OpenTable, a world’s leading provider of online restaurant bookings, recently announced its 2018 Top 50 Fit for Foodies restaurants in the UK. Check out the full list here…
The annual list showcases the best 50 restaurants across the UK, reflected by the combined opinions of more than 730,000 reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners at over 7,200 restaurants.
Adrian Valeriano, vice president, Europe, OpenTable, commented: “OpenTable diners are trusted sources for judging what makes a great dining experience. Through their continuous, valuable feedback from their own dining experiences, we’re able to reveal some of the finest restaurants in the UK for all food fanatics. We’re excited to see this year’s top ten showcasing talent from various regions, highlighting the wealth of great restaurants from throughout the whole country.”
Find out who made it into the Top 50 Fit for Foodies restaurants in the UK
Situated in the heart of Newcastle Quayside, 21 is a classic, modern bistro offering skilful cooking, what has been described as a “sassy service” and a good-time feel
Albert’s Shed, Manchester
Albert’s Shed is a stylish city centre restaurant with the advantage of a location at the centre of the Castlefield canal basin.
Angels with Bagpipes, Edinburgh
Having opened its doors in 2010, Angels with Bagpipes quickly established itself as one of the finest restaurants in Edinburgh, mixing an Old Town setting with chic, contemporary looks.
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Aquavit London, London
Aquavit London is a new Nordic morning-to-midnight dining experience inspired by the two Michelin star sister restaurant in New York but with a more informal setting. Dishes at Aquavit London include fresh, seasonal ingredients and deliver a contemporary take on authentic Nordic cuisine, with menus developed by Henrik Ritzén, executive chef of Aquavit London, and Emma Bengtsson, executive chef of Aquavit New York.
Celebrating 12 years of holding a Michelin Star, Benares, a Michelin starred restaurant led by chef patron, Atul Kochhar, specialises in modern Indian cuisine with a distinct British twist.
Blacklock is a modern version of the Great British chophouse. Set in an old brothel, they take the best meat in the country from the award winning farmer and butcher Philip Warren in Cornwall.
Chez Bruce, London
Bruce Poole and Nigel Platts-Martin opened Chez Bruce in 1995. Specialities on the menu include home-made charcuterie, slow cooked braises, offal, warm and cold salads, classical desserts and bread-making.
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, London
Opened on 31st January 2011 in the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, two Michelin stars Dinner by Heston Blumenthal is a collaboration between Heston Blumenthal and Ashley Palmer-Watts.
Food for Friends, Brighton
Food for Friends is located in the historic South Lanes, just two minutes from the sea. The restaurant specialises in simple vegetarian dishes using fresh and local produce.
Forage & Chatter, Edinburgh
A dining experience offering locally sourced Scottish cuisine, hidden in Edinburgh’s West End.
Frenchie Covent Garden, London
Frenchie Covent Garden is the new London outpost of the revered Frenchie, Frenchie To Go, Frenchie Wine Bar and Frenchie Wine Shop on Rue du Nil by Gregory Marchand.
Galvin at Windows, London
Located high up on the 28th floor of the London Hilton at 22 Park Lane, Galvin at Windows restaurant and bar is a destination restaurant with “fine service and all the trimmings”.
Gaucho Birmingham, Birmingham
Situated at 55 Colmore Row, the restaurant and bar are arranged on one level of the Ground floor. Currently undergoing refurbishment, The City’s first five star Hotel, The Grand is directly opposite the restaurant.
Gauthier Soho, London
Having earned a star within a year of opening Gauthier Soho, Alexis Gauthier is described by Zagat guide as “…one of the Best New French food destinations in London…”.
Hawksmoor Air Street, London
Hawksmoor Air Street is a 235 cover seafood and steak restaurant, with the menu equally divided between fish, seafood and the legendary steaks.
