There has never been a better time to be a meat eater in London. First came the nose-to-tail trend spearheaded by Fergus Henderson of St. John restaurant in the 90s. As he says: “If you’re going to kill an animal, it seems only polite to use the whole thing.” Quite right, and London chefs have taken that on board with the likes of heart and tripe, once painfully out of fashion, back in vogue on British menus.
This also brought with it an increased attention to provenance, with diners demanding sustainable meat sourced from the best British farms. You'll see many restaurants boasting of meat from the Ginger Pig, known citywide as the best butcher in town selling fare from their farm in North Yorkshire.
More recently, the recession has created a reaction against the small portions and big prices of fine dining, and the hottest new openings offer hearty affordable dishes. Burgers, fried chicken and hotdogs have been salvaged from the clasp of fast food and given a gourmet makeover. Turning to the USA for inspiration, American style barbecue and burger joints, given an edgy British twist, are big news – just look at the fervour graffitied cocktail and burger joint MEATliquor induces, with queues around the block and now a handful of venues.
This list covers a range of London restaurants that demonstrate a passion for beautifully-prepared and carefully sourced meat from the classic steak to pig's ears salad.