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50 most romantic restaurants in the UK 2019

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by As rated by verified OpenTable diners
Updated January 25, 2019

There are many factors contributing to a romantic dining experience... world class ingredients, impeccable service and a unique ambience. This year's 50 most romantic restaurants showcase those seductive spots that enable couples to create delicious connections and memories that last a lifetime. The list is determined by analysing more than 851,000 reviews from more than 7,300 restaurants across the UK - all submitted by verified diners.

A photo of Angels with Bagpipes restaurant
4.6
4.6 (4159)
£26 to £40
Scottish
Old Town
About the restaurant
Having opened its doors in 2010, Angels with Bagpipes quickly established itself as one of the finest restaurants to have graced Edinburgh’s most iconic and historic street, The Royal Mile. With upmost pride in sourcing fresh Scottish ingredients.
Mixing an atmospheric Old Town setting with chic, contemporary looks, the restaurant reflects many of the city’s most defining features. With a humble facade nestled in the beautiful 17th century building, rich tones of bronze and marble cascade throughout the two tiers of Angels with Bagpipes.
Angels with Bagpipe’s kitchen has gained a glowing reputation in a city abundant with restaurants of the highest standards. Sourcing the best produce and ingredients, allowing the quality to shine through their elegant dishes. By blending innovative and traditional techniques, their menu is fresh and exciting throughout all seasons

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Delicious and definitely a great place to visit. We loved the food and drinks!
A photo of Chapter One restaurant
4.7
4.7 (5546)
£41 and over
Modern European
Orpington
About the restaurant
Chapter One is an award-winning Modern European restaurant with 3 AA Rosettes in Orpington, Kent. Following a major refurbishment in early 2019, Chapter One has relaunched with a more modern approach, tempting guests with greater variety and quality.

Under the direction of acclaimed chef Andrew McLeish, modern European cooking is available in two formats. In the Restaurant, sophisticated seasonal dishes are served in a refined setting with a weekly changing 3-course Lunch Menu du Jour, a seasonally-inspired 7-course Tasting Menu and an a la carte option. In the more informal Brasserie, a selection of favourites are cooked to perfection with the finest ingredients. The drinks offering is as exciting with an AA Notable Wine List, premium spirits, and cocktails. There is also a private dining room for corporate and private occasions.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Lovely atmosphere with amazing food. Highly recommended!
A photo of Claude Bosi at Bibendum restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1616)
£41 and over
French
South Kensington
About the restaurant
Celebrated French chef Claude Bosi launched Claude Bosi at Bibendum back in 2017, with a ground-floor seafood and oyster bar and first-floor restaurant which is ‘unashamedly fine dining’, with the chef's signature contemporary and light-hearted flair.

The a la carte menu features some of his signature classics and the chef’s Michelin-starred alma matter, with ingredients sourced predominantly from the British Isles and France. The striking upstairs dining room with its dramatic and iconic floor-to-ceiling stained glass windows has been redesigned to house a larger central open kitchen. The light and airy dining room will feature the original Conran chairs with a soft colour palate of muted blues.

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Adamvip
Dined 2 days ago
Fantastic menu with seasonal variations, impeccable and very friendly service, specific welcome to return customers. The interior is spacious and well-designed, comfortable distance between tables for added privacy. Wine list for every taste and budget. One of our favourite restaurants in London. Highly recommended for all occasions.
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4.7
4.7 (14509)
£41 and over
French
Covent Garden
About the restaurant
Clos Maggiore is an oasis of calm in the heart of Covent Garden. Influenced by the stylish country inns of Provence and Tuscany its unique interiors create a warmth and intimacy enjoyed by both business and private parties. The conservatory has a fully retractable glass roof creating a bright and airy dining space. Our extensive cellar at Clos Maggiore includes over 2,000 labels and was extended earlier this year to include an additional 400 wines at a low – mid price range. We are very proud to have been awarded the “Best of Award of Excellence” consistently since 2003 by Wine Spectator.
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FayeB
Dined 7 days ago
Been many times and it didn’t disappoint . The staff always make you feel special. The food is excellent and the price is very reasonable.
A photo of CORE by Clare Smyth restaurant
4.9
4.9 (3283)
£41 and over
British
Notting Hill
About the restaurant
Chef Clare Smyth’s first restaurant, Core by Clare Smyth, opened its doors August 2017.

Located in London’s Notting Hill at 92 Kensington Park Road, Core by Clare Smyth is a modern fine dining restaurant with a strong British ethos, in an elegant, relaxed interior.

