Updated on 24 January 2024
SquareMeal’s list of the top restaurants in the UK forms the backbone of what we represent as a brand. It’s a chance for us to shout about the best-of-the-best in both emerging and established culinary roles and allows us to celebrate the incredible chefs and hospitality teams out there going above and beyond to give their diners top-class experiences.
We say it every year, but this year truly must have presented the highest calibre of restaurants yet. Whittling down the UK’s burgeoning dining scene into just 100 top spots was an excruciating job that took months of planning and deliberation by both our team, and you, our readers.
Despite incredibly tough economic circumstances, our homegrown hospitality professionals have overcome it all and managed to deliver top-class experiences for diners, with flair, ingenuity and individuality.
Top spot in this year’s Top 100 UK Restaurants list goes to Pine in Northumberland - a restaurant that perfectly encapsulates those characteristics. A renovated Northumberland cow barn isn’t somewhere you’d ordinarily expect to find the UK’s best restaurant, but Pine is far from ordinary. Staunchly attached to sustainable principles, chefs Cal Byerley and Ian Waller embrace boundless creativity and techniques from all over the world to create exciting new flavours and dishes.
With a whole host of new openings included in the ranks below, there’s never been a more exciting time to explore our Great British Isles in pursuit of a one-in-a-lifetime meal. That being said, it’s some of the old-timers, the classics, that stood out to us most. While you might have already heard of them, we’re here to tell you they’re still at the top of their game and are worth adding to your eating itinerary over the next 12 months.
Each of the top 100 results are a unique combination of our own in-house critic-led opinions and thousands of diner votes. It’s this dual approach that makes our list incomparable, representing not only our professional opinion but thousands of real-life experiences that help to reinforce and bolster our final decisions.
When we say this list is months in the making, we really mean it. We take huge care and pride in making sure only the very best in the industry find a place on the list, and have eaten at hundreds of restaurants over the past 12 months to whittle down the winners.
While there is an ever-reliable fine-dining set on our list, there are also some surprising hyper-relaxed restaurants that prioritise produce over plating and offer gorgeous combinations of just a few key ingredients. Whether you’re looking for a special occasion destination or an all-new regular nearby, our list of the best restaurants in the UK offers up something for every occasion and every budget. If you’re paying the capital a visit, why not check out our list of London’s Top 100 Restaurants for 2024.
Vallum Farm, East Wallhouses, Northumberland, NE18 0LL
This windswept old cattle barn has been transformed by Cal and Sian Byerley into a truly transcendent destination restaurant. Even the smallest details are executed with watchmaker’s precision, but Pine still manages to be effortlessly charming and relaxed. An incredible achievement.
Eglwys Fach, Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 8TA
Ynyshir’s stunning Snowdonia location and manicured grounds have long been an attraction, but Gareth Ward’s incredible cooking is the real star. Ward brings lots of Japanese influence and a focus on fat and flavour to his food, resulting in one of the UK’s most unique, unmissable restaurants.
Prescot Road, Aughton, Lancashire, L39 6RT
Mark Birchall continues to blaze a trail at Moor Hall, with unique tasting menus powered by innovation and incredible talent. Much of the restaurant’s produce is grown on the five-acre estate, and almost everything is produced in house from bread and beer to dairy and charcuterie.
Hampton Manor, Hampton-in-Arden, West Midlands, B92 0EN
David and Anette Taylor have crafted an idyllic countryside retreat, lifting up sustainable producers and craftspeople around them with an unwavering commitment to ethical, bio-diverse farming. The resulting 15 course tasting menu is a thing of beauty - Grace & Savour is a gleaming jewel with a very bright future.
Main Street, Hovingham, North Yorkshire, YO62 4LF
Located in the scenic village of Hovingham, Myse serves a modern British tasting menu that draws on North Yorkshire’s rich history. Start with a round of drinks by the log burner in the snug, before embarking on a menu filled with things like duck and liver crumpets, and broad bean porridge.
1 High Street, Bruton, Somerset, BA10 0AB
Our top UK restaurant of 2021 is still flying high, and with Osip due to move to a brand new location in the near future, we’re expecting even bigger things from Merlin Labron-Johnson in 2024. Gentle, precise and elegant, Osip is still a must-visit restaurant.
