There can be nothing more pleasant than having a great meal out and nothing more disappointing than spending a fortune on a meal that you wouldn’t even force your kids to eat. You can ask friends and family for their recommendations for places to eat, but one or two opinions can be hard to rely on. How about putting your trust in literally thousands of people instead? Review website Yelp has recently unveiled a list of 2015’s Top 100 Place To Eat in the UK, based on reviews from literally thousands of people in 2014. What is perhaps most surprising about the recommendations is that they are not all fine-dining establishments. In fact, the list is packed with affordable restaurants, burger joints, cafes, pizza places and eateries you could visit every day of the week – if your waistband allows.
Top of the poll was Dishoom, a Bombay-esque cafe handily located for London dwellers or visitors in the centre of Covent Garden. The prices are very reasonable and the modern Indian food interesting and tasty. The old-school Regency Café in Westminster took the second spot, whilst the Sotto Sotto Italian eaterie in Bath and the Hula juice bar in Edinburgh also made the top ten.
There were surprisingly few celebrity chefs on the list, although Gordon Ramsay and Dinner by Heston Blumenthal did get a mention, and it was burgers and pizzas that seem to be the order of the day. Amongst the top-performing pizza palaces and burger haunts were Honest Burgers, Burger & Lobster, Patty & Bun, Burger Meats Bun and Homeslice Pizza.
The Yelp list is filled with popular eateries in the English capital, but there are places around the UK that are obviously serving up some sumptuous snacks and mouth-watering meals. For those in the Manchester area, the Home Sweet Home kitchen and milk bar in the Northern Quarter is a fashionable spot for foodies, whilst the Ubiquitous Chip serves up the best of the traditional Scottish larder in Glasgow. Coffee lovers can’t speak highly enough about Monmouth Coffee, and you simply can’t beat a portion of fish and chips, especially when they come from Masters Super Fish in south east London.
There are plenty of other places to try if you’re still hungry for more. Some of the favourites in London are Nightjar, the Ledbury, Flat Iron, Duck and Waffle, Patara, St John Bar and Restaurant, Hawksmoor at Spitalfields, Franco Manca, Timberyard, Roti Chai and Great Queen Street. In Scotland, there is The Edinburgh Larder and The Blue Bear in Edinburgh and the Dumpling Monkey in Glasgow, where your taste buds will be in for a treat, whilst elsewhere you’ve simply got to try the Mourne Seafood Bar in Belfast and The Lord Clifden in Birmingham. Why not pack your loosest clothes and head out on a road trip with a difference? Just make sure you book two seats on the train for your return journey.