UK's Top 100 Restaurants for 2024

2024 sees the exciting return of our annual awards and brings with it an all-new winner - Pine in Northumberland.

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.

Pine

1. Pine

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.

Over £80
Modern European
British
One Michelin star
SquareMeal UK Top 100
Ynyshir

2. Ynyshir

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.

Over £80
Japanese
British
Two Michelin stars
SquareMeal UK Top 100
Moor Hall Restaurant with Rooms

3. Moor Hall Restaurant with Rooms

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.

Over £80
Modern European
British
Two Michelin stars
SquareMeal UK Top 100
Grace & Savour

4. Grace & Savour

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.

Over £80
Scandinavian
British
One Michelin star
SquareMeal UK Top 100
Myse

5. Myse

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.

Over £80
Modern European
British
One Michelin star
SquareMeal UK Top 100
Osip

6. Osip

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.

Over £80
British
One Michelin star
SquareMeal UK Top 100
L

7. L'Enclume

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.

Over £80
Modern European
British
Three Michelin stars
SquareMeal UK Top 100
Updown Farmhouse

8. Updown Farmhouse

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).

£50 - £79
British
SquareMeal UK Top 100
The Pass at South Lodge

9. The Pass at South Lodge

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.

Over £80
British
One Michelin star
SquareMeal UK Top 100
Woven by Adam Smith

10. Woven by Adam Smith

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.

Over £80
British
One Michelin star
SquareMeal UK Top 100
The Glenturret Lalique Restaurant

11. The Glenturret Lalique Restaurant

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.

Over £80
Scottish
Two Michelin stars
SquareMeal UK Top 100
Paul Ainsworth at No. 6

12. Paul Ainsworth at No. 6

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.

Over £80
Modern European
British
One Michelin star
SquareMeal UK Top 100
Roots York

13. Roots York

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.

Over £80
British
One Michelin star
SquareMeal UK Top 100
Alchemilla Nottingham

14. Alchemilla Nottingham

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.

Over £80
Modern European
One Michelin star
SquareMeal UK Top 100
Solstice Newcastle

15. Solstice Newcastle

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.

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

16. Opheem

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.

Over £80
Indian
Two Michelin stars
SquareMeal UK Top 100
The Kinneuchar Inn

17. The Kinneuchar Inn

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.

£50 - £79
British
Gastropub
SquareMeal UK Top 100
Higher Ground

18. Higher Ground

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.

£30 - £49
Modern European
British
Bistro
SquareMeal UK Top 100
The Angel at Hetton

19. The Angel at Hetton

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.

Over £80
Modern European
Gastropub
One Michelin star
SquareMeal UK Top 100
Wilsons

20. Wilsons

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.

£50 - £79
British
One Michelin star
SquareMeal UK Top 100
The Little Chartroom

21. The Little Chartroom

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.

£50 - £79
Modern European
Scottish
SquareMeal UK Top 100
The Greyhound Beaconsfield

22. The Greyhound Beaconsfield

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.

£50 - £79
Vegetarian
Vegan
British
SquareMeal UK Top 100
Furna

23. Furna

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.

Over £80
International
SquareMeal UK Top 100
The Jackdaw Conwy

24. The Jackdaw Conwy

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.

£50 - £79
British
SquareMeal UK Top 100
Paco Tapas

25. Paco Tapas

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.

£50 - £79
Tapas
Spanish
SquareMeal UK Top 100
The Barn at Moor Hall

26. The Barn at Moor Hall

Prescot Road, Aughton, Lancashire, L39 6RT

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.

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

27. Inver

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.

Over £80
British
SquareMeal UK Top 100
The Sportsman

28. The Sportsman

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?

£50 - £79
British
Gastropub
One Michelin star
SquareMeal UK Top 100
Tallow

29. Tallow

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.

£50 - £79
British
SquareMeal UK Top 100
The Forest Side

30. The Forest Side

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.

Over £80
Modern European
British
One Michelin star
SquareMeal UK Top 100
Restaurant Sat Bains with Rooms

31. Restaurant Sat Bains with Rooms

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.

Over £80
Modern European
British
Two Michelin stars
SquareMeal UK Top 100
The Victoria Oxshott

32. The Victoria Oxshott

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.