Cavendish Street, Grange-Over-Sands, Cumbria, LA11 6PZ
L’Enclume has officially entered legendary status as one of the country’s most influential restaurants. It remains an exceptional dining experience full of surprises and delights, if you can manage to get a table.
Updown Farm, Deal, Kent, CT14 OEF
This idyllic spot pays homage to the English countryside in every way possible. Dine between terracotta plant pots and trailing vines at Updown Farmhouse’s conservatory restaurant, while the hyper-seasonal menu makes use of local ingredients (including some grown in its beautiful garden grounds).
South Lodge, Horsham, West Sussex, RH13 6PS
Ben Wilkinson’s Michelin-starred restaurant is nothing short of sublime. A glass wall separates the 28-cover dining room from the kitchen, so diners can watch the team in action, while dishes are served by the chefs who made them. Clean, concise, and perfectly-balanced plates are impossible to fault.
Coworth Park, Ascot, Berkshire, SL5 7SE
With his name now over the door of his restaurant at Coworth Park, Adam Smith’s cooking is finally getting the nationwide acclaim it deserves. Smith’s meticulous technique and fondness for luxury ingredients echoes of his many years at The Ritz.
Glenturret Distillery, Perthshire, Tayside, PH7 4HA
With just six tables available per night, dinner at this distillery restaurant is pretty exclusive. The trip is absolutely worth it, though, as Mark Donald’s globetrotting menus are out of this world.
6 Middle Street, Padstow, Cornwall, PL28 8AP
Paul Ainsworth operates a number of restaurants in Cornwall, but this Michelin-starred spot has got to be the jewel in his crown, where it serves an exciting, story-led menu that champions locally sourced Cornish produce.
68 Marygate, York, North Yorkshire, YO30 7BH
Tommy Banks has taken a former pub and transformed it into one of York’s greatest restaurants to date. This Michelin-starred spot centres around seasonal ingredients grown and foraged on the family farm, while modern dishes never veer too away from the chef’s Yorkshire roots.
192 Derby Road, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG7 1NF
Alex Bond harnesses the transformative powers of fermentation and pickling at Nottingham powerhouse Alchemilla, creating brilliant tasting menus which are as innovative as they are delicious.
5-7 Side, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear, NE1 3JE
Not content with having one champion restaurant in Newcastle, Kenny Atkinson has opened another one just down the road. The UK isn’t short of great tasting menus these days, but Solstice is right up there with the best of them.
48 Summer Row, Birmingham, West Midlands, B3 1JJ
Aktar Islam puts his signature stamp on Indian fine dining at this Michelin-starred restaurant in Birmingham. His masterful dishes utilise ancient and modern techniques from all over the globe, and the result is not to be missed.
9-11 Main Street, Kilconquhar, Fife & Angus, KY9 1LF
This 17th-century pub and restaurant serves an affordable yet elevated a la carte menu. Produce is primarily sourced from the nearby Balcaskie Estate along with a handful of other local growers to keep menus seasonal and local.
New York Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M1 4DY
Ideally located in Manchester’s city centre, Higher Ground is the British bistro showcasing everything this little island has to offer. Changing the menu based on seasonality throughout the UK, you can always expect a creative selection of dishes showcasing ingredients from land and sea.
The Angel Inn, Hetton, North Yorkshire, BD23 6LT
This 15th-century inn won a Michelin star within the first year of opening, having garnered a reputation as one of the UK’s best gastropubs. Modern and refined dishes appear in both a la carte and tasting menu format.
24 Chandos Road, Redland, Bristol, BS6 6PF
Plates that appear deceptively simple but are underpinned by exacting technique are the order of the day at Wilsons, one of Bristol’s best restaurants. Here you’ll find true allegiance to showcasing sustainability through seasonality in fresh new ways.
14 Bonnington Road, Bonnington, Edinburgh, EH6 5JD
Roberta Hall-McCarron’s cosy Bonnington bistro is a nigh on perfect neighbourhood restaurant - homely, comforting and always welcoming, with a menu full of dishes that you just want to dive into head first.
33 Windsor End, Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, HP9 2JN
Husband and wife team Daniel and Margriet honed their skills at Petrus and Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, so it’s no surprise this gastropub nails all the small details, from pitch-perfect service to delicious food.
