Where to eat in Sheffield

Whether you’re on the hunt for some of the best vegetarian and vegan food in the UK, or craving tapas with a locally-brewed craft beer, eating in Sheffield is always a treat.

Where to eat in Sheffield if you’re a vegan

Vegan or not, you’d be crazy to give Make No Bones a miss. The venue alone is worth a visit – housed in the listed building Osborn Works, designed by the famous Sheffield architect William John Hale.

There – comfortably ensconced in the building’s pews in the light of a Victorian stained glass window – you can sample some of Sheffield’s best vegan food.

Make No Bones is run like a street food kitchen – just walk in, order and sit down. This is the vegan equivalent of a classic burger joint and dishes include Southern fried tofu burgers, paprika-laced potatoes, barbecued corn on the cob and homemade garlic bread drizzled in melted nut cheese.

Make No Bones also features a 100% vegan bar, so you can wash down your meal with wine, beer or cocktails – the choice is yours.

Where to eat in Sheffield for excellent craft beer

The birthplace of the UK craft beer revolution, a trip to Sheffield wouldn’t be complete without sampling some of the finest. If you love your ales, head to The Beer Engine on Cemetery Road.

Don’t let its out of the way location and unassuming facade fool you. Beer fans will be delighted by the regulars – which include Estrella, Oranjeboom and Bitburger – and the bar is also well stocked with continental lagers and cider. The adventurous should sample their rotating selection of eclectic guest ales.

The Beer Engine’s meat, veggie and vegan Sunday roasts are pub food par excellence, with braised red cabbage and celeriac mash and some of the finest cauliflower cheese in Sheffield. Chicken can be replaced with goat’s cheese wellington or kale and quinoa grill with pan-fried mushrooms.

Those who want a light meal should head to The Beer Engine in the evening for a menu of simple but delectable tapas. Try the butternut squash and gingered tomatoes with lime yoghurt – it’s unbeatable.

Where to eat in Sheffield if you want good value for money

Fans of global dining won’t be able to resist COSMO Authentic World Kitchen, where you can enjoy an all you can eat buffet selection of dishes for as little as £7.99.

Lovers of traditional English cuisine can choose succulent roasted lamb, beef and turkey from the carvery with vegetables and fluffy potatoes for a hearty roast. Those with more continental tastes are sure to love Neapolitan pizzas, cooked in a wood-fired oven for luscious smoky flavour, or the succulent olives, cheese and charcuterie at the deli.

You can find COSMO on St Paul’s Place in the heart of Sheffield – a convenient pit stop for those exploring the city. And the affordability of COSMO doesn’t stop at the food. They’re also partnered with Q-Park, so ask staff to get a 25% discount on your parking ticket seven days a week.

Where to eat in Sheffield if you like locally sourced produce

The Rude Shipyard make most of their food in-house and what they don’t is sourced from local independent farmers and bakers. Even their delicious coffee is locally ground, from family business Pollards Roasters, established in 1879.

It’s this commitment and care that makes The Rude Shipyard is one of the best places to brunch in Sheffield. It’s hard to resist their delicious full English breakfasts, available in delicious meat, veggie and vegan options.

They also sell a range of sandwiches, soups, wraps and salads with homemade hummus, all served with freshly baked sourdough bread. Whatever your diet, there’s something for you.

The Rude Shipyard is a cafe and a bookshop in one, with a whole section filled with self-published books by local writers. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a bowl of soup and a book on a cold winter’s day.

Where to eat in Reading

From traditional meat pies to contemporary hipster brunches, there are plenty of fantastic places to eat in Reading. You’ll be spoilt for choice.

Where to eat in Reading if you love a good pie

Named after the one of the most notorious figures in English legend, Sweeney and Todd’s produces excellent pies that aren’t cannibalistic in the least.

This pie shop – one of the oldest restaurants in Reading – is simple and brilliant. More than 20 award winning pie flavours are on sale at affordable prices. Sit in and eat them hot in the cosy restaurant interior or wrap them up and take them away.

Traditionalists will be delighted by classic fillings such as steak and kidney, lamb and mint and chicken and leek and vegetarian choices such as cheese and vegetable are equally mouthwatering.

Nonetheless, there are plenty of modern innovations such as cajun or chicken, chilli and chorizo for the adventurous. Those with truly traditional tastes will no doubt love the Victorian-inspired steak and oyster or the hearty flavours of venison and boar.

The menu also includes a pie called Sweeney’s…the ingredients of which are not disclosed!

