SquareMeal Silver Awards

SquareMeal Silver Awards, our second-highest award, are given to ‘excellent’ restaurants and bars that we find ourselves constantly recommending as being among the best in the area.

Updated on 01 August 2019

Silver awards are given to only a few establishments and are an assessment of the full experience: food – first and foremost – combined with ambience, service and value. SquareMeal’s Awards reflect a combination of professional critic opinion and current feedback from SquareMeal users/diners. As such, they reveal at a glance how strongly SquareMeal is recommending a restaurant or bar.

OXO Tower Restaurant

OXO Tower Restaurant

Oxo Tower Wharf, Barge House Street, Southwark, London, SE1 9PH

For dramatic London dining with a truly special feel you could do much worse than the OXO Tower Restaurant. This iconic eatery is found on the eighth floor of the oft-illuminated OXO Tower on London’s South Bank and affords diners some pretty spectacular views of the capital. Stretching out before you as you dine is the skyline of London, with the majestic St Paul’s cathedral just across the river being the centre of the scene.

The OXO Tower Restaurant is owned by Harvey Nichols and headed up by chef Jeremy Bloor who has a passion for cooking with the best of British ingredients, showcasing seasonal produce in his ever-changing menus. Starters might throw up combinations like Orkney scallops with a blood orange gel, arancini and monk’s beard or white bean soup with Beyond Meat and beetroot tortellini for guests who prefer vegetarian dishes. Mains include high-end cuts like Chateaubriand and venison haunch steaks as well as plenty of seafood options that showcase some of the UK’s finest coastal catches. Pudding brings classics like babas, panna cottas and cheese plates.

Wine at the OXO Tower Restaurant is as impressive as the food offering, having been chosen by Head Sommelier Diego Muntoni. Indeed, if you prefer you are welcome to enjoy a few drinks and snacks at the bar instead of a full three course meal. Elsewhere, the 250-foot terrace is the perfect place to watch as the skyline darkens on balmy evenings or can be braved in the winter with hot drinks, a good bottle or bubbly or a few rounds of cocktails with friends.

Throughout the year the restaurant often celebrates special occasions and holidays with carefully curated menus, marking days like Valentine’s Day, Christmas and Chinese New Year. There is also a beautifully laid out Afternoon tea each day.

£50 - £79
British
Roast

Roast

Floral Hall, Stoney Street, London Bridge, London, SE1 1TL

Situated in the heart of Borough Market, close to some of London’s most iconic landmarks, Roast offers a contemporary take on traditional British dishes.  

The first thing to note about Roast is it’s beautiful setting. Located on the mezzanine floor of the market’s former floral hall, the high ceilings and large windows provide fantastic city views, giving diners a glimpse of the nearby Shard and St Paul’s Cathedral.  

Whether you’re stopping by for breakfast, afternoon tea or Sunday dinner, the menus at Roast are put together using seasonal ingredients, with a real emphasis on fresh British produce. 

The Breakfast menu includes all the cooked favourites including a full English, smoked salmon and eggs Benedict. If you’re after something a little lighter, you could opt for smashed avocado, granola or porridge. Add something a little special to your breakfast with one of their ‘morning boosters’, which include Bloody Mary, Bucks Fizz and their signature Breakfast Martini!  

The a la carte menu offers a range of British favourites, with starters including Jersey Rock oysters, ham hock and caper terrine and seared Orkney Island scallops. The mains feature beef wellington, pork belly and roast hake, as well as a selection of steaks, sourced from the Lake District.  

On Sundays, Roast comes into its own, with the addition of a traditional roast dinner, with a choice of beef, chicken and lamb with all the trimmings.  

In addition, Roast also offer an afternoon tea menu, starting at £35 a head, including three courses of cakes, scones and finger sandwiches. You could always opt for the bottomless prosecco afternoon tea, for £55.  

 

£50 - £79
British
Nobu London Shoreditch

Nobu London Shoreditch

10-50 Willow Street, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 4BH

Some would argue Nobu is one of the most famous restaurant brands in the world, and it’s not hard to see why. Nobu Matsuhisa’s empire, which started in Peru in the 70s, has since expanded to global heights, becoming synonymous with luxury dining. The Shoreditch site is one of three in London, along with Portman Square and Old Park Lane, and boasts a rather impressive 240 covers, immersive sushi counter and alfresco terrace to boot. The interiors are effortlessly stylish, with plenty of cream furnishings, natural woods and soft lighting.

Fans of the restaurant group will be pleased to see all the big-hitting signatures here, including yellowtail with jalapeno, crispy rice with salmon and of course miso black cod. But don’t let this lead you to believe the food offering isn’t expansive. There are plenty more delights to be enjoyed. Diners can start their meal on a decadent note, thanks to the likes of tuna tartare with caviar or lobster salad with Matsuhisa dressing. From there, the sushi selection beckons, with enticing nigiri and sashimi such as o-toro, scallop and even wagyu.

The tacos aren’t to be missed either, with exciting fillings like spicy miso salmon, lobster with wasabi sour cream or wagyu. The hot dishes kick things up a notch again if that’s even possible. From the sea, you’ll find baby tiger shrimp with ponzu, jalapeno or creamy spicy sauce, lobster tempura with tamari honey sauce or umami Chilean seabass, while the land offers a Peruvian-style ribeye or beef tenderloin with wasabi pepper. The wagyu has its own dedicated selection, priced per gram and served in four different styles: new, tataki, toban yaki or steak.

For a final touch of decadence, the desserts offer just that. The chocolate bento box is a fun option with chocolate fondant and green tea ice cream, while the famous Nobu cheesecake is a must, topped with a tart raspberry sorbet. For something a little less fruity, there’s also a whiskey cappuccino with coffee creme brulee, coffee crumble, vanilla ice cream and whiskey foam.

Over £80
Peruvian
Pan Asian
Japanese
Fusion
Fish
Launceston Place

Launceston Place

1a Launceston Place, Kensington, London, W8 5RL

Launceston Place's ability to turn out stunning creations with apt pairings has gathered the modern European restaurant numerous awards, including Best Wine List in the Tatler restaurant awards. Chef patron Ben Murphy has garnered many impressive accolades himself, including Chef to Watch and Breakthrough Chef of the Year in the Good Food Guide and Food & Travel Awards respectively. Murphy joined Launceston Place from Woodford, having previously worked at multiple two and three Michelin-starred venues. His style has been described as distinctive and playful. 

The menus here only show the core ingredients, leaving guests to wonder how they will be combined until the dishes arrive. Expect unusual combinations to excite the senses, such as celeriac with mint and pecorino, turbot with courgette, thyme and Vin Jaune or venison with shiitake mushroom, quince and pine. 

Visitors can choose to go a la carte or hand the reins over by opting for the tasting menu, which offers seven courses with optional wine pairings. Keeping with the times, the restaurant also offers a vegetarian tasting menu, It would be a dishonour to describe Launceston Place without mentioning the truly artistic plating. Every single dish arrives sculpted into a different form, from apple and mint housed in a delicate chocolate cage to an arrangement of venison, chocolate and beetroot reminiscent of Stonehenge. 

The award-winning wine list is truly something to behold, spanning about 18 pages. Grape enthusiasts will be transported all over the world, with the option to choose for themselves or have pairings carefully selected by the sommelier. Classic cocktails are on offer here, from martinis to old fashioneds, as well as a cocktail of the month such as the Botanist high street sunset made with Botanist gin, Cointreau, peach juice and batak pepper. There is also a wide range of spirits and liqueurs.

£50 - £79
Modern European
Bread Street Kitchen & Bar - St Paul

Bread Street Kitchen & Bar - St Paul's

10 Bread Street, Blackfriars, London, EC4M 9AJ

£50 - £79
Bars
International
Artesian at the Langham

Artesian at the Langham

The Langham, Marylebone, London, W1B 1JA

A constantly evolving space, Artesian at the Langham is world-renowned for its award-winning cocktails served in a luxurious setting. Here, innovation is key, with the passionate team of mixologists coming up with new drinks list in line with the seasons, to keep things interesting. Indulging in a serve here is much more than the sum of its parts, it’s the collaborative experience of enjoying incredible service and world-class cocktails in one of London’s plushest hotels.

The drinks list changes theme from time to time, but currently cocktails at Artesian are centred around celebrating ingredients of the future - with 16 different cocktails that focus on an idea that ‘every sip tastes like a step towards a healthier planet and a better tomorrow’. For example, Soil cocktail is described as an earthy Artesian twist on the dry Martini, and includes the ingredients haku vodka, sake, soil scent and koji. There is also a cocktail called Insects, and is a take on a classic Whiskey Sour with dry and smokey tones; think bourbon, campari, nixta, crickets, chicatanas corn, coffee and lime.

A handful of timeless Artesian favourites are also available, including The Bridge (a favourite of head bartender Giulia Cuccurullo), which combines Patrón Silver tequila, Martini Ambrato, rhubarb cordial and tomato water, and The Godfather (Macallan 18 and Artesian’s Amaretto)

Alongside the accomplished drinks list – which includes additional wines, Champagnes, spirits and beers – there is also a carefully curated menu of snacks to help keep hunger at bay. Humble Chicken chef Angelo Sato has devised the latest menu, which delves into bold Asian flavours. Snacks on the menu include tuna tataki, smoked buttermilk chicken karaage, Humble Chicken katsu sando, and crispy pork bao sliders. This tasting experience menu can also be combined with a cocktail pairing from the Ingredients of the future menu.

£30 - £49
Bars
GONG by Shangri La The Shard

GONG by Shangri La The Shard

31 St Thomas Street, London Bridge, London, SE1 90U

Perched high in the sky on the 52nd floor of the Shard, GONG by Shangri La remains the highest bar in Western Europe. As a result it boasts absolutely jaw-dropping views of London - you can see the River Thames winding its way through London from up here, as well as making out iconic landmarks like Tower Bridge, St Paul's Cathedral, and the shimmering lights of Canary Wharf in the east. 

London's dramatic skyline makes the perfect backdrop for GONG by Shangri La's extensive cocktail menu, which includes bright and breezy lunchtime highballs as well as intense sundowners to enjoy against a London sunset, spread across multiple themed cocktail menus. The Voyager Zheng menu takes influence from Asia and the Far East, offering cocktails such as the Japan-inspired Onibasu Martini (vodka, shochu, sake, mirin, wine, soy and red spruce), and the Sri Lankan Dry Tai (Seedlip Grove 42, Bax botanics, lemon verbena, Orgeat, Gong citrus, pineapple and Aecorn Aromatic). The Deluxe list features Gong twists on classic cocktails, then there's the Tropical Oasis menu - devised in conjunction with Diplomatico Rum - where guest can sip on refreshing rum cocktails, and take a seat next to GONG's stunning sky pool. Naturally, this is also the highest pool bar in Western Europe too.

The interiors are suitably glamorous - this is certainly a place to impress a guest or a date. The sleek marble bar provides a focus for the room, whilst bar stools and lounge chairs are upholstered in striking scarlet fabrics, and mood lights shimmer off the smooth surfaces. 

There's always plenty going on at the bar, including regular DJ sessions where the beats continue late into the night. GONG also offers a Liquid Afternoon Tea, where tea-inspired miniature cocktails are pared up with sweet and savoury snacks.

£30 - £49
Bars
Le Pont de la Tour

Le Pont de la Tour

Butlers Wharf, Bermondsey, London, SE1 2YE

Located right next to Tower Bridge, Le Pont De La Tour is not just a restaurant, but also a bar, shop, wine merchant and bakery. Occupying the spacious ground floor of a warehouse building right by the edge of the Thames, this stylish venue is unsurprisingly home to some seriously stylish cuisine. 

Starters here tease what is to come with the likes of velouté, Devon crab with brown shrimp cocktail or foie gras with ceps, spiced plum preserve and toasted brioche. These dishes send a clear message: unpretentious French fine dining. For seafood lovers there are oysters from Mersea, Porthilly or Colchester, served with the traditional mignonette, as well as lobster, crevettes or cherrystone clams. Increasing in decadence still, we see four choices of caviar, served with sour cream and blinis. 

Main courses at Le Pont De La Tour's restaurant are again simple and elegant. Choose from lobster, sea bass, Dover sole, chicken, duck, pork, beef or cauliflower, each prepared in a traditional French manner but with modern updates. The Lake District pork cutlet, for example, comes with plum compote, seared lardo and red wine sauce, while the roasted lobster comes with garlic butter and sauce choron. For a romantic evening, or simply two guests who agree to share, there is a whole flame-grilled Cornish Turbot with hollandaise, or a 750g dry-aged Cumbrian fillet of beef with fries and béarnaise sauce.

Guests can round off their riverside revelry with French classics like crêpes Suzette, a selection of cheeses or, for a more simple dessert, house sorbet. There are extremely reasonably priced two and three course set menus for those not wanting to break the bank, and a children's menu too. The wine list doesn't focus entirely on France, although it is the epicentre, with plenty of red, white, rosé, sparkling and fortified options to accompany the food. 

£30 - £49
French
Nipa Thai

Nipa Thai

Lancaster London, Bayswater, London, W2 2TY

Tucked away inside the grand Royal Lancaster London you'll find Nipa Thai, an authentic Thai restaurant run by head chef Sanguan Parr and her all-female kitchen team. Nipa translates as 'shining light' in Thai, and this restaurant has certainly been a leading light when it comes to Thai food in the capital. In fact, the restaurant holds a Thai Select Award from the Thai government, awarded to restaurants that represent authentic Thai food around the world.

No expense has been spared when it comes to the interiors either - all the teak used to craft the restaurant has been sourced direct from Thailand, and it has been used to great effect in the furniture, as well as intricate decorative carvings on the walls. Combined with the patterned carpets and textured upholstery, it all gives Nipa Thai a slightly old-fashioned, comforting feel, without the restaurant feeling too stuffy. 

Meanwhile the menu reflects a similar approach to tradition and authenticity. Thai cuisine is all about balance, and the menu here shows that finesse across a wide range of starters, soups, curries, stir fries and rice and noodle dishes. The menu is pretty familiar for the most part, including the likes of crispy spring rolls with glass noodles, Thai fish cakes with sweet chilli, and deep-fried soft shell crab. There are authentic flavours seen less commonly in the UK too, such as steamed rice wraps with sauteed chicken, shallots and crisp lettuce. 

If you find the menu a little overwhelming in terms of choice, Nipa Thai offers a range of set menus as well, so you can sit back and enjoy the food without stressing about what to order. There's also a dedicated vegetarian set menu, and in general, there's plenty of choice for vegetarians here. 

£50 - £79
Pan Asian
Vegetarian
Thai
Orrery

Orrery

55 Marylebone High Street, Marylebone, London, W1U 5RB

Orrery is not just an award-winning French restaurant tucked away in the heart of Marylebone. It is also a luxury grocery, and has a bar and terrace, to offer guests a truly special visit. Huge arched windows bathe the indoor restaurant with light, offering diners a view of the outdoors from the comfort of their table. The terrace is all-season, with an awning and heaters for the winter months, and a panoramic view of the night sky in summer. For those who can't visit, Orrery also offers home kits, so everyone can experience its culinary delights. Head chef Igor Tymchyschyn shows his expertise and Michelin-starred background with every dish, each careful created to celebrate its components, and plated in such a way as to truly show them off.

The evening a la carte menu presents guests with up to date, modern takes on French cuisine, resulting in broader, modern European fare. Traditional French dishes appear in the starters, but with playful additions, such as the confit duck with foie gras ravioli and Madeira consommé. Season, warming dishes populate the mains, with the likes of wild mushroom risotto with autumn truffle, or fillet of turbot with artichoke purée and caramelised endive.

Guests can finish their visit with coconut panna cotta with passion fruit and Champagne jelly, Bakewell tart, Manjari chocolate cremeux or a selection of farmhouse cheese. Sweet wine and port flights are also available. 

The terrace is the perfect place for a cocktail or glass of Champagne with friends or colleagues. The list of classic cocktails is truly extensive, ensuring that all palates are satisfied, while the 23-page wine list offers bottles from almost every country, as well as a perfectly sufficient selection of wine by the glass for those wanting to mix things up. Orrery also boasts a private dining room that seats up to 16. 

£50 - £79
French
Cheneston’s Restaurant at The Milestone Hotel and Residences

Cheneston’s Restaurant at The Milestone Hotel and Residences

The Milestone, Kensington, London, W8 5DL

Cheneston’s is a fine dining British restaurant located inside the Milestone Hotel just moments away from the stunning Kensington Gardens. Oozing plenty of traditional British charm and serving a comforting menu of refined classics, this elegant restaurant offers a sumptuous escape from the bustling streets of the city.

The traditional but luxuriously-dressed dining room boasts rich mahogany furniture, warm wood panelling, high ceilings and large windows which flood the space with plenty of natural light. This beautiful room is bursting with period features and character that’s guaranteed to transport guests to another world while they dine.

The kitchen team is headed up by executive chef Daniel Putz who has created a menu of warming signature dishes inspired by the hotel’s founder Beatrice Tollman. All the recipes have either been passed down in the family or discovered while travelling, adding a personal element to every dish. Examples of starters on the a la carte menu include Mrs T’s chicken noodle soup which is presented in the form of a pie, as well as H Forman & Son smoked salmon with soda bread. For main course, you might like to try Mrs T’s chicken pot pie, grilled dover sole with new potatoes, creamed spinach, lemon and caper dressing, or roasted loin of highland venison with celeriac, pear, hispi cabbage and red wine jus.

While dessert includes plenty of indulgent classics – think tonka bean custard tart with pear and amaretto reduction, and Mrs T’s baked vanilla cheesecake with strawberry compote.

There is also a Night Menu which serves food from 10:30pm for late-night diners, and includes a selection of light bites and starters, mains and desserts. Children are taken care of by way of a kid’s menu if you’d like to bring the whole family along.

Over £80
British
Skylon

Skylon

Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, Waterloo, London, SE1 8XX

Whether you're a born-and-raised Londoner or you've been living in the city for years, there are certain views that still make you say 'wow'. And, looking out from the third floor of the Royal Festival Hall, across the Thames and over to some of the capital's most recognisable buildings is one of them. 

This is where you'll find Skylon, the Royal Festival Hall's in-house restaurant which takes its name from the original, iconic structure which was built for the 1951 Festival of Britain. Today, it's a stylish and well-to-do eatery, boasting huge, floor-to-ceiling windows and mid-century design details that nod back to that time, mixed with contemporary touches, too. 

