Hello Destination Experts and TA community.
My wife and I been to London several times and we are returning for a few nights in October on the way to Spain. We don't have much of an agenda other than to see what new exhibitions are on in the museums and galleries, explore a bit and eat and drink.
We have been to many top restaurants but don't necessarily want to focus on overly conceptual molecular gastronomy. We prefer satisfying impeccably sourced and prepared local seasonal gastronomy: local fish and game, heritage stock, foraged berries and mushrooms, house made pastas and forcemeat etc. We love really good gastropubs when we can find them. We also love to drink. When we drink beer we prefer real ales and small production breweries. For mixed drinks we prefer places with top mixologists, and places that feature local artisan distilleries, small batch gins, whiskeys from distilleries not run by the big congomerates.
For restaurants I would love to find a real emerging talent like a sous chef for a big name chef opening his or her first restaurant or a chef who has been recently recognized as a best new chef.
Last time we were in town among the places we ate were St. John and Magdalen. We had dinner and good ales at the White Horse (Parson's Green) and had a couple pints at Ye Olde Mitre.
We are also big coffee and patisserie fans. Recommendations for great coffee shops and pastries are much appreciated. We went to Monmouth Coffee in Borough Market and Flat White last time. We live in Seattle with many indie coffee houses and roasters around. We prefer top shot pulling and places that use local roasters are a plus.
Personal recommendations from any gourmands out there would be great but if you have read something in the paper or a local foodie blog, or online or print magazine that's great too.