Where to eat near… Brighton beach

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Photo Credit: Visit Brighton.

Photo Credit: Visit Brighton.

In our ‘Where to eat near…’ series, we’re rounding up the best places to eat near some the UK’s most popular landmarks and tourist attractions. This month, we’re trading the heat of the city for breezy beachfront strolls and seaside suppers in Brighton. If you’re planning a weekend by the sea this summer, here are ten great restaurants to try while you’re there.

– The Restaurant at Drakes – Special occasion? Dine in style at this elegant hotel on the seafront.
Food for Friends – An award-winning veggie restaurant that’s been impressing locals since 1981.
– La Marinade – OpenTable diners rave about the fresh modern Euro menu at this Kemptown gem.
– Warung Tujuh - Try classic Indonesian dishes at this authentic and affordable local favourite.
– Sam’s of Brighton – Expect first class food and friendly service at this popular family-owned bistro.
Sabai Thai Gastrobar – Heading to the Theatre Royal? Come here first for a delicious Thai feast.
– GBI Seafood Restaurant – A stylish place to try the south coast’s freshest fish and seafood.
– Curry Leaf Café – South Indian street food and craft beer, just a stone’s throw from the beach.
– Smokey’s – A laid-back spot for an all-American brunch or BBQ blow-out. Try the slow-smoked ribs!
– The Chilli Pickle – Indian dishes with a modern twist. Visit at lunchtime for their excellent thalis.

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For more inspiration, try a search on our Brighton restaurants page or ask one of our restaurant experts on Facebook or twitter. If there’s somewhere in the UK you would like us to cover in our next guide, let us know in the comments!

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Eat the seasons: Five strawberry dishes to try in London this summer

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Now that it’s officially summer and we’ve got the sunshine to prove it, it’s time to make the most of the British strawberry season. Add them to Pimms, drench them in cream, or eat them straight from the punnet – they’re perfect for picnics and packed with vitamin C. The beautiful berries are at their best this month so we’ve chosen five of the best places to enjoy them in London.


Aqua Shard is celebrating its first birthday this month with a limited edition dessert. Head to Level 31 to try the pear tuile ‘shard’ filled with chocolate mousse and served with lemon mascarpone, marshmallows and caramelised strawberries.


If you like the fruit to be the star of the show, head for Rivea - a new Knightsbridge restaurant from Alain Ducasse that’s inspired by the flavours of the French and Italian Riviera. The dessert menu includes a simple but stunning dish of rhubarb, strawberries and almond ice-cream.


Just a few floors up from Aqua Shard is TING – one of the elegant dining options at the Shangri-La Hotel. Treat yourself to dinner with a view and don’t miss their signature panna cotta with strawberry compote, meringue and strawberry sorbet.


This strawberry mess with lemon curd, mini meringues and crème Chantilly is one of the new ‘Petit Pots’ at Vivat Bacchus. It’s available now at their restaurants in Farringdon and London Bridge, alongside other seasonal options like blueberry cheesecake and rhubarb and custard.


No sweet tooth? No problem! At Gordon Ramsay’s Union Street Café in Southwark, you can try this deliciously unusual risotto with strawberries, tomatoes, basil and aged balsamic.

For more inspiration, try a strawberry search on Foodspotting or ask our experts for more ideas on Facebook or twitter. We’ll find the perfect restaurant, whatever you’re craving.

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Diners’ Choice Award Winners – Best for outdoor dining

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While we may still be waiting for some proper summer sunshine. OpenTable are thrilled to announce the 2014 Diners’ Choice award winners for the Top 50 Outdoor Dining Restaurants in the UK. The awards represent the opinions of 325,000 diners who submitted reviews in the last year*.

The Perkin Reveller, London

The Perkin Reveller, London

The 21 London winners include some of the capital’s best-loved riverside restaurants, rooftop terraces and gastropub gardens. Restaurants on the water proved popular, with Thames-side venues like Le Pont de la Tour, Butlers Wharf Chop House and The Perkin Reveller all making the list. Londoners will be pleased to see that neighbourhood favourites like Ostuni, The Red Lion & Sun, and The Summerhouse made the cut too.

