Whether it’s showjumping or the Shetland Grand National, watching the action at Olympia (16-22 December 2013) is sure to leave you feeling exhausted, gasping for a drink and desperate for some supper (…despite not moving from your seat).
If you can’t face the fast food options on offer at the show or just want to escape the hall to make the most of your trip to London, take a look at our tried and tested pick of foody hot spots in the area.
Restaurants near Olympia Horse Show
1. Bird & Hand
With mood lighting and some cosy, corner tables, book into the Bird & Hand if you’re looking for a romantic end to your Olympia visit. Pizzas are big, thin and crispy (the Parma ham and rocket option is a winner) and mains include familiar gastro pub fodder including lamb rump and butternut squash ravioli.
£ Mains from £13. Pizzas from £9
Where? 88 Masbro Road, Brook Green
2. Il Portico
A family-run restaurant spanning 6 decades and 3 generations, with an emphasis on simple, authentic Italian food.
£ Pasta from £10.50
Where? 277 Kensington High Street
3. Popeseye Steakhouse
Looking to have a blow out? Popeseye boasts the “biggest and best steak in London”, offering only 100% grass-fed Aberdeen Angus beef delivered from a family butcher in the Highlands.
£ £21.95 for a 12oz rump steak
Where? 108 Blythe Road, Kensington Olympia
4. Havelock Tavern
The Havelock is an original, scrubbed-down table type gastro pub. The menu changes daily, with a wide range of fish, meat and vegetarian dishes.
£ Main courses from around £10
Where? 57 Masbro Road, Brook Green
5. Chez Marcelle
Don’t be put off by the dated exterior. This unlikely looking favourite offers Middle Eastern dishes — from tabbouleh to fattoush and lamb dishes — cooked by Marcelle herself and served with warm flat bread. Portions are big so go steady on your order…
£ From £10 per person for a selection of dishes. Cash only.
Where? 34 Blythe Rd, Kensington Olympia
Tel: 020 7603 3241
6. The Scarsdale Tavern
Head to The Scarsdale — hidden down a pretty street just off Kensington High Street — for good pub grub. Portions are generous and there’s an impressive selection of beers on offer.
£ £10.50 for the pie of the day
Where? 23a Edwardes Square
7. Hare and Tortoise
Spice up your trip with a visit to the Hare and Tortoise noodle bar, offering a range of good value Japanese dishes. Ideal if you’ve splashed all your cash at the Olympia stands.
£ Noodles start at £5.80
Where? 373 Kensington High Street
8. Pizza Express
…And if you’re too weighed down by all your shopping collapse in Pizza Express located slap bang next door to the show. You can’t go wrong with a Margherita and a glass of wine.
£ Pizzas from £7.60
Where? The Addison Rooms, Olympia Exhibition Centre
Map of restaurants near Olympia Horse Show
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