Where to eat in Reading if you fancy a curry

If you love the tastes of South-East Asia, don’t miss a trip to COSMO Authentic World Kitchen.

COSMO elevate the all you can eat world buffet concept – they serve expertly-cooked food from all around the globe from Neapolitan wood fired pizza to Japanese Teppanyaki, but their House of Spice section is truly unmissable.

Taste a fragrant curry made with the freshest of ingredients, enjoy side dishes fragrant with saffron, turmeric and cumin and dip fluffy naans into delicate sauces, pickles and chutneys.

Where to eat in Reading if you’re a coffee lover

Workhouse was declared one of the best national caffeine destinations by both the Guardian and the Telegraph – and it’s no wonder. This independent cafe, run by expert Greg Costello, is a haven for bean fiends and the hub of Reading’s thriving speciality coffee scene.

The jewel in Workhouse’s caffeine crown is their sweet, strong and full-bodied Guatemalans – the first coffee they sourced and specially recommended by the Guardian Less than 2% of soil on the planet has the correct profile to grow Workhouse Guatemala and the coffee, perfumed by just the right amount of vegetation and volcanic silt, is truly exceptional.

And Workhouse isn’t let down by its menu. Their exquisite coffees are complemented by a range of sandwiches and cakes. Make sure you try the sausage rolls.

Where to eat in Reading for brunch

Wholesome, locally sourced food and a comforting atmosphere make Cafe Yolk the ideal pit stop, offering simple, good quality meals for brunch or lunch. Their speciality, toasted sourdough with smashed avocado and salsa with – you guessed it! – a poached egg is delicious.

Those with a sweet tooth also have plenty of treats to enjoy. Cafe Yolk serve French toast with a wealth of toppings, from indulgent bacon and maple to the banoffee-inspired banana and salted caramel.

There are few better ways to spend a cold winter’s day in Reading than a trip to Cafe Yolk, keeping cosy with a hot caramelised apple and cinnamon waffle and a cup of their excellent coffee.

Where to eat in Reading if you love pubs

Located in Reading town centre, The Greyfriar of Reading is unmissable for pub lovers. Traditionalists will be delighted by the quintessential English pub atmosphere and the exciting range of classic ales, lager and cider.

While The Greyfriar sources its beer from all over the world it’s also the perfect place to drink a local brew, with plenty of independent Berkshire breweries represented on the menu.

The Greyfriar is also at the forefront of the gin renaissance and juniper lovers will be truly delighted by the extensive menu. With 35 types of gin permanently in stock and 5 rotating ‘guest’ gins, whether you love perfumed florals, tart citrus or aromatic spice, there’s something here for every palate.

Food is served Monday to Friday from midday until 3, making this charming pub the perfect place for a weekday lunch.

Where to eat in Aberdeen

If you’re looking for the best places to eat in Aberdeen, you’ll be spoilt for choice with some of our favourites which should not be missed.

Whether you’re new to the city or you’re familiar to the food scene, there’s sure to be something to suit you.

Where to eat in Aberdeen for a hip atmosphere

With its art-lined walls and beautiful view onto the Green, the trendy Cafe 52 is the perfect place for an affordable meal at any time of the day.

If you decide to lunch at Cafe 52, make sure to sample one of their selection of exotic croissant fillings, including goat’s cheese with garlic tomatoes and onion and herb marmalade, and smoked mackerel pate with cucumber and garden salad.

The cafe also doubles as a restaurant, with excellent quality mains at just £10 as well as a mouthwatering selection of tapas, cheeses and wines if you’re peckish. The young, teetotal or designated drivers should opt for the homemade strawberry juice.

Although the homemade chips are delicious it’s Cafe 52’s parsnips fried in honey and sea salt that are a must-order if you fancy a little something on the side.

Where to eat in Aberdeen for affordable luxury

From the BBQ grill and authentic Japanese teppanyaki to the fruit and cream filled bite-sized patisserie, COSMO Authentic World Kitchen proves that the all you can eat buffet experience can be luxurious.

Choose from a wide variety of delicately handcrafted dishes. Sample mussels cooked to perfection; dip crusty homemade bread in perfumed fennel-infused sauces and enjoy a little fizz on the side.

Those with Mediterranean tastes can savour cheese boards and charcuterie with bowls of Sicilian nocellara olives and fresh salads. COSMO’s bar is well stocked with wine and soft drinks alike – if you’re looking for the perfect complement to your cheese, you won’t be disappointed.

