Best Local Restaurant

Best Local Restaurants in London 2023
Published 07 July 2023

Interior of Les 2 Garçons, London - London Best Local Restaurant Award winner.

Our Best Local Restaurant list celebrates the places that are the beating heart of communities around Britain. Using reader nominations as a driving force, we inspected a great number of restaurants in London to decide which ones deserved a place in the 100 Best Local Restaurants 2023. Some are old favourites, others are new to The Good Food Guide, all are brilliant places to eat.

The range of cuisines on offer in the capital is dazzling and your nominations led us all over town. We discovered Giulia (the perfect neighbourhood Italian in Shepherd's Bush), were introduced to some terrific Palestinian cooking at Akub in Notting Hill, and enjoyed a trip to Kew, where we ate very well at Hawthorn. What was so heartening was that these restaurants offered a taste of what everybody craves – good, honest food at an affordable price. But for us, and for of its loyal fans, the standout is the brilliant Les 2 Garçons in Crouch End and its classic, supremely delicious French food – it is a deserving regional winner. With such a huge amount of talent and choice in London, it’s always good to have that comforting thought that someone with professional know-how has looked and liked what they’ve seen.

Best Local Restaurant: London

Robert Reid and Jean-Christophe Slowik sit outside their restaurant Les 2 Garçons in Crouch End. Regional winner of The Good Food Guide Best Local Restaurant Award 2023, London, England
Robert Reid and Jean-Christophe Slowik sit outside their restaurant Les 2 Garçons in Crouch End - The Good Food Guide's Best Local Restaurant in London 2023.

Les 2 Garçons

Crouch End, London

‘Robert and JC are masters of their art’; ‘the best local hosts’: just two of the many hundreds of nominations for this runaway winner of London’s Best Local Restaurant. Indeed, these two garçons are veterans of Gallic food and hospitality, and our inspection found their authentic bistro to be as good as the best you’d hope to discover in France. Locals rightly appreciate the fact that they have a perfect gem on their doorstep, so it’s no surprise that bagging a table can prove tricky. But once you do, it will feel like ‘being at a dinner party with your best friends,’ according to one fan, who also admits to dreaming of the pear tarte tatin.

A Good Food Guide Reader said:

"A genuine feeling of goodwill and enjoyment & that buzz in a restaurant which comes from people tucking into lovingly prepared food cooked by Robert and served by charismatic Jean-Christophe."

Read the Les 2 Garçons Review

The Good Food Guide’s Best Local Restaurants in London 2023

Congratulations to all the restaurants in London that have made it onto our list of Britain's 100 Best Local Restaurants 2023. Explore the tiles below to discover who made the list and to read their full reviews in The Good Food Guide.