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YvonneWvip
Dined 5 days ago
Wonderful dinner. Service was personable and excellent. The potato and roe dish was sublime. We had a late dinner and ordered from the a la carte menu. The wild strawberry meringue was delicate and delicious.
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4.7
4.7 (1891)
£26 to £40
Scottish
Edinburgh
About the restaurant
A consistent multi award winning Restaurant Forage & Chatter in Edinburgh boasts the best locally sourced and foraged produce, nestled in Edinburgh's West End. A experience you will not forget. Come and visit us!
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LeylaL
Dined 5 days ago
What an amazing experience we had. The waiter was welcoming and knowledgeable. The food was fresh and incredible tasting.
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4.7
4.7 (3730)
£26 to £40
British
Angel
About the restaurant
Frederick's is a family-run restaurant that is now fifty-five years old. Frederick's is a relaxed, contemporary restaurant and bar with private dining options. Serving a modern, crowd-pleasing menu, with familiar yet focused service and an enviable wine list Frederick's continues to be run by the Segal family. We are proud to be regarded as an Islington Institution, and continue to work hard to ensure that this is the case for years to come.

Frederick’s is open from Tuesday through to Saturday with full hire parties bookable on Sunday and Monday (fifty plus guests). Our familiar team is looking forward to seeing you; we can’t wait to shake you a martini or decant a fine wine for you to enjoy.

Should you have any queries about a forthcoming booking, or if you are planning on organising a party please email andreea@fredericks.co.uk we will get back to you
with pleasure.


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Suem
Dined 3 days ago
Excellent service & delicious food. A very special treat with family!
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4.6
4.6 (4411)
£41 and over
French
Soho
About the restaurant
Having earned a star within a year of opening Gauthier Soho, Alexis Gauthier is described by Zagat guide as "...one of the Best New French food destinations in London...". With an emphasis on vegetables in all dishes, Alexis provides a seasonal tasting menu with the best possible ingredients (British where possible) all 100% plant based. All served in a chic Soho Townhouse where the staff really make you feel special. There are also five private dining rooms for parties of all sizes.
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shelleyvip
Dined 6 days ago
Eating here is a wonderful experience. It's like being in someone's home. It is quiet so you can converse with your dining companion, the service is excellent and the food and wine just perfect. It's so refreshing to be served such an imaginative vegan meal. Thank you.
A photo of Hakkasan - Hanway Place restaurant
4.5
4.5 (6288)
£41 and over
Chinese
Fitzrovia
About the restaurant
With 12 restaurants across the globe, located in the United States, Middle East, India, Asia and Europe, Hakkasan offers guests a world-class culinary experience.
Established in 2001 in London, Hakkasan Hanway Place is the original Hakkasan restaurant. Now, two decades later, Hakkasan Hanway Place continues to offer guests exceptional modern Cantonese cuisine, innovative mixology, and dramatic design.
The menu uses the finest ingredients and expert traditional techniques to create timeless yet innovative signature dishes such as the Chilean Seabass and Crispy Duck Salad.
The wine list is one of the most influential in the industry, and the bar team ride the waves of innovation, ensuring they are always ahead of the curve.

