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Best Cafes in the U.K.

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by The OpenTable Team
Updated October 11, 2019

Whether it's a morning cup of joe or afternoon caffeine stop, here are the best places around the country to get your fix, according to OpenTable diners like you.

A photo of Cafe Piazza restaurant
3.9 (130)
£25 and under
London Bridge
About the restaurant
Our modern café, exposing original brick walls and pillars, is stylish with comfortable seating. It is perfect for a quiet work lunch or time out from all that hard work of walking around sightseeing. The cafe offers something for everyone whether that be a quick bite with a glass of wine, a cup of coffee or a 3 course meal. We are open from early morning to mid-evening for breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything in between, including your mid-morning take-away coffee.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 4, 2024
Nice atmosphere, lovely staff and decent food, would go again.
A photo of Chez Antoinette Victoria restaurant
4.6 (251)
£25 and under
About the restaurant
Tucked away behind Victoria Street and only minutes away from St James’s Park and Victoria station, Chez Antoinette Victoria adds to the neighbourhood’s vibrant restaurant scene. An oasis of calm locals would prefer us to keep a secret. “We wanted to create a canteen for the locals and provide the business community with a new dining-room” Jean-Baptiste JB Noel, co-owner.

Chez Antoinette Victoria draws inspiration from the beloved Parisian cafés, combined with a blend of Lyon’s famous guinguettes, reinterpreting classic dishes from tarts to tartines treating fresh seasonal ingredients with a modern sensibility.
Top review
Dined 6 days ago
Fantastic restaurant both food and service. The salmon and Sea Bass were superb and the host and waiters could not have been better. A great experience from start to end. Will go back over and over again and recommend to all of our friends. Prices cannot be beat and worth every penny.
A photo of IL Bistro restaurant
4.6 (317)
£25 and under
About the restaurant
In 1976 Michael Garman returned to Brighton and opened IL Bistro
after being inspired by the Italian and French culture and cuisine
during his travels to the Provence and the western coast of Italy.
His goal was to open Brighton’s first Mediterranean steakhouse.
For the first time, Brightonians were able to order fresh pasta,
arancini, dry aged beef, tiramisu and negronis.

47 years later and now being operated by Michael's son Abe,
IL Bistro still stands by the same principles, using local suppliers
and produce, fresh ingredients and the best available dry
aged British beef. The restaurant is situated in an 18th century
fisherman’s cottage which we find rather fitting after Michael
spent years in Portofino, Livorno and Saint-Tropez, Europe’s
most famous fishing villages.

Booking info:
Since reopening from covid we ask for a £10 per person deposit in our busier times which gets deducted from your bill at the end of your meal.
One of our team will be in touch after your bookings made.
Top review
Dined on May 29, 2024
Delightful converted fisherman’s cottage in the Lanes run by Honest Abe and his Bohemian colleague from Queens New York. Varied and interesting menu well prepared and very tasty. Ambience is very comfortable with linen table cloths and candles,but OH! Get rid of the paper napkins.! A “cracking” good dinner Thanks,we will be back Steve
A photo of Lulworth Lodge restaurant
4.6 (355)
£25 and under
West Lulworth
About the restaurant
Set a pebble's skim from the iconic Lulworth Cove, our all-day ground floor bistro serves contemporary food sourced from the local ingredients.

For lunch service we offer our seasonal ‘a la carte’ menu and a nibbles / sandwich menu, so please drop by for a crab sandwich or cream tea on the terrace. Dogs are welcome on the terrace as well as in the restaurant.

We are sorry to say we are unable to take reservations for the outside seating area, however you can always just walk in !
Top review
Dined 3 days ago
Great food with attentive young staff, will definitely be back
A photo of The Bistro at Salomons Estate restaurant
4.2 (97)
£26 to £40
Tunbridge Wells
About the restaurant
Set amongst the glorious countryside, we’ve got all the finest and freshest ingredients right on our doorstep. It’s why our selected menus are varied, tasty and a little quirky. Join us for a relaxed and friendly dining experience with a difference.

Salomons Estate doing what we do best - don't miss out!
Top review
Dined on Apr 14, 2024
We had a bridal afternoon tea for my daughter who is getting married there in a May. It was outstanding Thank you
A photo of The Harrods Tea Rooms restaurant
4.3 (1042)
£41 and over
Afternoon Tea
About the restaurant
Choose from cream tea or high tea, and settle in for a tiered selection of mouth-watering treats, from delicate finger sandwiches and freshly baked scones to picture-perfect patisserie.

As, for Harrods, it all started with tea, it should come as no surprise that our selection is among the best in the world: Earl Grey, Hawaiian Black, Arishan Tai Milky Oolong, Superior Sencha – these are all yours to enjoy beneath the Art Deco skylight, entertained by live piano music.

For an extra dose of decadence, complement your meal with a glass of Harrods Champagne – a fitting final touch, if you ask us…

For more information, please contact our team on 020 7225 6800. Our lines are open Monday to Saturday 9:00 to 19:00 and Sunday 10:00-19:00.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Apr 30, 2024
100% worth every penny the experience was really good
A photo of Westlands Entertainment Venue restaurant
4.4 (905)
£25 and under
About the restaurant
Welcome to Westlands Entertainment Venue

We are proud to present a selection of dishes to satisfy any appetite and celebrate local food producers and suppliers.
Our aim is to serve you your meal within 25 minutes of placing your order; however, during very busy periods this may not be possible.
We can only hold a booked table up to a maximum of 30 minutes after your reservation time, so please make every effort to inform us if you are running late to avoid disappointment. Last orders for the kitchen is 7.00pm.


Thank you and we look forward to welcoming you soon.
Top review
Dined 6 days ago
I had the fish and chips it was very nice but far to big a portion,also it would be nice if you offered vinegar and sauces but over all i would eat in the restaurant again.
A photo of The Pimlico Grid restaurant
4.9 (72)
£25 and under
About the restaurant
The Pimlico Grid, is a cosy little brasserie. Our hospitality is friendly, and our style is down to earth.
Open every morning from 8am for a delicious breakfast. Walking distance to Victoria Station, London's most famous landmarks are walking distance from us.
Our menu has something for everyone. Whether you're looking for the most classic of English breakfasts (Full English) - aka The Full Grid - or a more eclectic dish of Halloumi Toast.
We are here for you daily, to help you start your day!
Top review
Dined on Mar 16, 2024
Excellent quality breakfast with attentive service.
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