Dominic Hamdy is the founder of Crispin in Spitalfields and Bar Crispin in Soho. He only launched Bistro Freddie at the end of September, but it’s fast become the place to get a table – partly thanks to its seriously cool, old-school London dining room. Retaining the same ethos as its siblings, the kitchen focuses on small and predominantly independent producers and growers. The menu is overseen by head chef Anna Søgaard, who joined from Manchester restaurant Erst and began her career in Copenhagen. Anna describes her menu as “the kind of food I genuinely love to eat – robust, hearty dishes with soul” and we couldn’t agree more. Imagine pork crackling and pickled walnut ketchup; Dorset snail flatbread, beef fat, garlic and parsley butter; pork chop, apple glaze and bacon jus; or fried skate wing, peas and curry sauce. There are also pies to share and a pudding menu that nods to decades past – look out for raspberry roly-poly, milk ice-cream with brown ale caramel, and malt bread with cheese.