Proper Grub At Porters English Restaurant
Guest Reporter Kayleigh Dray heads to Porters English Restaurant in search of some good ol’ English grub…
Looking for delicious gourmet food in the centre of London’s theatre district? Look no further, as a revamped Porters English Restaurant has all your needs covered.
Don’t go in expecting mini portions; Porters English Restaurant is all about deliciously hearty meals, with the emphasis heavily on their pies and homemade ice cream. I decided to sample their deep-fried mushrooms (accessorised with an extremely moreish Stilton sauce) and one of the meatiest looking pies I could find on the menu. The result was utter bliss; the pastry was golden, flaky and buttery. The steak, stewed with red wine and, intriguingly, tomatoes, was of the tender, melt-in-the-mouth variety – and the accompanying veggies were cooked to perfection. Delish!
My pal opted for the fried fish goujons to start, bringing back all the nostalgia of fish ‘n’ chips on the beach, and the most beautiful toad-in-the-hole I’ve ever seen. Picture bubbling mountains of yorkshire pudding, with sausages poking up like buried treasure all over the place, and as much gravy as you care to pour all over it; it looked, and tasted (yes I sampled some), utterly fantastic – and it really did remind me just how great traditional British cuisine can be, when it’s placed in careful, creative and, above all, loving hands.
But homemade ice cream is REALLY where it’s at; from a scoop of something brand-new, like sherry trifle or apple crumble flavoured gelato, to a traditional helping of strawberry, chocolate and vanilla, there is seriously something here to tickle everybody’s tastebuds. And, whichever flavour you opt for, you’re guaranteed something creamy, something mouth-wateringly good and something worth coming back for. In fact, for the ice cream alone, this restaurant is a must-visit.
Not content with simply providing great food, Porters English Restaurant is also big on turning your meal into an all-out amazing experience. The restaurant has a wildly kitsch atmosphere, with patriotic decor (think everything from flags to bunting), plenty of eye catching memorabilia and some seriously trendy music. Blondie, The Beatles and more are pumped into the restaurant, giving it the air of a street party or festival – without skimping on the luxury of a first class establishment.
Then there’s the cocktails (definitely go for a spicy Bloody Mary if you’re feeling daring) and the outstanding service; polite, friendly and happy to accommodate your every need, the serving staff will do everything in their power to make sure you enjoy your meal – even going so far as to talk you through every single ice cream flavour on offer, if you need them to.
Throw in the very reasonable prices (where else can you get a delicious dinner for £20 in the big smoke?) and you have a seriously appealing package. I can’t recommend Porters English Restaurant enough – and will definitely be returning in the not-so-distant future for another scoop of that righteous homemade ginger ice cream!
Kayleigh @ FashionBite xx