Where to eat the best comfort food

This winter we’ll be eating our way through plates of the finest comfort food around. Whether you’re in the mood for pie and mash, a spicy curry or a delicious bowl of pasta, here’s where to dine out during these cold months.


Putney Pies, London
Pies glorious pies! There are loads on offer at Putney Pies, including your classic steak and ale as well as the more contemporary pulled pork pie in a puff pastry case. It’s a mouth-watering menu, unfussy and simple (just as a good pie should be). The sides are just as delicious, with creamy mash potato and hand-cut triple-cooked chips awaiting your order.

The Goat Major, Cardiff
The Goat Major offers old favourites and pie dishes with a twist, including minty mutton, vegetable Balti and beef bourguignon fillings. All pies are topped with a puff pastry lid and served with garden peas and either chips or mash. Yum!

The Catherine Wheel, Newbury
Check out the Sunday pie roast option at The Catherine Wheel, which includes any of their delicious pies served with roast potatoes, Yorkshire puddings, vegetables, cauliflower cheese and gravy. The pies served here are from the Pieminister family which is an excellent pie restaurant in its own right. You’re in for a treat.


Curry Leaf Café, Brighton
Serving traditional South Indian street food, Curry Leaf Café is garnering a great reputation for its hearty and delicious menu. Try one of the thali platters for a substantial portion of the good stuff, and an opportunity to sample a wide range of what’s on offer.

Yak Yeti Yak, Bath
This quirky Nepalese basement restaurant serves food with a zing, including deliciously-spicy dishes and plenty of options for vegetarians and vegans. For your main meal, order a selection of individual meat or/and vegetable dishes to tuck into alongside some herb and garlic-infused dal or rice.

Ganesha Indian Cuisine, Bristol
Ganesha Indian Cuisine offers quality home-cooked curries with a plethora of vegetarian curry options. With loads to choose from, and more than just your ‘run of the mill’ curry dishes on offer, why not try something new on your next visit.


Padella, London Bridge, London
Expect to queue or wait for a table at this fantastic pasta restaurant near Borough Market in London Bridge – no table reservations are taken here. Dive into bowls of fresh, hand-rolled pasta with delicious sauces and fillings inspired by the chefs’ trips to Italy. The pappardelle with eight-hour Dexter beef shin ragu is especially good.

Sebastian’s Italian, Windsor
Enjoy exceptional dishes, including linguine di granchio (crab linguine with fresh tomatoes, garlic, chilli, white wine and lemon) to ravioli di ricotta e spinaci al burro e salvia (fresh ravioli filled with spinach and ricotta cheese in a butter and sage sauce). Sebastian’s Italian has it all – great food and a cosy atmosphere.

Sotto Sotto, Bath
You’ll need to book ahead to bag a table at Sotto Sotto. This gorgeous restaurant in a cave-like cellar setting serves up some highly regarded Italian dishes, including delicious pasta and risotto mains. Choose from the likes of linguine con gamberi (linguine, prawns, sun-dried tomatoes, anchovies, black olives, capers and garlic) and orecchiette con spinaci e salsiccia (hat-shaped pasta, baby spinach, garlic, Italian sausage, chilli and croutons) – you’re guaranteed to leave pretty satisfied.