There’s more to dining out than the food on your plate, and the combination of fine food and a fine setting is hard to beat. From lunch on the beach, to tea on the terrace, via dinner in a skyscraper, we’ve rounded up some of the best restaurants with a view in the UK.
Lympstone Manor Book Lympstone Manor
From renowned chef Michael Caines MBE, Michelin-starred Lympstone Manor overlooks the Exe estuary, Lyme Bay and the Devon coast. Regional and seasonal dishes are packed with local ingredients, served in the impressive setting of this Georgian manor house.
Crab Shack On The Beach Book Crab Shack On The Beach
Where better to enjoy freshly caught fish than a pebble’s throw from the water’s edge? Overlooking the stunning Devon coastline, Crab Shack On The Beach sees the freshest seafood served in the most picturesque of settings.
aqua shard Book aqua shard
The 31st floor of the UK’s tallest building is home to aqua shard, where refined British and European cuisine is served with views of the capital.
The Petersham Restaurant Book The Petersham
A tranquil riverside setting, with views onto the River Thames, The Petersham Restaurant has been a popular spot for sophisticated dining since 1865.
20 Stories Book 20 Stories
At the top of the No.1 Spinningfields building in Manchester, 20 Stories is a rooftop restaurant, offering seasonal British cuisine, striking contemporary design and views across the city.
Sky Lounge Book Sky Lounge
Boasting breathtaking panoramic views of Leeds and West Yorkshire, Sky Lounge offers everything from breakfast in the sky, through to brunch, afternoon teas with a modern twist and spectacular cocktails after dark on the 13th floor.
Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Book Marco Pierre White Steakhouse
From the world-famous chef, Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Birmingham serves up fine steaks in a slick setting. On the 25th floor of the Cube building, dishes are served with 360-degree views of the city.
SIX Panoramic Brasserie Book SIX Panoramic Brasserie
On the top floor of The Varsity Hotel, SIX Panoramic Brasserie offers breathtaking views of the Cambridge skyline. Favourites on the menu include a range of steaks from the grill, rotisserie chicken and wood stone pizza.
The Cove Restaurant & Bar Book The Cove Restaurant & Bar
An idyllic setting perched on the edge of Maenporth Beach, Cove Restaurant & Bar serves refined European flavours, and a vibrant selection of tapas. During the summer, the terrace offers an unparalleled dining spot, just yards from the sea.
Moor Hall Book Moor Hall
Awarded 2 Michelin stars, Moor Hall sits within 5 acres of breath-taking gardens. Modern British cooking is served in this Grade II-listed, 16th-century building, using local produce, often grown on the estate.
Forth Floor Brasserie, Harvey Nichols Book Forth Floor Brasserie
With floor-to-ceiling windows framing views of the city, dinner comes with a view at Forth Floor Brasserie in Harvey Nichols Edinburgh. The menu sees traditional Scottish dishes prepared using the finest local ingredients.
Windows Restaurant Carlton George Hotel Book Windows Restaurant
Perched atop the stylish Carlton George Hotel in Glasgow, Windows Restaurant is a stunning rooftop setting for afternoon tea or fine European cooking. As well as a traditional afternoon tea, menu highlights include mouthwatering steaks, local fish dishes, and tempting burgers.
The Devil’s Dyke Hotel Book The Devil’s Dyke Hotel
Just north of Brighton, The Devils Dyke Hotel sits beside a renowned beauty spot, boasting unrivaled views of the Sussex countryside below. Inside, expect classic pub grub and local ales in a cosy setting.
The River Grille Book The River Grille
A sophisticated restaurant and bar, The River Grille looks out over the waterside. Expect modern British cuisine from local produce, and a traditional afternoon tea.
Rocky Bottoms Book Rocky Bottoms
Surrounded by the Norfolk coastline and countryside, offers panoramic views and fresh seafood, with an outdoor terrace making the most of the location in warmer weather.
Harte & Garter Book Harte & Garter
Overlooking Windsor Castle, Harte & Garter serves afternoon tea and seasonal British favourites in the most royal of settings.
The Brisley Bell Book The Brisley Bell
A beautiful 17th-century inn overlooking the Norfolk countryside, The Brisley Bell was named Best Pub at the 2017 Norfolk Food & Drink Awards and Norfolk Hero’s Best New Food & Drink venture 2018. The beautiful beer garden overlooks the green, creating a tranquil spot for dining with a view.
Sheldrakes Book Sheldrakes
Sheldrakes Restaurant offers classic Mediterranean cuisine in a picturesque setting. Enjoy unrivalled views over the Dee Estuary and the Welsh Mountains via floor-to-ceiling windows.