England

Restaurants in England

The London-based chain of pan-Asian noodle specialists got creative for its first airport restaurant. A breakfast menu includes everything from coconut porridge to yakisoba (fried soba) noodles with bacon and eggs; after noon, go for multitudinous incarnations of ramen, soba, and udon.

Located inside the stylish SoHo Hotel in London’s West End, Refuel invites diners to relax and enjoy tempting modern European cuisine. The main dining room is decorated with clean-lined contempoary furnishings and ornate, flower-like light fixtures.

To indulge in some of the world’s finest chocolate, Londoners can either catch a flight to St. Lucia or simply head to Borough Market, home of the Rabot Estate chocolate shop and café.

Hopheads and foodies alike enjoy this stylish restaurant and microbrewery in Brew Wharf Yard, just outside Borough Market.

Sweetings has been serving lunch to City folks in the exact same corner spot since 1889. Over the years, not much has changed about the menu or décor (which happens to be old cartoons, photos, and cricketing memorabilia), but that’s what locals love about it.

Set in the historic coaching inn of the same name, this restaurant takes “locally sourced” in earnest: executive chef Warren Geraghty’s garden is the source for at least half of the ingredients used.

London’s most refined Lebanese restaurant. Refreshingly stripped of Arabian Nights clichés, the understated earth-toned room caters to the Notting Hill demographic. The falafel are airy and greaseless.

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Although the decor is nothing to write home about, the extensive selection of dim sum, accompanied by never-ending pots of jasmine tea, keeps the dining area bustling at the Jade Garden in Chinatown's Soho neighborhood two blocks from Piccadilly Circus.

With its tan exterior standing out against the oft-grey British sky, the Three Fishes pub holds to a self-proclaimed motto of “real pub, real food, real beer,” centering on hearty fare that's strength is in its simplicity.