6 New Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1UF
Taking residence in a stunning Grade-II listed Georgian mansion, Chef Dave Mothersill has created - arguably - Brighton’s most notable fine dining restaurant. The menu takes notes from Asian cooking but is ever-evolving depending on the season.
High Street, Conwy, Conwy, LL32 8DB
Born in North Wales and having spent seven years at The Fat Duck, chef Nick Rudge brings a wealth of experience to his latest venture The Jackdaw in Conwy. Here, he places beautiful Welsh produce at the fore of his menus, such as ‘Welsh Salt Duck’ with pickled damsons and hispi cabbage.
3A The General, Redcliffe, Bristol, BS1 6SY
Casamia owner Peter Sanchez-Iglesias does himself justice with this refreshingly relaxed Spanish tapas restaurant in Bristol. The menu changes every day to make use of the freshest available produce, but you can always guarantee something special.
Were The Barn not overshadowed by flagship Moor Hall, it would rightly be talked about as one of the best restaurants in the country. It’s more relaxed, but the attention to detail, conscientious service and top-class produce remain, making this a good way to experience some of the Moor Hall magic without the price tag.
Strathlachlan, Argyll & Bute, Highlands & Islands, PA27 8BU
Set in a converted ferryman’s cottage on the Insta-friendly shores of Loch Fyne, Inver blends ultra-fresh local produce - sometimes straight out of the loch - with clever Nordic technique.
Faversham Road, Seasalter, Kent, CT5 4BP
What appears to be an unassuming pub from the outside, is in fact a treasure trove of gastropub style plates that champion the best of British produce - think local rock oysters, grilled slip sole, and pot roast pork. Oh, and did we mention it has a Michelin star?
15A Church Road, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN4 0RX
This perfectly-formed little restaurant serves a compact menu of modern British food that you just want to dive into. A real gem.
The Forest Side Hotel, Grasmere, Cumbria, LA22 9RN
Head chef Paul Leonard translates the Cumbrian landscape into a series of intriguing tasting menu at this gothic mansion in the Lake district. Many of its ingredients are sourced from the kitchen gardens, while dedicated vegetarian menus ensure eating here is accessible for everyone.
Lenton Lane, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG7 2SA
This small but mighty restaurant with rooms has held on to its two Michelin stars for over a decade now, not least because it’s turning out some of the most exceptional plates in the UK both in terms of style and quality.
Oxshott High Street, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 0JR
An unassuming gastropub in the well-to-do town of Oxshott, The Victoria serves confident, elevated British cuisine that’s big on flavour and low on pretension. A meal here should always begin with a round of its battered oysters with seaweed mayonnaise - although beyond that anything you try is bound to be fantastic.
The Hadrian Hotel, Hexham, Northumberland, NE46 4EE
The serene, Scandi-style dining room provides a calming backdrop in which to indulge in some of Swedish chef Alex Nietosvuori’s intricate cooking. Hjem’s food offering comes in the form of one 15-18-course tasting menu, where Northumberland produce is treated with Scandinavian techniques.
26 Queen Street, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 1HZ
Seasonality showcases a diverse menu, from oysters with shichimi togarashi to smoked haddock with potato fondant. Whilst the menu changes frequently, you can always expect a consistent level of quality from husband and wife team Wesley and Francesca Smalley.
Hallgate Hill, Newton-in-Bowland, Lancashire, BB7 3DY
Offering feelgood factor by the spadeful, this cosy refurbished inn deals in a three course, daily changing menu for £45. Pies have made the kitchen famous, which are most often served at lunch, like the wonderfully comforting layered creamed potato terrine creation.
21 Heol Maengwyn, Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 8EB
Gwen is an intimate dining experience from the Michelin-starred mind of Ynyshir chef Gareth Ward. Accommodating just eight guests at a time, ten innovative but affordable courses illustrate exceptional culinary flair and quality Welsh produce.
175-179 High Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, B17 9QE
Making your presence known in a city as densely populated with incredible restaurants as Birmingham is quite some feat - but Harborne Kitchen has made a name for itself through its creative plates that continue to taste as good as they look.
Courtlands Lane, Exmouth, Devon, EX8 3NZ
The jewel in Michael Caines’ crown, Lympstone Manor in Devon comes with all the trimmings of fine dining that you’d expect, and earned itself a Michelin star just six months after opening. Menus are developed around the local southwest larder.
