By Katie Wilson and Talya Honebeek

Need to know which UK restaurants to book a table at next? You’ve come to the right place.

From the hottest restaurants in London right now to new Michelin star dining rooms and culinary spaces making waves in the Midlands and further north, these are the most exciting new restaurant openings in the UK.

This list will constantly be added to so keep checking back for our latest recommendations.

New London restaurants

Bacchanalia, Mayfair

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Bacchanalia is London’s hottest new restaurant right now. What was once a former Porsche garage on the corner of Mayfair’s Mount Street has been beautifully transformed into a Grecian-style odyssey that delights your eyes wherever you look.

With sculptures from Damien Hirst, a sweeping balcony and some of the prettiest toilets you’ll ever see, it’s glamorous, decadent and a bit like being in the real-life version of the opening credits of The White Lotus (season two). Mere mortals can book a table in the bar, restaurant or terrace, but Bacchanalia is also part of new London members club Apollo’s Muse, which is a little harder to get into.

The Boutique Handbook team recently visited and found that while Bacchanalia most definitely has style, it has plenty of substance too. Yes, it’s a bit over the top when it comes to the decor, but nothing about it feels gimmicky. From the Helios cocktails currently on the menu (order the Cantarito) to the swift, unpretentious service and reasonably priced menu (from £16 a dish), we suggest you book a table now.

Book a table at Bacchanalia here

Nessa, Soho

Nessa restaurant London
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Neighbourhood bistro Nessa is a welcome addition to the Soho restaurant scene. A stylish spot that won’t break the bank, it’s a great place in central London at any time of day.

Find it on the corner of Brewer and Warwick Street, on the ground floor of the new 1 Warwick Members’ House. Those with membership can also gain access to members’ lounges, workspaces and gym. While it’s brand new rooftop restaurant and bar, Yasmin Soho, is now open to the public to book.

Chef Tom Cenci, who previously worked at Noble Rot and launched London’s 24-hour sky high restaurant Duck & Waffle, is the man behind the food across the whole house. We’d recommend visiting for breakfast and ordering the Nessa and Egg Muffin (£9.50).

Other highlights from the all day menu include the Cheese and Onion Croquettes (£8), Woodfired leaks with Almond Ricotta (£11) and their signature Black Pudding Brioche (£13.50). It’s also a great place to pop in for a drink, as the bar is open until 2am at weekends.

Book a table at Nessa here

JOIA, Battersea

JOIA new restaurant UK Battersea
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JOIA is the first London restaurant by two Michelin-starred Portuguese chef Henrique Sá Pessoa. Meaning ‘jewel’ in Portuguese, you’ll find it on the 15th floor of the new art’otel LDN overlooking the iconic Battersea Power Station.

Dine with a view on an authentic Iberian menu with a British twist, featuring dishes such as Salt Cod Tortilla, Carabineros Prawns and Braised Iberian Pork Cheeks.

Don’t want a full meal? Pop in for a drink at the bar or visit JOIA Rooftop and check out its heated rooftop swimming pool.

Note they don’t take reservations on the rooftop. The restaurant opens from 5pm Tuesday to Thursday, lunch 12-3 and then 5pm Fridays and Saturdays and is closed Sundays and Mondays.

Book a table at JOIA here

Socca, Mayfair

Socca restaurant Mayfair
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A bistro paying homage to the coastal flavours of the French Riviera has opened in Mayfair. ⁠One of London’s prettiest new restaurant openings, SOCCA is from Michelin star chef Claude Bosi, of Bibendum in Chelsea, and restaurateur Samyukta Nair. ⁠

Interiors are whimsical with colourful murals, hand-painted stucco walls and playful details like scallop shell wall lights.

Menu highlights include Octopus Bolognese (£22), Provençal Beef Cheeks (£35) and Shellfish Chorizo Rice for 2 (£65). ⁠This is one to save for a special occasion, but definitely worth the money.

Book a table at SOCCA here

Restaurant St Barts, Smithfield

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Restaurant St Barts is set within one of London’s most hidden yet historic buildings, overlooking the cloisters of St Bartholomew The Great Church.

The 15-course menu (£140pp), billed as a British Tasting Menu experience, is one to book for a special occasion and starts with snacks, such as Welsh Wagyu Bellini with Exmoor Caviar in the bar. The next course is served at the chef’s counter in the open fire kitchen.

