Victorian London - Food and Drink - Restaurants - 'Hotels and Tavern dinners'

HOTEL AND TAVERN DINNERS. They Clarendon Hotel, 169, New Bond-street, is generally spoken of as the best of its kind; and is much resorted to by persons desirous of entertaining friends in the best style, and to whom expense is no object. Dinners are given sometimes at as high a rate as five guineas a-head. The Thatched House, and others in the West-end about St. James's-street, are among the next best. The Albion Tavern, in Aldersgatestreet, and the London Tavern, in Bishopsgate-street, have capital cuisines, and are in all respects excellently conducted houses. At the Ship and Turtle Tavern, 129 and 130, Leadenhall-street, some of the best turtle in London is to be had. A capital, and not a dear dinner, with as good tavern wine as any in London, may be had at Richardson's Hotel, under the Piazza in Covent-garden, and at the Piazza Tavern in the same quarter. Among the many taverns that cook joints every quarter or half an hour, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., (charge 2s. a-head), we can recommend the following : - Simpson's, at the Albion, over against Drury-lane Theatre ; Simpson's, at the Cigar Divan, 102, Strand; and the Rainbow Tavern, 15, Fleet-street. Be sure and dine at least once at the Blue Posts, in Cork. street, a well-frequented and quiet place, with a snug room and good attendance. There is a fish ordinary at the One Tun Tavern, in Billingsgate Market, twice a day, at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.: the dinner is excellent of its kind, and the punch is celebrated beyond the sound of Bow-bells. If you can excuse an indifferently clean table-cloth, you may dine well and cheaply at the Cheshire Cheese, in Wine-Office. court, in Fleet-street. For a chop or steak and a mealy potato, there is no place like "Joe's," in Finch-lane, Cornhill; but the beer is bad. For oysters, go to Pim's, in the Poultry; Lynn's, 70, Fleet-street; Quinn's, 40, Haymarket. London oysters and London porter may be enjoyed in perfection after the theatre, (or at any other time), at the Cock Tavern, in Fleetstreet, and at the Rainbow opposite. At Verrey's, corner of Hanover-street, Regent-street, you will get some average French cooking.

Peter Cunningham, Hand-Book of London, 1850