In the heart of the restaurant there's a stunning central bar, often flanked by large vases filled with flamboyant floral schemes. Here is a wonderful place to enjoy a drink and soak up the buzzy atmosphere. It would be rude not to try one of the signature cocktails, such as the Southbank's Martini which mixes Cambridge Gin, elderflower, lime juice, fresh cucumber and lychee juice. There's also a lengthy selection of sparkling cocktails, as well as all the classics. Plus, if a bite at the bar is what you're after, there's a selected menu with nibbles such as an English cheese board, Nocellara olives and truffle parmesan fries. 

When it comes to food there are several menus available, beginning with a la carte which focuses on traditional British fare with some European influences, too. Here, you'll find mains such as crab and prawn linguine, Barnsley lamb chop and ale battered haddock. To be followed by puddings such as date and molasses sticky toffee pudding and English trifle. 

Other menus to try include the weekend brunch with prawn cocktail, smashed avocado toast and plenty of egg dishes, while the set and pre-and-post theatre menus offer deals on two or three courses. 

£50 - £79
British
Sartoria

Sartoria

20 Savile Row, Mayfair, London, W1S 3PR

Sartoria is a swanky Italian restaurant in the heart of Mayfair, brought to London by the D&D restaurant collection. It serves an all-day dining menu inspired by Sicily and the surrounding areas of Italy, bringing a slice of the Mediterranean to this elegant part of the city.  

Inside, the restaurant reflects the Italian heritage of the food. Sartoria heralds cutting design by acclaimed designer David d’Almada who wanted to evoke the romance and the glamour of 20th century Italy. Circular leather booth seats create cosy corners within the restaurant to evoke a sense of privacy, while neutral tones, comfortable seating and white tablecloths bring a sense of plush luxury to the room. The restaurant also boasts a heated terrace, destination bar, cicchetti counter, two private dining rooms and wine cellar. 

Looking at the menu shows that it isn’t afraid of simplicity with guests able to start with antipasti such as burrata, fennel and oranges or salami with buffalo mozzarella and nduja bruschetta. For the ‘primi’ course, there’s saffron risotto with roasted pigeon and spaghetti carbonara – because everyone loves a classic. For ‘secondi’, try home-cured black cod with liquorice, veal Milanese and wild turbot with clams, capers and tomato confit. To finish, insist on zabaglione.  

This is an all-day affair remember, so swing by for brunch served every Saturday from 12pm, where you can feast on the likes of smoked salmon with burrata and salsa verde or eggs with nduja and roasted peppers. There is also a four-course set menu that includes homemade tortellini and lemon basil panna cotta if you're feeling indecisive.   

A seriously impressive wine list from regions all over Italy will have you spoilt for choice, as will the series of Disaronno cocktails, perfect for a pre or post-dinner tipple.  

£50 - £79
Italian
China Tang at The Dorchester Hotel

China Tang at The Dorchester Hotel

53 Park Lane, Mayfair, London, W1K 1QA

China Tang at The Dorchester Hotel is one of London's most recognisable Chinese restaurants, thanks to its iconic, opulent art deco dining room, and a huge menu of sumptuous Cantonese cooking. 

The huge basement dining room is inspired by pre-war Shanghai, and every inch of the room is embellished with elaborately-patterned carpets and floral upholstered seating. The walls are all dark wood, detailed with intricate carvings and illuminated by low-lit lamps, which cast moody shadows across the room.

China Tang’s menus feature a bevy of authentic Cantonese dishes - fear not if you're overwhelmed by the choice, because China Tang also offers set menus for groups. To start, try delicate tomato and egg-drop soup, barbecue honey spare ribs, or roast duck. There are platters of Cantonese roast meats, and then a host of classic dishes like lobster noodles and scallops with black bean, as well as more unusual dishes such as braised abalone with sea cucumber. As well as the a la carte, China Tang also offers vegetarian and halal menus too. The vegetarian menu is extensive, with dishes like golden crispy tofu, aubergine hotpot, and morning glory in garlic sauce making this a great restaurant choice for vegetarians. 

Dim sum is another big part of China Tang's success. The dim sum menu is split into specials, meat, seafood and vegetarian items, with a range of traditional and luxury treats in each section. Dim sum is available at lunch and dinner, and includes the likes of Dover sole crab rolls with caviar, Iberico pork siu long bao, scallop dumplings, sesame prawn toast, and spring onion cakes.

In the bar, the same menus are offered, along with fashion-forward cocktails like the Plum Cobbler (plum liqueur, peppermint and eucalyptus cordial, violet, Hennessy XO, pandan syrup, fresh pear, citrus) and the Sea Spritz (Seatrus Gin Acqua Di Mare, homemade cedro soda).

Over £80
Chinese
Dim Sum
Cafe Murano St James

Cafe Murano St James's

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

£50 - £79
Italian
Camellia at South Lodge

Camellia at South Lodge

South Lodge, Brighton Road, Horsham, West Sussex, RH13 6PS

Located within the luxurious South Lodge hotel in Horsham, West Sussex, The Camellia is a British restaurant headed up by chef Josh Mann that serves an ever-changing, hyper-seasonal menu. Its commitment to sourcing is second to none, with Josh and his team growing most of the restaurant's fresh fruit and vegetables in the hotel’s walled garden, while sourcing anything it can’t grow in-house from local Sussex suppliers. The restaurant is open for dinner throughout the week, and lunch on Sundays only.

Josh Mann brings a wealth of experience to The Camellia following various roles at Michelin pubs and restaurants across the UK. Now leading a young and aspiring team of chefs, including a number of apprentices and students, his aim is to nurture and inspire a new generation, working with them to create dishes which eventually end up on the menu.

The a la carte menu features a concise selection of starters, main courses and desserts. Examples of starters include lobster ravioli with charred broccoli, lobster bisque and lime, with the option to add Cornish Exmoor caviar if liked, along with a scallop scotch egg with house made black pudding, XO emulsion and sour apple. For main course, you might try roasted cod with potato rosti, housed cured ham, fermented kohlrabi, mustard caviar and Thermidor beurre blanc, or whole partridge with spiced pear, cavolo nero, Sussex honey parkin, duck liver, whisky and elderberry jus. While desserts include a rhubarb and ginger mille-feuille with poached rhubarb, stem ginger crème patisserie and rhubarb ice cream.

The wine list features over 300 bins with varieties from across the globe. An ever-changing sommelier’s selection is available by the glass, along with half size and full bottles. If you’re not sure where to start, the sommelier is on hand to offer recommendations that pair perfectly with your meal.

£50 - £79
British
Sindhu by Atul Kochhar

Sindhu by Atul Kochhar

Marlow Bridge, Marlow, Buckinghamshire, SL7 1RG

In a picturesque spot on the banks of the Thames sitting within the Macdonald Compleat Angler Hotel, Sindhu offers a fresh take on Indian cuisine in Marlow. From esteemed chef, Atul Kochhar, the restaurant's concept revolves around regional dishes from Southern India that both nod to traditional flavours and introduce diners to innovative cooking techniques. 

The gem in the restaurant's crown is its tasting menu which spans six courses and caters for pescatarian and vegetarian diners, too. To start with, enjoy pan seared scallops with smoked aubergine and greek yogurt and plum tomato salad, followed by Andhra-style chilli chicken tossed with green masala and peppers, as well as herb crusted lamb with seasonal greens and Madras curry sauce. 

Vegetarian diners will no doubt love the Tandoori cauliflower with sweet coconut yogurt and hummus, as well as Chettinaad style aubergine with tomato and tamarind. Dessert, however, is the same across the board with cardamom flavoured chocolate mousse and chocolate sauce. 

By contrast, the a la carte menu offers the opportunity to pick and choose a combination of your favourite dishes off the menu, broken into starters, main dishes, sides and breads. From the larger plates, we particuarly like the sound of the hyderabadi venison fillet with keema masala mash, seasonal greens and chocolate gravy with star anise. 

The cocktail list is well curated and offers a selection of champagne-based drinks such as a Hibiscus Kir Royal or a Pashen Froot with Campari and sweet vermouth, finished with passion fruit sorbet and Champagne. You can also expect all of the classics, as well as extensive wine lists which touts some of the most prestigious vineyards in the world as its suppliers. 

In terms of decor, the space is refined and sophsticated, using rich colour across its plush seating and patterned wallpapers inspired by India's rivers. 

Over £80
Indian
Hawksmoor Air Street

Hawksmoor Air Street

5a Air Street , Piccadilly Circus, London, W1J 0AD

Hawksmoor is a high-quality British steakhouse serving sustainable beef and seafood, with multiple venues across the UK including eight locations in London. This particular venue on Air Street is located in the West End, between Piccadilly and Regent Street, making it a prime spot for diners to enjoy some pre- and post-theatre dining.  

The large, art-deco dining room offers views over London’s iconic Regent Street, and is decked out in a typically old-school style synonymous with the brand. Expect green banquet seating, parquet wooden flooring, a backlit bar and warm, glowy lighting throughout.

Discover a menu for nearly every occasion, from set options to sharing, pre and post-theatre and of course its legendary Sunday roast. Although Hawksmoor is first and foremost a steakhouse, it's also teamed up with restaurateur, chef and author Mitch Tonks of seafood restaurant Seahorse, to manage the fish side of things, focusing on sourcing the freshest possible produce and cooking it simply over real charcoal.  

The a la carte menu kicks off with starters, such as Devon crab on toast, roasted scallops with white port and garlic and langoustine scampi, before moving onto the main event: steak! Guests are invited to choose their cut of choice (chateaubriand, fillet, rib-eye, sirloin, rump) along with their preferred sauce (highlights include anchovy hollandaise and bone marrow gravy). The sides are almost as important as the steak at Hawksmoor, with well over 10 options available including macaroni cheese, creamed spinach, beef dripping fries and buttered English greens. Of course, seafood dishes are also on offer including the likes of royal sea bream baked in garlic, rosemary and chilli, and monkfish cooked over charcoal. 

There’s a huge focus on drinks as well, with the wine list boasting reserve and fine wines, port and sherry, dessert wines and magnums. While an extensive cocktail offering includes multiple twists on highballs, martinis and Manhattans, along with plenty of signature and classic options.

£50 - £79
Steak
British
Indian Essence

Indian Essence

176-178 Petts Wood Road, Petts Wood, Kent, BR5 1LG

In the heart of Petts Wood, Kent, you'll find Indian Essence, a fine dining Indian cuisine restaurant from twice awarded Michelin-starred chef, Atul Kochhar. The restaurant's award-winning concept is based on highlighting traditional flavours from across India but in Kochhar's signature, contemporary style. 

Ideal for a special occasion, the restaurant's cream colour palette gives off a sophisticated vibe and smart tables are topped with white tablecloths, while large artworks adorn the walls. Indian Essence is known for its tasting menus (which is another reason to choose this restaurant for a celebration meal), and has options for pescatarian, vegetarian and vegan diners. 

The tasting menus span seven courses, starting with the likes of ratte and sweet potato chaat served with a 'splash of chutneys', followed by tandoori Cornish lobster tail with lobster malai curry and dakshin chicken with southern spiced chargrilled chicken supreme, Mangalorean sauce, cauliflower kempu bezule and lemon rice. 

If tasting menus aren't your thing, there are plenty of others to choose from including the set weekend lunch menu which gets you a starter, main, side and dessert. Highlights include the spiced prawns pepper fry with garlic chilli chutney, and lamb sukka with onions, crushed peppers and curry leaves.

No party is, of course, complete without good drinks and so whether you're dining in a small group or a large one, check out the expertly curated cocktail menu which boasts a long list of concoctions. We like the sound of the Spiced Kir Royale which offers an Indian-inspired take on the original with Chambord, Crème de Cassis, chilli chutney and champagne.

£50 - £79
Indian
The French Table

The French Table

85 Maple Road, Surbiton, Surrey, KT6 4AW

The French Table has successfully nailed the elusive appeal of a neighbourhood restaurant, offering a knock-out menu of fine dining cuisine but in a relaxed, familiar setting. Sitting on Maple Road in the suburb of Surbiton, it has a prime location surrounded by other bars, restaurants and cafes. 

The French Table was established back in 2001 as the vision of Eric and Sarah Guignard who dreamed of opening a restaurant that celebrated their passion for the best French food and wine, as well as personable service. Over the last 20 years, they have certainly perfected their craft and the restaurant holds two AA Rosettes, marking the team's efforts as stand out in their area with continued consistency and quality. 

The menus take their cue from French cooking and the time of year, using as much seasonal produce as possible. Eric and Sarah have been careful to devise menus that can suit any kind of event - whether it be a quick business lunch or a big birthday, guests are welcome to let the team know whether they need to order quickly and scoot, or make a fuss of whoever is celebrating. 

There are two lunch menus; a three-course ideal for a 'lunch break' or a five-course taster menu for a leisurely affair. Examples here include rare breed chicken ‘Poulet Basseri’ with leg sausage, white bread purée, creamed leek and truffle feuilletée, as well as Scottish line-caught halibut with new season Jersey Royals, smoked eel with lovage oil and trout roe sauce. 

The evening sitting follows the same structure, offering a three-course meal or five-course taster menu. Some examples of the taster menu courses include Cold roast veal with baby artichoke, monksbeard, AND hazelnut pesto, as well as roast rump of new season Cumbrian lamb, navarin printanièr, crispy shoulder, and wild garlic mayonnaise, and caramelised banana mousse with spiced rum, peanut brittle,
passion fruit and chocolate ice-cream for dessert. 

Wine pairings are available for all taster menus and the team is also very happy to help advise by the glass or bottle from their carefully curated wine selection.

£50 - £79
Modern European
Vegetarian
French
Rossella

Rossella

103 Highgate Road, Kentish Town, London, NW5 1TR

Rossella is a restaurant with a story, and a heartwarming one at that. Luca Meola, owner of Rossella is continuing his family’s love of food in this traditional Italian trattoria in the heart of Kentish Town. Here, he shares authentic cuisine and carefully selected ingredients in this authentic Italian dining experience. Luca first found his passion for cooking as a child when working under the tutelage of his father, Luigi. His family started the first Rossella in Benevento in 1960, before bringing this love of Italian cuisine to Ilford in 1978 when Luca’s father moved here and launched a new restaurant. Starting as a kitchen porter, Luca worked his way through to getting in on the action in the kitchen, learning the ins and outs of the business, before going it alone to open up his own space.

The restaurant is contemporary, light and filled with Italian deli products that you can buy during your visit, giving it an authentic flair. Beyond the packets of pasta and tomato sauce, you’ll see a wall of personal photos from Luca’s childhood, to remind guests that Rosella proudly remains a family run restaurant. On the menu, you'll find starters and small plates like fried pistachio and pancetta arancini, alongside cheesy aubergine parmigiana and garlic bread with indulgent extras like mozzarella, napoli sauce or caramelised onions.

Moving onto mains, we like the sound of sea bass fillet with baby prawns in garlic butter, or the Pollo Crema e Funghi which sees succulent chicken cooked in cream, mushroom and a white wine sauce. You can also expect an impressive selection of pizzas with a 'make your own' section, as well as fresh pastas like Tagliatelle alla Nonna with sautéed aubergine, courgettes and red onion in a classic Napoli sauce, topped with fresh buffalo mozzarella. Just ask the team about gluten-free and vegan options, they've gone through great efforts to find delicious alternatives that are just as enjoyable.

And, when you're not visiting Rossella yourself, you can order online for delivery - so remember that next time you're having a night in!

£30 - £49
Pizza
Mediterranean
Italian
Ice Cream
Clayton

Clayton's Kitchen

15a George Street, Bath, Somerset, BA1 2EN

Bath is blessed with good luck when it comes to brilliant restaurants and Clayton's Kitchen is one that should have long been on your list. Chef Patron Robert Clayton opened his name sake restaurant back in 2012 with a vision of creating an intimate, neighbourhood spot that celebrates simple, seasonal food.

Inspired by Mediterranean cooking and modern French cuisine, for over a decade now, Robert has been delighting both beloved regulars and tourists with plates that champion the freshest ingredients. And it's no wonder, too. Robert's impressive CV boasts time spent as Head Chef at Huntstreet House Hotel, where he became one of the youngest chefs to receive a Michelin Star. And, after moving to Bath Priory he was awarded yet another, which was maintained throughout his seven year stay.

As with any seasonal fare, the menu is subject to change but the website offers an overview of the different options on offer, which include an a la carte, lunch and Sunday lunch menu, as well as vegan and children's versions, too.

First off, guests are encouraged to begin their experience with a 'pre-dining tipple' such as a CK Fashioned with whiskey, Amaretto and Chambord. For those looking for a non-alcoholic alternative, the Drivers Negroni sounds delicious and mixes zero gin, lyre's, cranberry juice and bitters. Starters might look like slow-cooked lamb shoulder bonbons with ewes curd served with spiced apple puree, beetroot and mint oil, or pan-roasted Devon scallops with caramelised squash puree, roasted pork belly and apple and chive veloute.

For mains, we like the sound of the honey roasted free range duck breast complemented by dauphinoise potatoes, celeriac puree and cassis sauce, but you can also never go wrong with market fish, served with grilled asparagus, chive crushed potatoes and lobster sauce.

Finally, no meal at Clayton's Kitchen is quite complete without dessert, so why not tuck into the likes of salted caramel chocolate mousse with candied almonds, hazelnut ice cream, poached pears in Poire Williams syrup? Yum!

£50 - £79
Modern European
French
Hinds Head

Hinds Head

High Street, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 2AB

Hinds Head is a destination dining experience curated and led by world-renown chef Heston Blumenthal, housed within a historic, 15th-century pub. Indeed, the building has acted as a place to gather and eat since the 1400s, and over the years has been featured in folklore songs, books and visited by royalty. The team are keen to preserve its storied past, with the pub's logo proudly featuring a female deer circled by a royal garter and their location, close to Windsor Castle. 

Blumenthal bought the property in 2004 and since then it has been recognised with a Michelin star for its traditional British cuisine. There are a few menus to choose from including an a la carte, set lunch and Sunday lunch. To get a feel for what you can expect, take a look at the example menus online, kicking off with some of the restaurant's now legendary snacks, including Devils on Horseback and Scotch Egg.

