Exceptional Brit-focused fish and meaty dishes at wallet-friendly prices fly out of the open kitchen at this permanently packed, no-reservations (apart for Sunday lunchtime) stalwart gastropub on The Cut in Southwark, and a few doors down from the lively contemporary Young Vic theater. Pot roast duck, braised pig's cheeks, Swaledale steaks, guinea fowl pie, Arbroath smokies, and Orkney kippers keep the British flag flying high and punch well above their weight in terms of taste and tenderness. Mains are well priced between £9–£18, but bear in mind it's noisy, cramped, achingly informal, and always frightfully overcrowded. That said, the kitchen has smarts and is highly accomplished, and you'll find great feasting dishes to share—like Sunday lunch seven-hour roast shoulder of lamb or carve-your-own whole roast chicken that will easily feed three to four people.
36 The Cut, London, SE1 8LP, England