Diners are then led to tables in the main restaurant, which is largely lit by candlelight and the illuminations of the church outside. Here they are served dishes such as Native Blue Lobster, Poached Cod with Wiltshire Truffle and Hackney Honey and Lavender for dessert. Wine pairing is £100pp. A six-course lunch menu is available for £70pp.

Book a table at Restaurant St Barts here

New UK restaurants (outside London)

The Blue Pelican, Deal

The Blue Pelican restaurant Deal, Kent
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This new Japanese-inspired restaurant is making waves in the seaside town of Deal. ⁠A new venture from the team behind nearby boutique hotel, The Rose, The Blue Pelican opened its doors in early 2024 and is already on our list to visit next time we’re in town. ⁠

Open for lunch and dinner, with walk-ins encouraged, this townhouse restaurant is right on the seafront and serves natural wines, as well as Zushi, a type of sushi from a certain region in Japan – as there are a lot more than you might know about.

With a focus on sharing, there are small and large plates and a ‘from the grill’ section of the menu. It’s reasonably priced too, with dishes starting from as little as £4 and going up to £48 for a fish or meat sharing dish for the table.

Book a table at The Blue Pelican here

Grace & Savour at Hampton Manor, Solihull

Grace & Savour new UK restaurants
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This stunning restaurant at Hampton Manor in the west Midlands is not only unique to the area, but to the UK, as it’s built into the walls of a Victorian Walled Garden.

The restaurant is open to non-guests who can watch their food being served from the open kitchen. Signature dishes include grass-fed beef brisket smoked over pine, wild boar or buttery monkfish and creel-caught red prawns caught from small day boats. As the menu changes with the seasons, you’ll have to visit to see what is on that day.

The 15-course menu is £155pp Thursday to Saturday (£135 on Wednesdays). An eight-course lunch is available for £90pp on Saturdays. Those staying over in the one of the Garden Suites with freestanding stone baths can get the full experience with chef’s garden tour, 15-course tasting menu and breakfast from £360pp. Bookings open six months in advance on the 1st of the month.

Book Grace & Savour here

Heft, Cumbria – new Michelin star

Heft restaurant
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Acclaimed chef Kevin Tickle has helped other restaurants, such as Forest Side in the Lake District, earn a Michelin Star. Now he has his very own after his first solo venture, Heft, was awarded One Michelin Star in 2023.

Run with his wife Nicola, Heft is a 17th-century Inn in Newton-in-Cartmel, Cumbria. There is a bar serving quality beers, fine dining restaurant with a modern British menu, and five guest rooms are in the works.

Expect dishes such as Venison Pastrami with Cucurbit Relish and Smoked Juniper, and Cod with Oyster, Salsa, Iberico Ham Fat and Charred Lettuce. A four-course lunch is £45, while a 10-course dinner is £110. Rooms, when they open, are expected to start from £140 a night.

Book a table at Heft here

NORD, Liverpool

NORD restaurant Liverpool
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Luxury dining restaurant NORD has just opened in in Liverpool’s 18-storey Plaza building. Inspired by chef and Liverpool native Daniel Heffy’s time in Scandinavia, the menu showcases British ingredients and Northern culture in a contemporary way.

Menu highlights include Liverpool Boy Seabass Crudo (£12), Cornish Crab Toast (£16) and Roasted Monkfish (£37). Visit for lunch Tuesday to Friday and get two-courses for £18 or three for £24.

Before launching NORD, Daniel founded cult supper club Secret Diners Club and was Head Chef at local favourite, Buyers Club. He also spent time working at Michelin star restaurants Frantzén and Adam/Albin in Stockholm. Read our full review of NORD here

Book a table at NORD here

MUSU, Manchester

MUSU Manchester new UK restaurants
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Contemporary Japanese restaurant MUSU promises to bring something very different to Manchester’s restaurant scene. The fine dining menu and multi-million pound interiors, including video walls, are designed to give guests an immersive, multi-sensory dining experience.

It’s the brainchild of chef Michael Shaw, whose career has taken him from Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons to Richard Neat’s eponymous restaurant in Cannes.

The menu is divided into three sections – Sentaku allows guest to choose their own dishes, Kaiseki is a set menu curated by Michael comprising of seven or 11 courses, while MUSU will offer the first Omakase menu outside London (served at MARU in Mayfair).

Served by Head Sushi Chef Andre Aguiar, who was trained by renowned Japanese Sushi Master Yugo Kato, diners who opt for this will have no say in the food that is put before them and must trust the chef to create the perfect menu. Prices start from £4 per sushi piece on the Sentaku menu or £110 for a seven-courses tasting menu.

