A taste of home: Comfort food in London

Thanks to everyone who entered our Mother’s Day competition – we loved reading about your mum’s signature dishes! Some dishes turned up in a lot of your stories, from traditional stews and Sunday roasts to fish pie and homemade lasagne. If you can’t make it home this week, here are some of our favourite comfort foods and where to find them in London.

Sunday roasts – For those lazy Sundays when you can’t face cooking, you can find first class Sunday roasts at toptable favourites like The Bull & Last, The Harwood Arms and The Delaunay. For a special Sunday blow-out, head to Hawksmoor for their legendary roast rump of beef with duck fat roasties, Yorkshire puddings, roasted veg, and lashings of bone marrow gravy.

Lasagne – If you’re having a bad day, lose yourself in layers of silky pasta, slow-cooked beef ragu, and plenty of stringy melted cheese. toptable diners are fans of the traditional lasagne at Obika and La Gourmandina and the delicate Dorset crab version at Galvin La Chapelle. For a real treat, you can’t beat Pizza East’s beef lasagne which arrives still bubbling from their wood oven.

Sausage and mash – If it’s cold outside, you can’t beat a plateful of good quality sausages, smooth mash and plenty of onion gravy. You’ll find this British classic on the menu at gastropubs all over London and its done particularly well at The Narrow, The Jugged Hare, and the buzzy Albion café. Fancy something more upmarket? Try Bar Boulud, where diners can choose from spicy lamb merguez, a Provençale inspired pork sausauge, and boudin blanc with truffled mash.

Fish & chips – You don’t have to head for the seaside for proper fish and chips any more. You can get a proper fish supper at local favourites like Oliver’s in Belsize Park and The Seashell in Marylebone. Try freshly fried haddock with minty peas at Simply Fish or Japanese-inspired fish tempura at Gilgamesh.

Fish pie – There are few better treats for a fish fan than a generous helping of creamy, smoky seafood under a blanket of mash. Get your fish pie fix at Plum & Spilt Milk, J Sheekey, or Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill, where the pie is packed with lobster, scallops and tiger prawns. We like the spiced Sri Lankan seafood pie at Cinnamon Soho and the decadent lobster-studded version at Angler.

Shepherd’s pie – Not a fan of fish? Try a meaty mash-topped pie at restaurants like The Great British, Bird of Smithfield, Tom’s Kitchen and The Ivy. The classic recipe uses lamb but we’re also partial to the deeply savoury duck version at Balthazar in Covent Garden.

Have we missed your favourite comfort food dish? You can search for the dish you’re craving on Foodspotting or ask us for recommendations on twitter. From knock-out burgers to killer curries, we’ve got you covered.