£50 - £79
Pubs
British
Gastropub
SquareMeal UK Top 100
Hjem

33. Hjem

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.

Over £80
Scandinavian
British
One Michelin star
SquareMeal UK Top 100
Seasonality

34. Seasonality

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.

£30 - £49
British
SquareMeal UK Top 100
Parkers Arms

35. Parkers Arms

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.

£30 - £49
Pubs
Gastropub
SquareMeal UK Top 100
Gwen

36. Gwen

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.

Over £80
Modern European
SquareMeal UK Top 100
Harborne Kitchen

37. Harborne Kitchen

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.

Over £80
Modern European
British
SquareMeal UK Top 100
Lympstone Manor

38. Lympstone Manor

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.

Over £80
British
One Michelin star
SquareMeal UK Top 100
Lark

39. Lark

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.

£30 - £49
Modern European
SquareMeal UK Top 100
Annwn

40. Annwn

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.

Over £80
British
One Michelin star
SquareMeal UK Top 100
Outlaw

41. Outlaw's New Road

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.

Over £80
British
Fish
One Michelin star
SquareMeal UK Top 100
Timberyard

42. Timberyard

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.

Over £80
Modern European
British
One Michelin star
SquareMeal UK Top 100
Fish Shop Ballater

43. Fish Shop Ballater

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.

£30 - £49
Scottish
British
SquareMeal UK Top 100
Casa

44. Casa

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.

£50 - £79
Italian
SquareMeal UK Top 100
SOURCE at Gilpin Hotel

45. SOURCE at Gilpin Hotel

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.

Over £80
Modern European
International
One Michelin star
SquareMeal UK Top 100
The Latymer at Pennyhill Park

46. The Latymer at Pennyhill Park

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.

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

47. Meadowsweet

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.

Over £80
Modern European
British
One Michelin star
SquareMeal UK Top 100
Crocadon

48. Crocadon

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.

Over £80
British
One Michelin star
SquareMeal UK Top 100
Holm

49. Holm

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.

£50 - £79
British
SquareMeal UK Top 100
James Street

50. James Street

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.

£30 - £49
Modern European
SquareMeal UK Top 100
Home at Penarth

51. Home at Penarth

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.

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

52. Eorna

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.

Over £80
Modern European
Scottish
British
SquareMeal UK Top 100
The Sparrows

53. The Sparrows

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.

£30 - £49
Modern European
Italian
SquareMeal UK Top 100
The Muddlers Club

54. The Muddlers Club

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.

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

55. Lumiere

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.

£50 - £79
Modern European
British
One Michelin star
SquareMeal UK Top 100
The Abbey Inn Byland

56. The Abbey Inn Byland

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.

£50 - £79
British
SquareMeal UK Top 100
Celentano

57. Celentano's Glasgow

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.

£50 - £79
Italian
SquareMeal UK Top 100
Lunar Stoke-on-Trent

58. Lunar Stoke-on-Trent

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.

£50 - £79
British
International
SquareMeal UK Top 100
Northcote

59. Northcote

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.

Over £80
British
Afternoon tea
One Michelin star
SquareMeal UK Top 100
Le Manoir aux Quat

60. Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, A Belmond Hotel

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.

Over £80
French
Two Michelin stars
SquareMeal UK Top 100
Lilac

61. Lilac

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.

£30 - £49
British
SquareMeal UK Top 100
Coombeshead Farm

62. Coombeshead Farm

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.

£50 - £79
British
SquareMeal UK Top 100
Artis

63. Artis

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.

Over £80
Modern European
SquareMeal UK Top 100
Kushi-ya

64. Kushi-ya

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.

£30 - £49
Japanese
SquareMeal UK Top 100
Vanderlyle

65. Vanderlyle

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.

£50 - £79
Vegetarian
SquareMeal UK Top 100
Bench Sheffield

66. Bench Sheffield

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.  

£50 - £79
British
Barbecue
SquareMeal UK Top 100
The Loch & The Tyne

67. The Loch & The Tyne

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.

Over £80
Scottish
British
SquareMeal UK Top 100
Erst

68. Erst

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.

£30 - £49
International
SquareMeal UK Top 100
Quince

69. Quince

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.

£30 - £49
Modern European
British
Bistro
SquareMeal UK Top 100
Olive Tree Bath

70. Olive Tree Bath

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.