Starters look like pickled beetroot tart with smoked goat's curd and cider poached pears, alongside classic dishes like pea and ham soup, and crab soup and sandwich with tomato and fennel. For mains, take your pick from the big plates such as oxtail and kidney pudding with oxtail sauce, as well as market fish with samphire, brown shrimps and mustard sauce, plus pork belly with pearl barley, pickled onions, fennel and wheat beer. Then, there's the grill. Here, you can enjoy a selection of cuts sourced locally from Aubrey Allen Butchers, who have a particular fondness for Irish Hereford Prime, aged for a minimum of 28 days, cooked to your liking. 

The team are keen for you to enjoy the breadth of their unique beverage offering alongside the food, with signature cocktails such as the Apple Orchard with Broken Clock Vodka, Aker English Dry Aperitif, apple and orange blossom shrub and soda. There's also a selection of non-alcoholic options, beers and a curated wine list. 

£50 - £79
British
Gastropub
One Michelin star
Wild Honey St James

Wild Honey St James

8 Pall Mall, St. James's, London, SW1Y 5NG

Following huge success with Arbutus and the original Wild Honey, Anthony Demetre has taken his acclaimed restaurant from Mayfair to St James's, where it now resides in the Sofitel St James Hotel. The restaurant received rave reviews during its time in Mayfair, and the St James's iteration has been similarly well received, being awarded a Michelin star in 2022.

Demetre is a chef with a wealth of experience alongside luminaries like Gary Rhodes, Pierre Koffmann and Bruno Loubet, and at Wild Honey St James his menu combines classic French techniques with the finest British seasonal produce. As well as sticking with seasonal British produce whenever possible, The restaurant has a sustainable mentality - the kitchen operates in a nose to tail fashion, making sure to use every part of an ingredient to lower wastage. 

There are a number of menus available at the restaurant, catering to a variety of crowds, with menus for lunch as well as an evening tasting menu. If you make it in the early evening you'll find a very reasonable early supper menu on offer too. Dishes on the menu include grilled Hereford beef with slow cooked shin cottage pie and Roscoff onion, and Shetland halibut with mussels, Manitou potatoes, young leeks and white miso.

As per the name, Wild Honey also has its own wild honey, courtesy of a few hives on the roof of the hotel, as well as local providers Bermondsey Street Bees. Honey features in a number of dishes, including a Welsh lamb, roast sand carrot, January king cabbage and honey dish, and the wild honey ice cream with honeycomb and lemon madeleines.

As you'd expect for this sort of hotel establishment, the wine list is also extensive and varied, with a huge range of wines by bottle and by the glass.

Over £80
Modern European
British
French
One Michelin star
SquareMeal London Top 100
Medlar

Medlar

438 King's Road, Chelsea, London, SW10 0LJ

A fixture of the Chelsea area since its opening in 2011, Medlar champions seasonal ingredients executed with accuracy and simplicity. Headed by Chez Bruce alumni chef Joe Mercer Nairne and front-of-house manager David O’Connor, this neighbourhood restaurant delivers satisfying food in a comfortable style. Executed according to French techniques, but with international influences, the menus feature dishes with a European tilt crafted with the very best produce from the British Isles and the continent.

Split over two floors, seating includes a small ground-floor terrace, main dining area, an upstairs bar and tables, and a private dining room. With French doors on the ground floor, and a skylight on the first, the building is light and airy, decorated in a parakeet-green colour scheme with leather banquettes and white-clad tables. From the ceilings hang floral arrangements and foliage interspersed with string lights.

Organised by set-menu courses dependent on lunch and dinner sittings, which are staggeringly reasonable for the King's Road, guests can expect a varied choice. Start with the signature crab raviolo served with samphire, brown shrimp, leek fondue, and bisque sauce; foie gras with Armagnac prune terrine, rabbit rillettes, chicken skin, and brioche; or push the boat out with crisped calf’s brains, merinda tomatoes, sauce ravigote, confit potato, and dandelion.

As for mains, look out for a rump of belted Galloway with cafe de Paris snails, portobello mushroom, shallot puree, and bearnaise; or sample an Asian-inspired chargrilled monkfish with ginger, shitake, salsify, shiso, and tiger prawn. If you can manage to save room for dessert, a warm chocolate mousse and salted caramel tartlet with milk ice cream and candied pecans or a poached pear financier with vanilla and cinnamon ice cream, pine nut brittle, and pear puree could be just the ticket. If not, a selection of cheeses is also available.

£50 - £79
Modern European
French
Rotunda

Rotunda

Kings Place, 90 York Way, King's Cross, London, N1 9AG

Rotunda brings all-round great British food and drinks to the streets of Kings Cross. The restaurant's ethos claims that London's dining scene often overcomplicates food whereas the Rotunda offering is simple but sophisticated. Sourced from a remote farm in the heart of Northumberland, their meat supplies are fresh and organic with the animals free to roam over acres of farmland. Only quality meat and the most interesting cuts go on the menu, so with its farm-to-plate concept, you'll be treated to a succulent array of meat dishes.

The actual restaurant is bright and modern with accents of gold around the restaurant elevating it to a luxurious ambience. Out on the terrace, you'll find a garden alongside Regent's Canal, providing a calming setting that is a real hidden gem on a summer's day. Sip on a fruity cocktail like the pineapple and custard cream milk punch, or stay with the trend and try a glass of orange wine; both are perfect accompaniments to nibbles of olives and grilled sourdough while you wait.

Dine al fresco or in the main restaurant and start off with a creamy burrata, balanced out by pickled tomatoes and basil crisps. For the mains, the obvious choice is one of the special Corneyside Farm steaks, traditionally hand-reared and sustainably sourced to harness the best flavours from the meat. If you're not a red meat fan, other mains include grilled chicken, torched salmon or the vegetarian option of lemon, thyme and hazlenut gnocchi. 

For dessert, the menu combines tradition with excitement, offering up the likes of chocolate brownie or a tart alongside the intriguing orange and cardamom creme brulee with a rosemary shortbread.

Rotunda ensures your experience is full of British classics and a touch of excitement and decadence. This continues with the Sunday menu where fresh, organic meat joins beef fat roast potatoes, roasted root vegetables, seasonal greens and a Yorkshire pudding; all lovingly topped off with lashings of rich gravy.

£30 - £49
Steak
British
Anise

Anise

9 Devonshire Square, City of London, London, EC2M 4YL

£50 - £79
Bars
Indian
TOZI Victoria

TOZI Victoria

8 Gillingham Street, Victoria, London, SW1V 1HJ

TOZI is a much-loved Italian local in London's Victoria, perfect for both relaxed, long lunches with friends and yet glamorous enough for special occasions, too. The restaurant is open from Tuesday to Saturday for all day dining, serving up a selection of menus devised by Chef Maurilio, inspired by traditional Venetian fare. Of course, its location is ideal, whether you're coming from central London or further afield, thanks to its position right next to the underground and train station. 

Venetian cuisine is famous for its cicchetti dishes which are typically served with drinks before a meal in bite-sized portions. TOZI re-interprets this idea by offering cicchetti-style plates across its menu, meaning you can try even more of the menu's flavour combinations. 

Smaller dishes include seared beef carpaccio and grilled artichokes, as well as zucchini fritti and Tuscan bean soup with spelt and rosemary oil. There's also a selection of options from the deli and salad bar; get stuck into octopus with chickpea purée, alongside burrata, roasted aubergine and dry tomatoes, and Umbrian wild boar salsiccia. 

If main dishes are more your thing, we like the sound of the slow cooked pork shoulder with cannellini beans and cavolo nero, as well as roasted cod with Castelluccio lentils and chard. For a special occasion, enjoy an impressive sharing dish like lobster linguine and 500g of 31 day aged beef rib with rosemary and garlic. For dessert, it has to be a traditional Italian sweet like pistachio tiramisù, pear and yoghurt semifreddo, toffee and hazelnut crumble, and the Tozi affogato. 

In terms of the space, expect calming, minimalist decor that ticks all of the aesthetic boxes. Neutral tones are paired with natural materials for effortless chic, while mid century chairs sit next to sinkable booths, perfect for both intimate dinners for two and socialising spaces for larger groups.  

£30 - £49
Italian
Winteringham Fields

Winteringham Fields

Winteringham Fields, Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, DN15 9ND

Winteringham Fields is an ingredient-led dining concept in North Lincolnshire; proudly the area's only restaurant with a Michelin Star. Located out in the grassy flatlands, the concept hinges heavily on nature, using seasonal ingredients sourced from local fisherman and growers, as well as produce reared on the on-site farm. 

The team say that from the moment you walk through the door, until your final sip of wine, visiting Winteringham Fields should be experiential. You can expect top-class service and innovative, intriguing dishes that inform as well as delight. 

The restaurant offers a range of tasting menus which are staggered throughout the day. While dishes change with the seasons, the website offers a flavour of what you might expect. For example, within the 18-course lunch menu, guests can enjoy aged wild turbot, Thirkleby duck, a BBQ chicken taco and a selection of desserts like Robert's rhubarb and chocolate delice. 

During the evening sitting, many of these dishes reappear joined by the likes of hand dived scallops, laksa and fennel salad and smoked eel with herring roe, chives and cucumber. Each menu comes with a suggested wine pairing and guests are encouraged to ask the sommelier’s advice if ordering by the glass. 

Winteringham Fields recently unveiled a new immersive experience as part of its offering, an additional space built around an open kitchen. Here, diners can be part of the chef's process and witness what goes on behind closed doors, an exciting event especially when celebrating a birthday or anniversary. 

And, for those who live further afield or simply desire to make a night out of their visit to Winteringham Fields, consider booking into one of the boutique hotel's charming rooms. Choose between the 16th century Main House with period features, the peaceful courtyard with individual balconies, and the quaint Dovecoats, just a few minutes away in the sleepy village.

Over £80
Modern European
One Michelin star
SquareMeal UK Top 100
Roka Charlotte Street

Roka Charlotte Street

37 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 1RR

Sitting right in the heart of Bloomsbury, Roka Charlotte Street was the group’s first ever London site, and it remains one of the most beloved thanks to a combination of delicious Japanese cooking and sleek modern interiors. London is a city now obsessed with Japanese food, but Roka was part of the wave that really started it all, winning legions of fans with precise, delicious sushi platters and flavour-bomb dishes from the signature robata grill.

Inside, Roka’s contemporary styling has also won it many fans. The roaring robata grill (from which Roka borrows the first syllable of its name) sits at the heart of the restaurant, surrounded by counter dining spots on a gorgeous piece of carved wood. Floor-to-ceiling windows help to fill the whole space with natural light, which also lends the restaurant a rather glamorous evening atmosphere.

Meanwhile, Roka is beloved for its easy-going Japanese menu which has something for everyone. Sushi fans have long been coming to Roka for the excellent sushi and sashimi selection, that includes soft shell crab, cucumber and kimchi maki rolls with chilli mayonnaise, Wagyu tempura maki with karashi ponzu, and a spicy sashimi fish platter with cucumber shiso. You can also order sashimi and nigiri per piece, from a wide selection that includes shrimp, yellowfin, octopus and fatty tuna.

All that before you get to the robata grill section, which forms the heart of the Roka experience. Dishes like chicken skewers with spring onion, baby back pork ribs with sansho pepper, lamb cutlets with Korean spices and beef fillet with chilli and ginger are all cooked over the coals and flames. There are great seafood dishes too, including scallop skewers and Roka’s famous black cod marinated in yuzu miso.

Over £80
Sushi
Japanese
Bybrook Restaurant at The Manor House

Bybrook Restaurant at The Manor House

The Manor House, Castle Combe, Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN14 7HR

There are few restaurants that can claim to be situated in as beautiful of a location as Bybrook restaurant. Tucked away in the village of Castle Combe, that is a tourist destination purely for it’s quintessentially British feel, is The Manor House, where the restaurant calls home. The interior is homely with carpeted flooring, a cosy dining room feel, and stylish features such as exposed brick walls and large windows allowing light to flood through. But this is not a case of style over substance, as Bybrook has earned itself a Michelin star for its delicious seasonal dishes, which are enhanced by fine wines paired by an expert sommelier.
Ingredients come from a mixture of local suppliers and the kitchen garden where gardeners work hand in hand with head chef Rob Potter to create the menu. Using raised beds, poly tunnels and orchards, the team are able to grow a variety of vegetables, fruits, and even create a microclimate to germinate seedlings.
Able to cater to meat eaters, vegetarians and vegans alike, the Bybrook focuses on what’s in season, to get the most out of each ingredient. Guests are able to enjoy a tasting menu with six courses and an optional wine flight. Think dishes like laminated brioche with cultured butter, Cornish wild turbot with white asparagus, Petrossian caviar and seaweed butter, and Herdwick lamb, morel, wild garlic and kohlrabi. For those who like something a little sweeter, you can expect immaculately presented desserts that showcase the best British fruits on offer at the time. With executive chef Rob Potter at the helm, it comes as no surprise that this restaurant has been able to gain a Michelin star in 2017 and keep it ever since, as well as an admirable 3 AA rosettes. There are already plenty of reasons to head to this picturesque part of the country, but Bybrook restaurant may just be one of the best yet.

Over £80
Modern European
British
One Michelin star
Coya Mayfair

Coya Mayfair

118 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London, W1J 7NW

Located in the heart of Mayfair, Coya is a lively destination showcasing traditional Peruvian flavours refined with contemporary techniques and presentation. This well-known brand has branches across the globe, from Paris to Dubai, and has been honing its signature dishes, cocktails and overall dining experience to provide an unforgettable occasion for every guest. At the time of writing, Coya boasts two sites in London, one in the City and a second in Mayfair. 

All things glitz and glamour are an integral part of the dining experience at Coya. Its stylish interiors feature azure seating, lush greenery, peacock patterned walls and moody lighting, designed to transport guests to another world for the evening. Settle in to one of its comfortable seats for dinner to indulge in an array of dishes. from light and zesty ceviche to hearty meat skewers. Equally, pay a visit to its Pisco bar to enjoy Latin American beats until the early hours of the morning.

The extensive a la carte sees indulgent appetisers like pulled wagyu bao buns with truffle, baby squid with Peruvian marigold and crab tacos with guacamole and yuzu tobiko. While a range of mains includes meat and fish specials - think spicy beef fillet with shallots and star anise, and Chilean sea bass with lime and aji amarillo. For an extra special evening out, why not opt for the tasting menu, where you can enjoy over ten dishes capped off with two sweet courses of orange and lime churros, and mango cheesecake?

A meal at Coya mandates a venture into the enticing cocktail list curated by the in house expert mixologists which includes a dedicated Pisco section, signature concoctions, and global classics.

Over £80
Peruvian
South American
Halal
Fusion
Trishna

Trishna

15-17 Blandford Street, Marylebone, London, W1U 3DG

As one of the only Michelin-starred Indian restaurants in London, Trishna’s reputation precedes it. This refined restaurant on Blandford Street in Marylebone Village turns out beautiful dishes, to be enjoyed in the form of a tasting menu or a la carte. There are also extremely reasonably priced lunch menus for those wanting to enjoy the excellent food on a budget.

Start off with an elegant pre-dinner cocktail such as a Himalayan gimlet composed of Tanqueray 10, Himalayan cordial and Timur peppercorn. There is also a selection of gin and tonics, soft like lassis and sodas and beers, including the king cobra premium lager.

Those who have opted for a la carte can commence the meal with a quail pepper fry, soft shell crab varuval or telicherry squid and shrimps, among others. The blazing hot tandoor turns out grilled delights like bream, salmon, scallops, duck, lamb chops and poussin, with a mixed grill also available for those who can’t decide. Mains at Trishna include cashew and pepper chicken, mango prawn curry and Welsh lamb with pickled sorrel leaves, poppy seeds and Guntur teja chilli.

Biryani is also available here, with chicken, seafood and wild mushrooms as the respective core ingredients. Classic Indian sides here are elevated to new heights, such as lemon rice with cashew, mustard seeds and curry leaves or duck keema naan with pink peppercorn raita. Diners can end their meal with a truly lavish Indian dessert, with options like pear and saffron mousse, chocolate chikki and fig and cardamom kheer.

Every starter, main and dessert at Trishna denoted with a suggested wine pairing, while the tasting menu offers pairings too. The wine list offers a wide selection of bottles from all over the world, carefully chosen to match the food. There is also an extensive list of spirits from similarly global origins.

£50 - £79
Indian
One Michelin star
Aqua Spirit

Aqua Spirit

Fifth Floor, 240 Regent Street (entrance 30 Argyll Street), Oxford Circus, London, W1B 3BR

A plush bar, complete with open air terrace and lofty views across the rooftops of London? There aren’t many of those around, especially in the vicinity of Oxford Circus. Aqua Spirit is certainly one of the most impressive cocktail bars in the city, and that’s before you even get around to ordering a cocktail. 

You’ll find Aqua Spirit immediately to your right as you step out of the elevators - quite frankly, it’s hard to miss. The central bar is a monolith of golden tessellated fleur de lys tiling and smooth obsidian. Sliding doors hide the way to a private dining room for 10, and nearby Aqua Nueva - a Spanish restaurant and cocktail bar that has its own terrace and tapas bar. Step on through to Aqua Kyoto and you’ll find silk-lined booths and a stunning marble sushi bar, with chefs busily preparing sushi and sashimi platters. And further still, the Kyoto Terrace - which is both heated and covered for use all year-round.

Aqua Spirit is a cocktail bar at heart, but there are bar snacks available, like rock shrimp with chilli garlic sauce, or squid and vegetable gyoza, and you can always head next door if you want a sit down meal. 

Meanwhile, the cocktail bar is where the action is. Try Aqua Spirit signatures like the Pink Panther (Tapatio reposado, peach, Campari, Supasawa and Fever-Tree tonic) or the Negroni Royal (Tanqueray Royal, Roots mastic, dry vermouth and citrus), then head out onto the terrace and soak up the buzz of the city from five floors up. 

Bars
The Summerhouse

The Summerhouse

60 Blomfield Road, Maida Vale, London, W9 2PD

Don’t be fooled by the seasonal moniker: The Summerhouse is open right through the year – by popular demand. Dreamily located by the banks of Little Venice at the Grand Union Canal, just a skip from its sibling The Waterway, this breezy venue offers canal-side dining 'with a Cape Cod influence' and sunny echoes of a Long Island beach retreat.

