The Best Pubs To Save On Food And Spend On Pints (With Eat Out To Help Out) guide image


The Best Pubs To Save On Food And Spend On Pints (With Eat Out To Help Out)

Do you want to Eat Out To Help Out, but also drink out, a lot? Us too. These pubs are great for both.

The government’s ‘Eat Out To Help Out’ scheme offers diners a discount of up to £10 per person, excluding booze, when they eat out from Monday to Wednesday throughout August.

If you’re saving money on eating out at the moment, then you probably want to be putting it back into something that matters. E.g. your summer drinking habit. The easiest way to do that is by booking a table at one of these pubs. They’re great spots for having a few drinks and nibbles with friends, as well a proper sit-down meal.

Find all of our ‘Eat Out To Help Out’ guides, here.

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Canton Arms


177 South Lambeth Rd, London
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Outside Seating: Yes

At the Canton Arms, old boys todder in for a glass of red and a haggis toastie and families get together in the front bar, in the back dining room, or wherever they can fit. The food is a touch European and a touch British. Put simply, it’s very nice. Think a plate of peach and stracciatella, only combined with a pint.

Outside Seating: Yes

While the downstairs of the Soho drinking institution is still kept to just that, walk up the creaking stairs and you’ll find a red-walled, yellow-lit dining room. This place is made for consumption. Specifically terrine, steak, coffee mousse, and, of course, wine.

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Outside Seating: Yes

The Clarence Tavern on Stoke Newington Church Street is the latest pub from the Anchor and Hope, Canton Arms people, and it too has a European-tinged menu of food you’ll want to eat all year round. Expect things like marinated tomatoes and burrata, bavette and chips, and lemon sole with brown butter.

Where To Have A Great £10 Meal With The ‘Eat Out To Help Out’ Scheme guide image

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Where To Have A Great £10 Meal With The ‘Eat Out To Help Out’ Scheme

Outside Seating: Yes

The De Beauvoir local is a regular for young and old, and its food is consistently crowd pleasing. From courgette fritters, to homemade pies, to Sunday roasts, everything here is completely spot on, and exactly what you want after a few beers. The front garden is what people call ‘a spot’. The projector room ‘a mess’ (particularly when Arsenal are on). And the back dining room ‘a lovely place to be’.

Outside Seating: For Drinks

That smell of butter in the air. That big dining room. The inevitable three pints you weren’t planning on. But, well, you were just having such a nice time. The Camberwell Arms does excellent food from huge pork chops to banging pasta dishes. The seasonal menu changes daily, but no matter what they’ve got going on on their blackboard, you know you’re in safe hands.

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The Drapers Arms



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Outside Seating: Yes

The Drapers Arms is an Islington stalwart, down a residential street, that’s suitable for drinking, dining, and drowning your sorrows. The food is classic, comforting stuff. Baked camembert, sardines on toast, pies, chops, and the like. It’s stuff you might make at home if you could be arsed, but even then it would never be as good as this.

Outside Seating: Yes

Although it’s been around in one shape or another since the days of Queen Victoria the Marksman is a very modern pub. The downstairs bar area is good for drinks and casual bites, while the upstairs dining room and terrace is for something a little more organised. Menu-wise expect things like duck, salt lemon surf clams, and some of the best savoury pies in London.

Outside Seating: No

Bermondsey Street’s choice gastropub, The Garrison is an airy room making classic, done up, pub classics. Things like spicy potted shrimp and tomato salad and for mains, fish and chips and a homemade burger.

Outside Seating: Yes

This done-up Stoke Newington pub is at the civilized end of things. As in, you’ll be fighting over the last strawberry on the Eton mess, rather than seeing a scrap over the fruity. The space is divided between bar area and dining room, with a menu that’s simple but solid: padron peppers, handmade tortellini, and a very decent burger, of course.

Outside Seating: Yes

The Southwark pub serves some pretty amazing Mediterranean-meets-British food. From the outdoor picnic tables, to the smoky dim lighting, this place feels like your quintessential pub, just with some bonus things on the menu like three cheese and hazelnut soufflé, crab beurre blanc, and chopped octopus salad.

Outside Seating: No

Though more restaurant than pub, The Pig and Butcher is still just as good for a few plates and pints as it is for a full sit-down meal. Though it’s meat-heavy - things like Tamworth pork chop with marrow and smoked aubergine, or flank steak with triple cooked chips feature - there’s also plenty of pescatarian options too.

Outside Seating: Yes

One of Bethnal Green’s most beloved boozers, The Camel is all all-seasons pub for all types of people. The menu is pretty straightforward: pies. And sure, that might not be your summer dinner of choice, but these are very good pies. Especially at a discount, and a table with cold pint on it outside.

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