There's no doubt the essence of 'pub food' has been behind some of the most significant food trends in our country in recent years...
I realize there is substantial discussion about 'pub', 'gastropub', etc across this board but I specifically want something that is British at its roots.
Meals at a number of Michelin-starred British establishments made such a deep impression on me last year; sadly, I fear this excellence within British fare is absent here.
A few criteria in what I seek:
1. Food-driven places only, please.
2. No one trick pony fish-and-chip shops.
Trying to replicate so-called 'Michelin-level' pub fare is difficult, but more than that I most of all desire honest, simple British cooking. And I'm well aware of The Breslin, Spotted Pig, etc - but am seeking beyond these 'obvious answers' (which are more 'gastropub' anyway). Perhaps something less institutionalized. Does it exist?