Hawksmoor Borough, London
Hawksmoor Borough is 144 cover steak restaurant and cocktail bar located on Winchester Walk right next to Borough Market. Dishes on the menu include bone marrow with onions, roast scallops, white port & garlic to signature steaks and Sunday roasts.
Hawksmoor Manchester, Manchester
Hawksmoor Manchester, the first outside London, is a 130-cover restaurant and 44-cover bar with an Edwardian interior. The menu features a number of new dishes created especially for the Manchester restaurant including shortrib macaroni. Joining old favourites on the bar menu, like the kimchi burger, shortrib French dip and lobster roll, is a poutine barm, a Montreal-meets-Manchester sandwich with triple cooked chips, chicken gravy and cheddar cheese curds stuffed in a traditional barm, with extra gravy for dipping.
Hawksmoor Seven Dials, London
The 142-cover restaurant serves generously sized steaks, simply cooked on a real charcoal grill. Situated in the heart of London’s Theatreland, the concept also has express pre and post theatre menus. The bar is ideal for casual burgers and hot dogs or for some of the best cocktails in London, including old school drinks and new.
Hawksmoor Spitalfields, London
Named after Nicholas Hawksmoor’s Christchurch Spitalfields, just down the road, Hawksmoor Spitalfields opened in 2006. The site serves up top quality British steaks, simply cooked over a real charcoal grill.
Ivy Market Grill, London
Open seven days a week and comprising of a main restaurant, terrace overlooking the bustling piazza and two private dining rooms, The Ivy Market Grill provides a great setting for any occasion.
Jamavar has a seating capacity of 107 covers split in two different floors, a private dining room that accommodate up to eight guests plus al fresco tables. It also takes inspiration from the Viceroy’s house of New Delhi.
Kendell’s Bistro, Yorkshire
Kendell’s Bistro is a casual Informal place to dine with the main focus on quality of food, wine and service within a French bistro atmosphere. It’s relaxed and informal.
The two Michelin starred Marcus brings a relaxed formality to the dining experience in a elegant and contemporary setting. It is located within the 5* Berkeley hotel.
Margot Restaurant, London
Margot is an Italian restaurant situated in the heart of Covent Garden. Open seven days a week, serving lunch, dinner, pre-theatre, and post-theatre. The menu revolves around classic Italian cuisine with a focus on quality, seasonal ingredients and draws inspiration from Italy’s diverse regions.
MERE is husband and wife team, Monica and David Galetti’s first restaurant. Spread over two floors, this Fitzrovia-based restaurant is the brainchild of Monica Galetti who has featured as a judge on the BBC’s MasterChef The Professionals.
Set in the heart of Mayfair, one Michelin starred Murano restaurant is the home of renowned chef Angela Hartnett. Cuisine is modern European with a strong Italian influence.
NOPI is an all-day dining venue serving a cuisine blend that may be described as contemporary London: bold flavours and colours, broadly based on Mediterranean, Middle-eastern and Asian ingredients, using lots of herbs and spices.
NOPI – Downstairs, London
NOPI downstairs offers a casual communal dining experience, where diners can observe the chefs at work in the open plan kitchen.
Number 16 Restaurant, Glasgow
Number 16 is an award winning restaurant in the heart of Glasgow’s West End offering an ever- changing menu featuring imaginative, balanced flavours; strong international influences and a commitment to using seasonal produce.
Ottolenghi Islington, London
Ottolenghi Islington is both a deli and restaurant, seating about 50 guests and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It is located opposite the Almeida and is a pre-theatre favourite.
Ottolenghi Spitalfields, London
Spitalfields is the latest Ottolenghi deli and restaurant to open and also, being able to sit up to 70 people, its largest. As well as table sitting, there is also communal bar which customers can dine at. For those on the go, Spitalfields also has a pack-to-order counter service as well as a grab & go fridge of ready-made sandwiches and salads.
Peace and Loaf Restaurant, Newcastle
This concept is headed up by 2010 MasterChef: The Professionals finalist Dave Coulson and offers a menu heavily inspired by traditional British cuisine.