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ReenaDvip
Dined on May 18, 2024
I enjoy every time I feel good and staff are great specially bar staff
A photo of Ham Yard Bar and Restaurant restaurant
4.5
4.5 (4675)
£25 and under
Modern European
Soho
About the restaurant
Ham Yard restaurant has a frequently changing menu revolving around the freshest, seasonal ingredients and the best of British produce. Dishes range from house-glazed Ham Yard ham and hand rolled pasta to chilli beans on toast and ice cream sandwiches and not forgetting the ever popular Champagne afternoon teas. Our discerning guests will be tempted back time and again to sample our selection of small bar dishes, including truffled mascarpone and ham melts, pulled pork sliders with chipotle and parsley and cured sea trout with beet and horseradish.
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DianaC
Dined on May 15, 2024
Exquisitely decorated space with attentive waiting servers. We had the pre theatre menu - trout tartare that was divine and a sausage cassoulet. The food is delicious but beware the pricey but hugely tempting cocktails! A lovely relaxed start to a theatre evening.
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4.5
4.5 (12647)
£26 to £40
Steakhouse
Piccadilly
About the restaurant
The Hawksmoor Air Street menu is equally steak and seafood, receiving some of the freshest produce from Brixham Market & high standard UK beef, as well as cocktails made by award-winning bartenders.
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RaviA
Dined 5 days ago
Great steak. Buzzy atmosphere. Would definitely return
A photo of Hawksmoor Borough restaurant
4.6
4.6 (6294)
£26 to £40
Steakhouse
London Bridge
About the restaurant
A short walk from London Bridge, Hawksmoor Borough serves British steak & seafood. A private dining room for up to 16 & tickets for Cooks' Room Supper Club.
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JimmyEvip
Dined 4 days ago
Always an excellent steak and super service too. Great location.
A photo of Hawksmoor Knightsbridge restaurant
4.5
4.5 (4332)
£26 to £40
Steakhouse
Knightsbridge
About the restaurant
Hawksmoor Knightsbridge, off Brompton Road & between iconic department stores, Harrods & Harvey Nichols. Serving British steaks, sustainable seafood & set menus (£29 for 3), or a bar for a quick bite. Tables held back for walk-ins.
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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 2 days ago
Fantastic food and service. Friendly staff and relaxed atmosphere.
A photo of Hawksmoor Manchester restaurant
4.7
4.7 (9913)
£26 to £40
Steakhouse
Manchester
About the restaurant
Located next door to Spinningfields, we aim to serve the best steaks in Manchester. Sunday Roasts or for those looking for a casual bite, a set menu is available.
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KathrynCvip
Dined 5 days ago
Danny took care of our table and he was amazing! Gave really good advise on the food order and attention to details The food are very good, great portions and tasty! Love how they have 500ml options with some wine so we are able to change from white to rose to red accordingly from seafood heavy starter to a steak main course without forcing ourself to drink the whole bottle Really lovely meal and would love to go back again!
A photo of Hawksmoor Seven Dials restaurant
4.6
4.6 (12543)
£26 to £40
Steakhouse
Covent Garden
About the restaurant
Hawksmoor Seven Dials is a short walk from Covent Garden & Seven Dials. The restaurant is a perfect place for steak dinners, seafood and Sunday roasts.
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KatharineHvip
Dined 5 days ago
Lovely evening , pre theatre menu good value and good quality
A photo of Hawksmoor Spitalfields restaurant
4.6
4.6 (6918)
£26 to £40
Unspecified
Shoreditch
About the restaurant
Prime cuts of matured British beef and other classics served in stripped-back, bare-brick surroundings.
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Kinga77
Dined 2 days ago
Great lunch. Was my Dads birthday. Jacob was the most accomplished waiter Ive had the pleasure of meeting in a very long time.
A photo of The Ivy Chelsea Garden restaurant
4.2
4.2 (13819)
£26 to £40
Contemporary British
Chelsea
About the restaurant
Modern British menus served in a refined, art-filled space with a garden terrace and an orangery.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Specifically I want to thank the Sommelier (didn't catch name but he was superb). In fact we met him last year when visiting Chelsea. Really outstanding service, professionalism and care taken. My wife's birthday so really felt it was a special lunch. We've eaten in a number of Ivy restaurants doing the country. Chelsea is the best.
A photo of Jamavar restaurant
4.7
4.7 (947)
£41 and over
Indian
Mayfair
About the restaurant
Michelin-starred Jamavar London, located on Mayfair’s iconic Mount Street is celebrated for its gracious hospitality, inviting atmosphere, and beautiful surroundings inspired by the Viceroy’s House in New Delhi, the acclaimed restaurant is a rendition of a palatial Indian dining experience in the heart of Mayfair.

Here, exceptional pan-Indian dishes are thoughtfully prepared by Culinary Director and Executive Chef Surender Mohan using the freshest British produce and most authentic Indian cooking techniques. In 2022, Jamavar London was awarded a Michelin star in The Great Britain & Ireland Michelin Guide for its high-quality cooking and holistic approach to Indian cuisine.

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LovelyDeliciousMealvip
Dined on May 19, 2024
My husband and I had a lovely meal! The food was fantastic & flavorful. The prawns, bass tandoor & lychee coolers were so delicious. Our server was very thoughtful.
A photo of Kendell's Bistro restaurant
4.7
4.7 (3232)
£26 to £40
French
Leeds
About the restaurant
Kendells Bistro is a casual Informal place to dine with the main focus on quality of food, wine and service within a French bistro atmosphere. It’s relaxed and informal - no waiters topping up wine glasses after every sip or sneaking up behind you with a six foot pepper mill. Cloth napkins but not starched, blackboard menus and open plan kitchen, intimate cosy candles flickering, friendly without pretence.

Bookings of 5 or more will need to contact the restaurant directly, either by emailing info@kendellsbistro.co.uk or calling us on 0113 2436553.


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Chris
Dined 5 days ago
A most enjoyable evening. Attentive staff, despite the place being packed and excellent food.
A photo of Margot Restaurant restaurant
4.6
4.6 (2677)
£41 and over
Italian
Covent Garden
About the restaurant
Margot salutes Italy and its many regions with an emphasis on great food and great service. Celebrating the glamour and charm of Italian design and craft in simple elegance, Margot combines comfort and refinement in a lively setting.




