Gastropub Greatness

By Rob Last edited 141 months ago
Gastropub Greatness

It's difficult to say where we stand on gastrobpubs.

For a start, the issue is not really important enough for us to give it much thought. But on the other hand we do like our food (and drink). But on the other hand aren't restaurants for food and pubs for drinking?

You see: it's a complicated issue. Maybe someone should raise a question in Parliament.

Anyway, the reason we're banging on about gastropubs is because five London ones have made it into the latest edition of the Michelin & Cie. Eating Out in Pubs guide, which is out this week.

Derek Bulmer, editor, of Michelin's U.K. website says:

The gastropub phenomenon shows no sign of abating, particularly in the south and east of England, where growth has been strongest. Another welcome trend is the increasing use of local produce, which more and more pubs now proudly promote.

So want to know if one of these five fine pubgrub experiences are anywhere near you? Here's the list:

  • The Fox in Shoreditch;
  • The Princess, again in Shoreditch; The Coach & Horses, Clerkenwell (bit of east end bias here); The Spencer Arms, Putney; The Thomas Cubitt, Victoria.

    Let us know if you've eaten in any of them and you agree with the Michelin judges.

    Last Updated 07 September 2006


    Coach and Horses - nice food, but poor service.
    Also, at least when I went, was incredibly smoky.
    So many good restaurants in Clerkenwell (Vinoteca, Cicada especially) why go somewhere as (or more) expensive?


    Fox is a pub of 2 halves, its an old style smoky boozer downstairs (thumbs up) and an overpriced overrated restaurant upstairs. Just up the road is the princess, same model really, pub downstairs is bigger but lacking in character however the restaurant upstairs is much much better, really friendly service and the food was lovely thankyou (though not cheap i'll grant you).


    I haven't been to the Fox for a few months but when I was there, it was excellent. The pub of two halves analogy is correct to a point. The food I've found has always been spot-on. It's not fancy and it can be challenging (tripe etc) but it's cooked well. The service can be a bit surly though.


    been to the thomas cubitt a few times. beers good, usually busy, can stand / sit outside in nice weather. As for the food, nice but a bit pretentious and on the pricey side (but then again we are talking about a gastropub).


    I went to college across the street and I remember when the Coach & Horses just sold sandwiches for about £1.50 and it was great, now its just a shithole. far too much gastro and not enough pub.


    The Thomas Cubitt - slightly above average food for a pub. But I have certainly has much better food at other pubs. And the pub itself is just like any other pub, nothing special at all.


    I've eaten once at The Fox, twice at C&H, and more times than I can remember at The Princess. If I wanted to take someone out to lunch, I'd do The Princess--it's always been dependable and I like how you have the option of eating downstairs in the casual part, or upstairs in the fancier part. I loved my food at The Fox, but I think I'd have to try it out a few more times to say for sure. Re C&H, everyone I know seems to love it--but my two meals there were pretty average.