Where to eat in Aberdeen for comfort food

The American-style Angus & Ale offer hungry customers a menu of perfectly executed diner classics including juicy burgers, back ribs and buffalo chicken with chunky sweet potato or rosemary chips. It goes without saying that guests should visit with an empty stomach!

All Angus & Ale beef is dry-aged on the bone for 28 days and cooked on charcoal for a rich and smoky flavour. If you’re feeling lavish opt for one of the two and three course bistro deals, which come with a glass of red or white wine on the side.

Although this is a carnivore’s paradise, vegetarians will be delighted by the piquant jalapeno and chickpea fritters and the deliciously gooey four cheese macaroni (to which meat eaters can add a array of toppings, including pulled pork, black pudding and brisket).

Where to eat in Aberdeen for a unique dining experience

Inspired by the Japanese concept of izakaya – pubs that serve several courses of sharing dishes accompanied by alcohol – Yatai manages to capture the flavour of Japan in the heart of Aberdeen.

Although this little independent restaurant has a range of excellent dishes on traditional menus, it also offers guests the chance to dine ‘omakase’ (which translates as ‘trust us’) style – and this is where Yatai really comes into its own.

Pre-book a table and tell the restaurant your budget, likes, dislikes, restrictions and intolerances as well as those of your guests. Then you need only arrive and Yatai will serve you with dishes from a tailor-made menu. You can also specially request dishes should you wish to do so.

Enjoy soft shell crab, sashimi, spicy gyoza dumplings and bowls of noodles in fragrant broth. Yatai also serve their delicious dishes with a full complement of Japanese drinks, including plum wine, loose leaf sencha and a rotating selection of sake.

Where to eat in Dublin

The buzz is that the restaurant scene in Dublin has never been as good. With the rise of Instagram and travel, a new wave of restaurant owners are combining the need for on-trend dining, new ingredients and new ways of cooking, with local, Irish ingredients and down-to-earth customer service.

Whether you are looking for a taster menu or some good food to accompany your pint of Guinness, why not check out our favourites?

Where to eat in Dublin if you love fine wine

It’s not all about Guinness in Dublin! If you love good wine then you must pay a visit to Fallon & Byrne. A wine lover’s dream, you can go down to the magnificent wine cellar where you can choose what wine to pair with your food. There are more than 600 wines to choose from.

Upstairs there is a sunlit dining room where you can choose from a seasonal menu with tempting morsels such as seared Irish scallops or aged Irish beef finished with a retro Knickerbocker Glory.

Where to eat in Dublin if you love books

The Winding Stair offers old-fashioned Irish food in a rather special setting. An 18th Century staircase wraps its way around three floors, with each floor featuring bookcases packed with old books. Classical music plays while you eat.

The food tastes as good as it looks, but don’t expect an oversized white plate with tiny morsels in a sculptural design dotted with jus here – the food is hearty and homely.

Despite the extraordinary food, this restaurant is down-to-earth and friendly, offering a haven away from the bustling streets or changeable Irish weather. The fact that they call the food ‘homemade grub’ says it all – but it’s doubtful that anyone could make such impressive food at home.

On the ground floor you’ll find a beautiful independent bookshop – one of the oldest surviving independent bookshops in Dublin.

Where to eat in Dublin if you have a sweet tooth

There are so many superb restaurants to try in Dublin, the problem is which one to choose – particularly if you are in a group with various preferences. Let’s face it, too many great places to eat is a rather wonderful problem to have.

Long gone are the days of deliberating over what type of food to eat on a Saturday night in Dublin – COSMO Dublin has it all.

Not only can you eat Italian, Indian, Chinese or Japanese from an all-you-can-eat buffet at COSMO Dublin, you can also choose from a whole menu of desserts.

You can try small squares of puddings from a large selection of chocolate cake, cheesecakes and gateaux and if you have a really sweet tooth head to the chocolate fountain, then choose a few pick and mix sweets.

Where to eat in Dublin for fresh seafood

Cavistons is famously one the best seafood restaurants in Dublin, the perfect place to take shelter from the bracing wind on the Dún Laoghaire seafront.

Cavistons have 50 years of experience in the seafood business. The chef Noel Cusack chooses the menu twice weekly, but examples include baked Kilmore hake or roast monkfish fillet.

The Food Emporium next door is particularly well-regarded for its Irish smoked salmon and offer next day salmon delivery service so you can deliver a treat to friends in Europe and other countries.

Where to eat in Dublin for a special occasion

The Mulberry Garden is situated in the grounds of an old cottage dating from 1911. This restaurant really immerses you in all things Irish – from Irish cutlery, linen, bread boards, and paintings to Irish wool on the walls and soap in the bathroom. The ingredients on the menu are of course all Irish.

