The UK might not be universally renowned for its cuisine in the same way as many other European countries but that’s not to say there isn’t a wealth of exemplary food to sample if you know where to look. Today, we’ll be taking you on a gastronomic adventure, taking in five of the best restaurants, not only in the UK, but in the whole world.
Before we get into the list itself. You may need to plan your journey well ahead of time to mitigate busy periods and travel delays, such as train strikes and so on. However, if like most travellers, you decide to embark on a road trip to visit these different places, it would be advisable to ensure that you have a well-maintained vehicle and you’ve invested in car gap insurance if you recently bought a new one, because once you’ve laid your eyes and taste buds on this list, you’ll almost certainly fancy a long road trip!
The Fat Duck is a culinary masterpiece, and with an impressive three Michelin stars, it ranks among the world’s top dining destinations. Headed by the mad genius chef (and TV star) Heston Blumenthal, this restaurant is renowned for its innovative tasting menu, which takes diners on a sensory journey like no other. The Fat Duck’s dining experience is a true sensory adventure, where foot meets art and science. If you think you’ve seen (and tried) everything and are ready for your preconceptions around food to be forever changed, this is the restaurant for you.
Gordon Ramsey is arguably the most famous chef in the world, but he didn’t get there just by shouting and swearing at people. He’s a pretty decent chef too! His iconic (and aptly named) establishment boasts three Michelin stars and is celebrated for its classic French cuisine. The menu reflects Ramsay’s passion for French culinary traditions, and each dish is a symphony of flavour that underlines decades of gastronomic passion from Mr Ramsey himself.
- The Ledbury – London, England
For those looking to explore modern British cuisine without having to take out a second mortgage, the Ledbury in London is the place to be. The Ledbury’s menu is a celebration of the rich culinary heritage of Britain, presented with a modern twist. The restaurant’s commitment to using the freshest ingredients shines through every dish and makes it an excellent choice for those who want to savour the essence of contemporary British food.
- The Three Chimneys – Isle of Skye, Scotland
The Three Chimneys is a highly renowned Scottish restaurant with a focus on all things fish. Its picturesque location and traditional Scottish dishes make it an extraordinary dining destination. Whether you’re enjoying freshly caught lobster or a comforting plate of haggis (it’s nicer than it sounds, trust us), every bite encapsulates the essence of Scottish cuisine. The stunning views of the surrounding landscape is just a bonus.
- The Sportsman – Seasalter, England
In the quaint village of Seasalter, England, The Sportsman is a gastropub like few others (you won’t find many Harvesters with a Michelin star). Celebrated for its innovative British cuisine, this charming establishment is committed to using ingredients sourced from its surroundings and is a testament to the idea that extraordinary food can be found in the most unextraordinary places.