If you take a second to try and imagine a real Londoner’s eating habits, you would probably think fish and chips, rather than ribs and dips, but one of the hottest foodie trends in the capital is good ol’ American style barbeque food. With the London Olympics just around the corner, for all those visiting London here is a list that will highlight some of the best grill houses and barbeque eateries in London.
Pitt Cue, Soho
Following closely on the tails of the Meat Wagon burger craze, Pitt Cue was born from humble beginnings as a mobile rib van under Hungerford bridge, then moved to the more aspirational South bank and now has its own venue in bustling Soho, just off Carnaby street.
With seats for just 18 diners, expect a quick turnaround of food to keep tables moving, so a relaxed meal outing this will notbe!!But be sure to wash down the ribs with a few of the interesting cocktails on offer.
Duke’s Brew & Que, Hackney
Nestled away on Downham Road in trendy Hackney, Duke’s Brew &Que is a late comer to the London BBQ scene. With a small menu consisting mainly of ribs, pulled pork and steaks, this is a meat lovers restaurant. Try the BBQ pork ribs with some BBQ beans and a side of mac n cheese.
What perhaps sets Duke’s apart from better cooking elsewhere, is the impressive beer selection, with a variety of dark ales and beers to compliment the rich dishes on offer from the kitchen.Highlights include Chicago’s Goose Island or the selection of home brews on offer.
With their beef and pork ribs cooked alongside pulled pork shoulders in their imported smoker, with the wonderful name ‘Cookshack Fast Eddy’, Dukes is a good ‘all round’ BBQ experience.
Barbecoa, St Paul’s
The brainchild of celebrity chef Jamie Oliver and Adam Perry Lang, Barbecoa is on the higher price bracket for BBQ food in Central London, but certainly worth a visit.
Fitted out with Texan smokers and wood fired pits, this restaurant is a modern take on traditional BBQ menu of pulled pork and ribs with a larger selection of steaks and wood fired chicken as an alternative main course.
While London will likely never match the barbequing skills of our American counterparts, its great to see some of their best food exports making a dent in the London food scene.