Best exclusive hire restaurants in the UK

Planning a party for your next birthday? Look no further than one of your favourite restaurants. From Manchester's Northern Quarter to Brighton's beaches, these spots across the country are offering exclusive hire for your next event.

Updated on 26 January 2024

We can all agree that the UK has a fantastic dining scene, with an ever growing collection of top restaurants across the country. Nowadays, going out to eat is a regular occurrence for many - no matter the occasion. But have you considered that a lot of your favourite restaurants are available for exclusive hire?

You may be wondering what exactly that entails but it’s as simple as it sounds. Certain locations offer the option to hire out the entire venue, ensuring a complete and private space to host your next event. Whether you’re organising a big birthday bash, a hen or stag do or even an office party, one of these restaurants could be the ideal location. Sometimes booking a table or two just won’t cut it. We love restaurant private dining as much as the next person, but why whittle down the guestlist when you can simply book a bigger space? Plus, there’s something about the intimacy of a restaurant dining room that you just can't get with other event spaces.

If you’re still not entirely convinced, then let us mention one other very important factor - the food! Whilst many venues have in-house catering options, nothing can beat the buzz of the kitchen combined with a selection of worldwide cuisines that will be sure to leave your guests talking. It's just one less thing to worry about, knowing that you can leave the catering up to the experts whilst you get on with all of the other details. Whether you’re looking for set menus or simple canapes to go alongside a cocktail reception, we’ve got it all! 

Whatever the occasion, we've rounded up a collection of exclusive hire restaurants across the UK with options for all: no matter the location, size or budget. From high-rise restaurants with stunning city views to charming little spots by the sea, be sure to consider one of these restaurants for your next event.

Harbour House

Harbour House

Harbour House, Bristol, Somerset, BS1 4RB

A harbour view seems like an essential for a private event, especially one in Bristol. Housed in a 19th century transit shed on the banks of the water, Harbour House allows exclusive hire for up to 200 - so there’s no need to keep the guestlist short!

Max Banquet 200
The Folly Restaurant

The Folly Restaurant

Folly Bridge, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 4JU

Charming riverside dining could make a great choice at this family-run restaurant in Oxford. With dining domes, a floating terrace and a stylish dining room, the restaurant can host up to 65 guests seated with domes that fit up to 30. Cocktail and canape receptions or fine dining menus make it an ideal spot in the heart of the city centre.

Max Meeting 50
Max Standing 70
Max Banquet 50
Orelle

Orelle

103 Colmore Row, Birmingham, West Midlands, B3 3AG

Celebrate in the sky with mesmerising views from Birmingham's tallest building. Menus of classic French cuisine are available in the forms of a set menu or a couple of canapes with exclusive hire available for up to 100 guests seated or 150 standing. 

Max Standing 180
Max Banquet 120
Restaurant 8

Restaurant 8 'by Andrew Sheridan'

16 Cook Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L2 9RF

An exclusive chef's dining experience with Andrew Sheridan is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Here, two benches, each seating eight people, are available to book as part of this immersive experience. Start the evening with drinks upstairs before heading downstairs for a dark and moody evening in the dining room. 

The Clockspire

The Clockspire

Gainsborough, Sherborne, Somerset, DT9 5BA

Seamlessly merging fine dining amongst a historic backdrop, this multi-level restaurant retains archaic features from its former days as a schoolhouse: think stone walls, arched ceilings and intricate wooden beams. Three different spaces come together for your private event with seasonal menus that can be adapted to suit your needs.

Max Standing 40
Max Banquet 40
Black & Green

Black & Green

49 Hewell Road , Birmingham, Worcestershire, B45 8NL

Whilst it may not look like much from the outside, Black and Green delivers high quality cuisine amongst the backdrop of a classic neighbourhood joint. The name symbolises a commitment to classical and sustainable dining which is exactly what you can expect. Exclusive hire will see diners in the heart of the kitchen, ideal for smaller groups of up to 18.

Zeitoun Claygate

Zeitoun Claygate

The Green, Esher, Surrey, KT10 0JQ

Dine amongst the olive trees at Zeitoun with a selection of hot and cold mezze that are perfect for sharing at your next event. A statement bar will keep the drinks flowing throughout the night with a menu packed full of innovative cocktails. 

Max Standing 100
Max Banquet 70
The Circus Restaurant

The Circus Restaurant

34 Brock Street, Bath, Somerset, BA1 2LN

Sitting between some of Bath's biggest historical landmarks, The Circus offers an ever changing menu of modern European dishes in a relaxed atmosphere. Exclusive hire seats 30, so this is an ideal option for a more intimate, allowing for privacy even with a smaller group.

Rockwater - Hove

Rockwater - Hove

Western Esplanade, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 4FA

Enviable sea views from this beach side location, Rockwater makes the most of its setting with glass fronted dining rooms that allow diners to gaze at spanning shorelines. Combined with white fur chairs and a retractable roof, it's sure to be a magical evening under the stars.

Max Standing 200
Max Banquet 100
The Bell in Ticehurst

The Bell in Ticehurst

High Street, Ticehurst, East Sussex, TN5 7AS

A 16th century coaching inn, this Sussex location retains its historic detail with wooden-beams and a moody boudoir-style interior. Nowadays, you can enjoy dinner in The Big Room which seats 60 banquet-style for dramatic dining.

Max Meeting 90
Max Theatre 90
Max Standing 120
Max Banquet 60
20 Stories

20 Stories

No 1 Spinningfields, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M3 3EB

Housed on the 19th floor of No.1 Spinningfields, 20 Stories offers unparalleled views of the city alongside glamorous dining. Combine the restaurant, bar and terrace for exclusive hire that collectively has room for up to 540 guests. Perfect no matter the size of the event.

Max Standing 540
Max Banquet 180
Zouk Tea Bar & Grill

Zouk Tea Bar & Grill

Unit 5 Quadrangle Chester Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M1 5QS

At Zouk Tea Bar and Grill exclusive hire gets you the restaurant as well as the terrace, bar and mezzanine level. Serving up that holiday feel, this place is sure to have your party buzzing with fairy lights and botanical backdrops for added appeal.

Max Theatre 150
Max Banquet 316
The Victoria Oxshott

The Victoria Oxshott

Oxshott High Street, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 0JR

Fine dining cuisine with the ambience of your favourite local pub? It's a win-win. This gastropub in the heart of Surrey comes complete with a beer garden and works for up to 150 guests. Spruced up versions of pub classics are to be expected on the group menus.

Angelica

Angelica

Level 6 Trinity Leeds, 70 Boar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6HW

A floral rooftop paradise located in Leeds' Trinity Centre. Here, outside drinks are a must with incredible views of the city below and a neutral space that can be adapted to each individual style. Why not hire the restaurant and terrace for a large event of up to 160 people?

Max Standing 350
Max Banquet 80
Lunar

Lunar

Lunar World of Wedgwood, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ST12 9ER

This venture from Niall Keating is simple yet elegant, embodying the mysteries and superstitions of the moon within its dining space. Exclusive hire at Lunar is sure to be an experience whether you've bagged a seat at the chef's table or you’re dining under the full moon in The Lunar Bar.

Max Banquet 32

Narrowed down your location? We've got a whole host more options across the country which would be excellent for your next event. Check out our recommendations for some of the best spots for private dining in Birminghamprivate hire venues in Manchester or private dining in Edinburgh.

If you're not too certain where's the best spot and have guests coming from all over the country then why not book one of the best restaurants for exclusive hire in London

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