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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 11 August 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.

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4.8
4.8 (3513)
£26 to £40
British
Chester

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About the restaurant
Please note that from 4th December, we will be open seven days per week.

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 Monday-Friday.

Please note we have recently moved to a new premises at 7 Pepper Street Row. 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
Jakster
Dined 3 days ago
My wife and I have dined at The Chef's Table for many years and have always been very pleased with the quality of the food. We tell friends that, in our opinion, it is the best in Chester. Last Saturday was our first visit since the restaurant relocated and the decor / ambience now match the standard of the food. As usual the quality of the cooking fulfilled our expectations and we had a most enjoyable evening.
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4.8
4.8 (3155)
£25 and under
Modern European
Glasgow

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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
SusanS
Dined on 26 Feb 2024
This restaurant is superb. The food is outstanding and the staff are considerate, knowledgeable, and friendly. I'm coeliac and every effort was made to ensure that my dining experience would be first rate.
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4.9
4.9 (2466)
£41 and over
British
Newcastle upon Tyne

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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
annevip
Dined 3 days ago
Delicious lunch, great value and outstanding quality as ever
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4.8
4.8 (1873)
£26 to £40
Scottish
Edinburgh

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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
DavidL
Dined on 23 Feb 2024
A lovely restaurant, great ambiance and great food. Thoroughly recommend
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4.3
4.3 (3778)
£25 and under
Vegetarian / Vegan
Brighton

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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 3 days ago
I’m a meat eater who took my vegetarian girlfriend out for dinner for her birthday. I’m so happy to say that the food was amazing and we both loved it. Great service and great place. Thank you.
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4.7
4.7 (4154)
£41 and over
European
Fitzrovia

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About the restaurant
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 is featuring as a judge on the BBC's MasterChef The Professionals.
The restaurant itself serves a variety of traditional Pacific Island delicacies that have been delicately created by Monica and Sven our Head Chef.
Nestled above the spacious basement restaurant is the bar, managed by our Mixologist Glenn, which serves an array of delectable cocktails.
Monica's husband, David , is in charge of the Front of House at Mere with his Restaurant Manager Eugenio, and using his years of experience as an expert sommelier to create a wine selection along side his head Sommelier Alex that perfectly balances with the seasonal dishes on offer.

Top review
Nigel
Dined 3 days ago
Excellent food with helpful courteous staff.Will certainly return.
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4.8
4.8 (4919)
£26 to £40
British
Newcastle upon Tyne

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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
DavidH
Dined 6 days ago
Splendid A la carte lunch. The food was excellent. Very good wine list, and the Manhattan cocktail was one of the best I have ever had.
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4.4
4.4 (5076)
£25 and under
British
Manchester

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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
TinaD
Dined 3 days ago
Lovely meal with great service from very friendly and helpful staff. Great atmospheric food was outstanding even how busy they were.
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4.6
4.6 (4120)
£26 to £40
Scottish
Old Town

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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, we present a seasonal Lunch and à la carte that are divine to both the palate and eye.
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
ChrisH
Dined on 24 Feb 2024
Excellent food and service. Really enjoyed the experience.
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4.5
4.5 (5822)
£41 and over
Indian
Mayfair

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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
SujathaV
Dined 3 days ago
Delicious food which we enjoyed . Pricey but that is what you expect for. A Michelin star restaurant. The starter portions were small.but the main course portions were really good . Could help to have. A bit more clarity on what comes with the main course as we had a complimentary naan , with lobster . Overall enjoyed this unique experience.🙏🏽
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4.7
4.7 (5396)
£25 and under
Steak
Soho

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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
CityLuncher
Dined on 26 Feb 2024
Great food, good service and well priced. Have been to a few of these now and will definitely be back.
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4.6
4.6 (6542)
£41 and over
British
Knightsbridge

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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
AmericoFerraravip
Dined on 9 Aug 2022
great service! great food! great views! few restaurants have theme into it
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4.5
4.5 (6635)
£41 and over
British
Mayfair

