedia docks, and coffee machines. As you sink into your crisp cotton sheets, it’s easy to forget you’re in London.
The Fox & Anchor
The Fox & Anchor is a beautiful Victorian pub, just two minutes from the Smithfield meat market. The pub has retained its period features, from wood panelling and heavy brass, to a zinc-topped bar. You bypass the busy main bar for one of the three quiet snugs—cosy, candlelit wooden booths where you can have a romantic meal away from the after-work crowd. The menu is unashamedly British, and you both opt for home-made pork pies with piccalilli, which are salty and tangy in equal measure. You wash your starters down with a traditional cask ale. For your mains, you order the tangy wild boar and apple bangers with mustard mash and apple sauce, along with the classic beer-battered haddock, chips, and mushy peas. When the bell rings for last orders, you’re happy to escape upstairs to the contemporary bedrooms, which take their style and comfort from the Malmaison Hotels. Settling into your velvet sofa, you look forward to a soothing hot bath followed by a comfortable night in your decadent bed.