Best restaurants in The United Kingdom

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Powys

    Ynyshir Hall

    Foraged wild foods, the best local meat and seafood and his own kitchen-garden produce give Gareth Ward of Ynyshir Hall the foundations to concoct some of Wales' most wonderful food. A Michelin-starred restaurant within a luxurious country retreat speciously associated with Queen Victoria, Yynyshir offers set menus that reach new heights for brevity ('mackerel', 'strawberry') but herald total gastronomic joy. The rooms, some in the original hall and some newly built, are stylish and delightful (doubles from £150). A Royal Society for the Protection of Birds reserve immediately behind the property adds extra appeal for twitchers. Ynyshir Hall is off the A487, 7.5 miles southwest of Machynlleth.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in East Riding of Yorkshire

    Pipe and Glass Inn

    Set in a picturesque hamlet 4 miles northwest of Beverley, this charming Michelin-starred country pub has a delightfully informal setting, with weathered timber tables, stone hearths and leather sofas. Yet a great deal of care is lavished on the food – even seemingly simple dishes such as fish pie are unforgettable. After your meal, you can tour its herb gardens. If you want to stay the night, there are five luxurious bedrooms to choose from (£200 to £245 per night, including breakfast), but the waiting list for a weekend night is several months long; weeknights can be booked about two months in advance.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Jersey

    Samphire

    Formerly Ormer, Michelin-starred Samphire is arguably Jersey's best restaurant. It's stylish without being stuffy, and affordable without sacrificing the quality of its dishes. Peek inside the open kitchen where chef Lee Smith turns mostly local ingredients into knockout dishes with a global twist, such as tempura oysters, korma pigeon with mango chutney and gooey chocolate and pistachio fondant. Samphire is a great all-rounder: some come for the excellent cocktails, while others catch up with friends over a leisurely brunch of eggs Benedict, French toast and shakshuka.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in The Atlantic Highway

    Restaurant Nathan Outlaw

    Port Isaac's prestige has skyrocketed since Cornwall's top chef, Nathan Outlaw, moved his main operation here from Rock. This is the place to experience Outlaw's passion for Cornish fish and seafood. His style is surprisingly classic, relying on top-notch ingredients rather than cheffy tricks. As you'd expect of a twice-Michelin-starred restaurant, you'll pay top dollar, but it's a tell-your-friends experience. Vegetarians are well catered for, and there's a good-value four-course menu available at lunchtime on Friday and Saturday (£65).

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Cumbrian Coast

    L'Enclume

    'The Anvil' is run by the wildly imaginative chef Simon Rogan (often dubbed Cumbria's answer to Heston Blumenthal), and is without doubt Cumbria's best-known restaurant. Known for his boundary-pushing cuisine and off-the-wall presentation, Rogan's dishes often have a focus on foraged ingredients such as sea buckthorn, juniper, dandelion seed and Douglas fir. Reservations should be made months in advance. Luxury accommodation (room £240 to £435) is also available.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Clerkenwell, Shoreditch & Spitalfields

    Clove Club

    From humble origins as a supper club in a London flat, the Clove Club has transformed into this impressive Michelin-starred restaurant, named one of the world's best in 2017. The menu is a mystery until dishes arrive at the table; expect intricately arranged plates with impeccably sourced ingredients from around the British Isles. Your wallet might feel empty, but you sure won't. A vegetarian menu is available. Book far in advance.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Warwickshire

    The Cross

    One of England's culinary jewels, this Michelin-starred gastropub occupies a romantic 19th-century inn. Prepare to be dazzled by exquisite creations like seared scallops with seaweed butter, duck breast with smoked beetroot and raspberry vinegar, and brioche pudding with apple-and-blackberry compote and bay leaf ice cream. Vegetarian menus are available; junior gourmands have their own three-course children's menu (£12).

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in New Town

    Baba

    Located on Edinburgh’s premier George Street and connected to the chic Principal hotel, Baba specialises in uber-hip and sophisticated Levantine cuisine. The menu is short but exquisite, featuring stunning mezze (beiruti burrata, anyone?), and flavour-packed plates delivered straight off the charcoal grill. Baba ghanoush doesn’t get more smoky, addictive or beautifully presented than this.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Oxford

    Edamamé

    No wonder a constant stream of students squeeze in and out of this tiny diner – it’s Oxford’s top spot for delicious, gracefully simple Japanese cuisine. Changing noodle and curry specials include fragrant chicken miso ramen, tofu stir-fries, or mackerel with soba noodles; it only serves sushi or sashimi on Thursday evenings. No bookings; arrive early and be prepared to wait.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in The Channel Islands

    La Sablonnerie Restaurant

    This highly acclaimed restaurant is among the best in the Channel Islands. The draw here is local, seasonal cuisine; most of the fruit, vegetables, herbs and dairy is produced within the hotel grounds, meat is local, and the fish, lobster and scallops are hand-caught just offshore. Feast on the likes of caramelised duck, seared scallops and veal Madeira. Reserve ahead.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Oxford

