With a portfolio of fantastic venues all across the UK which include Waxy O’Connor’s, an award-winning pub situated in the heart of London’s West End and Barley Mow, a cutting-edge gastropub which boasts a brilliant vegan menu full of delicious and exciting vegan dishes, Glendola Leisure Group, founded in 1973, is a trusted, privately owned bar, club and restaurant company which leads the way in innovation and creativity. Aiming to provide the very best possible service in a welcoming environment, no matter which of Glendola Leisure’s bars or restaurants you visit, you can always expect exceptional service in a fun and entertaining setting.
Two-time winners of the Publican Pub Company of the Year award and employers of over 500 staff in venues across the UK, in order to ensure the Glendola Leisure name continues to be synonymous with quality, Glendola Leisure is always committed to understanding and listening to their customers and staff. Continuingly investing in existing and new properties, Glendola Leisure is a group you can trust and we’re proud to feature these fantastic establishments in our London Food & Drink Guide.
Check out a selection of our favourite London-based Glendola Leisure Group venues that all feature in our upcoming London Food & Drink Guide 2019 below and be sure to visit these fantastic venues for yourself this spring.
London’s biggest Irish bar housed in the heart of London’s West End, Waxy O’Connor’s boasts a labyrinth of four unique bars spread out over six levels and truly offers something special for all those lucky enough to make a visit here. Gaining worldwide recognition for its welcoming hospitality, accommodating staff, traditional homemade pub dishes and extensive range of beer, spirits, and coffee, you never ever need an excuse to visit Waxy’s.
It’s not difficult to see why Waxy O’Connor’s was named Irish Pub of the Year in the UK at the Irish Pubs Global Awards. With live music nights four days a week, including traditional Irish sessions every Sunday night from 8.30pm, Waxy’s brings the spirit of Ireland’s best pubs to the centre of London – the perfect place to celebrate St Patrick’s Day. Promising the liveliest of atmospheres, there are even three large screens showing all major sporting events, including the GAA, rugby and football.
An independently run steak restaurant serving top-quality 35-day-aged steak in a variety of different cuts ranging from Tomahawk and Porterhouse to Chateaubriand, Silk & Grain, located in the heart of London, is the ideal setting for a variety of events including business meetings, dinners, drinks parties and canapé dining.
Located just two minutes away from the Bank station on Cornhill, Silk & Grain’s friendly staff will ensure your visit is one to remember. With a wine list from around the world which is specially designed to complement the variety of food on the menu and with steaks all supplied from accredited farms by master butcher John Gilmour – an independent family-run butchers based in the Scottish borders specialising in the supply of the top one percent of Scottish beef, you’re guaranteed a dish full of flavour when you visit Silk & Grain in London.
A mainstay of Covent Garden since the early 1900s, this charming traditional-style pub is spread across two floors and makes for the perfect spot to meet friends for drinks and nibbles. Offering a mix of continental lager, cask-conditioned ale, and an enviable London gin selection alongside a menu full of all your favourite British pub classics, this rare gem of a pub is well worth a visit. If you’re planning to dine out with a large group, the relaxed space upstairs is an ideal space with its extra bar and cosy setting. Enjoy pub favourites like the battered cod and hand-cut chips, sausages and homemade herby mash with lashings of onion chutney gravy, and steak and ale pot pie.
Located on Horseferry Road, just a 10-minute walk from the Houses of Parliament and Victoria Station, you’ll find the charming and welcoming gastropub which is the Barley Mow. Serving up a sensational and constantly changing selection of cask conditioned ales, draught and bottled lagers, and the finest wines from around the world, this fantastic establishment is hugely popular with government officials and characters from the many local businesses within the vibrant and cultural local community of South Westminster.
