The classics are the classics for a reason. There’s an innate satisfaction in being served something old-school like a sticky toffee pudding or a slice of Arctic roll that rises above any kitsch gimmickry that might come along with it. A spoonful of a good STP won’t just deliver a sugary hit of nostalgia but will pummel the pleasure centre of your brain into sweet submission. When they’re made well, the best retro desserts in London are capable of standing up to any of the best desserts you’ll ever eat. And I’m not saying that with rose-tinted glasses.
I’m a tried and tested starter over desserts man but I’ll admit that some of the retro desserts in this list are capable of making me second-guess myself. I mean, what person in their right mind can say no to a deep-fried bread and butter pudding? The artistry involved in creating these retro desserts is what sets them apart from the crowd and keeps them alive in the appetite of the public – they’ve been made at restaurants that have, for the most part, put a very serious focus on their dessert programme and treat it with as much reverence as the rest of the menu.
So whether it’s a soothing bowl of rice pudding or a bit of spotted dick, I think we should be celebrating these retro desserts and eating as many quality renditions of them as possible. My rallying cry then is that you, too, should help prevent these great puds from going extinct by working your way through all of these retro desserts in London.