Nostalgia, a slice of edible culture, a taste of history – whatever your reasons for craving an old school British pudding, these London restaurants serve some of the best.
An evolution of the fool, trifle – an amalgam of fruit, booze-soaked sponge (or ladyfingers), and cream – probably came about in the 1500s. Served in a brandy glass, it’s been a staple of Simpson’s menu – or more correctly, ‘bill-of-fare’ – for a large part of the restaurant’s 180-year history.
Sweetings’ Ginger Pudding
Not as well-known for their accurately labelled ‘comfort food puddings’ as for their Dover sole or lobster bisque, but still, Sweetings don’t cut corners with the third course. They steam their ginger pudding (a method true to its roots, but generally outmoded because it’s not exactly easy and convenient), which produces a moister crumb and a sweet, glutinous layer on top.
Dean Street Town House’s Spotted Dick
A sponge mixture containing suet, citrus zest, and dried fruit, which is steamed for a couple of hours before it’s served with copious amounts of custard. Spotted dick is, through little fault of its own, something you don’t often see on the dinner table these days. Nothing however is too traditional for Dean Street Town House and its classic British menu.Continue Reading