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tastebud
Dined on May 17, 2024
This Italian restaurant exceeded expectations: food was top class and beautifully presented. Service was friendly and we were presented with an unexpected happy birthday plate and candle after mentioning in passing that it was my husband’s birthday. Thanks to all.
A photo of Number 16 Restaurant restaurant
4.8
4.8 (3224)
£25 and under
Modern European
Glasgow
About the restaurant
Award- winning restaurant in the heart of Glasgow's West End.

Number 16 is a cosy, well established and much loved neighbourhood favourite offering quality food, friendly service and great value in relaxed surroundings. Run by a tight- knit, experienced and dedicated team; Number 16 is proud to bring fresh and unusual ideas to modern Scottish cooking. Our ever- changing menu features imaginative, balanced flavours and a commitment to using seasonal produce. We strive to make each dining experience a relaxing, unique and memorable one for every customer.

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stephend
Dined 5 days ago
What a fantastic evening. top level service. feels like you are on holiday. but the food is on a different level. i could only manage to eat in the 7 nights a week thank you all very much
A photo of Paco Tapas restaurant
4.6
4.6 (2002)
£26 to £40
Tapas / Small Plates
Bristol
About the restaurant
With jamón ready to carve, padrón peppers roasting over the wood fire & sherry straight from the barrel let us transport you to Andalusia.

Our ever changing menu combines traditional tapas with personal interpretations from Michelin starred Chef Peter Sanchez-Iglesias, whilst staying true to the vibrant and comforting flavours of his heritage.

No tapas bar is worth its salt without a carefully crafted sherry list - just ask Paco! So, we've handpicked ours, and offer them by the glass, bottle or shaken into the finest cocktails.

Thanks to all our amazing suppliers & team we are realising another Sanchez Brothers dream - A modern tapas bar bringing a taste of Andalusia to Bristol. Whether you're coming para picar, for a glass of sherry or a tapas feast we can't wait to see you!

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OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Nice food and experience. Staff were awesome! Recommend
A photo of Peace and Loaf Restaurant restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2496)
£41 and over
British
Newcastle upon Tyne
About the restaurant
Headed up by Chef / Owner Dave Coulson, Peace & Loaf is a restaurant unlike any other in the region. Dave has an unrivalled reputation and passion for creating flavoursome and innovative dishes, which shows with the diverse menu and delicately decorated food on offer. Highlighting the importance of using only the freshest, locally sourced produce, Peace & Loaf will offer exciting, seasonal menus that will incorporate Dave’s signature dishes. Heavily inspired by traditional British cuisine with Dave’s own inventive flare, the meticulously crafted dishes will excite and intrigue even the most discerning of palates.
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MichaelG
Dined 3 days ago
Outstanding!!! Have visited several times now and it just keeps getting better and better.
A photo of Smiths Restaurant Wapping restaurant
4.9
4.9 (7220)
£41 and over
Seafood
Wapping
About the restaurant
Smith's of Wapping is located on the River Thames with fantastic views of Tower Bridge and The Shard.
Smith's, famous for fish, was initially established in 1958 and today offers fine dining facilities.

We are now open from 12pm until 230pm for lunch and 5.30pm until 11pm (last seating time is 9pm) on Monday to Thursday.

Friday dinner starts at 6pm until 11pm (last seating is 9.30pm).

Saturday dinner starts at 5.30pm until 11pm (last seating is 945pm)

On Sundays we are open from 12pm until 3.30pm for Lunch
And 6pm until 10pm (last seating time 8.30pm) for Dinner.

Should you not find the time that you are looking for, please contact the restaurant directly as there may be availability.

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brewhousebruncher
Dined 4 days ago
This place ooozes class and excellence from the moment you walk in the door. Charming staff at every stage of the experience and each and every dish served was delivered with an unassuming flourish and offered perfection in every bite. I and my party loved it all!
A photo of Stones Restaurant Matlock restaurant
4.9
4.9 (2531)
£26 to £40
British
Matlock
About the restaurant
Tucked away in the heart of former spa town Matlock, Stones is a cosy restaurant serving modern British cuisine. The restaurant’s interior is smart and intimate while the kitchen marries British produce with recipes inspired by international cuisine. Don’t be fooled by the apparent simplicity of the seasonal lunch and dinner menus, every dish demonstrates the culinary imagination, technique and flair of the vibrant kitchen team, led by head chef Kevin Stone. The additional tasting menu offers eight courses partnered with a carefully selected optional flight of wine. Catering for all dietary requirements, Stones offer distinct vegetarian and GF menu. Diners can enjoy views overlooking the coursing waters of the River Derwent. Discreet, informed service with an informal approach, allowing the food to take centre stage, Stones is one of the finest dining experiences in the area, carrying two AA rosettes for culinary excellence. ***Visit www.stones-restaurant.co.uk for up to date menus.***
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B7eks
Dined 5 days ago
A wonderful culinary experience. Everything was perfect, will definitely be back soon !
A photo of The Chefs Table restaurant
4.8
4.8 (3566)
£26 to £40
British
Chester
About the restaurant
Lunch Menu - Two Courses for £35 / Three Courses for £40

