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I’m sure finding a great lunch in London is not hard – unless you’re trying to find restaurants from the top of a tour bus. When we were doing our Big Bus Tour in London last summer, we had just forgotten to plan a lunch somewhere. I guess we thought we’d simply get off the bus somewhere whenever we would get hungry… The problem? The distances between stops is really pretty far and with traffic thrown in the mix you’ll be on the bus for quite a while. By the time you realize, you’re hungry, it might be a while until you see a decent lunch spot. And then chances are you see some really cute places after your bus has left the nearest stop and long before you stop again. Note to self, when doing a bus tour in a new city, find out which areas are known to have good restaurants and plan your stop there.

After our bus had left the Paddington Station stop, we realized it would have been the perfect place for walking around and picking a restaurant among the many, many choices there. Well, it wasn’t meant to be and the next stop was quite a ways away – too far to walk back at least. Despite the not-so-lunch-friendly-looking location, we got off at the next stop, Baker Street, and started walking around in search for a not-too-touristy lunch place. After about 15 minutes, we found The Apollo, a nice pub/bar on 28 Paddington Street in Marylebone, London. What a find! I had a blast just looking at some of the menu items 🙂 I also realized that while English food might be delicous, the English call their food weird and not so appetizing names that might account for some of the bad reputation English food gets abroad. Why would I ever want to order something called spatchcocked poussin or bacon butty? And what is a succulent joint served with Yorkie puds? And these are just from this menu alone. In other places, we saw things like spotted dick, ox tongue, jellied eels, and pickled scotch eggs. My diagnosis? The English definily have a marketing problem with their food – and they eat some weird things. However, as I said in my guide to great English food in London, if you know where to go, there are also some real delicacies out there! In our few weeks in London last summer, we really didn’t have one bad meal.

We hadn’t had some of the classics of English cuisine yet, so at The Apollo Marco and I decided to go with the bangers and mash (sausages and mashed potatoes) and a chicken and ham pie, respectively. Other people in our group had the some delicious-looking mac & cheese (not the weird yellow kind sometimes served in the US), a big bowl of chili, and the staple food beer battered fish fingers (not quite as good as the catch of the day at the awesome fish restaurant The Grapes of course, but still good). If you ever find yourself looking for lunch in London and are near Baker Street, check out The Apollo. We really enjoyed it there! And that wasn’t just because we were starved by the time we found it and they funny-sounding menu items 😉

 Great English Food in London: The Apollo

Great Food in England: Menu at The Apollo

Great Food in England: Menu at The Apollo

Great English Food in London: Bangers and Mash at The Apollo

Great English Food in London: Chicken and Ham Pie at The Apollo

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10 Comments

  • Leah Travels says:

    Love myself some bangers and mash. The English get a bad wrap for their food, but I quite enjoy it.
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    • Sabrina says:

      Hmmmm, mashed potato with almost anything is good 🙂 I enjoy English food in general. I have to say, I did stay away from some of the weirder sounding things, but I had quite a few different pasties & pies and fish & chips and English breakfast and enjoyed all of it.

  • Lisa says:

    I’m rather fond of English food myself! I think I know everything on the menu except for Spatchcocked Poussin in peri peri marinade. Did you ever find out what that is? Fish maybe??
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    • Sabrina says:

      I don’t have the slightest clue 🙂

      • Frau Dietz says:

        Allow me to enlighten you 😉 Spatchcocking is a brilliant word, I love it, and you do it to birds: it’s when you cut out a chicken’s (or in this case a poussin’s – a young chicken) backbone, flatten its breastbone and then secure its legs with skewers so that the whole bird lies flat and its easy to grill. And the peri peri sauce is a really spicy marinade/sauce from… *googles*… Portugal 🙂

        Don’t forget to give me a shout for recommendations on your next trip to London!
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        • Sabrina says:

          Thanks for the explanation 🙂 That is one I honestly could have not figured out. It sounds pretty good actually – see, all it is is a marketing problem. Not sure if and when London will be up again, because my sister who we used to visit there, just moved back to Germany. Thanks for the offer though! I will definitly take you up on it 🙂 Inside tipps are always great!

  • R. Sherman says:

    The pie looks good, though the vegies look a little boiled out. I’m sure it tasted good, though.

    Cheers.

  • I’m sure some of those names turn some people off! then again they probably turn some people on 🙂 I agree, the pie looked wonderful.
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    • Sabrina says:

      So true! I think it’s one of those things that you think is funny when you don’t grow up with people using them 🙂

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