Book a table at MUSU here

Orelle, Birmingham

Orelle restaurant Birmingham
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With more than 40 restaurants across London, Manchester, Bristol, Paris and New York, the newest addition to D&D’s ever-growing portfolio has finally opened in Birmingham.

Orelle sits at the top of Birmingham’s tallest office tower, 103 Colmore Row, and offers panoramic views across the city. Choose from a la carte, set lunch (3 courses and a glass of wine for £42), tasting menu (£95pp) or Sunday lunch menus (2 courses £42, 3 courses £48).

Don’t worry if heights aren’t your thing, as there is also a separate cocktail bar and cafe on the ground floor of the 24-floor skyscraper.

Book a table at Orelle here

Fork, Lewes

new Uk restaurants Fork Lewes
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Fork is a new independent restaurant for Lewes, East Sussex – and the first the area has seen for some time. Although it’s not been open long it’s impressed locals and restaurant critics alike, and is already rated one of the best restaurants in the area.

With a focus on local ingredients, it is the debut solo venture from acclaimed London chef Richard Falk, who previously worked at Michelin-starred The Ledbury and Robin Gills’ Dairy restaurant in Clapham.

Diners are treated to a changing British menu that is ‘innovative yet accessible’. A two-course lunch is £27. Dinner starts from £45 for two courses and three courses for £50.

Book a table at Fork here

Lilac, Lyme Regis

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Lilac is a wine bar and neighbourhood restaurant serving up a changing daily selection of small plates in Lyme Regis. It’s chef Harriet Mansell’s second venture in the Dorset coastal town, following the success of soon-to-close sister restaurant Robin Wylde (but a new venture is on the way).

The wine bar came about as Robin Wylde needed extra space for their expansive vino collection – and is just a stone’s throw away from the main restaurant.

Dishes on Lilac’s menu include freshly baked breads, snacks, small plates, cheese and charcuterie. The wine here is also excellent. We’d recommend booking a table to avoid disappointment.

Book a table at Lilac Wine here

Recent UK restaurant openings worthy of a mention

NoMad Restaurant & Bar, Covent Garden, London

New UK hotel Nomad London
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One of the most beautiful UK restaurants to book a table at anywhere in the UK is NoMad Restaurant & Bar at Covent Garden’s most stylish hotel, NoMad London. Set in a plant-filled atrium and serving up some of the best cocktails to have passed our lips, this is one of our favourite new spots in the capital.

Snack on oysters and caviar to start, followed by small or large plates such as Crab Tagliatelle (£28) and Suckling Pig with Smoked Bacon Jam (£39). Their signature dish, first made famous in their New York hotel, is the three-course NoMad Chicken Dinner (£70pp).

Bookings open 30 days in advance, so set a reminder on your Google calendar so you don’t miss out.

Book a table at NoMad Restaurant and Bar here

Sessions Arts Club, Clerkenwell, London

Sessions Arts Club new UK restaurants
The Sessions Arts Club is London’s hottest restaurant. Credit: Sessions Arts Club

Housed in Clerkenwell’s beautifully restored Grade II listed Old Sessions House, Sessions Arts Club is brings together art, design and food.

The venue is an attraction in itself, with an art gallery, programme of performances and events, wine bar and 60-cover dining room featuring arched windows that look out onto the roof terrace, complete with marble bar and infinity pool.

Florence Knight is at the helm in the kitchen, creating a seasonally-driven menu of dishes inspired by her love of British, French and Italian cooking and simple food made using carefully sourced ingredients.

Although critically acclaimed, some dishes on the menu won’t be for everyone, but dinner here is about the experience. It’s definitely a place to be seen.

Book a table at Sessions Arts Club here

Burnt Orange, Brighton

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A restaurant which recently made the Michelin Bib Gourmand list is Burnt Orange in Brighton. This must-visit if you can get a table hangout is from the team behind acclaimed local restaurants The Coal Shed and The Salt Room, and there’s a reason this place is always packed, it’s excellent.

A cross between a restaurant and a bar, with a gorgeous outdoor terrace, Burnt Orange is great for coffee, brunch, an afternoon beer, cocktails or a proper dinner with a bottle of wine.

Expect an exciting range of wood-fired meat and fish dishes, such as Flamed Sea Bream (£12.50) and Fermented Chilli-Marinated Rib Eye Steak (£19). Or try The Burnt Orange Experience (we recommend) which sees the chefs select a spread of their favourite dishes for your whole table to share. Priced at £35pp, it includes tasty sharers like Mangalitza Pork Belly Shawarma and Smoked Miso Aubergine.

