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Top 50 Fit for Foodies restaurants 2018 in the UK

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by As rated by verified OpenTable diners
Updated August 11, 2018

The results are in and we are proud to announce the OpenTable 2018 Top 50 Fit for Foodies restaurants in the UK. This year’s list was determined by analysing more than 730,000 reviews left by our diners. The top ranked restaurant received their award at Restaurant Magazine’s National Restaurant Awards on June 11th. Below you will find our top 10 ranked restaurants, followed by those that make up the top 50 highlighted in alphabetical order.

A photo of The Chefs Table restaurant
4.8
4.8 (3583)
£26 to £40
British
Chester
About the restaurant
Lunch Menu - Two Courses for £30 / Three Courses for £35

We are an independent restaurant in the heart of Chester offering microseasonal dining with menus designed around what's growing on our farm in Daresbury. Menus change every four to six weeks.
Happy Hour is available in our lounge from 4-6pm on Thursday-Saturday with "Two for £15" Cocktails, wine and beer specials.

Please note we are currently card-only and unable to accept cash.

Meat / Game / Pescatarian / Vegetarian / Vegan / GF / DF

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If your preferred time is not available please make a note on your reservation and we will try our best to accommodate you in the event of a cancellation. If you don't see the time you would like, please email us at info@chefstablechester.co.uk with the preferred time, party size, and telephone number and we will check our availability.
Top review
Jaybeesvip
Dined 2 days ago
Great service and amazing food. Highly recommend.
A photo of Number 16 Restaurant restaurant
4.8
4.8 (3237)
£25 and under
Modern European
Glasgow
About the restaurant
Award- winning restaurant in the heart of Glasgow's West End.

Number 16 is a cosy, well established and much loved neighbourhood favourite offering quality food, friendly service and great value in relaxed surroundings. Run by a tight- knit, experienced and dedicated team; Number 16 is proud to bring fresh and unusual ideas to modern Scottish cooking. Our ever- changing menu features imaginative, balanced flavours and a commitment to using seasonal produce. We strive to make each dining experience a relaxing, unique and memorable one for every customer.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
We arrived promptly and escorted quickly to our table. We found difficulty in modifying the time online eventually calling the establishment where our new time was rescheduled. The revised time arrived quickly in my email. The waiting staff took good care of us assisting with coats and menus offered with water preordering. Our food was delicious supplemented by velvety wine followed by two scrumptious puddings. We would certainly recommend this place, small downstairs but cosy. There seemed to be an upstairs section but we did not see it. Loved the Lemur tiles in the ladies loo.
A photo of Peace and Loaf Restaurant restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2498)
£41 and over
British
Newcastle upon Tyne
About the restaurant
Headed up by Chef / Owner Dave Coulson, Peace & Loaf is a restaurant unlike any other in the region. Dave has an unrivalled reputation and passion for creating flavoursome and innovative dishes, which shows with the diverse menu and delicately decorated food on offer. Highlighting the importance of using only the freshest, locally sourced produce, Peace & Loaf will offer exciting, seasonal menus that will incorporate Dave’s signature dishes. Heavily inspired by traditional British cuisine with Dave’s own inventive flare, the meticulously crafted dishes will excite and intrigue even the most discerning of palates.
Top review
MalJ
Dined on Jun 1, 2024
Great atmosphere, great staff and most of all great food!
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4.7
4.7 (1897)
£26 to £40
Scottish
Edinburgh
About the restaurant
A consistent multi award winning Restaurant Forage & Chatter in Edinburgh boasts the best locally sourced and foraged produce, nestled in Edinburgh's West End. A experience you will not forget. Come and visit us!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 6, 2024
We had an amazing meal at Forage & Chatter last week. The restaurant was lovely and felt fancy enough for a special meal whilst still being casual. The food was absolutely delicious and all the staff were wonderful, very helpful and attentive. We were just visiting Edinburgh for the weekend sadly, but would definitely come back here if we came again and highly recommend Forage & Chatter to everyone :)
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4.4
4.4 (3825)
£25 and under
Vegetarian / Vegan
Brighton
About the restaurant
Food for Friends is nestled in the beautiful and historic South Lanes, just 2 minutes from the sea. The restaurant specialises in tasty, simple vegetarian dishes using fresh and local produce. The restaurant has secured a place in The Good Food Guide 2016 and also won the Brighton and Hove Foodie Awards 2012.



