StyleTails have sniffed high and low to bring you the best places across the capital to dine in style with your (small, well behaved) doggy.
London ain’t Paris. For one thing, there’s no Eiffel Tower, or Notre Dame, or people cycling around in berets with baguettes in their baskets (wait……that’s getting into massive stereotype territory). We are also pretty thin on the ground when it comes to dining establishments in London that are willing to open to their doors to our refined canine friends. Given that dogs are generally quieter and less messy than children, it seems nothing short of MADNESS. With a little help from our friends over at Squaremeal, we bring you the tastiest canine culinary experiences in the city.
THE POSH POOCH: The Bluebird, Chelsea
Favourite of the West London lovelies, The Bluebird Cafe & Courtyard in Chelsea is the perfect spot for an al fresco lunch and a glass of bubbly (I always recommend bubbly….especially al fresco, but any time really). Nibble locally sourced British fare from posh paninis or go all out with a Bluebird Cheeseburger, bulging with English beef rump, cheddar, streaky bacon, coleslaw and french fries.
Bluebird Chelsea, 350 King’s Road, London SW3 5UU, www.bluebird-restaurant.co.uk, 020 7559 1000 (Dogs welcome in the Courtyard area – the courtyard doesn’t take reservations)
THE SECRET SOHO: Andrew Edmunds, Soho
Blink and you’ll miss it. The totally understated Andrew Edmunds on Lexington Street in Soho is like the cool kid at school. It just does it’s own thing (they have no website or branding) but somehow everyone is magnetised to the nonchalant cool vibes they give off. Originally a print shop selling caricatures at number 44, Andrew Edmunds took over number 46 Lexington Street, turning it into a wine bar in 1986……..and thank goodness he did.
Totally unstuffy and unpretentious, Andrew Edmunds offers an ever-changing menu of fresh seasonal dishes on hand-written menus from Herdwick Lamb Chops and Braised butter beans to Wild Bass Fillet with artichokes and new potatoes. Their extensive (yet easy on the wallet) wine list is still a massive draw card, offering up some delectable drops from across the world. I’ll no doubt get hate mail from their regulars for revealing their little secret – great food and and excellent wines at reasonable prices…. IN SOHO.
Andrew Edmunds, 46 Lexington Street Soho, W1F 0LP, 020 7437 5708. (Small, well-behaved dogs are welcome).
THE SUNDAY BRUNCH: The Pavilion Cafe, Victoria Park
This is one of my ALL TIME favourite spots for Sunday brunch. Cafes in parks aren’t normally known for their fresh, tasty food, but The Pavilion in Victoria Park is an exception. Perched on the edge of the pond with it’s pretty fountain and (over-priced in my opinion) row boats, The Pavilion serves up an utterly AWESOME eggs benedict and a tasty menu of local, organic delights including burgers, pimped up sandwiches and veggie options. There are also often musicians down there strumming away which is always calming with a hangover.
The Pavilion Cafe, Victoria Park, Crown Gate West, E9 7DE, www.the-pavilion-cafe.com