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. To experience Bacchanalia in its true form, order from their new Feasting Menu for groups of seven or more (£150pp) that aims to bring banqueting back to the present day.

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, a gym and rooftop restaurant and bar.

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

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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

Elodie and Vervain, south London

Birch Selsdon restaurant
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Two new restaurants have opened in south London at new hotel and members’ club, Birch Selsdon, around 10-minutes in a taxi from East Croydon station.

Headed up by award-winning chef Lee Westcott, Elodie is a stylish space serving up a five-course seasonal tasting menu. While Vervain is a more casual all-day British brasserie in the heart of the mansion house hotel.

In the warmer months, expect alfresco dining on the terrace and special dinners with guest chef collaborations. Anyone can book a table even if you’re not staying over.

The hotel also has three bars, cosy snugs, a light-bathed Orangerie, creative studios, co-working hub, state-of-the-art wellness space and an outdoor heated swimming pool.

Book a table at Birch Selsdon 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 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

YOPO at The Mandrake, Fitzrovia

YOPO Restaurant at The Mandrake
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The Mandrake hotel has relaunched its restaurant, YOPO, and it’s jungle themed with a South American inspired menu. Expect snacks like Crab Fennel and Caviar Brioche, tapas-style dishes such as Grilled Octopus with Potato and Hot Smoked Paprika Pot, and a show-stopping main of Wild Seabass and Citrus (£37).

YOPO’s interiors have also been given a makeover with art installations that look like they are bursting out of the walls and a grandiose ‘showgirl’ ostrich taking centre stage.

Open from breakfast until late, we like the sound of their free flowing Sunday Sharing Brunch (from £65pp). While a three-course set lunch menu is £45pp.

Book a table at YOPO at The Mandrake here

Alex Webb on Park Lane

Alex Webb on Park Lane
The Creedy Carver Duck. Credit: Alex Webb on Park Lane

At the age of just 27, MasterChef: The Professionals 2020 winner Alex Webb has opened his very first restaurant at InterContinental Park Lane hotel.

Serving up a four (£75pp) or seven course (£110pp) menu, guests can taste some of his signature winning dishes from the show, such as Trout with Parsnip, Parsley, Mussel and Caviar Cream Sauce.

Other menu highlights include the Lobster Toast, Cod Fillet with White Bean Cassoulet and his MasterChef-winning dessert, Passion Fruit Parfait with Popping Candy.

Add a four-course wine (£35pp) or cider pairing (£25pp), or try one of Alex’s signature cocktails. Chef Webb is made from Earl-grey infused Beefeater Gin, lemon-balm-ginger-honey syrup, lemon, egg white and strawberry. Read our full review of Alex Webb on Park Lane

Book a table at Alex Webb on Park Lane here

Restaurant St Barts, Smithfield

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The team behind neighbourhood restaurants NEST in Hackney and FENN in Fulham have opened a third restaurant in the capital, and it looks incredible. 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)

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

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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

Grace & Savour at Hampton Manor, Solihull

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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 a table or stay at Grace & Savour at Hampton Manor here

Woven by Adam Smith at Coworth Park, Berkshire

Woven by Adam Smith at Cowarth Park
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Woven, the new restaurant at luxury country house hotel Coworth Park, promises a tasting menu full of familiar flavours reimagined in unexpected ways. Food comes courtesy of Adam Smith, Executive Chef at Cowarth Park since 2016, who previously worked at The Ritz and the Devonshire Arms.

The beautiful main dining room is inspired by nature and seats 44, plus there is a light-filled conservatory for private dining for up to 12. A new wine room and pantry with two floor-to-ceiling wine cellars have also been added.

Lunch is £85pp and dinner is £145pp. Wine pairing is an extra £85/95pp depending what time you ear. The experience starts with a selection of snacks ‘From The Pantry’, followed by a choice ‘From The Larder’, ‘From The Stove’ and ‘From The Pastry’ before ending with an array of sweet treats. Stand out dishes include Cured Seabass, Brown Crab, Cotswolds White Chicken, Hereford Beef, Salt Aged Yorkshire Duck and Adam’s Signature Chocolate.

Book a table at Woven by Adam Smith at Cowarth Park here

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 Lyme Regis

Wilding, Oxford

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Everything revolves around wine at this new Oxford restaurant, which also doubles as a bottle shop. The deceptively large venue has a chrome bar, booths and bistro tables in the restaurant, light-filled conservatory, private dining area, plus a garden terrace.