The restaurant caters for people with special dietary needs, there are vegan and gluten-free options for many dishes on the menu, as well as freshly baked vegan and gluten-free breads, cakes and scones every day.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 1, 2024
We were recommended here and it was so fantastic that we went back the next day!
A photo of 21 restaurant
4.8
4.8 (5026)
£26 to £40
British
Newcastle upon Tyne
About the restaurant
21’s cooking is big on flavour and short on fuss. We’re talking about a style which embraces the seasons and where the ingredients are king. Expect to find stylish, imaginative dishes – which don’t pander to fads or fashion…………and still have room for pudding. Expect a warm welcome, generous hospitality and service that is both friendly and correct.

A city centre restaurant with a city centre buzz. In the heart of Newcastle's Quayside, 21 has an excitement and warmth all of its own. Smart but not stuffy, sleek but not pretentious, fun but not gimmicky - It's about eating good food in comfortably stylish surroundings.

Menus include Lunch and Early Evening Fixed Price, Five Course Seasonal and à la Carte.
Top review
yellow324vip
Dined 3 days ago
Fabulous food, superb service. Truly this place is a gastronomic delight.
A photo of Albert's Shed restaurant
4.5
4.5 (5145)
£25 and under
British
Manchester
About the restaurant
Fully refurbished in late 2021 with a brand new look; Albert’s Shed is a stylish city centre restaurant with the advantage of a location at the centre of the Castlefield canal basin.
The restaurant has ample car parking and provides a picturesque environment for dining out with friends, family or colleagues.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Excellent afternoon at Albert's as is always the case !
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4.6
4.6 (4175)
£26 to £40
Scottish
Old Town
About the restaurant
Having opened its doors in 2010, Angels with Bagpipes quickly established itself as one of the finest restaurants to have graced Edinburgh’s most iconic and historic street, The Royal Mile. With upmost pride in sourcing fresh Scottish ingredients.
Mixing an atmospheric Old Town setting with chic, contemporary looks, the restaurant reflects many of the city’s most defining features. With a humble facade nestled in the beautiful 17th century building, rich tones of bronze and marble cascade throughout the two tiers of Angels with Bagpipes.
Angels with Bagpipe’s kitchen has gained a glowing reputation in a city abundant with restaurants of the highest standards. Sourcing the best produce and ingredients, allowing the quality to shine through their elegant dishes. By blending innovative and traditional techniques, their menu is fresh and exciting throughout all seasons
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
First class service from start to finish from staff going out there way. Our party of 5 had amazing evening. Wilson Edinburgh.
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4.4
4.4 (5865)
£41 and over
Indian
Mayfair
About the restaurant
Indian Fine Dining Restaurant with British Flair in the Heart of Mayfair.

Benares Restaurant and Bar since its opening in 2003 has been considered one of the finest Indian Restaurants in the city.

Guests enter an elegant lounge with hand-crafted India inspired furniture and is complemented by a beautiful pond decorated with fresh flowers, creating a luxurious aesthetic.

Benares has 4 private dining rooms, three of which are around the lounge: the Berkeley Room which seats up to 16 guests, the Sommeliers Table which seats up to 10 guests and a Chefs Table overlooking the kitchen which seats up to 8 guests. The lounge area leads into the main dining room which can accommodate up to 80 guests. Our largest private dining area, the Dover room seating up to 36 guests is on the other side of the main dining room.

