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Best Cafes in the U.K.

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by The OpenTable Team
Updated 11 October 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
3.8 (124)
£25 and under
Cafe Dining
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
Dined on 25 Nov 2023
Booked a table for lunch but arrived a little early which was no problem at all. We were shown to our reserved table where we ordered a lovely cooked full English breakfast. The Service was good and the breakfast was delicious! The coffee was lovely, it hit the spot on such a cold morning. We weren't rushed although the restaurant was busy. I can't fault the restaurant, the food, or the service. It was perfect.
A photo of Chez Antoinette Victoria restaurant
4.6 (218)
£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 on 11 Nov 2023
Great find. Food was very good. Service was efficient and very friendly and helpful. Really enjoyed our evening and will definitely return!
A photo of IL Bistro restaurant
4.5 (298)
£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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
We have eaten here before and once again Il Bistro didn’t fail to meet all expectations. The atmosphere is great, the food is brilliant and Abe and his team are so welcoming and pleasant you couldn’t ask for more. Definitely will be visiting again next time we are in Brighton.
A photo of Lulworth Lodge restaurant
4.6 (327)
£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.

From fresh crab to our homemade pizzas - we are aiming to bring the best of mixing the traditional, the homemade & the exciting !

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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Dined on 1 Jan 2023
Very happy with our stay and dinner. If we didn't know any different we would have thought it was Michelin starred it was that good. Staff were very friendly and welcoming.
A photo of The Bistro at Salomons Estate restaurant
4.6 (90)
£25 and under
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 15 Nov 2023
Tasty Afternoon Tea with good choice of teas. Had to ask for additional jam and cream for the scones but staff very attentive.
A photo of The Harrods Tea Rooms restaurant
4.3 (1040)
£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
Dined on 15 Aug 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.
A photo of Westlands Entertainment Venue restaurant
4.4 (895)
£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 on 1 Jan 2023
Had a lovely meal before a great Pantomime again this year. Would highly recommend.
A photo of The Pimlico Grid restaurant
4.8 (65)
£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 24 Sept 2023
Lovely relaxed venue with a beautiful calm ambience, delicious food and great service. Highly recommend it. Looked after the 2 coeliacs in our party very well.
A photo of The Senate restaurant
4 (376)
£25 and under
Modern European
About the restaurant
At the Senate, we pride ourselves on using fresh, seasonal, quality produce to uniquely craft a menu filled with homemade recipes and exciting dishes. We love the combination of bringing together family and friends with good food and drink. Our Lunch and Evening menu extends to a variety sharers and bigger bistro dishes. With a small but well-constructed wine list to compliment every dish and a refined cocktail list to suit all tastes. We are a small team at the Senate, and all believe in a relaxed, friendly, atmosphere with great service.
Top review
Dined on 31 Aug 2023
Fabulous food and lovely friendly service. Would recommend
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