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5 of the UK’s most luxurious restaurants

5 of the UK’s most luxurious restaurants

by Great British Chefs 30 October 2017

For a meal that you’ll remember for the rest of your life, only the very finest will do. Pay a visit to one of these restaurants for incredible service, beautiful surroundings and some of the best food and drink in the world.

Casual dining is great and street food certainly has its place, but wouldn’t it be nice to dine out on fine food and in luxury more often? For those of us in the UK, we are spoilt for choice with novel new concepts offering rich alternatives to traditional fine dining, opening it up to a wider audience. Too much of a good thing is not an expression that can be applied when you can choose between quality simple foods in lavish brasseries, lavish foods in simple spaces, or full-on exquisite luxury experiences. What makes diners tick is evolving all the time, so keep your finger on the pulse about the new, the beautiful and the utterly delicious. What’s more, it no longer has to cost you the earth, as many of the UK's best restaurants now offer significant deals to make them more affordable.

The five restaurants below are where you’ll find some of the best examples of service, surroundings and food in Britain. Whether you’re after a culinary country getaway or a memorable night in town, it pays to do your research before booking a table. See which ones we believe will guarantee a night full of fantastic food.

Luxury Restaurant Guide

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André Garrett at Cliveden House

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One of the most famous hotel’s in the UK, Cliveden House is also home to a stunning restaurant, headed up by the talented André Garrett. Focused on seasonal English ingredients, you can expect dishes such as locally stalked fallow deer with watercress and chestnut, Cornish turbot with clams and leeks, spice-roasted native lobster and twice-baked Lincolnshire Poacher soufflé. The dining room is a stunning ode to luxury, and the 376-acre estate is the perfect place for a stroll either before or after your meal.

Luxury Restaurant Guide members receive a complementary meal when dining with other guests (average saving £70 per visit)

The Goring

Once you know this is the favourite restaurant of the royal family, you start to get an idea of the sort of place the Michelin-starred, Belgravia-based Goring is. Based in the hotel of the same name, the kitchen is run by the talented Shay Cooper, who pays homage to British classics whilst simultaneously keeping everything contemporary and exciting. Beef Wellington sits alongside a roast squab with Tokyo turnips in a cider vinegar sauce, and a traditional Eccles cake is paired with Beauvale cheese. The dining room itself is a sight to behold; elegance, sophistication and regal touches make this one of the most sophisticated restaurants in London.

Luxury Restaurant Guide members receive a welcome complementary glass of Champagne (average saving £31 per visit)

Gravetye Manor

In the middle of the Sussex countryside hidden in acres of woodland lies Gravetye Manor, an incredibly impressive building complete with its own kitchen garden. It’s the ultimate country bolthole – roaring fires in the winter, comfortable antique furnishings, calm and attentive service and a wood-panelled dining room serving up Michelin-starred cuisine. The gardens are just as famous as the manor itself, and head chef George Blogg has put aside an acre of them specifically for growing the kitchen’s produce. This leads to dishes such as Gravetye’s famous seasonal salad and the torched acorn custard, one of the restaurant’s most popular autumnal desserts.

Luxury Restaurant Guide members receive a complementary seasonal menu when dining with other guests (average saving £62)

Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons

What can you say that hasn’t already been said about Raymond Blanc’s legendary Le Manoir? With two Michelin stars, jaw-droppingly beautiful grounds and the finest examples of classical French cuisine in the UK, it’s a place to eat at when you’re after a meal you’ll remember for the rest of your life. Whether you eat in the main dining room or the bright and airy conservatory, opt for the à la carte or the tasting menu or visit for the day or choose to spend the night, this is a world-class dining experience. And if you’re a fan of wine, then the 1,000 different bottles in the vast wine cellar means you’re more than spoilt for choice.

Luxury Restaurant Guide members receive a ten percent reduction from the food bill (average saving £30)

Tamarind

High-end Indian cuisine is a world away from the average curry house fare, and Mayfair’s Tamarind is at the very top of its game. With a breathtaking air of elegance, crisp white tablecloths and a Michelin-starred menu, a meal here will make you rethink everything you thought you knew about Indian food. Tamarind was the first Indian restaurant in the world to gain a Michelin star, and while the dishes on its menu might sound simple, they’re anything but; it takes an expert chef to get the perfect balance of spices in a dish, allowing the flavours to meld together to create something new. The six-course tasting menu is a feast for the senses, and the carefully chosen wine list means there’s always something delicious to sip on, too.

Luxury Restaurant Guide members receive a fifteen percent reduction from the food bill (average saving £40)

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