If you’re looking to plan the perfect night out in one of these culinary hot spots, you’d best get planning ahead, as some of them can leave you waiting years for a reservation. At least that means you’ll have plenty of time to get everything else in order for the perfect evening. From your outfit to your luxury private drive – which is essential if you’re planning to enjoy a tipple!
Here are 10 of the most exclusive restaurants in the UK with the longest waiting lists.
The Fat Duck
The Fat Duck in Bray, Berkshire is run by celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal. Famed for his unique approach to cooking and molecular gastronomy, the meals served at The Fat Duck are all highly playful and evocative. A meal at the restaurant will set you back around £250 for two people.
Famed as the place to go for high tea and a spot of celebrity spotting, The Ivy on West Street is a firm favourite in the London dining scene. A table at the Covent Garden restaurant will require a wait of around 27 weeks. A meal at The Ivy costs around £200.
The Man Behind The Curtain
This Leeds restaurant was opened in 2014 by chef Michael O’Hare. It was awarded its first Michelin star in 2015. Known for its playful and imaginative approach to dining, a seat at this restaurant could take up to a year to come around. Budget for around £115 per head if you want the full tasting menu with wine.
Owned by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, people have been known to wait for months for a table at his exclusive restaurant and cocktail bar. With head chef Robbin Holmgren at the helm, you can expect to dine on seasonal fare using British ingredients. The chef’s tasting menu will set you back around £60 per head with wine for an additional £34.
The Gordon Ramsay-owned Knightsbridge restaurant is known for being a favourite haunt for pop superstar Madonna. You’ll need to book your table at least 10 weeks in advance, and budget for roughly £80 per person.
This Mayfair institution is known for its extravagant tasting menu served in a serene landscaped garden. You can expect to pay around £220 for their tasting menu for two – that’s if you can get a table.
This sushi restaurant is well-known as the most expensive restaurant in the UK. If you can get a reservation at the nine-seat restaurant, you will need to pay a £300 deposit per person, and you’ll lose your deposit if you cancel less than 24 hours in advance or show up more than 30 minutes late. So get your private chauffeur ready, turn up in style, and enjoy your one-of-a-kind dinner in town.
The River Cafe
This iconic Italian restaurant is set on the banks of the Thames and was awarded a Michelin star in 1997. A spot on the idyllic garden overlooking the river will put you on a long waiting list, but their famous dishes, including the chocolate “Nemesis” cake, are well worth it.
This Russian-owned Mayfair restaurant is a popular haunt for the rich and fabulous. It’s very popular with large groups at the weekend, so expect to be booking well in advance to secure your table.
Perhaps the strangest pick on the whole list, The Bunyadi is a clothing optional dining experience that generated 46,000 ticket applications when they first announced their opening. Who would’ve thought so many people would be keen to chow down in the buff.
Whichever restaurant you choose, make sure you complete the experience with your own luxury chauffeur. It’s the ideal way to turn an ordinary evening into something truly magical.