These eateries from across the UK will make you want to redecorate your entire house – especially the kitchen
Half the joy of eating out is in the hospitality. Inventive, expertly served food is the draw, sure. But sumptuous/shabby-chic/escapist surroundings are a total must, if supper out is to be a fully pleasurable experience.
With ten zillion new openings a week, it's something restaurants are on to in a big way. And whether it's floor-to-ceiling photos, the prettiest tiled flooring ever or candle-lit banquettes designed to be dreamily romantic, there's choice for days for whatever you're after.
It's for these reasons that restaurants are the perfect places to steal interior style tips. Whether you're a 'keep-it-cool minimalist' or into 'more-is-more glamour', here are some of the UK's finest establishments to get a good meal and lots of interior design inspiration.
Styled on the Persian-run cafes of colonial Bombay, this all-day Shoreditch hangout has got shabby cool nailed. Low slung banquettes, faded photos on the walls, tiled floors in delirious patterns but muted colours … dreamy.
Dishoom Shoreditch, 7 Boundary St, London E2 7JE, dishoom.com
More is more is the lesson from these North Yorkshire seafood specialists. Vintage posters framed and hung, fishermen's nets filled with old, wooden instruments and tiny coloured flags all create a wonderful feeling of whimsy.
Dishforth Rd, Thirsk, North Yorkshire YO7 3QL, crabandlobster.co.uk
The dining rooms of this lavishly opulent Mayfair private members' club are a lesson in vintage beauty. Gently glowing tasseled lamps, luxe rugs and discreet coffee tables are all gorgeous ideas to take to your home.
20 Portman Square, London W1H 6LW, homehouse.co.uk
Distressed netted curtains and candle light bring the spirit of Venice to London at this small plates joint. Apply the minimal, faded look to your kitchen for 50 chic points.
11 Berwick St, London W1F 0PL, polpetto.co.uk
Scandi-style cool from this conceptual Leeds restaurant. Blonde floors, exposed beams and black accessories are a clean, minimal bedroom idea.
Top Floor Flannels, 68-78 Vicar Lane, Leeds LS1 7JH, themanbehindthecurtain.co.uk
Come for the incredible bar snacks – quails eggs with fennel salt, shrimp crackers with whole little prawns encased in the batter – and stay for the décor. Portraits and paintings are hung all over the walls, plates are rimmed with a duck egg blue paint, furniture is the darkest shade of moss and each table is adorned with seasonal flowers in tiny vases.
48 Newman St, London W1T 1QQ, 48newmanstreet.co.uk
Decked out in the manner of a classic Parisian seafood bistro, this sea-to-plate eatery is a lesson in old-school vintage glamour. The menu – focused on a rotation of beautifully cooked and simply served fresh catch and shellfish – is written on to old chalkboards, the floor is tiled for the perfect clickity-clack as you walk in and the food is uncomplicated brilliance.
56 Old Brompton Rd, London SW7 3DY, thewrightbrothers.co.uk
Georgian windows, draped curtains, polished floor boards … if a feeling of faded glamour is your thing, then take note of this Bath French bistro.
4 Saville Row, Bath BA1 2QP, casanis.co.uk
Bright, airy pale woods, lots of glass and high ceilings make for a fresh, modern feel at this Asia-inspired venue.
1, The Avenue, Spinningfield, Manchester M3 3AP, australasia.uk.com
Aussie chef Bill Granger's trio of London all day eateries are a lesson in bright, airy, relaxed vibes. Gold furnishings, (so now) blonde wood and blooms aplenty are all gorgeous ideas to steal for your abode.
Unit 1 Stanley Building, 7 Pancras Square, London N1C 4AG, grangerandco.com
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