Need an eatery that can host a big, rowdy group? Look no further
Birthday dinners. So great in theory (food to soak up all that lovely booze, zero washing up) so hard in practise. Where to go when you need a massive table? And where they don't mind you making a racket? And where they won't boot you out the second the main courses are cleared?
Well, fret no more. We've gone and listed the very finest eateries for your frivolities in the country. Because, you know, we're nice like that.
1. Dishoom, London
Reserve one of the big tables at this Bombay-style cafe and be very glad you came. The food is made to be shared, banqueting style, the booths are low and wide, the cocktails are sharp and exotic, and noise is welcomed. Perfect. There are three gorgeous outputs of this one in Covent Garden, King's Cross and Shoreditch. But it's the slightly more shabby latter we'd recommend for a boisterous occasion.
7 Boundary St, London E2 7JE, United Kingdom, dishoom.com
2. Dough, Manchester
Book one of the massive tables on the lower floor of this class-A pizza joint and enjoy an evening of stone-baked goodness in a gloriously relaxed setting.
75-77 High St, Northern Quarter, Manchester M4 1FS, doughpizzakitchen.co.uk
3. Crafthouse, Leeds
Spanning views of the city centre and a menu packed with fine Yorkshire produce. Large groups are no problem here and, if you're throwing a big one, you can also book out a room for private dining. Fancy.
Level 5 Trinity Leeds, 70 Boar Ln, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS1 6HW, crafthouse-restaurant.com
4. Bell's Diner and Bar Rooms, Bristol
A vinyl-playing restaurant with a place in The Observer's top 40 restaurants in Britain is always a safe bet for a birthday. Factor in three birthday-perfect private dining rooms that'll do you massive sharing boards of the best of what's in the kitchen (we're talking elderflower-cured sea trout, Cornish mussels and clams with saffron potatoes and charcoal-grilled asparagus with jamon butter) and job's a good 'un.
1-3 York Rd, Bristol BS6 5QB, United Kingdom, bellsdiner.com
5. Newman Street Tavern, London
The painting-lined walls, sharp cocktails and sensational bar snacks (the shrimp crackers have to be tasted to be believed) are enough to draw you to this central London eatery. But the semi-private upstairs area, which seats 12, will make you want to celebrate there all night long. Plus, with a menu ranging from shellfish platters with garlic butter to brioche bun-sandwiched burgers, no one will stuck for something to choose.
48 Newman St, London W1T 1QQ, United Kingdom, 48newmanstreet.co.uk
6. Blonde, Edinburgh
Modern Scottish cuisine in a light, airy space makes this Edinburgh favourite a great choice for birthdays. Add in the endlessly helpful waiting staff who handle massive tables with aplomb and it's a clear winner.
71-75 St. Leonard's St, Edinburgh EH8 9QR, United Kingdom, blonderestaurant.co.uk
7. Mat Follas at The Casterbridge, Dorchester
This former MasterChef winner's acclaimed Dorset restaurant may be small, but they're happy to cater to a big group booking (you can even have a private room for 10 for £32.50 a head). Just let them know it's your birthday, and they'll also be a cake and candles waiting for you at the end of your meal.
49 High East Street, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1HU, matfollas.com
8. Tiien Thai, Bournemouth
There's a gentle buzz about this Bournemouth Thai. Factor in the a perfectly stylish interior and their fresh, fragrant dishes and you can see why its party-perfect. A big table is no problem, but, if you want to do it swanky, book out the private room for a full-on banquet.
105 St Michael's Rd, Bournemouth BH2 5DU, United Kingdom, tiienthairestaurant.co.uk
9. Blanchette, London
A Soho gem run by a trio of Parisian brothers, the flavours at this French favourite are classic, seasonal and simply wonderful. Nab the group table for 12 people (14 at a push) and enjoy the three course sharing menu at £35 per person. It includes hot chocolate fondant with salted caramel ice-cream …
9 D'Arblay St, London W1F 8DR, United Kingdom, blanchettesoho.co.uk
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