St Paul’s Cathedral has been garnering high praise of late, but not (at least as far as we’re aware) for anything liturgical. The object of this newfound adulation is the excellent restaurant in the crypt.
While we struggled slightly to find it (as you’re facing the main door, head left around the building to the discreet entrance), once inside the no-nonsense space you will be in excellent hands.
Its Christmas menu is thoughtfully presented - although a trad dinner of roast goose with bread sauce and Brussels takes the lead role, there are also excellent options such as braised shin of venison or pork belly (with possibly London’s best crackling) for those who have already overdosed on turkey, etc.
Puddings, such as gingerbread and honey ice sandwich, should not be missed. It’s anything but ostentatious: the ingredients have been lovingly selected, are well presented, and details like sides of “forgotten veg” (East Anglian rampart brussel sprouts & chantenay carrots) add extra interest. An excellent addition to east London dining. The Restaurant At St Paul’s, www.restaurantatstpauls.co.uk