Inside you'll find a beach lover's paradise, resplendent in beachy touches and nautical decor. The colour theme of sea blue and white really leans into the theme, as do the navy and white striped banquettes and exposed brick white walls. There's even an impressive collection of beige and blue beach themed trinkets and statement pieces in the light and airy dining room. Exiting the main room onto the terrace provides an excellent view of the charming narrow boats. 

Seafood is the name of the game here and it's available in just about every shape and size you can imagine. Fish and chips here are legendary, as is the whole baked sea bass, served with green beans, almond butter and sauteed new potatoes, and the Mediterranean king prawns, which are pan fried with chilli and coriander butter. 

Kick things off with some of the famous traditional popcorn shrimps with sweet chilli sauce, or if you're not in the mood for sea snacks, opt for chilled Spanish tomato soup with iberico ham, or some irresistible burrata. There's then the option to choose between Mediterranean sharing plates, salads, shellfish and mains, before taking your pick from Eton mess, knickerbocker glory and a cheeseboard to round things off. 

The Summerhouse is the ideal way to get that summer feeling while remaining close to home. And if you feel more at home on the water, don't despair - you'll find that the restaurant even has its own moorings. 

£30 - £49
Mediterranean
Gastropub
Fish
Hawksmoor Spitalfields

Hawksmoor Spitalfields

157a Commercial Street, Spitalfields, London, E1 6BJ

Hawksmoor Spitalfields was ground zero for the now legendary, far-reaching steakhouse, and to many it remains the best embodiment of Hawksmoor's indulgent spirit. This original branch opened back in 2006 and it retains the same moody charm today, thanks to signature forest green leather banquettes, exposed brickwork and herringbone natural wood floors. Stained glass panels in the windows create dappled light on one side of the room, whilst a well-stocked bar props up the other corner. 

Truthfully though, no-one goes to Hawksmoor to admire the interiors - this is the epitomy of a restaurant where the food speaks for itself. Hawksmoor offers a wide variety of menu options to suit all comers these days, but the authentic Hawksmoor experience is still all about the steaks. Scan the blackboard as soon as you walk in to see what steaks are available - everything is priced per 100 grams, but each steak is weighed and then written up on the board, so you can pick the perfect one for you, whether it's a hefty slab of bone-in prime rib or a dainty fillet steak. All your favourite sauces are available too, alongside extras like grilled bone marrow, triple-cooked chips, creamed spinach and buttered greens. 

If you're not a big steak eater or you're just not feeling it, there's plenty on the menu besides. Hawksmoor's handy Spitalfields location attracts all comers, and the menu reflects that with plenty of other options, from sea bream with chilli, lemon and garlic, to ricotta dumplings with peas, broad beans and asparagus. Hawksmoor's puddings are also worth saving room for, not least the famous sticky toffee pudding, or the salted caramel rolos, which you can take away for later snacking. 

There are also Sunday roasts and set menus available at certain times, as well as an enormous wine and cocktail list. 

£50 - £79
Steak
British
Auberge du Lac

Auberge du Lac

Brocket Hall, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, AL8 7XG

£50 - £79
Modern European
Vasco & Piero

Vasco & Piero's Pavilion

11 D'Arblay Street, Soho, London, W1F 8DT

This understated Italian restaurant in Soho serves simple, high-quality and great-tasting fare, without the frills or fuss. It changes its menu twice a day, but always serves its staple fresh pasta plates, with each one based on a few, really good ingredients – in true Italian style. Some of its staff have been with the restaurant for over 20 years and, since opening originally in 1971 on Poland Street, has become something of a legend within London’s restaurant scene. For traditional Umbrian food and an old-school vibe, this is the place to head.  

The interiors exude the comforting vibe of a well-loved neighbourhood restaurant. All the furniture and lighting is from Umbria, while artwork from Italian artists (and occasionally guest artists) line the walls. Overall, the look and feel is modern and sleek, the simplicity of the surroundings mirroring the modest nature of the plates. For private events, guests can hire out The Glass Room, which has its own private bar and looks out across the main restaurant.  

Expect a succession of delicately rendered Umbrian dishes from the ever-rotating menu. Start with a selection of small plates, such as burrata from Puglia with cherry tomatoes and avocado, carpaccio of roast loin of pork with rucola, lemon, olive oil and pecorino and camorza (grilled smoked mozzarella wrapped in parma ham). For mains, opt for one of its fresh pasta plates, such as handmade tagliatelle with traditional Umbrian beef and pork ragu, and a hand-rolled vegetarian lasagne. While larger plates of meat and fish feature grilled fillet of swordfish with red pepper dressing, French beans and lentils, and Tuscan sausages, black truffles, pecorino, pancetta, carrots and cannellini. 

An all-Italian wine list explores the regions, while a couple of classic Italian cocktails, such as prosecco and white peach or a negroni, are also available. 

£30 - £49
Italian
Corrigan

Corrigan's Mayfair

28 Upper Grosvenor Street, Mayfair, London, W1K 7EH

Richard Corrigan is synonymous with friendly service and comforting, modern British cooking in the capital. Corrigan's Mayfair is his eponymous restaurant in glitzy Mayfair, alongside Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill in Piccadilly and Daffodil Mulligan in Old Street. 

Whilst Bentley's is famous for the thousands of oysters shucked and served on its premises every day, Corrigan's has a reputation as one of the finest game restaurants in the capital. Broadly speaking, Corrigan's is a celebration of seasonal British and Irish produce, but the restaurant is particularly proud to showcase game from across the British Isles, 'coastal and wild, furred and feathered,' as they say. The Glorious Twelfth (the name given to the start of the grouse hunting season) is an auspicious date in the Corrigan's calendar for that very reason, and the restaurant remains busy throughout the hunting season and beyond. 

Bookended by snacks and petit fours, the menu is packed with dishes that showcase classic French techniques and modern British flavour combinations with interesting twists. A salad of lobster is livened with taramasalata and yuzu, and a foie gras bavarois comes with gingerbread and pear. Mains include the likes of Hampshire fallow deer with cocoa, fig and crapaudine beetroot, and wild Shetland halibut with chervil root, autumn truffle and cavolo nero. If you still have room for dessert, try the apple tarte fine with hazelnut and vanilla ice cream, or a signature Corrigan's Paris-brest.

Corrigan's sommelier team hand-picks wine recommendations every season, but if you want to delve into the wine list you'll find an extensive collection by the glass and bottle from all over the world. Guests can also head to Dickie's Bar by the restaurant entrance for a cocktail whilst they wait for their table.

£50 - £79
British
Irish
SquareMeal London Top 100
The Delaunay

The Delaunay

55 Aldwych, Aldwych, London, WC2B 4BB

With the same old world romantic feel to it as its sibling, this central London restaurant is from the team behind The Wolseley, and you can feel it in the sumptuous decor and high standard of service. The Delaunay is a grand space in the centre of theatreland that is modelled on the grand cafes of Mittel-Europe and serves up a menu packed with classics.

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, a visit to The Delaunay is a welcome treat no matter the time of day. For lunch there’s a selection of sandwiches ranging from an indulgent lobster-filled roll to a stunning chicken schnitzel, and if you happen in later on in the day then you can enjoy heartier fare from the all-day menu - moules, schnitzel or confit duck, say.

Tables fill up fast so booking ahead is recommended, but there are always a handful of spaces reserved for walk ins, in case you fancy a spontaneous trip to one of London’s premier dining destinations.

£50 - £79
Central European
Austrian
Sager + Wilde Hackney Road

Sager + Wilde Hackney Road

193 Hackney Road, Hoxton, London, E2 8JL

Located just a two-minute walk from Hoxton station, Sager + Wilde on Hackney Road is a rustic-chic wine bar providing guests with an extensive and imaginative wine list alongside a modest selection of small plates and nibbles. This is the ideal spot for everything from post-work drinks and nibbles to a date night evening out sampling rare wine and enjoying the modern British sharing plates.

Inside, guests can opt to take a seat at the stunning bar-top of Victoria cast iron or at the lower wooden tables that are overlooked by a huge bottle rack lining the wall. The shades are often drawn slightly for an intimate and moody ambience but if you prefer, there is plenty of outdoor seating available too.

The food menu is limited and focuses on simple yet elevated flavours, designed to complement the wine, hence the amount of cheese you’ll encounter. Examples include duck rillette with cornichons and toasted sourdough, and marinated courgettes with muscatel vinegar dressing and wild thyme flowers. Alternatively, keep it traditional with the cheese and charcuterie plate featuring treats like Tomme de Savoie, Lou Nouste, mortadella and fig jam. If you’d rather not faff about with the small plates, there are a few cheese toasties on the menu, so dig into the cheddar and ‘Nduja toastie served with a pickled gherkin and you’re sure to be satisfied. If you’ll be stopping in briefly for a tipple and snack, try the truffle pecorino nuts or nibble on nocarella olives.

The star of the show at this location, however, is the outstanding wine list. This is everchanging and showcases the best of the best (with prices to match) alongside rare natural wines you might not have heard of and familiar favourites. Most of these are conveniently available by the glass but be sure to peruse the bottle list which features plenty of award-winning wines from world-class vineyards. There are also enticing cocktails and craft beer and cider on offer, so there’s something for everyone.  

£30 - £49
British
Wine Bars
Pizarro

Pizarro

194 Bermondsey Street, Bermondsey, London, SE1 3TQ

Try the new Gadira tasting menu featuring tuna prepared in various ways. Designed for a minimum of 8 guests, this menu showcases the finest Barbate bluefin tuna sourced from the renowned fishing hub in Andalusia, ensuring a fresh and flavorsome dining experience. This tuna feast features mormo stewed for a few minutes, marinated tuna ribs accompanied by chips, a giant loin tuna steak cooked a la plancha, and lemon ice cream with a touch of salted dry air tuna's heart. An experience for real foodies. £100 per person.

Pizarro in Bermondsey is José Pizarro’s second in the area with his original tapas bar one block away on Bermondsey Street. The restuarant is an homage to José's grandfather who had a bar by the same name in Talaván in the West of Spain.

The restaurant brings traditional Spanish cuisine to the heart of London with its menu of small tapas plates—perfect for sharing—or more substantial options with a choice of starters and mains. Diners can enjoy quality, seasonal Spanish produce cooked in an open kitchen that shows off José Pizarro’s passion and Spanish influence. 

Up first on the menu is the selection of tapas dishes, titled Pica Pica. This includes daily changing croquetas, padròn peppers and Jamón Ibérico. Moving onto starters, there is a range of salads on offer as well as seaafood options including clams in a spicy sauce and grilled squid in a Spanish sherry sauce. Of course, the Spanish influence continues into the main courses with a vegetarian option of wild mushroom rice, apple, fino and soft sheep cheese. Ibérico pork makes another appearance in the main options as well as a sharing dish for two that features suckling lamb served with patata al caliu, yoghurt allioli and fresh herbs. 

If you're visiting in a large group of more than eight diners, Pizarro offers different set menus that can be pre-ordered. You can opt between a £50 or £60 set menu with both featuring an array of tapas dishes, starters, main courses and desserts. Pizarro also presents a set menu perfect for meat-lovers with its £100 suckling pick option that, of course, makes a feature of Jamón Ibérico, Spanish cold cuts, Catalan sausage and marinated pork. 

Alongside the range of desserts is a fantastic list of dessert wines that are selected to match each dessert choice. With a hugely extensive drinks menu, guests are spoilt for choice with the selection of Spanish wines, brandy, whisky and liqueurs. Non-alcoholic diners are not forgotten with a little selection of classic mocktails.

£50 - £79
Spanish
Restaurant Martin Wishart

Restaurant Martin Wishart

54 The Shore, Leith, Edinburgh, EH6 6RA

Martin Wishart is an Edinburgh born chef who has honed his talent when training under such renowned chefs such as Alnert Roux and Marco Pierre White, that he has established himself as one of the most respected chefs in the country. Wishart worked in kitchens from a teen, and although he initially never planned to become a chef, he fell in love with the industry and is now well established as a multi award winning chef and restaurateur.

Wishart is exceptionally proud of his Scottish heritage and loves to focus on the very best ingredients he can source, saying that “the langoustines, scallops, crabs and lobsters always come live into my restaurant. I am very passionate about Scottish produce and use it as much as I can.” He was on the search for nearly seven years before he found the perfect property for his first restaurant in Leith, and has a great entrepreneurial attitude, these days owning three restaurants, a cook school and outside catering opportunities.

For lunch, try the three or four course option beginning with a gratin of white asparagus starter with smoked salmon and a poached hens egg, or the broccoli ravioli with smoked almond crumb and red pepper veloute. Your main course may be the Tweed Valley aged sirloin with braised short rib, black pudding and Roscoff onion, or the roasted halibut and pig's trotter.

Dessert includes the cherry beer baba with pistachio cream and sorbet, and there are additional options of a cheese board and coffee with petit fours. The tasting menu is vague, and leaves much to be discovered, just like many others. To start, you'll enjoy flavours of wild garlic and onion, before a ceviche of halibut with mango and passion fruit and Orkney scallops with vadouvan spice with squash, walnut pesto, sauternes and curry veloute. For dessert there is a pairing of gariguette strawberry with yoghurt mousse and pink peppercorn glass.

Over £80
Scottish
Vegetarian
Vegan
French
One Michelin star
Dehesa

Dehesa

25 Ganton Street, Soho, London, W1F 9BP

£30 - £49
Tapas
Spanish
Italian
The Neptune Restaurant with Rooms

The Neptune Restaurant with Rooms

85 Old Hunstanton Road, Hunstanton, Norfolk, PE36 6HZ

£30 - £49
Modern European
The Oak Room at Danesfield House

The Oak Room at Danesfield House

Danesfield House, Henley Road, Marlow, Buckinghamshire, SL7 2EY

£50 - £79
Modern European
Boisdale of Belgravia

Boisdale of Belgravia

15 Eccleston Street, Belgravia, London, SW1W 9LX

Boisdale, in the heart of elegant Belgravia, is a celebration of Scotland’s heritage, with its decor, its drinks, and especially, its food. Paired with live music every night, a whisky bar, and a cigar terrace, Boisdale promises a lively and authentic dining experience.

Inside a grand Georgian townhouse, Boisdale boasts plush velvet turquoise seating, luxurious red walls adorned with old framed photographs, mahogany wood, and tartan carpets, which work together to create an old-school, intimate atmosphere that transports diners from bustling London to an exclusive Scottish club. With a commitment to only using the freshest and highest-quality ingredients, the restaurant offers up classic Scottish fare with some innovative twists.

On the extensive menus (choose from a la carte, all-day dining, Sunday jazz lunch, a two-course pre-theatre menu, or a two-course set lunch), expect to find traditional dishes such as Dumfriesshire blackface haggis with neeps and tatties, creamy and heartwarming cullen skink, or steamed Shetland mussels. Top-quality dry-aged Scottish beef is also on offer, from sirloin and ribeye, to the sharing chateaubriand, all served with triple-cooked chips and hand-picked vegetables. Boisdale even recommends its own label claret as a wine pairing with the succulent steaks. Other dishes include oysters, cured fish, wild Scottish venison, and lobster in various forms.

Desserts are just as authentic, and indulgent, with the likes of sticky toffee pudding with a toffee and rum sauce, and Boisdale fruit crumble with English custard. If you would prefer a digestif, Boisdale has you covered, with an ample selection of Scottish malt whiskies, after dinner cocktails, such as a smoky old fashioned, wines, and spirits. You can also discover the secret terrace, where the finest Cuban cigars can be smoked with unique views of Belgravia. Stick around till the evening for live jazz, blues, and soul music, to complete the vibrant and sophisticated dining experience.

£50 - £79
Scottish
Steak
British
The Peat Inn

The Peat Inn

Peat Inn Hamlet, near St Andrews , Fife, KY15 5LH

£50 - £79
Modern European
Balthazar

Balthazar

4-6 Russell Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 5HZ

The original Balthazar was opened in the spring of 1997 by Keith McNally in New York City. This London-based sister site can be found on the corner of Russell Street and Wellington Street, right in the heart of Covent Garden. 

The French-inspired menu offers all-day brasserie dining and menus are available for breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. The weekend brunch menu takes influence from American-style breakfast, with steak and eggs, New York pancakes served with fresh banana and maple syrup, alongside your choice of Mimosa or Balthazar Bloody Mary.

No matter the time of your visit, there will be a menu for you, the late evening bar menu served from 9.30pm offers savoury bites to satisfy any late night hunger, including a Croque Monsieur on sourdough, smoked salmon tartine and marinated vegetables served with avocado and hummus in a brioche bun. A children's menu shows off the restaurant’s family-friendly credentials, while the dinner menu is where you see the French-inspired dishes at their best, highlights include lobster spaghetti and the classic steak frites.

Balthazar in Covent Garden is open all day, seven days a week. Read our review and browse photos to learn more.

£50 - £79
Afternoon tea
French
Boisdale of Canary Wharf

Boisdale of Canary Wharf

Cabot Place West, Canary Wharf, London, E14 4QT

£50 - £79
British
Ham Yard Bar at Ham Yard Hotel

Ham Yard Bar at Ham Yard Hotel

One Ham Yard, Piccadilly Circus, London, W1D 7DT

£30 - £49
Bars
Roth Bar

Roth Bar

Durslade Farm, Bruton, Somerset, BA10 0NL

At Roth Bar Somerset installation art and food and drink seamlessly blend in the second iteration of the bar first opened in Somerset and revamped in 2024 to celebrate its 10th anniversary. Roth Bar first originated in Zurich in 1997 and has since had several versions all over the world which are now being replicated in Somerset. 

Located within the Hauser & Worth gallery at Durslade Farm in Bruton Somerset, at Roth Bar Somerset the bar itself is a work of art. Comprised of salvaged and reclaimed materials from the local area and adorned by video screens that imbue the work with life and toes the line between the practical and the aesthetic the bar is surely the focal point and highlight of the guest experience. The almost steampunk-esque and shabby chic decor of the bar is set within the bare setting of the repurposed threshing barn that reflects the building’s farming past. 