6A Angel Hill, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 1UZ
Led by Bury St Edmunds native, chef James Carn, Lark is an intelligently casual intimate dining affair. The menu takes the form of hyper-seasonal small plates highlighting a definitive Mediterranean influence and intuitively judged combinations.
1 Market Square, Narbeth, Pembrokeshire, SA67 7AU
Taking the term ‘local ingredients’ to the next level, the team at Annwn spend time foraging for produce and get the rest from sustainable producers nearby. It’s all about showcasing the best of what Wales has to offer, one delicious plate at a time.
6 New Road, Port Isaac, Cornwall, PL29 3SB
Nathan Outlaw’s Michelin-starred seafood restaurant has been a veritable success since its recent rebrand. Making use of Cornwall’s bounty, he’s serving elevated seafood with ever changing menus to reflect the freshest seasonal produce.
10 Lady Lawson Street, Old Town, Edinburgh, EH3 9DS
Located in the shadows of Edinburgh Castle, family-run Timberyard prides itself on ingredient-led cooking serving simple and precise dishes using locally sourced Scottish produce. It has a rustic feel reminiscent of the 19th century warehouse it’s built in.
3 Netherley Place, Ballater, Aberdeen & Deeside, AB35 5QE
A tiny Scottish village on the edge of Cairngorms might not have seemed like an obvious location for one of the UK’s top restaurants, but Fish Shop Ballater’s commitment to community, simplicity and sustainability have come together to create something really special.
The General, Redcliffe, Bristol, BS1 6FU
Following the closing of beloved Casamia, Peter Sanchez-Iglesias is bringing back refined Italian cuisine to Bristol. With a clean and classic design that's stripped back to its roots, here you’ll find a menu del giorno with the option to select a Chef’s Choice tasting menu.
Crook Road, Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 3NE
Surrounded by the picturesque scenery of the Lake District, SOURCE has found great success under the command of Ollie Bridgwater, whose boundary pushing dishes won the restaurant its first Michelin star earlier this year.
Pennyhill Park, Bagshot, Surrey, GU19 5EU
Found within one of Surrey’s most luxurious hotels, The Latymer is no different, offering grandeur in every sense of the word. Steve Smith’s constantly-changing discovery menu showcases refined dishes using only the best local produce.
37 Norwich Road, Holt, Norfolk, NR25 6SA
Residing in a beautiful Grade-II listed house, Meadowsweet has created an intimate and charmingly cosy dining experience in the heart of Norfolk. Chef Greg Anderson’s ever-changing menu celebrates sustainable British produce, creating simple but elegant dishes.
St Mellion, Saltash, Cornwall, PL12 6RL
Following his departure from L’Enclume, chef Dan Cox brings his vast experience to the south west with this soil-centric farm restaurant. The very definition of farm-to-table cooking, he’s created a ‘Taste of the Farm’ menu bursting with freshly grown and reared produce.
28 St James Street, South Petherton, Somerset, TA13 5BW
Somerset restaurant Holm’s ethos is deeply rooted in nature, drawing on fantastic local farmers, fisherman, growers and butchers for its produce. While low intervention, organic and biodynamic wines are served alongside its seasonal tasting menus.
21 James Street South, Belfast, Co Antrim, BT2 7GA
Niall McKenna’s long-established modern bistro and Belfast favourite continues to push boundaries with enthusiasm. At James Street dishes are simple but vibrant; ethically sourced produce is grilled over charcoal and prepared with satisfaction in mind.
1 Royal Buildings, Penarth, Cardiff, CF64 3EB
James Sommerin is no stranger to success, but Home may be his greatest achievement yet. The whole Sommerin family works front and back of house, turning out an elegant, thought-provoking tasting menu.
68 Hamilton Place, Stockbridge, Edinburgh, EH3 5AZ
Without a battalion of chefs, Eorna is a two-man team with Brian Grigor in the kitchen and sommelier Glen Montgomery attending to service and wines. This twelve-seater intimate dining experience showcases exceptional seasonal produce and Scottish innovation.
16 Red Bank, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M4 4HF
Inspired by all things dough-based, The Sparrows - a translation of ‘spätzle’ - serves up the European noodles of the same name along with continental pasta and dumpling dishes treated with the warmth and appreciation they deserve.