Benares can be hired for exclusive events accommodating 100 guests for a sit-down dinner and 250 guests for a standing reception.
Top review
Patelparthivvip
Dined on Jun 7, 2024
One of the best Indian culinary experiences we have had - very delicious food with high quality ingredients, great service and amazing ambience. Did feel like a Michelin star experience!
A photo of Blacklock Soho restaurant
4.7
4.7 (5582)
£25 and under
Steak
Soho
About the restaurant
Blacklock is a modern version of the Great British chophouse. Set in an old brothel, we take the best meat in the country from the award winning farmer and butcher Philip Warren in Cornwall. We cook chops simply over our real charcoal grill with a little help from vintage Blacklock irons and serve it all up alongside cocktails that give back and wine on tap in our atmospheric subterranean chop mecca. On Sundays we serve a Sunday Roast almost as good as Mum's.

Bookings and Walk-Ins available:
Monday - Friday 12:00 - 15:00pm
Monday - Friday 17:00 - 22:30pm
Bookings up to 8 guests (Mon-Thurs)
Bookings up to 6 guests (Friday)

Saturday: 12:00 - 23:00
Bookings for lunch and pre-theatre from 12noon to 23:00
Bookings up to 6 guests

Sunday 12:00 - 20:00
Bookings all day for up to 6 guests
Top review
dizzyliz
Dined 5 days ago
Blacklock never fails to deliver a good experience, from the great food and drink to the service. There is always a good choice of cuts to choose from of great quality and value, especially on a Monday at Butcher's prices. Blacklock has become our first choice for an enjoyable meal for any occasion and with a wide range of locations to choose from we know we will find a table at a time we want.
A photo of Dinner by Heston Blumenthal restaurant
4.6
4.6 (6585)
£41 and over
British
Knightsbridge
About the restaurant
Opened on 31st January 2011 in Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London, two Michelin starred Dinner by Heston Blumenthal is a collaboration between Heston Blumenthal and Ashley Palmer-Watts who spent endless hours of research in the British Library and the kitchen archives at Hampton Court Palace to create a menu inspired by historic recipes and cookbooks, with elements dating as far back as 79 AD.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Aug 8, 2022
Amazing experience! Outstanding service, and provides excellent detail about thought process behind each dish. Excellent taste. Could use a texture. The duck was outstanding. The steak could’ve been a bit more moist and juicy, but was cooked perfectly otherwise. The triple cooked chips were fantastic, especially with the mushroom ketchup.
A photo of Gaucho - Birmingham restaurant
4.4
4.4 (3490)
£41 and over
Steak
Birmingham
About the restaurant
Every Wednesday, join us for ‘Steak Night Date Night’ and dig into an epic sharing steak for two with sides, sauces and a bottle of red or white wine chosen by our team of sommeliers from £70 per pair.

Gaucho Birmingham is a stone’s throw from Cathedral Square, situated in the buzz of Birmingham’s business district. The dining destination for impeccable Argentinian steaks, Latin American plates, the finest wines and signature cocktails.

