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An Essential Guide to the Best British Restaurants

by Stuart Cooke

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If you are planning on visiting the UK in the near future, then you will probably be wondering where you can find the best dining experiences that the country has to offer. 

To help you in your quest for the best British culinary experience, we have put together this list of five of the very best UK-based restaurants that you can visit. All of the restaurants on our list hold Michelin stars and are internationally renowned, so you are sure to be treated to something truly special no matter which you choose to visit.


Restaurant Gordon Ramsay                                                                                        


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When you think of British chefs, the name that will spring to most minds is Gordon Ramsay. Over the past decade, he has become one of the best-known chefs in the world, also very famous for his fiery personality. His namesake restaurant in London boasts 3 Michelin stars. If you are visiting London and want to venture over to the posh area of Chelsea in the west of the city, then you should treat yourself to a real top-class culinary experience. Here, you will find a French-inspired menu with a mix of both classic and contemporary dishes. The restaurant is open Tuesday to Saturday for lunch and dinner every week.


The Black Swan Pub


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When you think of the finest restaurants in the world, you probably picture formal city-center establishments instead of quaint country pubs. The Black Swan Pub in Yorkshire was the winner of Trip Advisor’s Traveler’s Choice Restaurant Award for the best restaurant in the world. This is quite an achievement for the young head chef Tommy Banks, who was previously the youngest ever recipient of a Michelin star at the age of just 24. This may be a country pub in a quiet corner of England, but there are exciting things happening at the Black Swan, with one of the world’s most exciting culinary talents at its helm. If you are visiting Yorkshire, then the Black Swan should definitely be added to your to-do list.


Restaurant Nathan Outlaw


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Like Tommy Banks, Nathan Outlaw has fast become a major name on the British culinary scene. Regarded by many as one of the best chefs in the country, you can find his self-named restaurant in the beautiful seaside town of Port Isaac on the Cornish coast. The restaurant holds 2 Michelin stars and provides an extremely intimate atmosphere. Cornwall boasts several fine restaurants with seafood being the obvious ingredient of choice for many of them, but if you are looking for something a little more refined and unexpected, then this is the restaurant for you!


The Fat Duck


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This is the flagship restaurant for the “mad scientist” of the culinary world – Heston Blumenthal. Opening in 1995 with an initially French-inspired menu, it didn’t take long for the dishes to venture into a more experimental and inventive experience. This helped the restaurant to become the fastest ever to be awarded 3 Michelin stars. Heston Blumenthal has been at the forefront of modern cuisine and is responsible for many new techniques and practices that have now made their way onto menus all around the world. If you want to have your mind blown, as well as experience a treat for your taste buds, then visit the Fat Duck in Berkshire; it’s sure to be a once in lifetime experience!


The Kitchin


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If you are visiting Scotland, then you couldn’t do much better than the renowned Kitchin in Edinburgh, which holds a Michelin star. It has won numerous awards naming it the best restaurant in Scotland, and provides a varied menu including French cuisine, British, and quintessentially Scottish dishes that include, of course, haggis. They are very passionate about local produce and use them throughout the dishes. The restaurant is run by the perfectly-named head chef Tom Kitchin, who is regarded as possibly the best chef that Scotland has to offer.

Passionate about modern and experimental cuisine? Or, perhaps you prefer to keep things simple? Pamper your taste buds with a gourmet culinary vacation that will take your cooking to the next level!

Written by Stuart from Uni Baggage

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