Local produce and close relationships with their suppliers are at the core of Roth Bar Somerset’s menu as reflected by the fact that almost all of the drinks on offer and ingredients used in their cocktails are sourced from the local area. This reflects the venue’s commitment to providing guests with ethical, sustainable and fresh British produce. This dedication extends even further with the wine,cider,cordial and beef on offer being  sourced from the farm itself. Guests can also enjoy classic, signature and non-alcoholic cocktails and hot and soft drinks. 

This impressive selection is served alongside light bar snacks and charcuterie sharing boards as well as some more substantial burgers,sandwhiches , salads and soups. These dishes spotlight local produce with charcuterie from Westcombe farm, mussels from the River Fowey and vegetables sourced from 12 Acres Farm as well as, of course, their own products. 

£30 - £49
British
The Barn at Coworth Park

The Barn at Coworth Park

Blacknest Road, Ascot, Berkshire, SL5 7SE

£30 - £49
British
The Church Green

The Church Green

Higher Lane, Lymm, Cheshire, WA13 0AP

£30 - £49
British
Marksman Public House

Marksman Public House

254 Hackney Road, Bethnal Green, London, E2 7SJ

Once named Michelin Pub of the Year, the Marksman Public House made a name for itself in an instant and has secured itself as many a Londoner’s favourite ‘local’ since.

This east London bolthole is less of a boozer and more of a classy gastropub, but all the same retains much of the charm of a nice neighbourhood spot. You can expect a dark wooden bar lined with all kinds of carefully chosen wines, spirits, and soft drinks. On tap you’ll find some lesser-known brews, like ale from Five Points – a local London brewery.

Chances are you’re interested in the Marksman Public House for its food as much as its drink. The a la carte is packed with crowd pleasing classics for starters like Scottish langoustine with homemade mayonnaise or a generous British seafood platter. Come mains there are incredible pies, sharing joints of meat like a succulent wing rib with wild mushrooms, and veggie favourites such as the Roscoff onion tart with goat’s curd and herb salad.

Aside from the main billing, there are also brunch, Sunday and feasting menus which complete the line-up. The weekend brunch menu pays the same attention to ingredient sourcing, seasonality, and providence as the main menu, but comes with the added benefit of a fantastic ‘hair of the dog’ offering. Think Black Velvet cocktails, Bloody Marys, and Mimosas. This time the wing rib of beef is served with onion rings, anchovies, and fried eggs, while sides like hash browns and ketchup keep things firmly in the familiar comfort food camp.

Come Sundays there’s also a three-course roast dinner for £40 per person. Starters might include crab soup with aioli while mains span from roast chicken with a roast tomato salad through to a whole plaice. Traditionalists are also catered for by way of the roast rump with Yorkshires and horseradish.

£30 - £49
Gastropub
Trinity

Trinity

4 The Polygon, Clapham, London, SW4 0JG

Trinity is a Michelin-starred neighbourhood restaurant in the heart of Clapham, headed up by chef-patron Adam Byatt. This elegant and highly respected restaurant also boasts a more relaxed space upstairs (Trinity Upstairs, which has a Michelin Bib Gourmand award) and Trinity Outside - a terrace restaurant in front of the restaurant, which opens during the summer. Adam also teaches at culinary schools and is currently chef director of Brown's Hotel in Mayfair, where he oversees flagship restaurant Charlie's. 

Trinity is a broadly modern European restaurant, but dishes particularly showcase Adam's background in classical French cooking as well as his love of Italy and the Mediterranean. Meals at Trinity are four courses, with a pre-starter, starter, main and dessert, but diners can opt for three courses, or five courses with a cheese course. Inside Trinity is a balance between relaxed and smart - there are smart white tablecloths and the restaurant has a certain elegance about it, but service and dress code are more relaxed and informal. 

Your first course at Trinity might be a dressed globe artichoke, beef tartare with pickled mushrooms and caviar or cured halibut with salt-baked white beetroot, ginger and lime. With whetted appetites, you will then be served up something a little heartier for your second course. This might be a ricotta raviolo with egg yolk, wild garlic and buttered leeks or strozzapreti with new season morels and aged parmesan. A non-pasta option might be warm semi-smoked salmon with beurre blanc, capers and dill or quail pissaladiere with oyster mushroom bolognese and truffle sabayon. 

Mains at Trinity are often lavish, celebrating meat, seafood or vegetables with perfectly-matched accompaniments. A meat option might be pot roast chicken with leek hearts, morels and salt-baked turnip, veal loin with Jerusalem artichokes, hazelnuts and truffle celeriac or spiced Anjou pigeon with preserved lemon, dates and green olive. In terms of seafood, you might see fresh Cornish cod, paired with white sprouting broccoli, mussels and lemon. 

Finally, finish with a decadent dessert like a salted caramel custard tart, a selection of artisanal cheeses, or an amalfi lemon souffle with beeswax ice cream.

Over £80
Modern European
One Michelin star
SquareMeal London Top 100
World Service

World Service

Castle Gate , Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG1 6AF

£30 - £49
French
5 North Street

5 North Street

5 North Street, Winchcombe, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL54 5LH

£30 - £49
British
Dinings

Dinings

22 Harcourt Street, Marylebone, London, W1H 4HH

£50 - £79
Sushi
Japanese
Lumiere

Lumiere

Clarence Parade, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 3PA

Lead by husband and wife team Jon and Helen Howe, Lumiere is an elegant fine dining experience in the heart of Cheltenham, with a reputation for innovative food. Since opening in January 2009, the restaurant has received numerous local and national awards including AA Restaurant of the Year for England in 2016, 3 AA Rosettes, and a Michelin Green Star.

The latter of those is down to the restaurant's 15-acre smallholding, which the restaurant uses to produce a huge range of fruits and vegetables, as well as micro herbs and edible flowers. The farm itself employs a 'no dig' method and is run in a completely organic way. There are no chemicals used - instead the farm opts for physical and biological solutions to pests.

All that homegrown produce - alongside meat, fish and seafood sourced from local fishermen and farmers - goes straight onto the menu at the restaurant, so you can be assured that everything you eat in the restaurant is as fresh as possible. Lumiere offers four, six and eight-course tasting menus, as well as a vegetarian menu. At the time of writing, the eight course menu opens up with Kestral potato, with smoked eel from the River Severn, apple, caviar, and smoked pepper dulse - a type of seaweed found in the nearby Severn estuary. Line caught sea bass comes with St Austell Bay mussels, wild garlic capers and coco beans. Pastry chef Anna Wise takes over on desserts with stunning creations like Valrhona Caramelia milk chocolate with passionfruit, mango and seame, and damson soufflé with yoghurt and almond milk. 

Vegetarian dishes are equally innovative and interesting, making Lumiere one of the most exciting restaurants in the country for vegetarians. 

 

£50 - £79
Modern European
British
One Michelin star
SquareMeal UK Top 100
Tsunami

Tsunami

5-7 Voltaire Road, London, SW4 6DQ

£30 - £49
Sushi
Japanese
The Pig

The Pig

Beaulieu Road, Brockenhurst, Hampshire, SO42 7QL

The Pig brand has long been adored by visitors far and wide, and with the New Forest venue being the original, it’s no wonder that it holds such a special place in people's hearts. The country house with 32 rooms is considered more of ‘a restaurant with rooms’, as there is such a strong focus on creating a special dining experience. The menu has all been sourced locally, including from the walled kitchen garden, where the team grow almost all of the fruit and vegetables included in the dishes. Then whatever can’t be grown there, is sourced from within a 25 mile radius, as the team look to celebrate the seasons and use only the best, freshest and authentic foods available.

The menu is evidence of the commitment to eating local ingredients, as locations have been noted on the page, as well as a separate section to show a 25 mile radius map of the suppliers. Expect to see cheese from Laverstock Farm, vinegars from the Isle of Wight, and wine from Hambledon, all used to create an uber local dining experience. On the menu, you’ll find a selection of small bites such as smoked cod's roe with fish fingers, plant based dishes from the garden like The Pig’s Gazpacho, and starters including ham hock terrine with piccalilli.

Then to confirm the low food miles of the food produced here, there’s also a section called ‘Forest & Solent’. Making the most of the land and sea, guests can tuck into anything from buttermilk marinated lamb belly with garden nettle pesto to south coast cuttlefish with asparagus & Dorset nduja dressing. The desserts offer a combination of hearty British classics and lighter options, to create something for everyone, no matter how much they’ve eaten before. Think The Pig’s arctic roll with New Forest strawberries, or Beaulieu Gorse & white rum jelly with kefir sorbet.

£50 - £79
British
The Three Oaks

The Three Oaks

Austenwood Lane, Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, SL9 8NL

£30 - £49
British
Gastropub
Stravaigin

Stravaigin

28 Gibson Street, Glasgow, G12 8NX

Found in Glasgow’s West End, Stravaigin is an intimate and casual restaurant which serves a globally inspired menu that is underpinned by sustainably sourced Scottish produce.

The subterranean dining room follows an inviting shabby chic aesthetic, which sees hanging pendant lighting, bare wooden tables and a focal wall wrapped in a nautically inspired mural designed by artist Murray Robertson, which celebrates the key pillars of Stravaigin’s identity - wild ingredients, travel, nature, culture and history. You will also be able to spot a whole host of interesting and eye-catching artworks adorning the walls, all of which are salvaged art pieces sourced all around Scotland.

As for the food menu, well rather intriguingly, Stravaigin describes its offering as ‘exotically Scottish’, which means you can expect to find internationally inspired dishes, but ones which make use of produce sourced locally. The menu kicks off with small plates such as haggis with neeps and tatties or heritage beetroot with smoked labneh, pine nuts and pickled bramble. Next, you can move on to bigger plates, which include a 7oz beef burger served with hand cut chips, a ‘curry of the moment’ (either chicken, prawn or veg) and skate wing with brown shrimp laksa.

Desserts are tempting too, with sweet-toothed diners able to tuck into the likes of lemongrass panna cotta with a tamarind caramel sauce, or plum and almond tart with milk ice cream. If you prefer liquid afters, you can enjoy red and white wine, or explore Stravaigin’s selection of Scottish gins.

On the weekends, Stravaigin opens its doors for a popular weekend brunch, which features all of the usual brunch favourites such as buttermilk waffles and eggs benedict, alongside a few more internationally influenced brunch items including Turkish-style eggs and baked carrots with salsa verde, toasted seeds and carrot and chilli baba ganoush.

£30 - £49
Scottish
International
The Greyhound on the Test

The Greyhound on the Test

31 High Street, Stockbridge, Hampshire, SO20 6EY

£30 - £49
Gastropub
The Pompadour

The Pompadour

Waldorf Astoria - The Caledonian, Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2AB

£50 - £79
British
Crooked Billet Stoke Row

Crooked Billet Stoke Row

Newlands Lane, Stoke Row, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 5PU

£30 - £49
Gastropub
José

José

104 Bermondsey Street, Bermondsey, London, SE1 3UB

Diners can experience an authentic Spanish atmosphere at José Pizarro's Bermondsey Tapas Bar. Pizarro has two resturants in the area but the Tapas Bar is unique in its no booking policy and counter-dining experience. As a relatively small space, its popularity makes it a busy, cosy dining experience with mostly standing room. 

The bar has a wooden, rustic and authentic atmosphere with a daily changing menu simply written on a black board in the restaurant. Pizarro prides himself on the use of quality Spanish produce and this is reflected in the daily changes to the menu. Diners are likely to find a selection of Spanish meats, cheeses and croquetas as well as some seafood and vegetarian options. The fact that the menu changes daily means that each experience is different which only adds to the lively, authentic tapas bar atmosphere. 

Alongside this authentic display of fine Spanish cuisine is a great range of drinks, from a huge selection of Spanish wines to both dry and sweet sherries. The drinks menu also includes a selection of beers and gins as well as some cocktails. The Spanish influence continues into the cocktail list with wine-based drinks and a Negroni; of course, the cocktail list finishes with an espresso martini for diners to enjoy alongside their desserts of the day. 

With an open kitchen, counter-dining and high-level seating, the overall atmosphere is lively and bustling however most diners are happy to squeeze into José's Tapas Bar for a vibrant taste of Spain on this little London corner. 

£30 - £49
Tapas
Spanish
Adam

Adam's Restaurant

New Oxford House, Birmingham, West Midlands, B2 5UG

Adam’s originally opened in 2013 by the eponymous Adam (Stokes) and his wife Natasha. The restaurant serves both an a la carte and signature tasting menu focused on modern British cooking, the calibre of which earned the restaurant a Michelin star just six months after opening. It’s retained the star ever since.  

Head Chef James Goodyear is the driving force behind the award-winning kitchen team and was appointed the role in 2021. He previously worked at Michelin-starred Hide in Piccadilly and trained at Raymond Blanc Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons, bringing a portfolio of classical and Michelin training with him. 

Guests are greeted by a comfortable bar and black and white checkerboard flooring on arrival, before heading through to the smart blue and grey dining room. Widely-spaced tables create a calm and spacious feel while large spherical light fixtures hang from the ceiling and ensure the room is bright – as do windows running along the length of one wall.  

There are three or five-course lunch menus to choose from, or a choice of a la carte or tasting menu options for dinner. Typical dishes might include the likes of squab pigeon with date, turnip and black olive, roe deer with fermented pumpkin, brassicas and smoked juniper or white chocolate with vanilla, pine and lemon thyme. The plates are elegant and refined and revolve around seasonal British ingredients.  

There are two wine pairings available with the tasting menu, or an extensive international wine list if you're dining from the a la carte menu. If you’d like to bring your own wine with you, you can for a corkage fee. Downstairs, there is also a chef’s table, glass-ensconced wine room and open kitchen.  

Over £80
British
One Michelin star
Rafters

Rafters

220 Oakbrook Road, Nether Green, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S11 7ED

£30 - £49
Modern European
Yashin Ocean House

Yashin Ocean House

117-119 Old Brompton Road, London, SW7 3RN

£30 - £49
Japanese
Fish
Soif

Soif

27 Battersea Rise, London, SW11 1HG

£30 - £49
French
The Duck and Rice

The Duck and Rice

90 Berwick Street, Soho, London, W1F 0QB

£30 - £49
Chinese
Dim Sum
Gastropub
The Harwood Arms

The Harwood Arms

Walham Grove, Fulham, London, SW6 1QP

Built in 1866 as a ‘beer house’, The Harwood Arms has been a pack leader on London’s gastropub scene for many a year, thrilling Chelsea locals and others with its stellar ingredients-led food and handsome gentrified interiors (a full-length bar, bare-boarded floors, mismatched furniture, monochrome photos on green-panelled walls). It also benefits from having some starry backers including Brett Graham (of The Ledbury) and TV chef/food-hunter Mike Robinson (of The Pot Kiln, Frilsham).

The kitchen specialises in wholeheartedly seasonal British fare – including veg, soft fruit and herbs from the pub’s rooftop garden, plus foraged pickings and bags of furred and feathered game (roast Yorkshire grouse with creamed root vegetables, stuffed cabbage and elderberries, for example).

Other highlights from the daily fixed-price menu might range from whipped chicken livers with onion jam and thyme ‘hobnobs’ or salt-baked beetroot with pickled cherries, hazelnuts and duck ham to poached Cornish cod with sweetcorn, cockles and lemon thyme or slow-cooked shoulder of Herdwick lamb with creamed courgettes and basil. Also, take a peek at calendar-tuned desserts such as strawberry and camomile trifle or blackcurrant jam doughnuts with citrus cream.

It may tout a Michelin star, but The Harwood Arms still trades as a proper local boozer, holding regular quiz nights and pleasing the drinkers with pints of real ale and plates of stupendous venison Scotch eggs, as well as bringing the house down with its thumping Sunday roasts – although the knowledgeably curated 200-bin wine list would put most local pubs to shame. The Harwood Arms has also been alma mater to some impressive names, including Sally Abe and James Cochran. 

£50 - £79
British
Gastropub
One Michelin star
SquareMeal London Top 100
Gamba

Gamba

225a West George Street, Glasgow, Central Scotland, G2 2ND

£30 - £49
Fish
The Bar at Bluebird Chelsea

The Bar at Bluebird Chelsea

350 King's Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 5UU

Bluebird really does have it all: the more relaxed, family-friendly Café & Courtyard on the ground floor, and the more refined restaurant and bar on the first floor. Nestled in the heart of Chelsea on the King's Road, Bluebird has become a staple of the local and wider community. Quirky interiors accompany dishes from all over the world with a wine list to match and playful house cocktails, making this the perfect setting for pretty much any occasion.

Those looking to catch up over a drink, or settle in for more than one or two are best catered to in Bluebird's upstairs bar, which comes with its own menu of delights. Signature cocktails include the Lavendar (Glenmorangie Nectar d'Or, Aperol, Hennessy V.S., agave, lemon juice and grapefruit bitters) and a smoked negroni, made with Campari infused with cardamom and Villa Ascenti gin. There is even a separate subsection dedicated to Cointreau based cocktails, such as the white lady (Sipsmith, Cointreau, lemon, sugar syrup and egg white) or the royal sidecar (Remy Martin 1738 Accord Royal, Cointreau and lemon juice). 

Alternatively, guests can enjoy their chosen spirit straight and as such, there is a huge amount of choice for each, including whiskies, blended scotch, Irish whisky, rum, tequila and mezcal, American whiskeys and bourbons, gin, vodka, cognac, Armagnac and liqueurs. Wine is available by the glass or bottle, with plenty of bubbly options for celebrations. 

To soak up the excellent selection of drinks, there are of course bar snacks available, including the obligatory marinated olives and crudités, along with truffle fries, salt and pepper squid with chipotle mayo, shrimp mayonnaise on brioche, oysters, duck liver parfait with fig chutney, beef tartare with smoked mayo and pickled shallots and Brindisa Iberico Paleta (shoulder ham). For more decadent bar visitors, there is also caviar available, served with blinis, creme fraiche and chives. 

