As the weather turns colder, you may be after comfort and warmth, and not just from food and drink, but from roaring fires, candlelight and snug atmospheres. Whether you’re cosying up with a hot date or settling in with family and friends, these are the London restaurants to visit that will keep you warm.
Restaurant, French, Mediterranean, $$$
Often lauded as the most romantic restaurant in London thanks to that blossom-filled conservatory, things get turned up another notch at Clos Maggiore in the winter with candlelight and a roaring fire. Provencal food like shoulder of Loire Valley rabbit, oven roasted chicken stuffed with snails, poached pear with tonka bean syrup, and a vast wine cellar will keep you feeling warm all evening long.
Restaurant, French, $$$
Le Garrick is popular choice for a pre- or post-theatre bite thanks to its West End location, with actors and producers amongst the clientele. The restaurant has recently celebrated its 30th birthday, so it’s had a fresh lick of paint, but the candlelit alcoves in the intimate downstairs bar and dining room are still the cosiest spots in the place to enjoy their regional French classics.
Gastropub, Pub Grub, $$$
This Islington gastropub is renowned for its beautiful wisteria covered garden but there’s actually a lot to tempt you inside too. The Georgian interior has been well restored, complete with wood-panelled walls and roaring fires. As well as a great selection of beers, ciders and ales, The Albion also serves up plenty of hearty pub classics to keep you going in the cold weather.
Gordon's Wine Bar
Wine Bar, Tapas, $$$
As you can probably gather from the name, Gordon’s is best known for its wine. In fact, as it was established in 1890 it has the distinction of being the oldest wine bar in the capital, and they’ve tried to keep things as traditional as possible. Naturally the wine list is extensive and varied, with port, sherry and Madeira available directly from the casks, and is complemented by their menu of cheese, charcuterie, pies and tapas. Grab a seat in one of the candlelit alcoves down in the cellar and work your way through a bottle or two.