Forget the legendary reputation of tasteless English food, or even trying to play it safe with pub grub. For more than three decades, Porters English Restaurant in Covent Garden has served delicious traditional fare — steak and kidney pudding is a mainstay, as is shepherd’s pie. Something lighter? Ask for the 28-day hung Scotch beef served with a tangy house steak sauce. Starters include dressed Norfolk crab. For dessert, nothing beats steamed syrup sponge pudding. The wine list also boasts selections from Claret to Cabernet, Kent to California. The menu comes in many languages, so if English is not your native tongue, never fear. There’s also a special children’s menu.

17 Henrietta St.
+44 (0)20 7836 6466
www.porters.uk.com