You’ll be welcomed by sophisticated interiors, with textures and tones inspired by Argentina’s forests, and warm smiles from our outstanding team. Perfect for those weekday lunches, after work cocktails or electric weekend brunches – we’re the new social hub for luxury in the city.
Top review
Funkymonk23
Dined on Jun 7, 2024
Great service/food. Feels like you’re sitting in a teenagers bedroom. Worth it.
A photo of Gauthier Soho restaurant
4.7
4.7 (4429)
£41 and over
French
Soho
About the restaurant
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...". With an emphasis on vegetables in all dishes, Alexis provides a seasonal tasting menu with the best possible ingredients (British where possible) all 100% plant based. All served in a chic Soho Townhouse where the staff really make you feel special. There are also five private dining rooms for parties of all sizes.
Top review
BalaSvip
Dined 4 days ago
Gauthier never disappoints … every course amazing, wine pairing very thoughtful and precise; outstanding service. Seasonal menus keep inviting you back again and again.
A photo of Hawksmoor Air Street restaurant
4.5
4.5 (12681)
£26 to £40
Steakhouse
Piccadilly
About the restaurant
The Hawksmoor Air Street menu is equally steak and seafood, receiving some of the freshest produce from Brixham Market & high standard UK beef, as well as cocktails made by award-winning bartenders.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
First time in the restaurant after visiting the one in Manchester a few years ago. Great ambience and was seated in a quiet area. Waitresses were attentive and patient with our order and food came out as advertised. Good quality Fillet Steak with macaroni cheese and bone marrow sides. Their own brand larger was not too strong and nice flavour.
A photo of Hawksmoor Borough restaurant
4.6
4.6 (6323)
£26 to £40
Steakhouse
London Bridge
About the restaurant
A short walk from London Bridge, Hawksmoor Borough serves British steak & seafood. A private dining room for up to 16 & tickets for Cooks' Room Supper Club.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 7, 2024
Great. Lovely food and excellent service. Would go back
A photo of Hawksmoor Manchester restaurant
4.7
4.7 (9946)
£26 to £40
Steakhouse
Manchester
About the restaurant
Located next door to Spinningfields, we aim to serve the best steaks in Manchester. Sunday Roasts or for those looking for a casual bite, a set menu is available.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Fab restaurant definitely recommend! Only 4 stars as my steak was abit tough for me, should have for the fillet not sirloin
A photo of Hawksmoor Seven Dials restaurant
4.6
4.6 (12575)
£26 to £40
Steakhouse
Covent Garden
About the restaurant
Hawksmoor Seven Dials is a short walk from Covent Garden & Seven Dials. The restaurant is a perfect place for steak dinners, seafood and Sunday roasts.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
The food and service was excellent. It was very noisy, but the rest made us forget that.
A photo of Hawksmoor Spitalfields restaurant
4.6
4.6 (6934)
£26 to £40
Unspecified
Shoreditch
About the restaurant
Prime cuts of matured British beef and other classics served in stripped-back, bare-brick surroundings.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 4 days ago
I just love Hawksmoor - it never disappoints, ever
A photo of Ivy Market Grill restaurant
3.9
3.9 (18293)
£26 to £40
Contemporary British
Covent Garden
About the restaurant
Sibling of the classic Modern European eatery offering walk-in seats in a polished, elegant space.
Top review
VictoriaH
Dined 4 days ago
Great meal in a lovely atmosphere. Really pleased we chose to go there for lunch.
A photo of Jamavar restaurant
4.6
4.6 (962)
£41 and over
Indian
Mayfair
About the restaurant
Michelin-starred Jamavar London, located on Mayfair’s iconic Mount Street is celebrated for its gracious hospitality, inviting atmosphere, and beautiful surroundings inspired by the Viceroy’s House in New Delhi, the acclaimed restaurant is a rendition of a palatial Indian dining experience in the heart of Mayfair.

Here, exceptional pan-Indian dishes are thoughtfully prepared by Culinary Director and Executive Chef Surender Mohan using the freshest British produce and most authentic Indian cooking techniques. In 2022, Jamavar London was awarded a Michelin star in The Great Britain & Ireland Michelin Guide for its high-quality cooking and holistic approach to Indian cuisine.
Top review
Jerivip
Dined 5 days ago
Everything was delicious, the service was extremely well done, and the restaurant is quite beautiful
A photo of Kendell's Bistro restaurant
4.7
4.7 (3238)
£26 to £40
French
Leeds
About the restaurant
Kendells 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 - no waiters topping up wine glasses after every sip or sneaking up behind you with a six foot pepper mill. Cloth napkins but not starched, blackboard menus and open plan kitchen, intimate cosy candles flickering, friendly without pretence.

Bookings of 5 or more will need to contact the restaurant directly, either by emailing info@kendellsbistro.co.uk or calling us on 0113 2436553.

