In the last decade-or-so, London has seen an enormous increase in the number and scope of vegetarian and vegan eating establishments. In fact, since the turn of the century you could be forgiven for thinking that the relentless veggie march was set to consume Britain’s capital, determined to wean ordinary Londoners off their nasty habit of consuming dead animals.
However, the city’s carnivorous cravings are slowly re-stirring, and much of the credit has to go to two recent, high-quality, unashamedly meat-monikered restaurants that are winning hearts and stomachs right across London. Here’s the Lime&Tonic assessment of each…
Meat People (4-6 Essex Road, Islington, N1 8LN; Google Map; Nearest London Metro Station: Angel)
Located in a magnificent Grade II-listed building, Meat People combines stylish decor, trendy waiting staff and a short but refreshingly beef-heavy menu. Of all the meaty options, we would recommend the platter for two, which includes slow-cooked beef ribs, Irish onglet steak and spectacular Iberico pork. Add a mouthwatering dessert and wash it all down with a cocktail.
MEATliquor (74 Welbeck Street, Marylebone W1G 0BA; Google Map; Nearest London Metro Station: Bond Street)
This high-end American-themed restaurant has an excellent selection of meat dishes: from hot pepper pork ‘sliders’ to finger-licking chicken wings. But the undoubted highlights here are the burgers, cooked to order and available with a wide variety of toppings. The food is superb and affordable too, but the place doesn’t accept reservations so expect a queue.