Whether you’re a superfan or simply searching for some superb comfort food, we’ve scoured the capital for the very best places for you to maximise your mac and cheese pleasure. Whatever your vibe and budget, there’s a place for you.
The Mac Factory
If you’re in the market for a quick fix, street food’s the way to go. With a staggering six variations on its menu, The Mac Factory knows what it’s doing when it comes to the classic comfort food. With everything from a Mexican-inspired version with chilli con carne on top to the La Med Babe with a sundried tomato and pesto topping.
Camden Lock Market, London NW1 8AB, themacfactory.co.uk
Popping up at festivals all summer and a long standing pitch at Kerb Markets, Anna Mae’s (above) has been serving up giant pans of the cheesey good stuff since 2011. If you want something a little different then go for the Kanye Western that loads on beef hot dogs, house made BBQ sauce and crispy onions.
Across London, anna-maes.com
While it may not strictly be a street food vendor, the Melt Room’s mac and cheese toastie is our idea of the perfect food to go. Stuffed between two slices of artisan-made bread and with the option to add bacon or chorizo, and let’s be honest you’re going to, this is the carb filled lunch you don’t want to tell your personal trainer about.
26 Noel Street, Soho, London W1F 8GY, meltroom.com
Why have just one dish when you can have mac and cheese three ways at Dirty Bones with its mac balls, exceptional traditional mac and cheese and the Mac Daddy. A steak burger (above) that comes topped with pulled beef ribs and, you guessed it, macaroni and cheese.
Across London, dirty-bones.com
Adding a French twist to the dish can only be a good thing, which is why Balthazar near Covent Garden seems like the logical choice. With a generous helping of Comté cheese this seems to tick all the boxes on 14 July.
4-6 Russell Street, Covent Garden, London WC2B 5HZ, balthazarlondon.com
Mac & Wild
If you’re looking for a Scottish twist to the American classic then get down to Mac & Wild in Fitzrovia for a haggis infused dish that goes surprisingly well together. Or for those a little less adventurous there is always its truffled mushroom mac and cheese.
Across London, macandwild.com
For a touch of class with your cheesy classic and a glass of bubbles you need to try Trufflesecco with its wonderfully earthy truffle mac and cheese. Who would have thought a Tuscan touch could take the humble mac and cheese to another level?
11 Camden High Street, London NW1 7JE, trufflesecco.com
Bob Bob Ricard
As if we weren’t already enamoured by Bob Bob Ricard’s all-booth layout and ‘Press for Champagne’ buttons at each table, it also does a mac and cheese with a whole lobster tail sitting on top. Crustaceans and cheese, what more could one ask for?
1 Upper James Street, Soho, London W1F 9DF, bobbobricard.com
And if just the tail wasn’t enough for you, Black Roe offer a ‘Whole Lobster’ mac and cheese that comes served in the eye-catching red shell. We don’t think there’s a more lavish way to spend what we consider a very important national day.
4 Mill Street, Mayfair, London W1S 2AX, blackroe.com