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About the restaurant
An irresistible offer to enrapture the palate and senses - welcome to Galvin at Windows, a multiple-award-winning London rooftop dining destination with breathtaking 360-degree panoramas. Savour the most gratifying highlights of seasonal gastronomy, expertly prepared by Head Chef Marc Hardiman and his trusted professional team. This exquisite London restaurant graces the highest point of London Hilton on Park Lane providing the most exquisite backdrop for fine dining and all special occasions.
Top review
DPsoutingsvip
Dined 6 days ago
A lunch time outing. We opted for the set menu....couldn't fault the food or service. I had the Eggs Arnold Bennett, my guests the soup of the day. we all had the hake fish for the main course. Beautifully presented, Sauces and final touches made it a very special lunch. As did our waiter, Thomas, couldn't ask for any body better. As for the place... a wine list to die for... the bottle I chose, a red Burgundy, cost more than our three set lunches...wonderfully served by a top notch sommelier. Oh and I almost forget...the view up there on the 28th floor !! Spectacular.
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4.4
4.4 (3478)
£41 and over
Steak
Birmingham

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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
MarkH
Dined 3 days ago
From the moment we entered the staff were very attentive. Nothing was too much trouble. The little talk about the different cuts of meat was very informative. Our server was excellent and our food was excellent. Gaucho exceeded our expectations but the cost for a lunch time meal was a little excessive but the food and service was excellent.
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4.6
4.6 (4335)
£41 and over
French
Soho

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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
RichardB
Dined 6 days ago
One plate after another, each a work of art in presentation and flavor. Finding fine dining as a vegetarian isn’t easy, but Gauthier Soho makes it rewarding.
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4.5
4.5 (12450)
£26 to £40
Steakhouse
Piccadilly

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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
Dottivip
Dined 7 days ago
Superb food along with excellent, well-informed, and helpful staff. We have been to a few different Hawksmoor restaurants, and the standards and enjoyment are consistent throughout. Well done Hawksmoor, we'll be back again soon
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4.6
4.6 (6151)
£26 to £40
Steakhouse
London Bridge

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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
Geezy
Dined 4 days ago
Excellent food. Well seasoned meats and great portions. The service was nothing short of outstanding. I will definitely be back again.
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4.7
4.7 (9712)
£26 to £40
Steakhouse
Manchester

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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
DebbieW
Dined 4 days ago
Fantastic food and service as always. Hawksmoor isn’t cheap but the quality and quantity is always superb. Timing of courses was spot on. Shame the Riesling wasn’t in stock but a good reason to go back.
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4.6
4.6 (12344)
£26 to £40
Steakhouse
Covent Garden

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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.
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StephenB
Dined 2 days ago
Everything from start to finish was truly lovely. Excellent food and service, you have to pay a visit.
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4.6
4.6 (6821)
£26 to £40
Unspecified
Shoreditch

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About the restaurant
Prime cuts of matured British beef and other classics served in stripped-back, bare-brick surroundings.
Top review
MaryBvip
Dined 2 days ago
It was a very good Sunday roast, probably not the best I've ever had. Excellent service and good atmosphere.
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3.9
3.9 (17872)
£26 to £40
Contemporary British
Covent Garden

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About the restaurant
Sibling of the classic Modern European eatery offering walk-in seats in a polished, elegant space.
Top review
Trudy
Dined 3 days ago
Excellent food, excellent service and very friendly staff
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4.7
4.7 (3193)
£26 to £40
French
Leeds

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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
CaroC
Dined 6 days ago
This was my husband's choice to celebrate his birthday. Our visit started with 2 glasses of complimentary prosecco which was a nice touch It also finished with 3 complimentary brownies wishing him 'bonne anniversaire'. We loved the French ambiance from the music to the various artefacts. We chose from the tea time set menu and everything was delicious - the pate, the beignets, the chicken, the ham hock, the melted chocolate pudding and the cheese board. The service was just as good as the food - attentive but friendly. I think this is our new favourite restaurant in Leeds!
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4.6
4.6 (2644)
£41 and over
Italian
Covent Garden

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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
RAB1vip
Dined 5 days ago
Excellent evening. Delicious food. Exemplary, friendly service. What's not to like ?
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4.8
4.8 (2067)
£41 and over
British
Marylebone

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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
NeilS
Dined 3 days ago
Excellent food, great service and a really good atmosphere. Would recommend to anyone
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4.9
4.9 (7021)
£41 and over
Seafood
Wapping

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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
PatriciaJ
Dined 4 days ago
Excellent food and excellent service highly recommended
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4.3
4.3 (9556)
£26 to £40
Contemporary British
Cobham

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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
maddyvip
Dined 2 days ago
Delicious fish cake, all staff very friendly and helpful as always
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4.9
4.9 (2606)
£41 and over
British
Notting Hill

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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, first gaining 2 Michelin stars in 2010.

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
IanMvip
Dined 7 days ago
Probably the best dining experience in London. Superb.
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