Steve Plotnicki and Opinionated About Dining have just released their list of the top 50 restaurants in Europe. Only seven establishments from the UK made the list, and only one of these made the top ten, with Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck coming in at number eight.

To highlight the quality of the UK’s fine-dining, Travelzoo has launched a map of the UK’s best fine-dining restaurants, showing where to go in Britain for an elegant night of exquisite food. The map has been created with the help of the UK’s food bloggers and there were some clear restaurant favourites. Here we take a look at six of the most exclusive fine-dining restaurants in the UK:


4 of the best fine dining restaurants in the UK DECOR Kitchen Table

Located next to the Bubbledogs restaurant, and run by the same team, Kitchen Table is one of the hottest foodie hotspots to land in London in the last six months. Seating just 19 people, Kitchen Table guests are invited to sit around the actual kitchen, with the chefs (not waiters) personally serving up the dishes they create. It’s an intimate setting and an opportunity not only to eat incredible food, but also to learn something new, as the chefs talk through the ingredients and cooking techniques. A 12-14 course menu from September 2014 will cost £88 ($188) a head, currently £78.

CASAMIA, Bristol

4 of the best fine dining restaurants in the UK DECOR CasamiaImage: Casamia Breakfast Egg, image property of The Critical Couple

Established in 1999, Casamia is one of the most inventive Michelin-starred restaurants in the UK. Influenced by the way Japanese restaurants use the seasons to shape menus, and playing on all five senses (sight, sound, smell, touch and taste), the dishes served at Casamia are extraordinary. The ‘Breakfast Egg’ is making waves in the foodie community. The Critical Couple had this to say about it: ‘How much can you fit in an egg? Lots it seems: toast, mushrooms, black pudding, pancetta, and of course, aerated scrambled egg. Ketchup; yes, ketchup too. Amazing how much you can get in there, beautifully well done in every way (look at the presentation below), a meal and all the joy that goes with a good breakfast in a single egg shell.’ Chef’s Table Menu available from £75 a head.


4 of the best fine dining restaurants in the UK DECOR Three Chimneys
Image: Three Chimneys, image property of The Critical Couple

Three Chimneys has been receiving international acclaim for over three decades, priding itself on outstanding food service and using the most authentic ingredients available from Skye’s natural larder. With dishes like River Esk Sea Trout & Sconser Scallop with Anna Potatoes, asparagus, blood orange & seaweed dressing, chef and director Michael Smith and his team are dedicated to creating dishes that truly reflect Scotland’s culinary heritage. Although buried in the vast island of Skye, any foodie worth their salt with have a trip here pencilled in; as the Critical Couple say ‘The Three Chimneys is 633 miles from our house but is without doubt worth every mile of the journey. We are already plotting our return.’ The Taste of Skye dinner tasting menu starts at £90 a head.

L’ENCLUME, Cumbria

4 of the best fine dining restaurants in the UK DECOR L enclume
Image: Cod yolk, salt and vinegar dish

A perfect blend of tradition and innovation, L’Enclume is found up a windy road in an old farmhouse in the heart of Cumbria. Tasting menus focus on traditional dishes with a contemporary twist; sticky toffee pudding served as five different gel balls, noodle soup with an egg solution injected into it right at the table and curiously named mains like ‘Surrealist’s Nitro Slammer’. A firm favourite on the gourmet scene, the restaurant attracts visitors from all over the UK with overnight accommodation available. Tasting Menus available for £120 a head. 

Travelzoo has launched fine-dining map showing 200 of the best restaurants all over the UK, with recommendations from the UK’s foodie bloggers.