Menus range from nibbles and small plates to larger mains, catering for everyone from meat eaters to vegans. Highlights are the sharing boards which fall into Sea, Garden, Field and Dairy categories. All produce is responsibly sourced with butchery and fermentations handled in-house to minimise food waste.

A second Wilding, whose sister venue is the award-winning Eight Stony Street in Frome, has also just opened on Salisbury High Street.

Book a table at Wilding Oxford 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

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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

The Pem, Westminster, London

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For elevated dining with a side of female empowerment, book a table at The Pem at Conrad London St James hotel in Westminster.

Inspired by suffragette Emily Wilding Davison, affectionately nicknamed ‘Pem’ by her close family, this destination restaurant plays host to some of London’s top female culinary talent. At the helm is ‘Chef to Watch’ Sally Abé, the woman behind Fulham’s Michelin-starred Harwood Arms.

Expect a seasonal menu, including dishes like Sirloin and Rib of Dexter Beef with Oyster, Turnip and Horseradish (£45) and Cornish Pollock with White Wine Cockles and Samphire (£34). 

Book a table at The Pem here

JIJI, Islington, London

JiJi restaurant Islington
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If you love Japanese and Middle Eastern food, have you ever thought of combining the two? That’s exactly what Janina Wolkow, restaurateur and founder of the multi-award winning Japanese restaurant Sumosan, has done with JIJI.

Creating dishes which showcase her two favourite cuisines, menu highlights include 48-Hour Miso Marinated Tender Baked Salmon Belly (£18.50) and The Perfect Poached Egg in a Japanese Panko Parmesan Crumb with Truffle Oil Polenta (£11). There’s also a range of freshly prepared sushi dishes on offer.

The interiors are pretty special with cool Japanese artwork on the walls, colour-changing neon corridors and a plant-filled terrace – perfect for the ‘gram.

Book a table at JIJI Islington 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

Ave Mario, Covent Garden, London

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Following on from trattorias Gloria and Circolo Popolare, one of the latest offerings from the Big Mamma Group comes in the form of Ave Mario. This Instagrammable Covent Garden venue is a 295-cover restaurant, boasting two terraces and a courtyard.

Expect loud interiors, free flowing drinks, and oversized sharing food from pizzas to giant carbonara ravioli.

Make sure you leave room for dessert because Ave Mario has quite the showstopper on offer: the Giant Stracciatella Gelato (£9), a 60cm tall gelato tower shaped into a giant cake.

Since the time of writing the Big Mamma Group has opened two more restaurants in the capital. Jacuzzi in High Street Kensington and Carlotta in Marylebone.

Book a table at Ave Mario here

Unalome by Graeme Cheevers, Glasgow – Michelin star

new UK restaurants Unalome by Graeme Cheevers, Glasgow
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Unalome is the first solo venture by chef Graeme Cheevers in his hometown of Glasgow – and his culinary excellence has won the city’s first Michelin star in almost 20 years.

Graeme and his team use the best Scottish suppliers to serve an ever-changing menu featuring modern European dishes, often inspired by Japanese culture and cooking.

Guests can order the seven course Tasting Menu from £125pp. The à la carte menu features specialties like Roasted Goosnargh Duck and Fillet of Bass and Shetland Squid.

Book a table at Unalome by Graeme Cheevers here

The Forge, Chester

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The Forge in Chester is the latest opening from restaurateur and chef Mike Robinson, combining his love of wild British ingredients and simple cooking over wood and charcoal.

With a field-to-fork philosophy, sustainability is at the heart of everything The Forge does. The menu includes hand-dived scallops, foraged produce and venison harvested on estates personally managed by Mike to ensure the deer herds stay in balance with the land.

There’s also an expansive wine list and selection of seasonal cocktails, so you’ll be sure to find the perfect tipple.

Book a table at The Forge here

Park Row, Soho, London

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If you love an immersive dining experience, this DC Comics themed restaurant in Soho is the place to book – just don’t turn up in fancy dress.

Named after the area of Gotham City where Batman’s parents were killed, Park Row is made up of restaurants and bars, each with a DC character theme – and you get in via a secret entrance modelled on the Batcave.

Hang out at Pennyworth’s, an Art Deco bar named after Batman’s butler. Order cocktails under neon light at Old Gotham City, or sip champagne in style at The Penguin’s Iceberg Lounge (pictured above).

Book well in advance for the Monarch Theatre, Park Row’s multi-sensory tasting menu with 360-degree projection mapping technology to explore the psychology of good vs evil through food. The latter might be best for a treat, as the 11-course tasting menu with wine pairing starts at £195pp.