Top review
Paulvip
Dined on Jun 4, 2024
Honestly, we can't fault this place. The menu is so excellent it really did take a time to decide what we would order but we all made a great choice and every single course was exceptional. The staff were amazing. It was mid week so fairly quiet but that did not take anything away from the experience, in fact it enhanced it as one member of the party can't hear too well, so the lack of back ground noice was a bonus and the atmosphere was still second to none. We will be back and rate this as our favourite restaurant in Leeds. Thank you team Kendell.
A photo of Margot Restaurant restaurant
4.6
4.6 (2685)
£41 and over
Italian
Covent Garden
About the restaurant
Margot salutes Italy and its many regions with an emphasis on great food and great service. Celebrating the glamour and charm of Italian design and craft in simple elegance, Margot combines comfort and refinement in a lively setting.



Top review
Bazzah
Dined on Jun 7, 2024
Second time we have been, this time for a pre-theatre dinner. Outstanding service and food - and they got us out comfortably on time despite the restaurant being very busy. We'll be back!
A photo of Portland Restaurant restaurant
4.9
4.9 (2119)
£41 and over
British
Marylebone
About the restaurant
Portland opened in 2015 and received a Michelin star the same year - which we have retained to this day. We try to offer the best contemporary example of fine dining in London – the finest produce we can find cooked with precision and a high level of technique led by our executive chef Stuart Andrew and head chef Chris Bassett and his team.

We offer a la carte and also a Tasting Menu at lunch and dinner.

Wine is as important as food and service at Portland. Our main wine list aims to offer brilliant value on interesting, different wines which we hope you seldom see on restaurant wine lists. Our Single Bottle List contains bins of some of the world’s finest wines and also more accessible offerings from our favourite producers.

Apart from the main restaurant, we hope that our private room and its offer of secluded and separate dining is just the thing for special family events or business meetings.
Top review
FerminPvip
Dined 7 days ago
Outstanding family celebration at Portland, thank you for another great experience!
A photo of Smiths Restaurant Wapping restaurant
4.9
4.9 (7265)
£41 and over
Seafood
Wapping
About the restaurant
Smith's of Wapping is located on the River Thames with fantastic views of Tower Bridge and The Shard.
Smith's, famous for fish, was initially established in 1958 and today offers fine dining facilities.

We are now open from 12pm until 230pm for lunch and 5.30pm until 11pm (last seating time is 9pm) on Monday to Thursday.

Friday dinner starts at 6pm until 11pm (last seating is 9.30pm).

Saturday dinner starts at 5.30pm until 11pm (last seating is 945pm)

On Sundays we are open from 12pm until 3.30pm for Lunch
And 6pm until 10pm (last seating time 8.30pm) for Dinner.

Should you not find the time that you are looking for, please contact the restaurant directly as there may be availability.
Top review
Alocal
Dined 5 days ago
Both food and service were exceptional. Our waiter really took care of us!
A photo of The Ivy Cobham Garden restaurant
4.3
4.3 (9731)
£26 to £40
Contemporary British
Cobham
About the restaurant
The Ivy Cobham Garden brings the familiar luxury of The Ivy, to a relaxed yet sophisticated all-day dining restaurant on Cobham High Street.
Top review
SamKvip
Dined 5 days ago
Lovely evening, nice to see a restaurant busy on Monday evening.
A photo of The Ledbury restaurant
4.9
4.9 (2686)
£41 and over
British
Notting Hill
About the restaurant
The Ledbury is located the heart of Notting Hill.

Since opening in 2005, it has become one of London's more established restaurants, gaining 3 Michelin stars in 2024.

The restaurant prides itself on showcasing seasonal ingredients along with their own Deer, Jersey Cows and Iberian Pigs which are reared by Chef/Owner Brett Graham.

After a 2 year hiatus, The Ledbury reopened with a new look dining room and their own in house Fungarium.

The kitchen is being overseen by Head Chef Tom Spenceley and the dining room is headed up by General Manager Jack Settle.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 4 days ago
The Ledbury was an incredible culinary experience. The variety of flavors was an experience I've never had before. Delicious and the service was amazing. The restaurant is beautiful as well and tucked away in the charming Nottinghill
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