Over £80
Modern European
Vegetarian
Vegan
British
One Michelin star
SquareMeal UK Top 100
Heft

71. Heft

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.

Over £80
British
Gastropub
One Michelin star
SquareMeal UK Top 100
Tropea

72. Tropea

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.

£50 - £79
Italian
SquareMeal UK Top 100
The Oarsman

73. The Oarsman

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.

£30 - £49
Pubs
Scottish
Steak
British
Bars
Gastropub
French
Fish
Wine Bars
Bistro
SquareMeal UK Top 100
Cail Bruich

74. Cail Bruich

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.

Over £80
Modern European
Scottish
One Michelin star
SquareMeal UK Top 100
Upstairs at Landrace

75. Upstairs at Landrace

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.

£50 - £79
Modern European
Mediterranean
Vegetarian
Cheese
British
Italian
French
Fish
Wine Bars
Bistro
SquareMeal UK Top 100
The Wilderness

76. The Wilderness

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.

£50 - £79
Modern European
British
SquareMeal UK Top 100
Restaurant Andrew Fairlie

77. Restaurant Andrew Fairlie

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.

Over £80
Modern European
Scottish
Two Michelin stars
SquareMeal UK Top 100
White Swan at Fence

78. White Swan at Fence

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 - £49
Gastropub
One Michelin star
SquareMeal UK Top 100
Eleanore Edinburgh

79. Eleanore Edinburgh

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.

£50 - £79
British
SquareMeal UK Top 100
Argoe Newlyn

80. Argoe Newlyn

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.

£50 - £79
British
Fish
SquareMeal UK Top 100
BANK Bristol

81. BANK Bristol

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. 

£30 - £49
Modern European
British
Bars
International
SquareMeal UK Top 100
The Mariners Public House

82. The Mariners Public House

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. 

£30 - £49
British
Gastropub
SquareMeal UK Top 100
Big Counter

83. Big Counter

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.

£30 - £49
Modern European
Mediterranean
British
SquareMeal UK Top 100
Sur-Mer at The Suffolk

84. Sur-Mer at The Suffolk

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.

£30 - £49
British
SquareMeal UK Top 100
The Woodspeen

85. The Woodspeen

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.

£50 - £79
British
SquareMeal UK Top 100
The Little Fish Market

86. The Little Fish Market

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.

Over £80
British
Fish
SquareMeal UK Top 100
Skosh

87. Skosh

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.

£50 - £79
International
SquareMeal UK Top 100
The Small Holding

88. The Small Holding

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 - £79
Modern European
British
SquareMeal UK Top 100
The Set

89. The Set

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.

Over £80
British
SquareMeal UK Top 100
Manifest

90. Manifest

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.

£50 - £79
British
Bars
SquareMeal UK Top 100
COR Bristol

91. COR Bristol

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.

£30 - £49
Modern European
Bistro
SquareMeal UK Top 100
SARGASSO

92. SARGASSO

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.

£30 - £49
Modern European
Fish
SquareMeal UK Top 100
Cygnet at the Swan Inn

93. Cygnet at the Swan Inn

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. 

£50 - £79
British
SquareMeal UK Top 100
The Beckford Canteen

94. The Beckford Canteen

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.  

£50 - £79
British
SquareMeal UK Top 100
OX Belfast

95. OX Belfast

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.

Over £80
Modern European
British
Irish
One Michelin star
SquareMeal UK Top 100
Tharavadu

96. Tharavadu

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.

£30 - £49
Indian
SquareMeal UK Top 100
AO Southampton

97. AO Southampton

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. 

Over £80
Modern European
SquareMeal UK Top 100
10 Tib Lane

98. 10 Tib Lane

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.

£30 - £49
Modern European
Bistro
SquareMeal UK Top 100
The Clockspire

99. The Clockspire

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. 

£30 - £49
Modern European
British
SquareMeal UK Top 100

We’d suggest making your way through the list above, if you love to keep up with all the latest hot-spots in the world of hospitality in the UK. However, if you’re looking for something a little more specific, you might like to explore some of our dedicated area guides. We have all sorts of city guides, from best restaurants in Edinburgh to wide spectrum guides like the best restaurants in Yorkshire. Just head straight to the search bar to look for something specific!

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