Holborn Dining Room, Holborn
Rosewood London’s Holborn Dining Room serves up seasonal British cuisine in a huge, ornate dining salon. Within, The Pie Room is a one-stop destination dedicated to – you guessed it – pies. Spearheaded by exec head chef and pastry expert Calum Franklin – who’s been called “the pie king” by Jamie Oliver – the space is a treasure trove of savoury delicacies. Pastry fans should swing by and take away one of the team’s intricate creations, which include pies, pate en croute, sausage rolls and scotch egg, via a handy street-side hatch. If you’re after something a little more occasion worthy, The Pie Room is available for private hire, every evening, for up to six people.
252 High Holborn, Holborn, WC1V 7EN
Guinea Grill, Mayfair
The Guinea is a Mayfair institution – there’s been an inn on this site since 1423. The Guinea Grill restaurant opened in 1952. Since then, it’s become the place to head for dry-aged, grass-fed British beef cooked on an open grill. You’ll find a selection of Young’s ales at the bar and premium steak-and-kidney pies – which have been served on site since the 1940s – complete with suet lids and filled with offcuts of dry-aged beef on the menu. We also like the sound of the kitchen’s potato and wensleydale pie, served with truffle, leeks and a poached egg.
30 Bruton Place, Mayfair, W1J 6NL
Quo Vadis, Soho
One of the very best members clubs in London, many of the spaces in this cool Soho townhouse are off-limits to non-members. But fret not if you can’t get in upstairs. On the ground floor there’s a small but perfectly formed restaurant headed up by Jeremy Lee. Bright and filled with crisp white tablecloths and stained-glass windows, this is a worthy spot for tucking into a pie. Following the must-try smoked eel sandwich, guests should order the pie of the day, which always comes with mash. Flavours vary, but highlights include chicken, tarragon and leek pie; and game pie – filled with slow-braised duck, pheasant and mallard.
26-29 Dean Street, Soho, W1D 3LL