Book a table at Park Row here

The Loch & The Tyne, Windsor

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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

BiBo, Shoreditch, London

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Three Michelin star chef Dani García is bringing next-level tapas to the Mondrian, on the site of the former Curtain hotel in Shoreditch.

BiBo already have restaurants in Spain, including Marbella, Madrid and Malaga, but this is García’s first UK outpost.

His Spanish kitchen serves up small plates on the ground floor of the Mondrian hotel, which includes courtyard seating. Signature dishes include García favourites, such as Oxtail Brioche, Jamón Croquetas and Russian Salad with Quail Eggs. Prices start from £5.

Book a table at BiBo Shoreditch here

Mickeys Beach, Exmouth

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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

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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

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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

8 at The Londoner, London

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World-class Japanese dining and cocktails can be head on the rooftop of The Londoner, the world’s first ‘super boutique’ hotel.

8 at The Londoner has a decadent lounge area with a firepit at its centre, minimal terrace and breathtaking views of the capital.

The food is Japanese-inspired small dishes and signature plates including robata, tartare, sashimi and sushi rolls, headed up by ex-Nobu chef Kuenhi Won. Out in the Shima Garden, a more refined selection of small eats is available, as well as a selection of Gyoza Tacos, such as Grilled Lobster and Chilli.  

Drinks include an impressive Champagne and wine selection, as well as a list of reserve sake and exclusive Japanese whisky.

Book a table at 8 at The Londoner here

Garden House, Cambridge

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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

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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

The Little Chartroom and Eleanore, Edinburgh

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Roberta Hall-McCarron, chef-owner of The Little Chartroom, the Leith restaurant inspired by her childhood memories of sailing the Scottish coastline and love for the country’s produce, has opened two new restaurants in Edinburgh.

Moving a short walk to Bonnington Road, The Little Chartroom’s latest incarnation is a bigger, more grown-up restaurant with a lively open kitchen at its heart, elegant dining room and separate bar area for pre and post-dinner drinks.

A second venue, Eleanore, is a restaurant and wine bar which has opened on the site of the current The Little Chartroom. Focused on relaxed counter culture with high-top dining, Eleanore serves small plates from its open kitchen, again highlighting the best of Scottish produce.

Book a table at The Little Chartroom here

Book a table at Eleanore restaurant here

Hawksmoor, Canary Wharf, London

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If you love steak, you’ll probably know about London’s excellent Hawksmoor restaurants – but to mark their 15th anniversary the group have opened a new ‘floating’ establishment in Canary Wharf.

The seventh London Hawksmoor is an eco-friendly pavilion on the water with a green roof planted with wildflowers and grasses to encourage visits from insects and bees.

Spread over three levels, including a 150-cover dining space, a 120-cover bar – as well as Hawksmoor’s first ever outdoor space – it is their biggest restaurant yet. Expect the best cuts of steak and a killer cocktail list. Our personal favourite is the Sour Cherry Negroni.

Find out more about Hawksmoor Wood Wharf here

Zebra Riding Club, Hertfordshire

The Zebra Riding Club Restaurant at Birch, Hertfordshire
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Birch in Hertfordshire is one of our favourite just-out-of-London hotels and its restaurant, The Zebra Riding Club, is just as raved about.

Offering farm-to-table dining which is as locally sourced as possible, cooking is straightforward and unfussy, featuring dishes like Salt-Marsh Lamb and Wild Harbour Monkfish.

The man in charge is renowned chef Robin Gill, who is also behind London restaurants Bermondsey Larder and Sorella in Clapham. Prices start from £58pp for the tasting menu of the day.

Book a table at Zebra Riding Club here

Behind, London Fields, London – Michelin star

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This intimate 18-seater restaurant in Hackney’s London Fields was only open a few days before it earned its first Michelin star.

Behind is the first solo venture from chef Andy Beynon, former development chef for Jason Atherton – so expect big things.

The tasting menu is fish focused and served up by the chefs themselves. Prices start from £54pp for a six-course lunch and £98pp for an eight-course dinner. Wine pairing is £84pp.

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Six by Nico, Soho, London

New restaurants Six by Nico London
Credit: Six by Nico London

With a six-course tasting menu for £48pp, we were thrilled when London finally got a Six By Nico restaurant. The first one opened in Fitzrovia followed by a second in Canary Wharf.

As the name suggests, the menu is six courses, but changes every six weeks to a new theme, so there is always something new to try. Add matching wine for £35pp.

With restaurants in Aberdeen, Belfast, Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool, it’s also one you don’t have to live in the capital to enjoy. Read our full review of Six by Nico London here

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