A pub is a great place to spend your evenings in any season but there's something about autumn that makes them extra special. Chilly afternoons spent snuggled up in a sofa beside an open fire and digging into a great roast dinner, while the wind howls outdoors.Bliss!
Thankfully just as the temperature dropped this weekend, Michelin revealed the winners of its best British pubs guide, a highly acclaimed list that is considered the hallmark of fine dining.
While the highly anticipated Pub of the Year title went to The Wild Rabbit in Kingham, Oxfordshire, 56 of the the nearly 600 gastropubs featured in the ranks are in London. This includes 7 new entries and 11 highly commended as 'Inspector's Favourites' for offering something extra special.
We round up all of these top London pubs for roast, pies and mash in our gallery above. Bookmark this page and use it as your checklist for gastropubs to visit this winter.
No matter what your meal times, Parlour offers something to eat all day whether it's seasonal dishes or the classics (we're looking at you English breakfast).
5 Regent Street, Kensal Rise, NW10 5L; parlourkensal.com
Ape & Bird, Camden
A chic gastro pub from the Polpo team, which serves great pizza and meat roasts in an artful setting (it has it own commissioned mural).
142 Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho, WC2H 8HJ; apeandbird.com
The folks at Smokehouse specialise in barbecues and only use the best products and ingredients (from small family-owned companies wherever possible). Think chopped brisket rolls and smoked pork belly.
63–69 Canonbury Rd, Islington, N1 2DG; smokehouseislington.co.uk
The Crown, Richmond Upon Thames
This independently run community pub set in a stunning Victoria house boasts cosy sofas, an alfresco terrace and garden, and a hearty menu of risotto and pan-roasted guinea fowl.
174 Richmond Rd, Twickenham, Middlesex TW1 2NH; crowntwickenham.co.uk
The Camberwell Arms, Southwark
From the people behind the Anchor and Hope in Waterloo, The Camberwell Arms is a new entry on the Michelin Eating Out in Pubs guide.
65 Camberwell Church Street, Camberwell, SE5 8TR; thecamberwellarms.co.uk
The Earl Spencer, Wandsworth
A beautiful Edwardian pub that specialises in freshly prepared, cooked food to eat next to an open fire.
260-262 Merton Rd, Wandsworth, SW18 5JL; theearlspencer.com
Truscott Arms, Maida Vale
Designer Michel Schranz – whose clients have included Damien Hirst and Claudia Schiffer – was brought in to help create the look and feel and London’s best microbreweries were sourced to stock the bar. It's one of Maida Vale's best places to eat and drink.
55 Shirland Rd, Maida Vale, W9 2JD; thetruscottarms.com
Bull & Last, Highgate
A rustic style pub with wood-panel walls and a kitchen serving old English style food.
168 Highgate Road, Highgate, NW5 1QS; thebullandlast.co.uk
The Empress, Hackney
Head chef Elliott Lidstone brings over 12 years of experience in Michelin-starred restaurants to this exposed-brick Hackney pub.
130 Lauriston Road, Victoria Park, E9 7LH; empresse9.co.uk
Harwood Arms, Fulham
Wild game (deer, rabbits, crayfish and pigeon) regularly feature on the Harwood Arms' adventurous menu.
Walham Grove, Fulham, SW6 1QP; harwoodarms.com
The Drapers Arms, Islington
A neighbourhood pub, with a garden, private dining room and excellent food and drink.
44 Barnsbury St, London N1 1ER; thedrapersarms.com
The Garrison, Southwark
With a green-tile exterior, chic vintage fittings and a Sunday night film club, The Garrison is a hugely trendy pub with award-winning food.
99 Bermondsey St, SE1 3XB; thegarrison.co.uk
St John's Tavern, Holloway
A favourite of food critic Grace Dent, this pub serves great sourdough bread, a hearty list of bar sacks and mains you can rely on visit after visit.
91 Junction Rd, Holloway, N19 5QU; stjohnstavern.com
Canton Arms, Lambeth
Everything Canton Arms cooks up is delicious, which is why it's on Michelin's Inspector's Favourite list.
177 South Lambeth Road, SW8 1XP; cantonarms.com
The Anchor & Hope, Southwark
Affordable (£15 for two courses, £17 for three at lunch), meat cooked to perfection and a relaxed atmosphere - The Anchor & Hope has been setting the standards for London's gastropubs for over a decade.
36 The Cut, Southwark, SE1 8LP; anchorandhopepub.co.uk
The Grazing Goat, Westminster
The decor is warm and rustic with open fireplaces, French doors and a large dining room. We could say the food is similar, with local seasonal produce and daily fish specials.
6 New Quebec St, London W1H 7RQ; thegrazinggoat.co.uk
The Thomas Cubitt, Belgravia
Sip on a cocktail and snack on a burger in the buzzy ground floor bar or head up to the first floor dining room for a private fine dining meal.
44 Elizabeth St, Belgravia, SW1W 9PA; thethomascubitt.co.uk