£30 - £49
Bars
May Fair Kitchen

May Fair Kitchen

The May Fair Hotel, Stratton Street, Mayfair, London, W1J 8LT

£50 - £79
Spanish
Italian
Isle of Eriska Hotel

Isle of Eriska Hotel

Benderloch, Isle of Eriska, Argyll & Bute, Appin, PA37 1SD

Over £80
Modern European
Afternoon tea
Thackeray

Thackeray's

85 London Road, Tunbridge Wells, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN1 1EA

£50 - £79
Modern European
Le Champignon Sauvage

Le Champignon Sauvage

24-26 Suffolk Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 2AQ

£50 - £79
Modern European
One Michelin star
Lan y Môr Restaurant

Lan y Môr Restaurant

Coppet Hall Beach, Saundersfoot, Pembrokeshire, SA69 9AJ

£50 - £79
British
Smokehouse Islington

Smokehouse Islington

63-69 Canonbury Road, London, London, N1 2DG

£30 - £49
Gastropub
Punch Room at The London Edition

Punch Room at The London Edition

10 Berners Street, London, London, W1T 3NP

Under £30
Bars
Purple Poppadom

Purple Poppadom

185a Cowbridge Road East, Canton, Cardiff, CF11 9AJ

Anand George's flagship restaurant of fine Indian cuisine, the Purple Poppadom, is found in Cardiff. The team’s perception of Indian cuisine is nothing short of magical, and they are on a mission to present you with authentic Indian dishes, created in a vibrant array of colours, spices, and flavours, infused with some of Anand's unique culinary twists. The dishes and way that the kitchen works is a fusion of traditional heritage recipes from diverse cities and villages across India, utilising premium ingredients while incorporating a touch of unique flair.

The accolades that the Purple Poppadom have echo their commitment to excellence, having garnered plenty of prestigious awards, including Best South Asian Restaurant in the UK and Best in Wales at the Asian Restaurant Awards 2023 and the British Curry Awards 2022. The restaurant has also been featured in The Michelin Guide for 2021 and 2022.

Why not start your meal with a plate named the streets of Mumbai, made up of potato cake served on a bed of spiced chickpeas, a pop in the mouth semolina pastry snack filled with yoghurt and homemade chutney, and a tangy puffed rice salad with tamarind chutney. Another delicious starter is the pidi with tharavu - a dish of duck in a classical Syrian Christian creation, made of steamed rice dumplings, poached in a spiced coconut sauce, and topped with cubed duck and crisp of duck leg confit.

Anand George’s signature dish is the tiffin sea bass, which is a dish of sea bass, pan seared and served on a bed of curry leaf infused mashed potato, in a tongue tickling raw mango, ginger and coconut sauce with beetroot pachadi.

£30 - £49
Indian
Luscombes

Luscombes

The Golden Ball, Lower Assendon, Henley-On-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 6AH

£50 - £79
British
Nut Tree Inn

Nut Tree Inn

Main Street, Murcott, Kidlington, Oxfordshire, OX5 2RE

£50 - £79
Modern European
Panoramic 34

Panoramic 34

34th Floor, West Tower, Brook Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L3 9PJ

At an incredible height of 300 feet on the 34th floor of the West Tower, Panoramic 34 is one of the most impressive restaurants in Liverpool. This renowned fine dining venue is lit by floor to ceiling windows that unveil beautiful 360° views, showing the river, cityscape, and the surrounding region. Once you step inside the doors of Panoramic 34, you will be greeted by a friendly and warm bar area — a great spot far removed from the hustle of city streets. In this space, you can unwind in style, either sampling the well stocked bar offerings or exploring the extensive wine list, in the most gorgeous setting.

The delicious menus have been created by head chef Nathan Booth and his expert team, and the cocktail lounge is the perfect place to enjoy some delicious cocktails or a bottle of Champagne with loved ones. Starters include the venison croquette with blackberry and a kale salad, along with a celeriac veloute with Garstang Blue dumplings, pickled celery flower and puffed wild rice. Main courses include the guinea fowl with caramelised cauliflower and potato rostis, along with stone bass with squash gulai, sea lettuce and grape, and a Jerusalem artichoke vol au vent with Roscoff onion and pickled walnut. For your sides, try the thick cut chips with grana padano and truffle, the chicken fat hash browns with pickled shallots, and the watercress salad with apple, celery and roquefort dressing and deliciously spicy tandoori carrots with toasted wild rice.

Desserts include the assiette of desserts with Earl Grey macarons, a chocolate orange slice, espresso choux and salted caramel ice cream. Other desserts include the apple and caramel tart and a selection of British cheeses.

£30 - £49
Modern European
The Burlington Restaurant at Devonshire Arms

The Burlington Restaurant at Devonshire Arms

Bolton Abbey Estate, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 6AJ

£50 - £79
British
Nobu London at the COMO Metropolitan London

Nobu London at the COMO Metropolitan London

COMO Metropolitan London, Green Park, London, W1K 1LB

Japanese
Zaika of Kensington

Zaika of Kensington

1 High street Kensington, London, W8 5NP

£30 - £49
Indian
Griffin Inn

Griffin Inn

Fletching, Uckfield, East Sussex, TN22 3SS

£30 - £49
Gastropub
Bull & Last

Bull & Last

168 Highgate Road, London, NW5 1QS

£30 - £49
Gastropub
The Gurnard

The Gurnard's Head

Treen, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 3DE

The Gurnard’s Head is a gastropub located near the stunning harbour town of St. Ives. Serving a simple menu of fresh dishes which changes daily according to what’s available, the pub is open for both lunch and dinner every day and is also a cosy spot to just come for a drink or two. Boasting a warm and relaxed ambience, The Gurnard’s Head is also surrounded by stunning landscape and situated moments away from the coast, meaning that it’s a wonderful spot to unwind after a day spent walking or lying on the beach.

It’s difficult to miss The Gurnard’s Head as you approach thanks to its bright yellow exterior, while the name of the pub is painted in bold white letters on its roof. The décor inside is slick while still maintaining a rustic charm; pale green walls contrast with flashes of exposed stone, and one room has a small wood burning stove, which crackles away in the evenings. A mish-mash of mismatching stools sit up by the wooden bar, and chairs and tables are dotted around the rest of the space. There is also a large beer garden out the back of the pub meaning that there’s plenty of outdoor space during the summer.

The regularly changing food menu is kept short and varies depending on what time of day you decide to visit The Gurnard’s Head. Expect light dishes such as crab with sourdough and aioli for lunch and on Sundays various roasts are also available. Heftier plates for dinner range from starters such as St Austell Bay mussels, in a white wine, garlic and parsley sauce, to main courses like duck leg with mashed potato and gooseberry chutney.

Beer and wine dominate proceedings when it comes to drinks at the Gurnards Head with over 20 wines available by the carafe, and a wide selection of beers on tap including three Cornish ales.

£30 - £49
British
Gastropub
The Gunton Arms

The Gunton Arms

Cromer Road, Thorpe Market, North Walsham, Norfolk, NR11 8TZ

£30 - £49
British
Gastropub
Luc

Luc's Brasserie

17-22 Leadenhall Market, London, EC3V 1LR

£50 - £79
French
Crabshakk

Crabshakk

1114 Argyle Street, Glasgow, G3 8TD

Sometimes, it is the simplest of restaurant concepts which prove to be the most effective and this is certainly true of Glasgow’s long-standing Crabshakk. Found in the city’s trendy Finnieston district, Crabshakk is a simple seafood restaurant serving an uncomplicated menu which champions the very best of Scottish fish and shellfish.

The dining room boasts a ramshackle, thrown together industrial chic vibe, featuring bare wooden tables, benches with padded leather trim and a standalone bar flanked by stools that lend themselves to solo dining. SquareMeal readers often remark on the friendly and approachable nature of the service here, but it is of course the menu that keeps diners coming back for more.

The a la carte is made up of staple seafood dishes such as oysters, fruits de mer and Glasgow fish suppers (pretty much unchanged since Crabshakk first opened its doors in 2009), but things are kept exciting by twice daily-changing specials, which are written up on blackboards in chalk and served at lunch and dinner.

On your visit, you might begin by shucking half a dozen oysters, before moving on to the likes of tempura squid served alongside a soy and coriander dipping sauce or seared scallops with anchovies. Larger plates meanwhile include the homely likes of traditional fish and chips served with tartar sauce or a fish club sandwich accompanied by chips and salad, while the more upmarket likes of crab cakes and half or whole Scottish lobster are also available. You can pad out your meal with sides of garlic bread or chips, as well as an assortment of dipping sauces such as lemon or garlic mayonnaise.

If you would like to end your meal with something sweet, take your pick from Crabshakk’s simple selection of desserts - think a slice of chocolate cake or a lively fruit salad.

Under £30
Fish
SquareMeal UK Top 100
The Hardwick

The Hardwick

Old Raglan Road , Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, NP7 9AA

£30 - £49
Gastropub
Cambio de Tercio

Cambio de Tercio

163 Old Brompton Road, London, London, SW5 0LJ

£50 - £79
Spanish
The Oxford Kitchen

The Oxford Kitchen

215 Banbury Road, Summertown, Oxford, Oxfordshire, Oxfordshire, OX2 7HQ

£50 - £79
Modern European
Novikov - Mayfair

Novikov - Mayfair

50 Berkeley Street, Mayfair, London, W1J 8HA

Over £80
Pan Asian
Italian
A Cena

A Cena

418 Richmond Road, Richmond, London, TW1 2EB

£30 - £49
Italian
Hunan

Hunan

51 Pimlico Road, London, SW1W 8NE

£50 - £79
Chinese
The French Horn - Reading

The French Horn - Reading

Sonning-On-Thames, Reading, Berkshire, RG4 6TN

£50 - £79
French
Peckham Bazaar

Peckham Bazaar

119 Consort Road, London, SE15 3RU

Under £30
Middle Eastern
Greek
La Famiglia

La Famiglia

7 Langton Street, Chelsea, London, SW10 0JL

£30 - £49
Italian
The Vineyard at Stockcross

The Vineyard at Stockcross

The Vineyard, Newbury, Berkshire, RG20 8JU

The restaurant at the five-star Vineyard in Newbury is about as luxurious as it gets. Executive chef Tom Scade carefully crafts beautiful dishes, using almost entirely locally sourced ingredients. Scade trained under John Williams MBE at The Ritz, helping to maintain the restaurant's Michelin star. The plating at The Vineyard's restaurant is unpretentious, as Scade likes to let the food speak for itself. 

Starters at The Vineyard are a delicate affair, with seafood options including crab tortellini or Berkshire trout with Oscietra, cucumber and horseradish. There is an elegant house salad, or burrata with artichoke, truffle and hazelnuts for those who want to keep their first course vegetarian, and a game pie for those who don't. 

Mains offer a heartier, more meat-focused selection, with the option of Hereford rib eye with Café de Paris butter and beef dripping chips, Packington chicken with cabbage, celeriac and chestnuts or Berkshire rare breed pork with apple and sage. Pescetarians can enjoy a grilled monkfish, served with Delica pumpkin, almond pesto and burnt orange, while vegetarians can opt for a salt-baked swede with Pommes Anna and stout-braised onion. Those wishing to supplement their meal can add purple sprouting broccoli with pecorino, chips, brown butter carrots, heritage beetroot salad or French fries. 

Diners at the Vineyard can finish their meal with something sweet and decadent, such as a blackberry and white chocolate mille-feuille, which can be paired with an optional plum and sake liqueur. Other options include a cheese board, paired with a 1996 Portuguese port. 

The Vine Bar offers a large selection of small plates, charcuterie and cheese, each with optional pairings from The Vineyard's 30,000-bottle, 3000-bin cellar, with over 50 options available by the glass. The wine at The Vineyard features some of the very best wine in the world and is certainly not to be missed. 

Over £80
Modern European
Wine Bars
No. Fifty Cheyne

No. Fifty Cheyne

50 Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, London, SW3 5LR

£50 - £79
French
Le Vacherin

Le Vacherin

76-77 South Parade, London, W4 5LF

£30 - £49
French
Goodman Mayfair

Goodman Mayfair

26 Maddox Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 1QH

£50 - £79
North American
Steak
Mount Street Dining Room & Bar

Mount Street Dining Room & Bar

The Midland Hotel, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M60 2DS

The Mount Street Dining Room and Bar is located inside the Midland Hotel, Manchester. It is a light and modern space serving a menu of British classic dishes with a contemporary twist. The Mount Street Dining Room and Bar is open daily for light bites and cocktails, as well as serving a three-course menu, and traditional Sunday lunch.

The menu is largely inspired by local suppliers and produce. If you’re looking for a three course meal perhaps you might go for the lobster crumpets served with sesame and hollandaise, or the traditional pork pie served with mustard, piccalilli and carrot.

Main courses include a selection of grilled meats such as ribeye and fillet steak, as well as a roast chicken served with green beans and toasted almonds. You will find a selection of fish dishes on the menu, plus vegetarian dishes such as the halloumi burger made with beef tomato and a toasted brioche bun.

If you’re looking for something hearty and traditional take a look at the selection of home-made pies on the menu, which are freshly made to order. There is a beef wellington pie made for two, plus a mushroom pie served with mash and a tarragon cream, there is also a chicken pie made with thyme and chicken gravy.

Desserts are classic and tempting, perhaps you’ll go for the hot chocolate fondant or the Yorkshire rhubarb and custard tart. There is also a cheese plate.

There is a large and varied drinks menu which includes a selection of good wines, beers and spirits. There is also fresh coffee, tea and soft drinks. If you’re dining as a family, you will also find there is a children’s menu which features dishes such as crudities and dip, mini cheese on toast, and mini fish and chips.

£30 - £49
International
Enoteca Turi

Enoteca Turi

87 Pimlico Road, Belgravia, London, SW1W 8PH

£50 - £79
Italian
Sweetings

Sweetings

39 Queen Victoria Street, City of London, London, EC4N 4SA

£50 - £79
Fish
Sumosan Twiga

Sumosan Twiga

165 Sloane Street, Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 9QB

Over £80
Japanese
Italian
The Dining Room at Gravetye Manor

The Dining Room at Gravetye Manor

Vowels Lane, East Grinstead, West Sussex, RH19 4LJ

£50 - £79
Modern European
Bocconcino Mayfair

Bocconcino Mayfair

19 Berkeley Street, Mayfair, London, W1J 8ED

Found on Mayfair’s Berkeley Street (home to a slew of top restaurants), Bocconcino is a high-end Italian concept, which prides itself on authenticity.

The vast dining room spreads itself across two floors and oozes pure glamour - think mirrored surfaces, imposing columns, glittering chandeliers and a wall of wines. Such unrivalled sophistication does not leave the room feeling cold though, thanks to warm touches such as cosy tub chairs wrapped in leather and a dedicated bar where you can pull up a stool and enjoy a pre- or post-dinner cocktail.

The menu at Bocconcino pays homage to the homely, comforting cuisine of Italy and the a la carte is presented in the traditional four-course Italian format: antipasti, secondi, primi and dolci. Kickstart your meal with dishes such as deep-fried calamari with tartar sauce or burrata served alongside pesto and tomatoes. For your next course, choose between meat or fish (or enjoy both!). Dishes to try include pan-fried Dover sole with capers or rack of lamb with seasonal vegetables.

Of course, no visit to an Italian restaurant would be complete without a pasta course and Bocconcino offers plenty of tempting options. Take your pick between the likes of Scottish lobster linguine, seafood risotto or tagliatelle with wild boar ragu. You can pad out your meal with side orders of truffle topped chips or various salads, while to round things off, tuck into a tempting pudding from the list of options - think homemade Sicilian cannolo with pistachio ice cream or New York cheesecake with passionfruit compote.

If you prefer liquid desserts, take the time to explore Bocconcino’s list of Italian wines and traditional house cocktails, which you can sip while you listen to the tunes of a live DJ (Wednesday-Saturday). On weekends, stop by to try out the bottomless pizza and bubbles brunch.

£50 - £79
Pizza
Italian
The Cornish Arms Tavistock

The Cornish Arms Tavistock

15 West Street, Tavistock, Devon, PL19 8AN

A fixture in lists of the best gastropubs in the UK, The Cornish Arms is set in the heart of Tavistock in the looming shadow of Dartmoor National Park. The postcard-perfect location isn't the only thing going for this cosy old inn - since opening in 2013, The Cornish Arms has also collected 3 AA Rosettes and a Michelin Bib Gourmand for the outstanding quality and price of it's food. 

Chef John Hooker has a fantastic pedigree - he competed in the 2010 and 2011 series' of Great British Menu - but the focus of The Cornish Arms menu is on unpretentious food, fantastic beer and wine and great value for money. As a result, The Cornish Arms has managed to retain it's country pub atmosphere and ethos, despite the acclaim. The restaurant is smart but informal, without losing it's local boozer charm. 

There's no tasting menu here, just an a la carte packed to the gunnels with comforting, elevated pub dishes that you just want to eat. Starters include pheasant scotch egg, blue cheese and beer pickled onions, duck liver pâté with shallot chutney and candied hazelnuts, and Heritage beetroot salad with blue cheese and candied walnut salad. The mains kick off with a homemade steak and ale suet pudding - a rarity on pub menus these days. West Country meat and fish feature heavily in comfort dishes like pork chop and café de Paris butter, lamb belly with whipped feta and gravy, and the desserts section is packed with great British puds like sticky toffee pudding, treacle tart and raspberry trifle. 

The Cornish Arms offers vegan and Sunday lunch menus as well, and for those who don't fancy the journey home after three fine courses at the pub, there are welcoming seven rooms available for overnight stay.

£50 - £79
British
Gastropub
Maison Bleue Bury St Edmunds

Maison Bleue Bury St Edmunds

30-31 Churchgate Street, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 1RG

£50 - £79
French
Club Gascon

Club Gascon

57 West Smithfield, Barbican, London, EC1A 9DS

Club Gascon is a Michelin-starred, contemporary French restaurant and has been a Clerkenwell stalwart since its opening back in 1998. Its founders, Chef Pascal Aussignac and business partner Vincent Labeyrie, met in Paris in the mid nineties and after both relocating to London, started their restaurant empire which today includes Club Gascon, Cigalon and Baranis. 

Club Gascon is heavily inspired by the Gascony region of southwest France encompassing Bordeaux to the North, Bayonne to the West and Toulouse to the South and the kitchen uses the freshest ingredients to evoke the flavours of these locations with an innovative, modern twist. 

The restaurant offers a selection of menus; Pascal's Le Marché tasting menu highlights the best seasonal produce from across the UK and France, and comes in eight or six courses, with a wine pairing available. Here, you can expect to see dishes such as glazed white asparagus with citrus camouflage and liquid croquette; veal brain meuniere with sea urchin, yuzu and radishes; as well as middle white pork ballotine, turnip gratin and grilled sardines chantilly. 