Pidgin is a modern British restaurant in Hackney, serving a weekly changing set four-course menu.
Pollen Street Social, London
Pollen Street Social is a contemporary bistro offering deformalised fine dining in Mayfair. The flagship restaurant of renowned chef Jason Atherton, it houses a restaurant, social bar, dessert bar and private dining room, and holds one Michelin star.
Portland Restaurant, London
Portland is a new restaurant on Great Portland Street. The kitchen aims to cook very good produce, as simply as possible but with imagination and plenty of care. The menu is driven by what arrives from the suppliers each day.
Rosso Restaurant, Manchester
Rosso Restaurant & Bar, situated in a 116 year old Grade II listed dining room, offers a selection of pizzas, pastas, steaks and freshly prepared fish dishes on the menu.
Roux at The Landau, London
Trained in and inspired by classic French techniques, father and son Albert and Michel Roux Jr offer a contemporary take on European dishes, in a relaxed, yet stylish setting.
Smiths Restaurant Wapping, London
Smith’s of Wapping is located on the River Thames and is famous for its fish. It was initially established in 1958 and offers fine dining facilities.
Housed in Shoreditch is this BBQ smokehouse from David Carter, former front of house manager for Roka and Gordon Ramsay. The industrial, two-floor site features an open kitchen on the ground floor and a bar below. Food wise, the menu is short with small plates and sharing dishes of grilled meats.
Spring Restaurant, London
Led by acclaimed chef Skye Gyngell, food at Spring has been described as being heartfelt, wholesome and produce driven.
The food at StreetXO blurs the lines between European, Asian and South American cuisines.
Tattu Restaurant & Bar offers contemporary Chinese cuisine. It takes inspiration from body art. Each one of its diverse cocktails is inspired by the designs of different body artists with their own unique styles and unusual flavour combinations.
The Black Rat, Hampshire
The Black Rat Restaurant was converted from a pub into a quirky restaurant that is situated on Chesil Street. A year after opening, the team acquired a Michelin Star. The restaurant has its own forager and kitchen garden nearby.
The Chefs Table, Cheshire
The Chef’s Table is a small independent restaurant in the heart of Chester city centre. At lunch they offer a smaller a la carte menu with an offer of 2 courses for £18 and 3 course for £22, and then in the evening there is a full a la carte menu which offers a wide range of choice with lots of original dishes using some of the best local produce.
The Chesil Rectory, Hampshire
The Chesil Rectory is a unique, historic, grade II listed restaurant located in central Winchester. Head chef, Damian Brown, uses seasonal, local produce from their Hampshire doorstep to create menus featuring classic dishes brought up to date with a twist.
The Hind’s Head – Bray, Berkshire
The Hind’s Head serves a series of menus, changing and evolving on a monthly basis. On the ground floor, the restaurant has been remodelled whilst conserving the historic feature and integrity of the building. Upstairs, guests are invited to explore the Royal Lounge bar.
The Ivy Cobham Brasserie, Surrey
The brasserie is situated on the high street and is open seven days a week, featuring an all-day menu offering breakfast, elevenses, lunch, light snacks, afternoon tea, cocktails, weekend brunch and dinner.
The Ledbury, London
The Ledbury opened in 2005, with Brett Graham as head chef, supported by a young team including sous chef Greg Austin, and restaurant manager Darren McHugh. The restaurant has gained many accolades including during its time including the much coveted second Michelin Star.
Situated right in the heart of Cambridge’s historic centre, Trinity follows in the footsteps of its sister restaurant Varsity on St Andrew’s Street, serving up carefully sourced fish and meat and also a selection of oysters.
Waters Restaurant at Resorts World, Birmingham
Waters restaurant by award-winning chef Andy Waters is located at Resorts World Birmingham, Europe’s only global leisure destination. The menu has been created with simplicity in mind; classic British and French dishes with a twist.