We are an independent restaurant in the heart of Chester offering microseasonal dining with menus designed around what's growing on our farm in Daresbury. Menus change every four to six weeks.
Happy Hour is available in our lounge from 4-6pm on Wednesday-Friday with "Two for £15" cocktails, beer and wine from £5 and small plates.

Please note we are currently card-only and unable to accept cash.

Meat / Game / Pescatarian / Vegetarian / Vegan / GF / DF

- - -
If your preferred time is not available please make a note on your reservation and we will try our best to accommodate you in the event of a cancellation. If you don't see the time you would like, please email us at info@chefstablechester.co.uk with the preferred time, party size, and telephone number and we will check our availability.

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Pammy
Dined 2 days ago
Every choice of food we made was absolutely delicious and beautifully presented. The staff were knowledgeable and friendly without being intrusive. Fine dining but not in anyway pretentious. We will be back many times
A photo of The Ivy City Garden restaurant
4.1
4.1 (7519)
£26 to £40
Contemporary British
Liverpool Street
About the restaurant
Located in the historic Bishopsgate Gardens, The Ivy City Garden brings the familiar luxury of The Ivy, West Street to the City of London.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Really lovely food. One of my favourite restaurants!
A photo of The Poet at Matfield restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2901)
£26 to £40
British
Tunbridge Wells
About the restaurant
The Poet offers an informal yet refined dining experience in the heart of the Kent countryside. Set in a charismatic 16th century building, diners can expect food of the highest standards, made using the finest local and seasonal produce and lovingly prepared by a small team of chefs led by Head Chef & Director Lee Adams.

In addition to the food, we offer a selection of fine wines, quirky cocktails, and have a collection of over 25 craft gins available.

World War I poet Siegfried Sassoon lived in Matfield and is the inspiration behind our name. Sassoon was awarded the Military Cross for "conspicuous gallantry" and later won acclaim for his writing. We're pretty sure he would have loved our food too!

A warm welcome awaits diners from General Manager and Director Tom Haacke and his team. We look forward to seeing you!

STEAK NIGHT - The Al a Carte Is still available if you book for Steak Night!

Late cancellations - £20 per person.

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BigAlVvip
Dined 6 days ago
We were celebrating my brother in law’s birthday and it couldn’t have been better. The food was exceptional, the wine delicious and the ambiance magnificent. We’re lucky to have The Poet so close to home!
A photo of Thames Foyer restaurant
4.7
4.7 (7759)
£41 and over
Afternoon Tea
Covent Garden
About the restaurant
Regarded as the heart of the hotel, the Thames Foyer in London is a stunning glass-domed atrium, radiating natural light and sociable warmth. An impressive gazebo takes centre stage from which a pianist plays during the day, creating an enchanting atmosphere.

Guests have been coming to the Thames Foyer to enjoy our famous Savoy Afternoon Tea for over a century. An extensive range of over 30 teas are accompanied by twists on classic sandwiches, homemade scones with clotted cream, jam, and lemon curd, and the talented pastry team’s selection of pastries, each one a tempting work of art. To this day, we honour the traditional service style of Afternoon Tea, a custom that dates back to 1840. Come and enjoy a stunning dining experience that has stood the test of time.

Dress code: smart casual.

Please note that all our availability is shown online. Reservations Available 3-Months in Advance

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Businessspot
Dined 3 days ago
Excellent experience. Shouldn’t be missed. Be prepared for aprox 400 GBP for 3 teas, sandwiches and a bottle of bubbles.
A photo of Wreck restaurant
4.7
4.7 (3031)
£26 to £40
Bistro
Liverpool
About the restaurant
Welcome to Wreck, from the team behind Sticky Walnut, Burnt Truffle, Hispi, Pinion and Kala. We look forward to welcoming you soon. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner with roasts served on a Sunday!
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Nobloominfoodyvip
Dined 6 days ago
Good food (grades above pub food, which is all around) in a good location. Loved the sea bass and the sirloin for 2.
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