Book a table at Burnt Orange here

The Loch & The Tyne, Windsor

The Loch & The Tyne Windsor new UK restaurants
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The latest from chef Adam Handling, The Loch & The Tyne is a pub, restaurant and private dining room in Old Windsor. It is Handling’s second venue outside London – he has four ventures in the capital, plus the recently relaunched Ugly Butterfly restaurant in Cornwall.

There is a big focus on sustainability at all of Handling’s restaurants. At The Loch & The Tyne, dishes are made from produce from the restaurant’s vegetable garden and orchard. While leftovers are made into delicious looking ‘zero-waste croquettes’.

This is also a new foodie stay, as there are two luxury rooms with freestanding baths which guests can book to stay over.

Book a table at The Loch & The Tyne

Mickeys Beach, Exmouth

Mickeys Beach Bar
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Chef Michael Caines has spent three decades cooking in Devon, from two-star Michelin star dining to gastropubs – now he’s opened a beach bar and restaurant right on Exmouth seafront.

With only the freshest local seafood and meats simply cooked over charcoal, you can literally ‘eat the view’ at Mickeys Beach. Head here for stylish après beach dining, take out meals on the seafront or maybe a midnight pizza after dancing the night away at Mickeys Beats on Fridays and Saturdays.

On warm evenings, the terrace roof fully retracts so you can watch uninterrupted views of the beautiful sunsets over Lyme Bay. When the weather isn’t so great, snuggle up in the cosy restaurant behind weatherproof panoramic windows.

Book a table at Mickeys Beach Bar & Restaurant here

Imad’s Syrian Kitchen, Soho, London

Imad's Syrian Kitchen new UK restaurants
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We’ve got nothing but admiration for Syrian chef and restauranteur Imad Alarnab, who has opened his first permanent venue in London’s Soho – and bagged himself a Michelin Bib Gourmand award.

Imad was forced to flee his home country with his family in 2015 when his restaurants in Damascus were destroyed in the war. As he made the journey to London, he cooked for refugees in Calais, sometimes feeding up to 400 people a time.

Imad has raised more than £200,000 for charity since being in the UK and recently provided free food for those who needed it during lockdown. So what great news he’s got the chance to open a restaurant again, thanks to crowdfunding.

Book a table at Imad’s Syrian Kitchen here

The Alice, Oxford

The Alice new UK restaurants
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The Alice is an all-day restaurant and bar which recently opened at The Randolph Hotel in Oxford. With a name that’s a nod to the city’s famous author, Lewis Carroll, The Alice serves up breakfast, lunch, dinner, pre-theatre dining and afternoon teas.

Chef Chris Emery, who has worked with Jason Atherton in New York and at London’s Pollen Street Social, is heading up the kitchen and the menu is seasonal British.

Other hospitality spaces include the Alice Bar, with speciality cocktails like the Randolph Gimlet. There is also The Snug, The Morse Bar, The Drawing Room and The Lancaster Room.

Book a table at The Alice Oxford here

Garden House, Cambridge

The Garden House Graduate hotel Cambridge
The pretty restaurant at The Garden House. Credit: Graduate hotels

The Garden House is a pretty bar and restaurant within the new Graduate Cambridge hotel on the banks of the River Cam.

Adam Wood, formerly of London’s award-winning Perilla, leads the kitchen with a focus on open-flame cooking and seasonal East Anglian produce.

Dishes include Grilled Norfolk Quail, Herdwick Hogget and Native Oysters with Gooseberry and Jalapeno. The terrace area overlooking the river offers a lighter, more informal Garden House menu.

Book a table at Garden House Cambridge here

The Water House Project, Bethnal Green, London

The Water House Project new UK restaurants
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The Water House Project was set up by chef Gabriel Waterhouse, formerly of Michelin-star restaurant Galvin La Chapelle, to take the stuffiness out of fine dining.

Originally launched as a supper club in 2015 before becoming a restaurant, it has put down permanent roots in a contemporary space in east London’s Bethnal Green, close to Regent’s Canal.

The 40-cover restaurant has a state-of-the-art borderless kitchen and standalone reception area for pre and post-dinner drinks. Guests can choose to dine at one of two communal tables or more intimate smaller tables dotted around the room. A 10-course tasting menu is £155pp, while a seven-course tasting menu is £100pp. Both include drinks pairing. Menus change monthly.

Book a table at The Water House Project here

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