1 Warehouse Lane, Belfast, Co Antrim, BT1 2DX
This Michelin-starred spot in Belfast centres around an open kitchen, providing diners with an element of theatre as they watch the chefs prepare their food. Focused on relaxed fine dining, head chef and owner Gareth McCaughey uses the best local ingredients to create his inspired tasting menus.
Clarence Parade, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 3PA
Jon and Helen Howe’s beloved Cheltenham restaurant is admirable on many levels, turning out a range of delicious tasting menus, as well as fantastic vegetarian food, all whilst running an organic 15-acre smallholding.
Byland, York, North Yorkshire, YO61 4BD
The Abbey Inn blends classic pub charm, expert culinary intuition, and environmentally conscious practices. The result is a homestyle experience, elevated by inventive techniques, charcoal grilling, and quality local produce from the Oldstead farm.
28-32 Cathedral Square, Glasgow, Glasgow, G4 0XA
This relaxed, Italian-inspired eatery is headed up by husband-and-wife team Dean and Anna who offer simple, unfussy dishes designed to be shared with loved ones. Sustainable initiatives are put into practice too, with many of its biodynamic and organic wines available on tap to reduce glass waste.
Lunar World of Wedgwood, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST12 9ER
Simple, elegant, and punchy - Niall Keating’s style characterises the Lunar experience. Global experience and passion for local produce marry in harmony to produce a journey of discovery, not just of food but of artists and craftsmen.
Northcote Road, Langho, Lancashire, BB6 8BE
A fine example of just how brilliant hotel restaurants can be, Michelin-starred Northcote is led by the highly-talented Lisa Goodwin Allen where she focuses on bringing British produce and dishes up to date.
Church Road, Great Milton, Oxfordshire, OX44 7PD
Le Manoir epitomises Franco-British hospitality and modern gastronomic inspiration. Nestled within a fairytale-like Tudor building, the twice Michelin-starred restaurant also holds a green star for its environmentally conscious efforts, sophisticated technique, and live-off-the-land ethos.
Cellar 57 - 58 Broad Street, Lyme Regis, Dorset, DT7 3QF
Housed within a 400-year-old cellar in Lyme Regis, Lilac is a relaxed restaurant and wine bar from the same team behind Robin Wylde, with a major focus on sustainability. Enjoy its seasonal sharing plates alongside low-intervention wines, local beers and exciting cocktails.
Coombeshead Farm, Lewannick, Cornwall, PL15 7QQ
Everything you eat at Coombeshead is grown and produced on the 66-acre farm, from fruit and veg to bread, meat and more. Exceptional produce is really allowed to sing by Tom Adams and team, and you can stay overnight in this countryside hideaway too.
The Craft Village, Derry, Co Londonderry, BT48 6AR
Latin for ‘craft’, Artis is a fine dining experience celebrating Irish creativity, trusted local suppliers, and Emerald Isle produce. Head chef Phelim O’Hagan and his team produce technically acclaimed contemporary dishes in Derry’s historic Craft Village.
1A Cannon Court, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG1 6JE
Inventive, refined and affordable in equal measure, Japanese sharing plates restaurant Kushi-ya is an immense addition to Nottingham’s dining scene. Pop by for a staggering display of skewers, small plates and sake.
38-40 Mill Road, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB1 2AD
Ingenious plant-led tasting menus have shot this small Cambridge restaurant into the spotlight. Co-owner Alex Rushmer doesn’t call Vanderlyle a vegetarian restaurant, rather he has found there is enough variety in plant produce to satisfy all appetites.
Nether Edge Road, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S7 1RU
Neighbourhood small plates restaurants are two a penny. Bench is not. Breaking the divide between bar and kitchen, Bench delivers small plates and natural wines with superior skill and judgement to create a relaxed communal dining experience.
10 Crimp Hill, Old Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 2QY
A joint project between Chef Adam Handling and co-chef proprietors Steven Kerr and Johnny McNeil, this classic British pub serves a seasonal hybrid of Newcastle and Scotland’s finest dishes, a nod to the owners’ childhood homes.
9 Murray Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M4 6HS
Achingly cool Erst deals in the kind of fare that is made for impressing companions with. The smart natural wines and stylish small plates lend themselves equally as well to dates as group dinners.