The weekday four-course menu allows diners to try some of the chef's signature dishes in a more relaxed way. Guests are greeted with a house cocktail on arrival, followed by an amuse-bouche, a choice of two starters and main courses, plus a cheese course, dessert and mignardises. While the selection changes regularly, dishes which have featured in the past include rabbit ballotine, turnip gratin, wild garlic and lardo sardines chantilly; as well as super green stuffed tulip with quinoa, plankton, puntarella and vin jaune; and rhubarb and tonka moulleux with rose ardant and crispy milk. 

The wine list has been curated to reflect the breadth of bottles available across the south of France, highlighting both well known wine producers and hidden gems that you might not have heard of. From exclusive vintages to house favourites, there's something for everyone.

£50 - £79
Modern European
French
One Michelin star
The Bar With No Name  - 69 Colebrooke Row

The Bar With No Name - 69 Colebrooke Row

69 Colebrooke Row, London, N1 8AA

Bars
Purslane Cheltenham

Purslane Cheltenham

16 Rodney Road, Cheltenham, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 1JJ

Under £30
British
Grand Pacific Manchester

Grand Pacific Manchester

50 Spring Gardens, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M2 1EN

Grand Pacific, Manchester is an Asian-inspired restaurant serving a menu of world-wide dishes from their grand grade II listed building on King Street. Grand Pacific is open for lunch, dinner and high tea. There is also a separate Sunday lunch menu.

There is a long and striking bar area, lined with seating, plus a restaurant area. It has an industrial look with large windows to one side, low hanging lanterns and feature lighting. It has been thoughtfully decorated and restored throughout with plenty of character and style.

If you’re visiting Grand Pacific for dinner perhaps you might kick things off with the glazed chicken skewers or the salt baked beetroot tian. When it comes to main courses you will find an Asian-spiced duck cottage pie served with pork crackling and home-pickled onion. There is also a spiced roast cauliflower dish which is cooked with chili, garlic and cumin.

Lighter dishes include a classic Caesar salad served with oak smoked bacon, and a spiced Nashi pear and walnut salad served with miso and lime dressing.

Sides include plenty of tempting options such as gunpowder potatoes, thick cut chips and mirin-infused sticky rice.

Those with a sweet tooth will enjoy the dessert menu, with dishes such as coconut panna cotta, pineapple tarte tatin, and a yuzu crème brulee.

The drinks menu is varse, with a good selection of beers and wines. You will also find cocktails on the menu, take a look at the pomegranate mojito, or the Grand Pacific gin and tonic served with aperol, rosewater and lychee.

If you’re visiting Grand Pacific for high tea you will find both a savoury and sweet selection, plus the option to choose a vegetarian high tea. There is a loose leaf tea range, or the option to choose a sparkling wine or cocktail.

£30 - £49
The Beckford Arms

The Beckford Arms

Fonthill Gifford, Tisbury, Warminster, Wiltshire, SP3 6PX

Established in 1740, The Beckford Arms is a traditional country inn and pub nestled at the edge of the Fonthill Estate parkland in the Wiltshire countryside. The pub specialises in refined British classics, elevated with outstanding produce procured from award winning suppliers from across the UK. Upon entry, you’ll be greeted by a warm and friendly ambience and traditional décor including a wood burning fire, chalk specials board and candlelit tables. Outside there is a stunning garden space where guests can drink and dine during the warmer months.

The kitchen at The Beckford Arms is headed up by chef Johnny Sutcliffe, who has devised a seasonally changing menu showcasing British ingredients. All the meat and game is sourced from local farms, with fish coming from the Cornish coast and fruit and vegetables grown in the onsite garden just paces away.

Begin your meal with tasty nibbles like salt and pepper squid with chilli lime mayo, and taramasalata with toast, before moving onto starters such as beef brisket croquette with celeriac puree, apple and jus, and cured monkfish tail with avocado and date puree, ginger oil, coriander and a paprika tuile. There is a dedicated pub classics section if you’re after a more traditional main course and includes the house burger, and beer battered haddock with mushy peas, tartar and chips, but there are also more elevated mains such as pan fried sea bass with new potatoes, fennel velouté, and burnt orange pearls, and pork tomahawk with black pudding rosti, confit leeks, sage gremolata and a cider glaze.

The beverage menu at The Beckford Arms has been given real attention and comprises a great variety of drinks, from craft ales like the homemade Beckford Phoenix to gin cocktails sourced from local distilleries. The wine list has bottles from the establishments own shop in Bath and boasts a range of affordable options and renowned labels, available by the glass, carafe and bottle.

£30 - £49
Gastropub
Callooh Callay

Callooh Callay

65 Rivington Street, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3AY

Bars
Kitchen W8

Kitchen W8

11-13 Abingdon Road, Kensington, London, W8 6AH

Kitchen W8 is a Michelin-starred neighbourhood gem in the heart of Kensington, opened by co-owners Philip Howard (Elystan Street and The Square) and Rebecca Mascarenhas in 2009. Their intention was to provide lucky local W8 residents with a ‘home away from home’, somewhere to enjoy great food in a warm and welcoming setting. Over a decade later and Kitchen W8 is still a vital part of Kensington’s restaurant scene, serving exceptional food in a genuinely relaxed and friendly environment.

Integral to Kitchen W8’s success is its incredibly talented head chef Mark Kempson, who’s been with the restaurant since launch. His skilled cooking helped to win it a Michelin star just two years after opening in 2011, an achievement it’s held on to ever since. Kempson has devised a range of menus for multiple dining styles, including a la carte and tasting menus, as well as an excellent-value set menu available for lunch and early evening.

The style of food is modern British with a French spin, where ultra-fresh ingredients are placed centre stage and treated simply. Examples of dishes you might find include scorched Cornish mackerel with smoked eels, golden beets, sweet mustard and oyster leaf as a starter, and halibut fillet with Delicia pumpkin, chestnut gnocchi, sage and pepper emulsion for main course. While dessert keeps things classic with the likes of muscovado and Madagascan vanilla crème caramel, and clementine and ginger sorbet with warm vanilla beignets.

There is also a carefully-chosen and varied wine list which features a selection of great-value and premium bottles. If you’d like to bring your own preferred wine with you, you can do so for a corkage fee (with free corkage on Sunday evenings).

£50 - £79
Modern European
British
French
One Michelin star
LPM Restaurant & Bar

LPM Restaurant & Bar

54 Brooks Mews, Mayfair, London, W1K 4EG

Since its launch in 2007 the success and popularity of this quintessentially French restaurant in the heart of Mayfair has propelled it to launch sites across the globe in locations including Miami, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Hong Kong – all of which have been met with similar critical acclaim.

The interiors of the London site are inspired by the vibrant colours of France’s Cote d’Azur with fine linens and marble table tops contributing to the restaurant’s distinctive French elegance. The walls are adorned with an eclectic mix of modern art and accessories reminiscent of the “Belle Epoque”. Determined to undermine any stereotypes surrounding French service, the team go above and beyond to make their diners feel welcome and enthusiasm comes in abundance.

Wine, as you would expect, is exclusively French with a large selection of Champagnes and a varied choice of red, white and rosé labels available by the glass or carafe. Staff will be able to guide you with your selection to pair with your meal.

The food celebrates the lighter side of French cooking, focussing on the simple but unassailable flavours of the Mediterranean. The Nicoise menu is brimming with ingredients from the French Riviera with artichokes, courgettes, olives and lemons aplenty. From the hors d’oeuvres diners can choose from a selection of salads and carpaccio dishes as well as classic bistro starters that include snails in fresh herbs and garlic butter, deep fried baby squid, and salt cod croquettes with oven roasted pepper relish. Mains are equally traditional with highlights including turbot with artichokes, chorizo, white wine and olive oil; slow cooked dug legs with an orange glaze; and linguine pasta with Algarvian clams and prawns.

Finally the desserts list promises an indulgent selection of French classics; vanilla crème brulée, pain perdu with spiced ice cream, a thin crust apple tart and a warm chocolate mousse with malt ice cream.

£30 - £49
French
The Mercer

The Mercer

34 Threadneedle Street, Liverpool Street, London, EC2R 8AY

£50 - £79
British
Red Lion Freehouse

Red Lion Freehouse

East Chisenbury, Pewsey, Wiltshire, SN9 6AQ

£50 - £79
Modern European
Gastropub
The Thomas Cubitt

The Thomas Cubitt

44 Elizabeth Street, Belgravia, London, SW1W 9PA

£30 - £49
Gastropub
Babur

Babur

119 Brockley Rise, Dulwich, London, SE23 1JP

Since opening in 1985, Indian restaurant Babur has held its place in South London's Forest Hill as one of the most popular places to enjoy a range of food from across South Asia. The restaurant says its mission is to represent India's many different cuisines - not just the dishes you see at your local curry house - and offer both traditional and modern takes. 

And, it seems it has managed to do just that, having appeared on The Michelin Guide London, as well as both The AA Restaurant Guide and The Good Food Guide by Waitrose in 2024. Amongst its various praises are notes on the continued stylishness of the restaurant from its exposed brick feature walls to elaborate floral installations, as well as its popularity with locals for unique, off-the-beaten-path dishes. 

There's a selection of menus available, most notably the a la carte, tasting menu and Sunday buffet. Some highlights from the a la carte include a modern twist on a tikka dish in the form of swordfish with onion, radish pickle and yellow chilli, alongside mains like Garam masala Gressingham duck with rainbow quinoa khichdi and orange jus. We also like the sound of the baby aubergines with peanut sauce, garlic nan, seasoned spinach and cottage cheese, as well as sides like thinly-sliced crispy fried potatoes with dried mango powder.

If you have a sweet tooth, there's absolutely loads to go at here, from the pistachio kulfi with white chocolate soil and pistachio tuiles, as well as the spiced apricot and fig crumble with saffron custard, both of which are offered with a sweet wine pairing. 

While Babur doesn't put on weekly events, check out its calender for special themed nights for holidays like Valentine's Day and Christmas. And, if you're throwing your own bash, the team are happy for you to take over the restaurant, use their marquee or come and cater for you at a different location.

£30 - £49
Indian
SquareMeal London Top 100
Talbooth Restaurant

Talbooth Restaurant

Gun Hill, Manningtree, Essex, CO7 6HP

Found in a picture-perfect location, Talbooth is set in a beamed Tudor building by the pretty River Stour, complete with visiting swans and a picturesque bridge. Along with the main dining room, the adjoining terrace and gardens are unbeatable for summer alfresco (and riverside BBQs). Open fires add comfort in wintertime, although the whole place feels warm and welcoming whatever the time of year.

A trip to Talbooth promises an unrivalled dining experience that combines stunning food with outstanding service. The Modern European menu has been meticulously designed and thoughtfully executed to bring you an experience that is just as much an experience for the eyes as it is the taste buds. The food is carefully designed, meticulously prepared and exquisitely presented.

Diners might opt for Mersea crab tartlet with avocado, preserved lemon and pickled radish, or English asparagus with smoked egg mayonnaise and black garlic to start. Followed by Gruyere crusted halibut, farfalle, tiger prawns, peas and sauce Americaine or fillet of dry aged Dedham Vale beef and short rib, chestnut mushroom, boulangere potatoes, shallot rings and watercress for your main course, and maybe rhubarb and vanilla parfait, macerated raspberries and pistachio or blueberry souffle, followed by coffee that is served with hand-made chocolates. The restaurant was awarded 3 AA Rosettes in September 2019, a great achievement for the team.

£50 - £79
Modern European
The Chilli Pickle

The Chilli Pickle

17 Jubilee Street, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 2ED

Feeding Brighton locals since 2008, The Chilli Pickle has become a bit of an institution in this south coast city thanks to a huge array of dishes that showcases Indian food from coast to coast. The restaurant itself is in the heart of Brighton’s Lanes, making it easy to get to from practically anywhere in the city. For those living a bit further out (or just not wanting to leave the house), The Chilli Pickle also offers delivery, bringing those delicious Indian flavours to your door.

The Chilli Pickle’s interiors are clean and tidy, with a colourful assortment of chairs brightening the space alongside natural wood and cutesy star-shaped fairy lighting. Don’t be fooled by the easy-going interiors though - the kitchen is dedicated to proper Indian cooking, and features a huge open fire grill as well as a raging hot clay oven to produce naans, grilled meats and more.

There are lots of different menus to choose from - The Chilli Pickle offers separate lunch menus for weekdays and weekends, as well as a full dinner menu and a takeaway menu. Unlike classic curry house menus, the menu here is compact and broken down into street food-style small plates, biryanis, dishes from the tandoor, curries and sides. Some dishes stay relatively true to their authentic roots, such as the tandoori butter chicken, tarka dal and naans, whilst others take a bit more creative license to make something delicious (the restaurant’s popular chicken biryani is the perfect example, made with a peanut gravy).

On the drinks front, Chilli Pickle serves a smart cocktail menu that ranges from Espresso Martinis to the ever-popular Chilli Pickle Bloody Mary, and there are wines, beers, soft drinks and more available too. The Chilli Pickle currently holds a Michelin Bib Gourmand award, given to restaurants that the guide recognises as offering excellent value for money.

Under £30
Indian
The Pint Shop Cambridge

The Pint Shop Cambridge

10 Peas Hill, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB2 3PN

£30 - £49
Pubs
Purnell

Purnell's

55 Cornwall Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, B3 2DH

Self-proclaimed ‘chic’ Purnell’s is one of Birmingham’s most well thought of restaurants. It’s headed up by chef Glynn Purnell, whose CV boasts time working with big-time names like Gordon Ramsay, Gary Rhodes, and Claude Bosi. You might recognise him, in fact, from his time on the Great British Menu – a competition that he won twice and then later returned to as a mentor.

His flagship solo venture, Purnell’s opened in 2007 and has somehow managed to maintain its allure over more than a decade. It’s firmly in the fine-dining camp, but that doesn’t mean it’s stuffy. The overall ethos of Purnell’s is innovation, a theme that Glynn weaves throughout his menus. While there is a tasting menu, there are also quick lunch and traditional a la carte billings too. This freedom allows diners to enjoy the team’s cookery in a style that suits them.

At one end the tasting menu is set around the £100 mark, while the lunch menu gives guests a much more affordable in, offering three courses for £55. As is customary with many of the UK’s best restaurants, the dishes change regularly at Purnell’s, but starters might include fish du jour with kohlrabi, mussels and parsley or butter roasted cauliflower with capers, raisins, and sesame. Come mains, think chicken with asparagus, morels, wild garlic and potatoes or beetroot cured salmon with salted beets and horseradish cream. Both sweets and cheese plates are on offer too, with cheeses chosen from select artisan farms and desserts made by the in-house pastry team.

The restaurant itself is found within a handsome redbrick corner building with large windows which flood the space with light. The main dining room can seat up to 45 guests while the private dining room is available for parties of up to 12 diners. For those looking for larger numbers, entire hire of the restaurant is an option.

£50 - £79
Modern European
One Michelin star
The Butchers Arms - Gloucester

The Butchers Arms - Gloucester

Lime Street, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL19 4NX

£50 - £79
British
Gastropub
The Gardener

The Gardener's Cottage

1 Royal Terrace Gardens, Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH7 5DX

£30 - £49
Modern European
British
Gaucho Richmond

Gaucho Richmond

The Towpath, Richmond Riverside, Richmond, London, TW10 4UJ

Gaucho’s Richmond location is arguably one of the most tranquil and charming restaurants of the luxurious franchise, surrounded by the rural banks of the River Thames. Centrally located in the quaint borough of Richmond, close to the lovely Deer Park, theatre, Kew gardens Gaucho could not be better situated. Transport links from the nearby underground station and local taxis are readily available too.

The boathouse steak restaurant has a waterside terrace for an enviable dose of alfresco dining with a view of one of London’s oldest Plane trees. The restaurant boasts a stunning 360 view of Richmond Bridge and Petersham Meadows from its panoramic glass windowing. Order a superb bottle of Argentina Barbera red while you watch the sun go down and wait for your Pampas-reared cut of beef to arrive with a peppercorn sauce and humitas. Or if you fancy a different pairing, Gaucho has an extensive list of some of the best Argentinian bottles, including their own collection from the Mendoza region, plus some fantastic international wines from France, Spain, and more.

The food is on another level at this steakhouse, with sumptuous prime cuts of well-sourced beef and regional delights such as crumbly, buttery empanadas and ceviches. The meats come in a wonderful variety of cuts and weights, or you can opt to share a platter of meats for the table. For dessert, treat yourself to a dulce de leche pudding.

Gaucho is an excellent choice for prime steak dining amongst friends or colleagues, those special occasions that you need a memorable feast to level up, or simply to treat yourself. Whatever the occasion, Gaucho Richmond has a stunning dining room for patrons, or you can choose an event space, and there is also the option to exclusively hire the entire restaurant to comfortable seat 150 guests.

 

 

£50 - £79
Steak
Argentinian
Bob Bob Ricard

Bob Bob Ricard

1 Upper James Street, Soho, London, W1F 9DF

Bob Bob Ricard is a high-class dining affair in Soho, in the centre of London, serving up luxury British and Russian inspired cuisine. The well-known establishement is popular among the higher echelons of society, particularly due to the ‘press for champagne’ button featured on every table in the restaurant.

The elegant restaurant is dressed in a rich palette of colours – royal blue, gold, and ivory. The furnishings are majestic and elaborate with blue and white painted walls and pretty chandeliers sprinkling light all over the restaurant. The overall look is highly polished and impressive. The restaurant is the place you go to be seen and to impress.  

The menu reads like a extensive list of luxury foodstuffs with starters of Russian Standard Imperia vodka shots to get you buzzing for rounds of Siberian caviar and Jersey rock oysters. The baked oysters, Brezhnev style, are decadently topped with parmesan and black truffle. The starters continue with all types of tartare from salmon to steak, and Russian specialties of truffled potato vareniki and lobster pelmeni dumplings.

Once your taste buds have been thoroughly excited, you can move onto starters of chicken kiev, 35-day aged scotch beef chateaubriand served with gravy, or slow roasted pork belly. Or you can opt for a big plate of steak tartare imperial, served with caviar. The fish menu is equally decadent with Dover sole meuniere, Lobster, and salmon tartare, too. For afters, rum and raisin pudding spiked with vintage panama rum will keep you buzzy – if the vodka starter hasn’t slowed you down – plus there's a stunning strawberry and cream soufflé. There are some boozy chocolate truffles to indulge in too, as the theme of this place is all about indulgence.  And of course, the wine cellar at Bob Bob Ricard is well-stocked with international bottles, that will go nicely with the rich courses on offer at the restaurant.

