The Best Restaurants in Farringdon, London

Londons borough of Farringdon has some amazing pubs
London's borough of Farringdon has some amazing pubs | © CAMimage / Alamy Stock Photo
Nicholas Grantham

From world-famous steak sandwiches to ultra-exclusive sushi servings, in Farringdon, there is no shortage of amazing eateries. Being home to a flourishing food scene since the late 90s and with the great Spitalfields market just nearby, the area has been synonymous with great food for decades. From gastropubs and tapas bars to fine dining and smokehouses, here are some of the best restaurants for your next visit to the bustling London borough of Farringdon.

1. Anglo

Restaurant, British

The laid back, simple dining experience is definitely one of Anglo’s charms, but there’s nothing casual about the extraordinary menu. First opened by chef Mark Jarvis, Anglo presents a seasonal tasting menu, predominantly geared towards homegrown British flavours, with new dishes arriving each week. With the tasting menu offering a chance to try everything from the ever-changing options, this is definitely a restaurant worth revisiting.

2. Moro

Restaurant, Spanish, Vegan

Moro Spanish restaurant Exmouth Market
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After opening in 1997 to a huge fanfare by the native foodies, Moro has been serving a delicious selection of North African and Spanish tapas dishes ever since. Founded by Sam and Sam Clark, the often lively restaurant offers a choice of fine or casual dining, depending on the feel of your evening. We definitely recommend booking ahead, as, even after over 20 years, it’s still a popular choice. Also, be sure to try the wood-fired pork belly – you will not be disappointed.

3. The Quality Chop House

Bar, Restaurant, Wine Bar, British

The Quality Chop House dining room & bar, Clerkenwell, London
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The oldest entry on our list by a country mile, the Quality Chop House has been feeding Farringdon folk for a little over 150 years. Initially opened as a working man’s “eating house”, today, the restaurant pays homage to its traditional British past by serving hearty dishes and through an interior that highlights the building’s heritage. If you’re a meat fan, the restaurant recently opened its very own butchers next door, offering the same high-level cuts of meat that you’d find inside the restaurant.

5. The Eagle

Gastropub, British

The Eagle gastropub, Farringdon Road, London
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Generally considered London’s first gastropub, The Eagle has been serving high-quality food in its charming pub aesthetic for years. Founded by chef David Eyre and restaurateur Michael Belben, after they saw a gap in the market for pubs serving great-tasting food, the Eagle today offers guests a wide variety of carefully selected beers, wines and meals. If you’re only opting for one thing on the menu, make sure it’s their famous steak sandwich, arguably one of the best sandwiches in the city.

6. St JOHN

Restaurant, British

Housed in one of the area’s former smokehouses and first opened in 1994, St JOHN has become a staple of the Farringdon food scene. Famed for its pioneering approach to the reintroduction of offal dishes into British cuisine, the menu is expertly put together daily by head chef Steve Darou. The interior is minimalist in fashion to help preserve the history of the building. Be sure to book ahead, as the lunch service can be quite busy, with customers looking to work and dine.

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