39 Station Road, Westgate-on-Sea, Kent, CT8 8QY
Quince is the epitome of casual fine dining, a bistro-style restaurant in Westgate-on-Sea serving Mediterranean-leaning dishes with Kentish produce. Chefs and co-owners Ben Hughes and Rafael Lopez are the brains behind the job, having spent years working at the Goods Shed in Canterbury together.
Queensberry Hotel, Bath, Somerset, BA1 2QF
Boasting Bath’s only Michelin star, the Olive Tree ushers guests along on five- or seven-course journeys to discover chef Chris Cleghorn’s exciting signature style. A style no doubt fostered during his tutelage under Heston Blumenthal.
High Newton, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria, LA11 6JH
Head chef Kevin Tickle brings his love of the Cumbrian landscape to this 17th-century inn via a menu of seasonal, locally-sourced dishes. Alongside tasting menus, there’s also a bar where diners can enjoy quality beers, carefully selected wines and seasonal small plates.
27 Lordswood Road, Birmingham, West Midlands, B17 9RP
Tropea delivers antipasti, fresh pasta, and regional specialities ideal for sharing. Inspired by the Calabrian coast, it’s a buzzy no-frills modern Italian reflecting the talent of the locally trained chefs Ben Robinson Young and Kasia Piatkowska.
46 Spittal Street, Marlow, Buckinghamshire, SL7 1DB
Behind the British boozer charm lies a brilliant gastropub restaurant at The Oarsman. Sink into a studded leather booth by the fire and tuck into some proper British cooking.
725 Great Western Road, West End, Glasgow, G12 8QX
With a spectacular chef’s table for two, plus a luxurious, contemporary main dining room, Cail Bruich is a special occasion spot worth saving up for. Here you’ll be treated to Lorna McNee’s unique flair for elevating the best of Scottish produce.
61 Walcot Street, Bath, Somerset, BA1 5BN
This unassuming restaurant sits above the Landrace Bakery in Bath where it quietly turns out a concise menu of perfectly-executed Mediterranean plates. Expect straight-forward, trattoria-style fare cooked with love – think tagliatelle with spinach, chestnuts and parmesan cream.
27 Warstone Lane, Birmingham, West Midlands, B18 6JQ
Anything but ordinary, the Wilderness’ quirks are found in every twist and turn of the eccentric menu that isn’t afraid to make unusual pairings in pursuit of a menu you’ll remember long after your last bite.
Gleneagles Hotel, Perthshire, Scottish Borders, PH3 1NF
The legacy of the great Andrew Fairlie continues at this luxury hotel restaurant. You know what you get at Gleneagles - precise, sumptuous dishes, rooted in European tradition and the very best Scottish produce.
300 Wheatley Lane Road, Fence, Lancashire, BB12 9QA
The initial impression is of a modest village pub. But The White Swan boasts a witty and thoughtful menu worthy of its Michelin star. The atmosphere is laid back but small batch local produce and technical skill merge to deliver simple but profound combinations.
30-31 Albert Place, Leith, Edinburgh, EH7 5HN
Roberta Hall-McCarron’s second restaurant has smashed all expectations. We love the soothing interiors almost as much as we love Hall-McCarron’s delicious, inventive cooking.
The Strand, Newlyn, Cornwall, TR18 5HW
Argoe is a tribute to Newlyn’s incredible fishing heritage and produce, where sharing plates with a focus on Cornish fish and seafood are served alongside low-intervention wines on tap. Proof that beauty lies in simplicity.
107 Wells Road, Totterdown, Bristol, BS4 2BS
Excellent produce cooked over fire is exactly what to expect from this neighbourhood joint. Head chef Jack Briggs-Horan brings produce to life with indulgent dishes that are designed to share.
Slipway, Rock, Cornwall, PL27 6LD
Relaunched by Paul and Emma Ainsworth in 2019, The Mariners is a must visit for those in the area. Boasting idyllic views, expect elegantly plated dishes that expertly find the balance between a traditional pub and quality fine dining.
76 Victoria Road, Pollokshields, Glasgow, G42 7AA
Described as a dinner house, Big Counter dishes out unfussy comfort food and old-school favourites. The menu is subject to daily change but dishes frequently feature chef John Dawson and Claire Johnston’s ‘holy trinity’: butter, cream, and cheese.