Over £80
International
Kateh Maida Vale

Kateh Maida Vale

5 Warwick Place, London, W9 2PX

£30 - £49
Persian
Al Boccon di

Al Boccon di'Vino

14 Red Lion Street, Richmond, London, TW9 1RW

£50 - £79
Italian
Riddle and Finns The Lanes

Riddle and Finns The Lanes

12b Meeting House Lane, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1HB

Another stalwart of Brighton’s Lanes, Riddle and Finns has been a fixture of the Jewellery Quarter since 2006, welcoming seafood lovers of all ages. In a city that boasts lots of great seafood and restaurants, Riddle and Finns has always been a busy favourite, combining outstanding locally sourced shellfish, fruit de mers platters and oysters with a great location just minutes from the seafront.

The restaurant operates a no bookings policy, holding all tables for walk-ins and running a first come first serve list when busy. You can join an online waitlist as well, so you don’t have to queue in person.

Gleaming white butchers tiles and terracotta floor greet you as you walk in, and marble table tops give Riddle and Finns a real Champagne and oyster house vibe. Over the bar you’ll find a blackboard with daily specials, as well as a handful of Champagne cocktails and fruits de mer for the day.

Oysters are a particular speciality here - the restaurant offers a choice of at least four at any one time, as well as a variety of hot and cold toppings, including ponzu and chilli, pomegranate mignonette granita, and a tempura oyster with wasabi mayonnaise.

After that, dive into some fresh sashimi, tuna tartare tostada, or a New England-style clam chowder, before choosing between a range of crustacean and fish dishes, including the likes of potted shrimp with toast, roasted halibut with lobster dumpling, or a whole grilled lobster with garlic butter.

Naturally, the Champagne list is extensive too, with classic and vintage choices from a range of respected Champagne houses such as Bollinger, Tattinger and Dom Perignon, as well as English sparkling from Nyetimber.

£30 - £49
Fish
Menu Gordon Jones

Menu Gordon Jones

2 Wellsway, Bath, Somerset, BA2 3AQ

At Menu by Gordon Jones, you can explore diverse tastes, textures, and temperatures that have been influenced by English, Indian, and Asian culinary traditions. Gordon curates a variety of dishes for each service, collaborating with local suppliers to showcase inspiring seasonal produce. Open for lunch and dinner from Wednesday to Saturday, the culinary offerings are a celebration of freshness and quality.  Due to the nature of the menu, pre-booking is essential, and the team are unable to accommodate walk-in guests. Bookings are accepted up to two months in advance, with a note that the restaurant observes closure on Sundays, Mondays, and Tuesdays, providing the best availability mid-week. For those seeking an exclusive setting, the restaurant is also available for private events or receptions, catering to a maximum of 20 people.

The tasting menus are carefully crafted, featuring the finest meat, fish, and dairy produce. And, because the kitchen team is committed to delivering the best possible dining experience, alterations or vegan/vegetarian options are not offered.

About his restaurant, Gordon Jones says “"I grew up in Buckie, Banffshire and money was tight. Everyone grew vegetables and cooked everything from scratch. But it wasn’t until I started writing menus and developing my own cooking style, I appreciated how much my upbringing had influenced my passion for food."

Over £80
Modern European
The Capital Bar

The Capital Bar

The Capital Hotel, Belgravia, London, SW3 1AT

One of London's original boutique hotels, The Capital has been delighting guests with its quirky interiors and quintessential British style. This five star hotel is understandably still red hot, not only thanks to an outstanding reputation for service and comfort, but also its proximity to Belgravia, Knightsbridge and all that entails (we dare say that many guests at The Capital also make the short walk to Harrods at some point during their stay). 

As well as the well-regarded Restaurant at The Capital, the hotel also boasts The Capital Bar - a striking space that serves as a place for hotel guests to relax and have a drink, as well as a destination bar for the city. The centrepiece of the room is undoubtedly the shimmering metal bar, which has an almost pearlescent quality to it. Whether it's the patterned blue carpets and upholstery or the modern artwork on the walls, The Capital Bar is a unique space that's perfect if you're looking for a bar to impress your guests. 

As you'd expect from The Capital, the drinks menu is extensive and features everything from a well-stocked spirits cupboard to bottled beers, soft drinks and a range of classic and signature cocktails. The Capital Bar's mixologists can whip up any classic cocktail you request, but there are also some house mixes worth trying, including the Smoked Negroni (Tanqueray 10, Antica Formula, Campari smoked with rosemary and coffee beans) and the Capital (Grey Goose, Cocchi Torino Vermouth, lemon, blanc de blanc). The Capital Bar also offers a sizeable, global wine list. 

If you get peckish, there's also a menu of bar snacks and nibbles that includes padron peppers with sherry vinegar and smoked salt, a charcuterie board and a selection of arancini. Or you can book yourself into the restaurant next door.

£30 - £49
Vegetarian
Steak
Cheese
British
Bars
Hotel Bars
Wine Bars
TNQ Restaurant & Bar

TNQ Restaurant & Bar

108 High Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M4 1HQ

£30 - £49
British
Satan

Satan's Whiskers

343 Cambridge Heath Road, London, E2 9RA

Bars
Uli

Uli

5 Ladbroke Road, Notting Hill, London, W11 3PA

£30 - £49
The Fat Duck

The Fat Duck

1 High Street, Bray, Berkshire, SL6 2AQ

The Fat Duck is a three-Michelin-starred restaurant by Heston Blummenthal who is best known for pushing the culinary boundaries with his experimental cooking. Located in Bray, Berkshire, The Fat Duck finds its home inside a 16th-century building, originally opening in 1995 where it used to resemble something a little more similar to a French Bistro. Over the years, Heston has added his special signature touch, with the restaurant receiving its first Michelin star in 1999, its second in 2002 and its third and final star in 2004 – the ultimate culinary accolade. In 2006, Heston received an OBE for his contribution to British gastronomy.  

The first thing to know about eating at The Fat Duck, is that it’s not a meal, but an experience. Heston’s unique approach to cooking is centred around science and experimentation with the aim of changing diners’ perceptions of food. Booking a ticket to experience the restaurant entitles guests to enjoy either The Anthology Menu or The Fable Tree Menu which features plenty of classic Fat Duck dishes. Signatures include Heston’s nitro-poached green tea and lime mousse, red cabbage gazpacho with pommery mustard ice cream, ‘Sound of the sea’ featuring tapioca sand, sea vegetables and foam, while the grand finalee might be a selection of petit fours named ‘Like a kid in a sweetshop’. 

Far from simply a gimmick, The Fat Duck has stood the test of time and is one of Berkshire’s most famous - if not the most famous - dining destination. The restaurant plays on playful memories and adventure from your childhood and the unexpected dishes are designed to bring back that awe and magic you experience as a child. 

The Fat Duck is a fairly intimate restaurant and can only cater for tables of 2, 3, 4 or 6. It recommends that diners allow around three hours in which to enjoy the full dining experience. 

Over £80
British
Three Michelin stars
The Orangery at Rockliffe Hall

The Orangery at Rockliffe Hall

Hurworth Place, Darlington, County Durham, DL2 2DU

The Orangery at Rockliffe Hall is a modern British restaurant headed up by chef Paul Nicholson. With an ethos rooted in sustainability, the menu changes often in line with the seasons and much of the produce used is grown in the walled kitchen gardens or foraged within the estate, so you can guarantee only the freshest items make it to your plate.

The space itself is a marvel to look at. As the name suggests, this room is flooded with natural light thanks to a glass roof and large windows which look out onto the hotel’s stunning 18-hole golf course. While vast copper-coloured pillars draw the eye upwards towards its impressive rooftop. The generous size of the room ensures parties are guaranteed plenty of space between tables, and indeed it would serve as a suitable spot for both large celebrations or more intimate dinners.

The restaurant offers a la carte and tasting menus, both of which focus on seasonal, fine dining dishes executed with finesse. All meals at The Orangery begin with cheese scones served with an onion and thyme cappuccino. While a typical three-course dinner might feature quail with turnip, garlic and madeira to start, followed by ox cheese with brassicas, malt and smoked bone marrow for main course. Dessert continues the classic theme, with dishes such as Valrhona chocolate mousse with banana and passion fruit.

There’s also a lengthy wine list which features around 400 bins, including some of the best wines from across the globe. This means that there’s a mix of more familiar bottles and rare and premium wines, so you’re guaranteed to find something you like. If not, an in-house sommelier is happy to advise with recommendations. While a team of expert mixologists concoct a series of cocktails for a tasty pre or post dinner tipple.

£50 - £79
Modern European
British
The Goods Shed

The Goods Shed

Station Road West, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 8AN

Set within the dramatic surrounds of a listed Victorian railway shed, The Goods Shed is a long-standing farmer’s market, food hall and restaurant in Canterbury, which first opened its doors back in 2002 and has gone from strength to strength.

The dining room of The Goods Shed in-house restaurant is a striking space, oozing rustic charm. Large arched windows flood the space with natural daylight, while fresh flowers and silver candelabras are placed atop sanded down wooden tables, adding a sense of romance and whimsy. Unsurprisingly, the all-day menu is dictated by what is available from the market and thus changes frequently, evolving with the seasons.

The menu kicks off with a selection of classic breakfast dishes, while later in the day at lunch and dinner guests can choose to follow the traditional three-course format or can instead order a small selection of starters to share between the table. Begin with snacks such as a portion of focaccia or duck liver parfait with pickled rhubarb, before moving on to starters proper, including oak smoked trout, with hung yoghurt and cucumber or chargrilled carrots with creme fraiche and spice crumb. For your main course, try wild sea bass served in a crab and tarragon broth or a leg of lamb paired with courgettes, lemon and mint. Puddings meanwhile, are plundered from the very best of the market stalls - think sweet treats such as fresh doughnuts and custard tarts.

Aside from the ingredient-led dishes, The Goods Shed is also notable for its diverse drinks list, which encompasses red and white wine, locally made gins, ales and ciders. The selection of softs is not to be sniffed at either, with the standard likes of Coca Cola and 7Up trumped by the likes of homemade lemonades or a blend of raspberry tonic, mint and soda.

£30 - £49
British
Cherwell Boathouse

Cherwell Boathouse

50 Bardwell Road, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX2 6ST

£30 - £49
Modern European
Champagne Bar at Kettner

Champagne Bar at Kettner's

29 Romilly Street, Soho, London, W1D 5HP

£50 - £79
Bars
Restaurant Hywel Jones at Lucknam Park

Restaurant Hywel Jones at Lucknam Park

Lucknam Park, Colerne, Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN14 8AZ

Step into a realm of refined elegance at Restaurant Hywel Jones by Lucknam Park, where a journey into a charming era of sophistication awaits. The enchantment begins as you traverse the mile-long drive, flanked by majestic beech trees, leading you to the grand entrance of this establishment. Whether you choose to step through the magnificent drawing room or the charming Library for pre-dinner cocktails, the stage is set for an evening of elevated dining. Under the helm of executive chef Hywel Jones, the restaurant has proudly held a Michelin star since 2006, offering guests an incredible dining experience each time. If you are in a group of ten or more, then your group will be classed as private dining. The restaurant is open from 6pm, with last orders at 8pm on Thursdays, and 8.30pm on the weekend. In adherence to the restaurant etiquette, it’s worth noting that children under the age of 5 are unable to dine at Restaurant Hywel Jones.

Hywel's commitment to perfection is reflected in his meticulous selection of the finest ingredients, ensuring a symphony of flavours that will delight every guest. Whenever possible, the team sources from local suppliers, aligning with their dedication to quality and supporting the community.

For the tasting menu, expect to find dishes like the heritage beetroot tart with Somerset ricotta, and Cornish lobster with veronique. Then, you may taste the day boat turbot with cucumber chutney, sea vegetables and oscietra caviar, and Andrew Morgan's Brecon lamb with Wye Valley asparagus, morel mushroom and wild garlic. Lastly, you will be served a selection of British and continental cheese with homemade crackers, some charentais melon and sweet wine, and a delicious dish of white chocolate with yuzu and wild strawberry.

Over £80
British
Monachyle Mhor

Monachyle Mhor

Balquhidder, Lochearnhead, Central Scotland, FK19 8PQ

£50 - £79
Modern European
Australasia

Australasia

1 The Avenue, Spinningfields, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M3 3AP

Australasia is a vibrant and contemporary looking restaurant serving a menu of Australian and Southeast Asian inspired dishes. Based in the heart of Manchester, Australasia is an elegant looking venue which has been decorated in neutral tones to reflect the Pacific Coastline.

The restaurant itself also has a cocktail bar and a resident DJ, you can head to the bar for drinks or take a seat and order from your table.

There is a lunch menu as well as an a la carte menu, you can also order afternoon tea. The main a la carte menu combines a blend of Indonesian, European and Southeast Asian dishes, which can be enjoyed “locally” which means choosing several small sharing plates to enjoy, or you can order “traditional” which means the starters are delivered to share but the main courses are individually plated.

Choose from popular dishes such as yellowfin tuna sashimi and peking duck spring rolls served with hoisin and spring onion. Other plates include dishes from the robata grill such as lemongrass chicken skewers with satay sauce, and garlic spiced prawns served with mango and lime.

Larger dishes at Australasia include a delicious sounding crispy suckling pork belly with pineapple curry, and a chicken randang spiced panco leg, served with bok choi and toasted coconut chips.

You will also find premium steaks on the menu, and plenty of sides to share such as Asian coleslaw and rough cut Kimchi chips.

Those with a sweet tooth may appreciate the chocolate coated coconut mousse, or the Fijian honey mousse cake served with black cherries, and milk honey ice cream. If you can’t decide between desserts why not go for the sharing taster selection which gives you a little bit of everything.

There is a large drinks menu which features a good selection of cocktails as well as wine, beer and soft drinks.

£30 - £49
The Springer Spaniel

The Springer Spaniel

Treburley, Nr Launceston, Callington, Cornwall, PL15 9NS

Gastropub
The Coach Makers Arms

The Coach Makers Arms

88 Marylebone Lane, Marylebone, London, W1U 2PY

£50 - £79
British
Gastropub
Light House

Light House

75-77 Ridgway, London, SW19 4ST

£30 - £49
Modern European
£30 - £49
The Shrub & Shutter

The Shrub & Shutter

336 Coldharbour Lane, London, SW9 8QH

£30 - £49
Bars
International
Libare Bar at Sartoria

Libare Bar at Sartoria

20 Savile Row, Mayfair, London, W1S 3PR

Fun fact: Libare Bar at Italian restaurant Sartoria is the only bar on Savile Row, so you don’t have to think twice if you’re in the area for a drink. Combining the charm of Mayfair with plenty of Italian style, this somewhat undiscovered spot is a best-kept-secret for those in the know. The interiors are beguilingly chic, as is the nature of any D&D venture, and offers comfortable seating, lots of natural light in the day, a glamourous bar area and table lamps dotted around the place to bring a sense of homeliness.  

Obviously, there are cocktails. Take your pick from four different types of Negroni as well as a selection of bespoke drinks inspired by Italian favourites. One named Little Venice, for example, combines lavender-infused Aperol, Amaro Montenegro, lavender bitter and prosecco, while Show Me The Way mixes Tanqueray gin, limoncello, fresh cucumber and mint. Refreshing! 

In fact, the word “Libare” in Italian means “to make a toast” and you can find plenty of drinks to do just that on the menu. There’s a full selection of wines available by the glass including bubbles, red, white and rose. While a range of spirits range from the familiar to the intriguing. There’s a bounteous selection of whisky, from Japanese to Irish and Canadian, or take your pick from a digestif at the end of the night that goes way beyond Limoncello.  

If you’re feeling peckish, guests can order from a relaxed menu of Italian favourites and regional cheeses, which are sliced to order at the cheese counter, to keep hunger pangs at bay. It’s also a great spot to enjoy your morning cappuccino, a light lunch from the daily changing bar menu or a freshly prepared salad from the cicchetti counter. 

£30 - £49
Bars
Italian
Bassoon

Bassoon

Corinthia Hotel London, Whitehall Place, London, SW1A 2BD

Bars
Casse-Croûte

Casse-Croûte

109 Bermondsey Street, Bermondsey, London, SE1 3XB

£30 - £49
French
The Coal Shed, Brighton

The Coal Shed, Brighton

8 Boyces Street, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1AN

The Coal Shed has two restaurants, one in London and this one in Brighton, but the premise behind both is the same: to celebrate rare breed heritage meat and South Coast seafood cooked over hot coals. Offering a simple menu focused on high quality and locally sourced ingredients, The Coal Shed’s menu is inspired by founder Raz Helelat’s Persian roots.  

Occupying two floors, including a private dining room, the interiors at this neighbourhood grill are smart, cosy and comfortable. Opting for dark tones throughout, with its dark wooden bar and flooring and grey colour palette, the space has been craftily illuminated by a plethora of hanging light fixtures to cast a warm glow over the room.  

The menu, meanwhile, is very much focused on meat and fish, although there are a couple of vegetarian dishes too. From the a la carte menu, look out for snacks, starters, mains and larger sharing dishes. Snacks such as soft-shell crab tempura with Nam Jim sauce and toasted peanuts will whet the appetite, while starters including smoked pork belly, pickled cucumber and BBQ glaze are guaranteed to have stomachs rumbling. The Coal Shed’s signature main dishes are its sharing cuts of steak, which are all sustainably sourced from Cumbria by Lake District Farmers. Pimp your choice of cut with a variety of sauces and sides like beef dripping chips and mac ‘n’ cheese.  

The Coal Shed is also famed for its epic Sunday roast complete with all the trimmings, served every Sunday from 12pm. There is also a children’s menus, lunch and early evening set menu and an offering for groups.  

The drinks list includes a selection of cocktails, from Bloody Marys to Old Fashioneds and signature options, too. There is also a solid wine list with a strong focus on reds – this is a steak restaurant after all.

£30 - £49
Steak
British
Brasserie
International
Seagrave Arms

Seagrave Arms

Friday Street, Weston Subedge, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, GL55 6QH

£30 - £49
British
Gastropub