    Spiced Roots

    From black rice with pomegranates to oxtail with mac cheese and plantains – and, of course, spicy jerk chicken – everything is just perfection at this flawless new Caribbean restaurant. There are plenty of vegetarian options too, as well as curried fish or goat, while adding a cocktail or two from the thatched rum bar is pretty much irresistible.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Kensington & Hyde Park

    Rabbit

    Three brothers grew up on a farm. One became a farmer, another a butcher, while the third worked in hospitality. So they pooled their skills and came up with Rabbit, a breath of fresh air in upmarket Chelsea. The restaurant rocks the agri-chic look, and the creative, seasonal and oft-changing Modern British menu is fabulous. Whet your appetite with one of the 'mouthfuls' (eg mini-eclairs with mushroom and Marmite), literally bitesize pieces of deliciousness – one won't be enough. Then mix and match from the small-plates selection (plenty of vegetarian and vegan options) – two or three per person is about right. The drinks list is just as good, with a great selection of wines from the family vineyard in Sussex, and local beers and ciders. Note the kitchen closes at 10.30pm.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Clerkenwell, Shoreditch & Spitalfields

    Hawksmoor Spitalfields

    You could easily miss Hawksmoor, discreetly signed and clad in black brick, but dedicated carnivores will find it worth seeking out. The dark wood and velvet curtains make for a handsome setting in which to gorge yourself on the best of British beef. The Sunday roasts (£22) are legendary, but it's the place in London to order a steak. Hawksmoor has sprouted a mini-empire around London and beyond, with five more restaurants dotted around the city, including branches in the City and the West End, plus outposts in Manchester and Edinburgh. The candlelit bar downstairs is a sleek spot to continue the evening.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Glasgow

    Ubiquitous Chip

    The original champion of Scottish produce, Ubiquitous Chip is legendary for its still-unparalleled cuisine and lengthy wine list. Named to poke fun at Scotland's culinary reputation, it offers a French touch but resolutely Scottish ingredients, carefully selected and following sustainable principles. The elegant courtyard space offers some of Glasgow's best dining, while, above, the cheaper brasserie (open longer hours) offers exceptional value for money. Two bars, including the cute 'Wee Pub' down the side alley, offer plenty of drinking pleasure. There's always something going on at the Chip – check the website for upcoming events.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Swansea, The Gower & Carmarthenshire

    Pryd o Fwyd

    Don’t be put off by the unpretty exterior, the inside of Pryd o Fwyd ('bite to eat' in Welsh) is much more welcoming and the food, prepared by chef Guy, who’s also the postmaster (the post office is in the same building), is excellent and innovative. Light lunches are available, while in the evening the fine dining highlights include salt-marsh lamb, vegetarian jalfrezi and delicious vegan pies. It's just a five-minute walk from Ferryside train station but is slightly hidden away off Ferryside's main street, Carmarthen Road, so ask a local for the post office if you get lost.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Belfast

    Mourne Seafood Bar

    Hugely popular, this informal, pub-like place is all red brick and dark wood with old oil lamps dangling from the ceiling. On the menu are oysters, meltingly sweet scallops, lobster and langoustines sourced from its own shellfish beds, along with luscious fish such as hake, seabream and sea bass. Book ahead for dinner. The attached Belfast Cookery School runs a diverse range of culinary classes. Mourne Seafood Bar's sister restaurant is near County Down's Dundrum Bay.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Brixton, Peckham & South London

    Koi Ramen Bar

    Blink-and-you'll-miss-it Koi has a secret weapon to alert passers-by: the ever-enticing aroma of noodles and a chirpy band of staff. There's a thin – negligible is a better word – counter for your tonkotsu ramen (£6) before you snap your chopsticks and plunge in. The ramen are delicious, including the miso tofu vegetarian version, served with a light, tasty broth. There's steamed and grilled gyoza dumplings too. The name Koi (恋) means 'in love'. There's another branch at Tooting Market.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in South Bank

    Padella

    Come hungry for the best pasta this side of Italy. Padella is a small, energetic bistro specialising in handmade noodles, inspired by the owners’ extensive culinary adventures. The portions are small, which means that you can (and should!) have more than one dish. The queue is always long; download the WalkIn app to join it virtually and head to the pub. The dishes on offer are often switched up, but the menu mainstay of pici cacio e pepe is a must.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Notting Hill & West London

    Ledbury

    With two Michelin stars, Brett Graham’s elegant award-winning French restaurant attracts well-heeled diners in jeans with designer jackets. Artful dishes such as Cornish monkfish with white beans and rosemary, warm bantam's egg with celeriac and dried ham, or Herdwick lamb with salt-baked turnips, celery cream and wild garlic are triumphs. Gastronomes have the Ledbury on speed dial, so reserve well in advance.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Oxford

    Vaults & Garden

    This beautiful lunch venue spreads from the vaulted 14th-century Old Congregation House of the University Church into a garden facing the Radcliffe Camera. Come early, and queue at the counter to choose from wholesome organic specials such as carrot and nutmeg soup, chicken panang curry, or slow-roasted lambshoulder with red currant. Breakfast and afternoon tea (those scones!) are equally good.