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Winter Tasting Menus to Try in London This Season

Pidgin

Pidgin

When it comes to adapting to the seasons, Pidgin is one step ahead of everyone else. Their menu doesn’t just change with the season, it changes every single week. That means in just six years they have served over 1,000 dishes where many tasting menus might have seen fewer than 100. Somewhat ironically, that means it’s impossible to give a rundown of Pidgin’s winter menu because by the time you’re reading this, it will have changed four or five times. However, examples include dishes like goat shami kebab, and monkfish.

Where: 52 Wilton Way, Hackney, E8 1BG
Bookings: pidginlondon.com

Frog

Frog

With a name like Frog, you might expect Adam Handling’s Michelin star to focus on French cuisine, however it’s British through and through. Herdwick lamb, English wagyu and Baron Bigod cheese are all stars of their seasonally changing tasting menu. After your meal you can head downstairs to Eve, a luxurious cocktail bar serving a diverse range of drinks. The warm buzz of good company and creative cocktails is sure to stave off the winter cold.

Where: 34-35 Southampton St, Covent Garden, WC2E 7HG
Bookings: frogbyadamhandling.com

Restaurant Story

Restaurant Story

Similar to Pidgin, you never quite know what you’re going to get at Restaurant Story. That’s because they purposely hide the menu from you, allowing you to experience the meal as intended through the story telling and drama of the food itself. What is certain is that the menu will contain a mixture of seasonal dishes and innovative takes on classics like Scottish lobster and even a beef candle. The menu is designed to tell the evolving story of British cuisine. You’ll notice that the concept of stories keeps coming up, that’s somewhat the point with even the décor themed around storybooks.

Where: 199 Tooley Street, Southwark, SE1 2JX
Bookings: restaurantstory.co.uk

Core by Clare Smyth

Core by Clare Smyth

If you judge a restaurant by accolades alone, Core by Clare Smyth is a serious contender for being one of the top venues in London. Three Michelin stars in 2021, five AA Rosettes and head chef, Clare Smyth, voted the Best Female Chef by the World’s 50 Best Restaurants. The Core Seasons tasting menu focuses on seasonal British produce with dishes such as crispy veal sweatbread and Highland wagyu. If you’re looking to make an event of it, they also offer a Chef’s Table experience for up to ten guests.

Where: 92 Kensington Park Road, Notting Hill, W11 2PN
Bookings: corebyclaresmyth.com

The Rooftop

The Rooftop

Ok, yes, I admit that The Rooftop doesn’t technically offer a tasting menu. However, its winter menu of slow cooked brisket, button onion, cabernet cream jus, and cavolo nero deserves to be included. Plus, because we Brits are insane, there’s nothing we like more than sitting outside during the freezing winter nights protected by nothing more than a blanket and heater. Fortunately, the Rooftop delivers on the blankets and more, with astonishing views over Trafalgar Square and beyond that are enough to warm the heart.

Where: 2 Spring Gardens, Trafalgar Square, SW1A 2TS
Bookings: trafalgarstjames.com

UMU

UMU

Umu is a Japanese restaurant the remains stalwartly authentic, purposely avoiding Westernised ideas about food and flavours. It creates a tasting menu that’s pure in its intention and delectable in its execution. The Autumn Kaiseke menu features dishes like monkfish kombujime, sashimi and grouse hotpot. And of course, for the full experience there’s the paired sake and wine list. Alternatively, if you’d prefer the lunch menu there are alternative Japanese classics, such as wagyu.

Where: 14-16 Bruton Place, Mayfair, W1J 6LX
Bookings: umurestaurant.com

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