Whoever said that ‘every species has its pub’ was bang on. In Mayfair, the species is relaxed, friendly and discerning with a nose for the good life. Mayfair is home to some of the best pubs and bars in London. Steeped in history and inviting beyond belief, there is no better way to celebrate a sunny afternoon in the company of friends sipping a cold pint of beer or a glass of wine. And if the British weather doesn’t quite play ball, then there’s always the inside to explore.
The Running Horse
Always in fashion
Established in 1738, the Running Horse is the oldest public house and kitchen in Mayfair. In 2013 after being lovingly restored back to full health, this grande dame threw open her doors again to welcome old friends and new fans. Their award-winning team creates seasonal dishes all year round, serving lunch through to dinner with highlights like the Chopped Burger, TRH pies and the Lobster Croissant. All ingredients are sourced from some of the UK’s best independent food and drink producers – which means every time you visit, you get the full British experience – from field to bottle to table. Unusually for a pub, The Running Horse has outdone itself with its own take on a range of cocktails. Try the Bloody Mare (with smoked vodka) or a Spring Pea Collins with fresh pea juice, bay syrup, soda beetroot Mescal sours and gin. 50 Davies Street, Mayfair, London W1K 5JE. https://www.therunninghorsemayfair.co.uk
Head to the Marlborough Head if you’re looking for a great British experience. With an impressive menu of classic dishes including pies, Sunday roasts and small plates and sharers, you’ll be spoilt for choice. For vegetarians, the plant-based burgers in brioche buns with BBQ roasted red onion, a tomato, red onion, baby gem lettuce and vegan mayo are a must. 24 North Audley Street Mayfair W1K 6WD. https://www.greeneking-pubs.co.uk/pubs/greater-london/marlborough-head/book/