Outside of London, British restaurants and gastropubs lead the way. The winners are scattered across the UK but Kent and Hampshire stood out as prime alfresco dining territory.

Rocksalt, Folkestone

Rocksalt, Folkestone

Coastal restaurants also proved a hit with OpenTable diners. If you’re planning a summer staycation, don’t miss the harbourside terrace at Rocksalt in Folkestone; the Cornish coastal favourite, Lewinnick Lodge; or the clifftop tables with stunning sea views at Pebble Beach.

Take a look at the Top 50 winners, listed in alphabetical order. Remember, the winning restaurants were chosen by you and your fellow OpenTable diners so keep writing those reviews!

*The Diners’ Choice Awards for the Top 50 Outdoor Dining Restaurants in the UK are generated from 325,000 restaurant reviews collected from verified OpenTable diners between May 1, 2013, and April 30, 2014. All restaurants with a minimum number of qualifying reviews were included for consideration. Qualifying restaurants were then sorted according to a score calculated from each restaurant’s average rating in the outdoor eating category along with a minimum overall rating.

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RestaurantFEED: OpenTable restaurant news

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Ramsay to open new West End restaurant – Gordon Ramsay is set to open a new restaurant on Heddon Street this autumn. Inspired by Bread Street Kitchen in the City, Heddon Street Kitchen will be an all-day dining and bar concept appealing to workers, tourists, and West End shoppers. Ramsay has also purchased the former site of Aubergine, the Chelsea restaurant that launched his career, though he has yet to announce what he plans to do with the site.


The outdoor dining areas at Boulestin and Rotunda.

Secret garden season – Escape the crowds this summer at one of London’s lesser known alfresco options, like the beautiful hidden courtyard at Boulestin or the waterside tables at Rotunda on the Regent’s Canal. In Marylebone, Orrery has transformed its secret roof terrace into a Provencal-inspired garden, complete with lavender bushes, a sunny yellow awning and a menu of light French dishes.

Foodies Festival heads for Edinburgh – This August (8-10th), Edinburgh’s Inverleith Park will host Foodies Festival - a three-day celebration of Scottish food and drink. There will be BBQ demos, baking masterclasses, chilli eating challenges, a feasting tent, and lots more. Some of Scotland’s top chefs will be in attendance, including Mark Greenaway and Craig Sandle from The Pompadour by Galvin.

Second pub for Tom Kerridge – Chef Tom Kerridge recently revealed that he is in negotiations to take over a small pub near his restaurant, The Hand & Flowers. He hopes to transform it into an all-day dining destination serving affordable British and French-inspired small plates.


Healthy new breakfast dishes at Plum & Spilt Milk.

New healthy breakfasts at Plum & Spilt Milk – If you’re watching your waistline before bikini season starts, head for King’s Cross and try out the new healthy breakfast options at Plum & Spilt Milk. The menu includes egg white omelettes with smoked salmon, crushed avocado on granary toast and delicious buckwheat crepes with strawberries, agave syrup and lemon balm.

Dishoom to open in King’s Cross – Following the success of their laid-back Bombay cafés in Shoreditch and Covent Garden, Dishoom are opening a new restaurant on Granary Square this November. It will be their largest site yet and will serve their delicious modern Indian menu, including the now legendary bacon naan.

L’Anima expands in the City – Francesco Mazzei is opening L’Anima Café next to his City restaurant on July 21st. Liverpool Street locals can look forward to wine straight from the barrel, Prosecco on tap, and an all-day menu of charcuterie, Italian salads and sandwiches, and home-made pasta dishes.

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National Restaurant Awards winners announced tonight!

