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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.

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3.7
3.7 (128)
£25 and under
Café
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
AnnieR
Dined on Mar 14, 2024
Great location for a pre-theatre lunch. Easy to book, varied menu to suit all tastes and prompt service. Would recommend.
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4.6
4.6 (244)
£25 and under
French
Victoria
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.

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StephBvip
Dined on Mar 26, 2024
Lovely little courtyard find with indoor and outdoor seating - ambience and staff give a great french cafe feel. Lunchtime service was fast, food was good and reasonably priced. A good find.
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4.6
4.6 (315)
£25 and under
Steakhouse
Brighton
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.

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GeorgiaP
Dined on Apr 8, 2024
A very cozy, boutique and sophisticated set-up. Fhe service was very attentive. The food - delicious! Just a few improvements are needed, to make this a real top-notch place; for the type of standard it offers with the price we pay, I would expect some bread on the table and water. Also, possibly with the food - a little more work to be put in. My casserole was more a soup, with nothing else presented with it. It is very awkward and difficult to elegantly eat large prawns thrown in a messy soup splashing everywhere. Some extra considerations like that would go a long way. The presentation needs work. The pasta and chicken is very bland. Other than that it is fabulous.
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4.6
4.6 (345)
£25 and under
Bistro
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 !

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LisaC
Dined on Apr 1, 2024
Lovely little place for dinner by the beach. Food great, as was service.
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4.3
4.3 (94)
£26 to £40
Pub
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!

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AJewell
Dined on Mar 3, 2024
We had the nicest baby shower at Salomons, the food was delicious, the service was super and the staff were friendly and helpful. Thank you xx
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4.2
4.2 (1041)
£41 and over
Afternoon Tea
Knightsbridge
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.

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LDNRvip
Dined on Aug 15, 2023
Great Afternoon Tea experience. The only things that were disappointing were the slightly soggy Salmon and cucumber sandwiches and the champagne not tasting great but the rest of the afternoon items were excellent. The service was great with very friendly and attentive staff members that made the experience that much more enjoyable. Recommended.
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4.5
4.5 (899)
£25 and under
Bistro
Yeovil
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.


PLEASE NOTE WE ARE UNABLE TO REDEEM OPEN TABLE "DINING CHEQUES"

Thank you and we look forward to welcoming you soon.

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YvonneH
Dined on Mar 22, 2024
Really nice food and quick too. Great if you are going to see something or do f you just want a drink and food. Recommend
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4.9
4.9 (72)
£25 and under
Breakfast
Victoria
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
ERS1970
Dined on Mar 16, 2024
Excellent quality breakfast with attentive service.
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