152 High Street, Aldeburgh, Suffolk, IP15 5AQ
Sur-Mer enjoyed a 2022 renovation from restauranter George Pell - the same man who looks after Soho institution L’Escargot. With an enviable seafront location and a fresh seasonal menu, this is a truly impressive restaurant, with beautiful rooms to match.
Lambourn Road, Bermont, Berkshire, RG20 8BN
Housed in a 19th century farmhouse, The Woodspeen has ditched all the fuss whilst still managing to retain a first class dining experience. Here, you can enjoy the theatricality of an open kitchen whilst enjoying fresh produce straight from the onsite garden.
10 Upper Market Street, Brighton, East Sussex, BN3 1AS
A small, 20-cover restaurant that proves good things come in small packages. The Little Fish Market serves a tasting menu focused solely around fresh fish and seafood, created by the ever-talented Duncan Ray.
98 Micklegate, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 6JX
A young, dynamic team led by Neil Bentinck helped reinvigorate York’s status as a dining destination back in 2016 and it’s pulled the punters ever since. Expect bold, international flavours handled with surprising ease.
Ranters Lane, Cranbrook, Kent, TN17 2SG
Will Devlin’s self-sustaining Kentish idyll still ranks high, combining fabulous home-grown produce and innovative cooking. A genuine, heartfelt celebration of the ‘Garden of England’.
50 Preston Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 4QF
Dan Kenny is blazing his own trail in Brighton, cooking up audacious tasting menus packed with bold, Asian-flecked umami flavours. There’s only one menu to choose from, but Kenny’s food is some of the most inventive, daring food in the country right now.
4a Watkinson Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 0AG
Setting up in a Baltic Quarter warehouse, Manifest sounds a little chilly but is anything but - clever British cooking and carefully-sourced wines are served with warmth and generosity.
81 North Street, Bedminster, Bristol, BS3 1ES
The Latin word for ‘heart’, COR’s aim is to bring people together and to create a warm and friendly environment for all. The menu takes influence from the owners’ love of the Mediterranean with a seasonal spin so the menus are always changing.
Margate Harbour Arm, Margate, Kent, CT9 1AP
From the team behind London’s Brawn, comes SARGASSO in Margate offering platefuls of fresh seafood right on the harbour. This relaxed restaurant has stunning sea views and event the occasional live music act.
1 Lower Street, Islip, Oxfordshire, OX5 2SB
Nostalgic British menus with modern flair and attention to seasonality are part and parcel of this seventeenth-century Cotswold stone pub. Headed by Paul Welburn, an open kitchen takes centre stage delivering award-winning colourful dishes.
11-12 Bartlett Street, Bath, Somerset, BA1 2QZ
Taking up residence in an old Georgian greenhouse, Beckford Canteen offers indulgent dining down one of Bath’s cobbled streets. Here, you’ll find reinvented and delicious dishes that pay homage to the south west’s incredible produce.
1 Oxford Street, Belfast, Co Antrim, BT1 3LA
Owners Stephen Toman (chef) and Alain Kerloc’h (sommelier) opened OX in 2013 to put into practice their hard-earned skills working in restaurants. The result is an artistic display of seasonal Irish ingredients served alongside an extensive wine list.
7-8 Mill Hill, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5DQ
This well-respected Indian restaurant in Leeds has a vast menu with a special focus on Keralan cuisine. Kerala’s long coastline was historically an arrival point for visiting traders and led to the area being a hub of new flavours and influences that blend together beautifully.
74 London Road, Southampton, Hampshire, SO15 2AJ
Located on Sunnyfields Farm in Hampshire, Daniel Rogan’s intimate and refined dining experience follows a sustainability-minded ethos. AO offers a tasting menu only, elegantly presented and strongly committed to local produce and seasonality.
10 Tib Lane, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M2 4JB
Devoid of any unnecessary gimmicks and tricks, 10 Tib Lane is assertive and refreshingly uncomplicated. This seasonal sharing plates and natural wine bar marrying traditional sensibilities and contemporary flair offers a revitalised dining experience.
Gainsborough, Sherborne, Somerset, DT9 5BA
Originally a 19th century schoolhouse, The Clockspire retains elements of this history with its towering ceilings and natural oak beams. A charming and elegant space, seasonal and ingredient-led dishes are at the forefront of its menus.
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