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This evening, Restaurant Magazine will recognise the top 100 restaurants in the UK at their prestigious annual awards ceremony. The restaurants are voted for by an expert panel of chefs, restaurateurs, food writers and critics. Around 90 of the top 100 restaurants will be attending the ceremony and el Bulli chef Ferran Adria is flying in from Spain as a special guest.

In addition to the top 100, there are a number of speciality awards including Chef’s Chef of the Year and awards highlighting outstanding wine lists, service, and sustainability. New for 2014 is the OpenTable Diners’ Choice ‘Fit for Foodies’ Award which represents the opinions of more than 325,000 reviews written by OpenTable diners in the past year.

The winner will be announced this evening (follow it on twitter!) but we can reveal the shortlisted restaurants in the OpenTable ‘Fit For Foodies’ category:

–  The Ambrette, Margate
–  The Artichoke, Old Amersham
–  The Clove Club,  London
–  The Dairy, Clapham
–  The Fat Duck, Bray
–  The French Table, Surbiton
–  Hedone, London
–  Ottolenghi, London
–  The Plough, Bolnhurst
–  Rabot 1745, London

Lucy Taylor, head of Restaurant Relations at OpenTable, explains, “These winning restaurants put the wow factor in everything they serve, taking culinary creativity to another level and delighting OpenTable diners every step of the way.”

We are thrilled to be a part of the 2014 National Restaurant Awards and wish the best of luck to all the chefs and restaurateurs attending this evening. We will publish the list of Top 50 Fit for Foodies Restaurants in the UK tomorrow, so stay tuned to see if your favourite made the cut. Remember, the winners are chosen based on your opinions, so keep writing those reviews!

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Welcome to the family: New restaurants on OpenTable

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Fancy trying somewhere new? Check out some of the great restaurants that are now on OpenTable!

The riverside terrace at The City Barge in west London.

The riverside terrace at The City Barge in west London.

The City Barge – This Thames-side pub recently reopened after a refurb and the new menu and terrace tables are already proving a hit with the locals. Head west for a riverside roast or weekend brunch.

Bilbao Berria - The Basque pintxo bar chain has opened its first London restaurant, with help from MasterChef: The Professionals winner Ash Mair. Perch at the bar or head downstairs to the stylish dining room and snack on jamon Iberico, Galician octopus, and Pedro Ximenez braised beef cheeks.

Ham Yard Bar & Restaurant  - Impress your fussiest foodie friends with brunch, cocktails or dinner at the stunning new Ham Yard Hotel in Soho. The bar serves delicious meatball sliders and at just £18 per person, their afternoon tea is a West End bargain that’s hard to beat.

The Fish & Chip Shop – On busy Upper Street, the super fresh seafood and slick service help this British fish bar stand out from the crowd. Try the Camden Hells battered cod or the shrimp burger with spicy tartare sauce, but save room for Eton Mess or a scoop of their zingy gin and tonic sorbet.

Hoxley & Porter – With an Art Deco dining carriage at the front and a dimly lit drinking den at the back, this Islington gem is perfect for date night or an evening of cocktail sipping.

Coming soonHawksmoor Knightsbridge is taking bookings from July 3rd onwards.

The dining room at Clouds & Soil, Edinburgh.

The dining room at Clouds & Soil, Edinburgh.

Clouds & Soil – At this recently revamped Edinburgh townhouse, you’ll find a space for every occasion. There’s a ground floor wine and cocktail bar, lots of private event space, and a handsome first floor dining room with a modern European menu and views over Carlton Hill.

Hutchesons – Spread over three floors of an A-listed building in Glasgow, Hutchesons café, bar and brasserie is open all day, seven days a week. Go for breakfast, drop in for a glass of Champagne after work, or try sizeable steaks and Scottish seafood for lunch or dinner.

Grillado - If you’re hungry in Salisbury, head for this family-friendly Italian restaurant and try their famous rotisserie chicken, simply grilled fish and steaks, or traditional pizzas and pastas.

Still hungry? Search for restaurants in your area on OpenTable or ask our experts on twitter.

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