Known for serving up some of the best homemade pub food in London, enjoy favourites such as fish and chips, steak and ale pot pie, homemade fish finger sandwiches, burgers, and triple-cooked ribs. With a kitchen open every day from midday to 9pm, the Barley Mow has become well known in recent months due to its incredible new cutting-edge vegan menu (read our blog post here). Not only is every dish on this menu vegan-friendly, but also homemade from scratch, including the burger buns, chips, and tartare sauce. Enjoy incredible vegan dishes like their mixed bean and mushroom sausage and mash with onion gravy and chutney or their Tofish and chips which feature beer-battered, seaweed-wrapped Tofu with hand-cut chips, mushy peas, and homemade vegan tartar.
Ideally situated in amongst the excitement of Shoreditch and Old Street, The Fox will charm you with its central bar, etched glass windows, and large open fireplace which combine to create a traditional, inviting venue drawing in both workers and tourists alike. A true London pub, you’ll be thrilled by the beer choices and extensive wine list chosen to complement the fantastic food.
The food at The Fox is provided by The Coop, who present diners with finger-lickingly good fried chicken. Demonstrating the creative culinary talents of Lewis Brewster and his experienced team, The Coop provides farm-assured Suffolk chicken which has been marinated in coconut yogurt and soy milk and then coated in their own recipe of gluten-free seasoned flour before being fried. Enjoy dishes like The Coop Burger, the chicken scotch egg with curried mango dip, or the chicken and waffle, a dish comprised of fried thigh and drumstick on a waffle with maple syrup, whipped maple butter, chicken salt and bacon bits.
Situated in cosmopolitan Bayswater in a Grade II listed building that boasts a homely ground floor bar, Prince Alfred, named after Queen Victoria’s second son, is a traditional British pub which has been serving fantastic food and drink since as far back as 1851.
The perfect place in London to meet up with your closest friends, head upstairs and you’ll discover this fantastic pub’s sofa bar – a great space for hosting private parties and special get-togethers. Pull up a pew, grab a pint, and enjoy traditional pub grub like cottage pie, Lincolnshire sausages and mash, or rack of ribs served with chips and rainbow slaw. The menu also features fantastic hearty burgers and sandwiches as well as the sharer board which is the ideal snack to share with your mates. Their signature gin cocktails and weekly live music events also shouldn’t be missed.
Drawing in guests for over 140 years, the Star & Garter, enviably located along the banks of River Thames overlooking Putney Bridge, boasts fantastic service, a feel-great atmosphere, and an exceptional range of drinks which will no doubt keep customers flooding back for another 140 years. With over 45 varieties of gin to choose from, all split into spicy, floral, and citrus options on the menu, if you’re a gin and tonic fan, there’s no better establishment in London to get your fix. The Putney Gin Club was even created a couple of year’s back which allows members to benefit from extended happy hours and two-for-one gin and tonics. There are also gin events taking place at the Star & Garter every month.
If you’re peckish, their sophisticated yet unpretentious cheese and charcuterie boards offer the perfect solution to your hunger pangs. There’s also a larger selection of menus available for private functions. Corporate events and weddings are the friendly team’s forte; make sure you chat to them about private hire of the ballroom, which boasts lovely views across the water.
With its inviting atmosphere, rustic-inspired interior, and menu full of home-cooked dishes inspired by British and Mediterranean cuisine, The recently refreshed Lansdowne, located along a residential street in pretty Primrose Hill, attracts guests from all over the city. Relax at one of the outdoor tables and soak up the sun while you enjoy one of The Lansdowne’s incredible freshly made pizzas or sit indoors in the spacious seating area on a lazy Sunday’s afternoon and savour one of the city’s most spectacular Sunday lunches. There’s also a first-floor function room available to hire for private parties and dining
Other fantastic dishes available at The Lansdowne include the haggis Scotch egg with curry mayo, crispy squid with mango and lime salsa, pan-seared cod with rosemary and paprika new potatoes and salsa verde, and confit pork belly with prunes and Armagnac paired with pickled heritage carrots. Their dessert menu, which includes citrus tart with mango sorbet and chocolate ganache with chocolate mousse also mustn’t be missed.