London Pride 2019: Rainbow food and charity dishes to celebrate at the capital's restaurants this weekend

Ailis Brennan

Flying the Pride flag loud and proud all weekend? You're going to need some sustenance.

The Pride parade will be dancing in the streets of central London this Saturday, with celebrations taking on extra significance in the 50th anniversary year of the Stonewall riots in New York.

Plenty of restaurants are planning to paint the town rainbow this weekend too: multi-coloured morsels will be served up across London, with the sales of limited edition dishes benefiting a variety of LGBTQ+ charities.

From technicolour burgers to glitter milkshakes, these are the dishes doing their bit during London's Pride celebrations.

Mother Clucker

Mother Clucker’s “Deep Pride” burger fills rainbow brioche from Bethnal Green's Rinkoff Bakery with its signature fried chicken thigh. The restaurant will be taking part in the Pride festivities at Flat Iron Square, where £1.50 from the sale of each limited edition burger will be donated to transgender children’s charity Mermaids.

£12, Flat Iron Square, SE1, motherclucker.co.uk

Chotto Matte

This rainbow sashimi dish tops a selection of raw fish (tuna, salmon, yellowtail and seabass) with kantai filo and gold leaf, commemorating 50 years since Stonewall. £1 from each dish sold goes towards the Stonewall charity.

£11, 11-13 Frith Street, W1, chotto-matte.com

Bao

Celebrating Taiwan’s recent legalisation of same-sex marriage, all the proceeds of Bao's new rainbow dessert go to the Albert Kennedy Trust. The twin-shaped steamed bun is dyed with rainbow colours and comes filled with banana and dark chocolate ice cream.

£7.50, 31 Windmill Street, W1, baolondon.com

Pastaio

The Pride Cannoli Sundae at Soho Italian Pastaio comes stuffed with pistachio ice cream, cannoli pastry pieces and cannoli ricotta – it's also served this weekend with both a rainbow spoon and festive sparkler. £5 from every sale helps the London LGBTQ+ Community Centre.

£8, 19 Ganton Street, W1, pastaio.london

Shake Shack

Rainbow glitter sprinkles top Shake Shack’s limited edition Pride Shake. The shake is described as "cake batter" flavoured, and £1 from each sale will be given to the Mosaic LGBT Youth Centre.

£5.25, various locations, shakeshack.co.uk