UK restaurants run by top female chefs

Here are the restaurants run by our favourite and most accomplished female chefs. Watch out for the SquareMeal badge on our pages and their websites

Updated on 09 November 2021

Some of our best chefs in the land happen to be female. Think Helene Darroze at the Connaught, Clare Smyth at Core or Angela Hartnett at Murano. Equally respected is Northcote's Lisa Goodwin-Allen, the latest SquareMeal Female Chef of the Year, sponsored by Champagne Ayala. While a chef’s gender shouldn’t be a factor or even feature as a descriptor, the sad fact, according to the latest Office for National Statistics data, is that only 17% of chef positions in the UK were held by women in 2017. This minority situation is why we take great pride in shining a light on the restaurants that are headed up by these exceptional female talents and beacons of inspiration. 

Northcote

Northcote

Northcote Road, Langho, Lancashire, BB6 8BE

Over £80
British
Afternoon tea
One Michelin star
SquareMeal UK Top 100
26 Grains

26 Grains

1 Neal's Yard, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9DP

Under £30
British
The River Café

The River Café

Thames Wharf, Hammersmith, London, W6 9HA

Over £80
Italian
One Michelin star
Chuku

Chuku's

274 High Road, Tottenham, London, N15 4RR

Under £30
West African
Hélène Darroze at The Connaught

Hélène Darroze at The Connaught

The Connaught, Mayfair, London, W1K 2AL

Over £80
Modern European
French
Three Michelin stars
Rochelle Canteen

Rochelle Canteen

16 Playground Gardens, Shoreditch, London, E2 7FA

£50 - £79
Modern European
British
SquareMeal London Top 100
Mere

Mere

74 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 4QH

Over £80
Modern European
Sessions Arts Club

Sessions Arts Club

The Old Sessions House, Farringdon, London, EC1R 0NA

£30 - £49
Modern European
Cafe Murano Bermondsey

Cafe Murano Bermondsey

184 Bermondsey Street, Bermondsey, London, SE1 3TQ

£30 - £49
Italian
Sabor: El Asador

Sabor: El Asador

35-37 Heddon Street, Mayfair, London, W1B 4BS

Over £80
Tapas
Spanish
One Michelin star
SquareMeal London Top 100
Cafe Murano St James

Cafe Murano St James's

33 St James’s Street, St. James's, London, SW1A 1HD

£50 - £79
Italian
Bao Borough

Bao Borough

13 Stoney Street, London Bridge, London, SE1 9AD

Under £30
Taiwanese
Chishuru

Chishuru

3 Great Titchfield Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1W 8AX

£50 - £79
West African
One Michelin star
SquareMeal London Top 100
The Five Fields

The Five Fields

8-9 Blacklands Terrace, Chelsea, London, SW3 2SP

Over £80
British
One Michelin star
Jikoni

Jikoni

19-21 Blandford Street, Marylebone, London, W1D 3DH

£30 - £49
International
Indian
Bao Soho

Bao Soho

53 Lexington Street, Soho, London, W1F 9AS

Under £30
Taiwanese
Chinese
Cail Bruich

Cail Bruich

725 Great Western Road, West End, Glasgow, G12 8QX

Over £80
Modern European
Scottish
One Michelin star
SquareMeal UK Top 100
Apricity

Apricity

68 Duke Street, Mayfair, London, W1K 6JU

£50 - £79
Modern European
British
The Little Chartroom

The Little Chartroom

14 Bonnington Road, Bonnington, Edinburgh, EH6 5JD

£50 - £79
Modern European
Scottish
SquareMeal UK Top 100
Eleanore Edinburgh

Eleanore Edinburgh

30-31 Albert Place, Leith, Edinburgh, EH7 5HN

£50 - £79
British
SquareMeal UK Top 100
The Pem

The Pem

22-28 Broadway, Westminster, London, SW1H 0BH

£50 - £79
Modern European
British
SquareMeal London Top 100
Gaga Glasgow

Gaga Glasgow

566 Dumbarton Road, Partick, Glasgow, G11 6RH

£30 - £49
Malaysian
South East Asian
La Dame de Pic at Four Seasons Ten Trinity Square

La Dame de Pic at Four Seasons Ten Trinity Square

Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square, Tower Hill, London, EC3N 4AJ

Over £80
French
Two Michelin stars
Murano

Murano

20 Queen Street, Mayfair, London, W1J 5PP

Over £80
Italian
One Michelin star
SquareMeal London Top 100
Core by Clare Smyth

Core by Clare Smyth

92 Kensington Park Road, Notting Hill, London, W11 2PN

Over £80
British
Three Michelin stars
Cafe Murano Covent Garden

Cafe Murano Covent Garden

36 Tavistock Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 7PB

£50 - £79
Italian
Sabor: The Counter

Sabor: The Counter

35 Heddon Street, Mayfair, London, W1B 4BS

£30 - £49
Spanish
One Michelin star
SquareMeal London Top 100
Spring

Spring

Somerset House, Covent Garden, London, WC2R 1LA

£50 - £79
Modern European
Myrtle Restaurant

Myrtle Restaurant

1A Langton Street, London, London, SW10 0JL

£50 - £79
Modern European
Irish
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