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5 Retro British Foods Making a Comeback

By Malika Dalamal
August 6, 2013

Everyone loves a good comeback story, so we're happy to tell you that chefs are looking to the past for inspiration. From '80s comfort foods to our favourite childhood desserts, read on to find nostalgic English grub currently being served in London restaurants.

  • Prawn Cocktail at Retro Feasts

    Everything on the menu at this pop-up restaurant will remind you of your youth. The prawn cocktail is particularly good - it's made with quality ingredients like king and Atlantic prawns as well as shredded lettuce and mini cubes of fresh tomatoes, cucumber and avocado, and topped with creamy Marie-Rose sauce.

    29 Old Burlington St., W1S 3AN; 020 7494 5660

  • Eton Mess at Bill's Produce Store

    This traditional English dessert is named after Eton College, where it's been served at the annual cricket game since the 19th century. The version served at this Covent Garden farm shop is made with fresh English strawberries, whipped cream, mascarpone and crushed pieces of meringue. Expect to be transported back to the school dining hall.

    45 St. Martin's Ln., WC2E 9AB; 020 7300 5500

    Photo: Courtesy of A Girl Has to Eat

  • Choc Ice at Patty and Bun

    Take a trip down memory lane with a choc ice - a chocolate-coated ice cream block. The retro dessert is available at the Marylebone burger joint in more sophisticated flavours than we remember from childhood, including hazelnut, coffee, white chocolate and peanut butter.

    54 James St., W1U 1EU

  • Chicken Kiev Bob Bob Ricard

    The signature dish at this Russian-inspired restaurant in Soho is a comforting breast of chicken coated in delicate and crispy breadcrumbs. The Kiev is served with sweet corn and potato mash, perfect for mopping up the buttery garlic centre.

    Photo: Courtesy of Eat Like a Girl

  • Chip Butty at The Fish & Chip Shop

    School dinner staples are given a grown-up makeover at Des McDonald's new fish 'n' chip shop in Islington. Hand-cut chips and curry sauce (made with apple, onion and curry flavours) squashed between slices of white bloomer bread is comfort food at its best.

    189 Upper St., N1 1RQ; 020 3227 0979

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Places Mentioned

Bob Bob Ricard

British • Soho

Food22 Decor27 Service24 Cost£59
 
 
 
Bill's Restaurant

Eclectic • Covent Garden

Food22 Decor23 Service18 Cost£24
 
 
 
Patty and Bun

Burger • Marylebone

Food21 Decor13 Service20 Cost£18
 
 
 
 
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