The menus change every week, however, the tasting menu might include starters such as Wicklow Quail – courgette soup, apple, Hegarty’s cheddar and summer truffle – or a main such as braised lamb neck and sweetbread.

This may be fine dining, but this restaurant doesn’t take itself too seriously. This is casual fine dining at its best and is ideal for a special birthday treat or a wedding anniversary.

Where to eat in Dublin if you are looking for good ‘craic’

If Irish music is high on your dining adenda when visiting Dublin then head to Darkey Kelly’s bar to enjoy the ‘craic’ every weekend.

From a Dublin Mountain burger to homemade seafood chowder and generous fish and chips, the menu even pairs the food with Irish craft beer.

There are also around 50 Irish whiskeys to enjoy as an aperitif or nightcap.

Where to eat in Dublin for an environmentally friendly meal

The lunchtime queues at Tang reflect the popularity of this tiny eco-conscious eatery. Their main aim is for happy, well-fed customers, but second to that is to make as little impact on the environment as possible and to encourage others to do the same.

Their biggest speciality are the salads – bright, colourful, flavoursome and surprisingly filling, especially with a Middle Eastern flatbread alongside. They offer these in salad boxes to go, which is handy as seating is limited. You can also opt for a rustic soup in winter.

Where to eat in Dublin for Michelin starred elegance

The Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud is the only restaurant in Ireland with two Michelin stars and people flock from all over the world to visit.

The menu offers dishes such as ravioli of blue lobster with lobster coconut cream, toasted almond, and split curry dressing, alongside lacquered Skeaghanore duck and desserts such as Opalys chocolate and tropical fruit ‘cocoon’, pina colada sorbet with coconut tapioca.

Every dish is bursting with exciting flavours.

Where to eat in Belfast

Northern Ireland is full of great restaurants and rich local produce. Belfast encapsulates the strong food culture and wealth of Northern Irish food specialities with superb produce on the doorstep.

Whether you are heading to a traditional Belfast pub or a Michelin starred restaurant, there is something for everyone to enjoy in this fascinating city.

Where to eat in Belfast on the water

Holohans at the Barge has the novelty of being located on the upper deck of a Dutch barge and serves the freshest and most authentic Irish food. This includes the famous ‘boxty’ an Irish potato pancake filled with food.

The family business offers traditional Irish hospitality and a warm and friendly atmosphere. The view into the micro-kitchen allows you to see the staff manage a seamless service, producing exquisite food in a small space.

Holohans at the Barge is ideal for a romantic dinner date – enjoy your meal looking out on the city’s twinkling lights as they reflect on the water of the River Lagan.

Where to eat in Belfast for fish and chips

For the best fish and chips in town, head to John Long’s, which has been open for business since 1914.

This popular chippie – which is hidden away behind a car park with  metal mesh grills on the windows which make it look like it is closed – even has many celebrity fans.

Where to eat in Belfast for a special graduation meal

Molly’s Yard is just a stone’s throw away from Queen’s University so it is an ideal location for a celebratory graduation meal. This restaurant offers fine dining with a friendly, fun and relaxed vibe.

Choose from County Antrim dry aged ribeye, whiskey sauce, air dried tomato and chunky chips or Belfast Hills kid goat shoulder, colcannon gnocchi, ratatouille dressing and Belfast blonde jus.

The desserts are no afterthought here with Uachter na Mara (Cream of the Sea), rhubarb soup, gingernut biscuit and hazelnut praline or a tasty bag of Abernethy all butter artisan fudge for those with a sweet tooth.

Where to eat in Belfast for seafood chowder

The Mourne Seafood Bar is a household name in Northern Ireland. They source all their shellfish from their very own shellfish beds in Carlingford Lough.

Their seafood chowder with wheaten bread is a delicious and comforting favourite and the oysters and pan-fried crab claws are also popular dishes.

If you want unfussy, affordable seafood, this Belfast institution is the place to come.

Where to eat in Belfast for students

‘All you can eat’ buffets have won the hearts and stomachs of students across the UK and COSMO Belfast is no exception. COSMO Belfast offers so much more than the usual Chinese or carvery, because you don’t have to choose a single type of food when there is so much choice available.

Here you can eat sushi, curry or pizza – all at an affordable price – in sleek and stylish surroundings. In fact, COSMO Belfast was voted second place for Best World Buffet in the Food Awards Northern Ireland 2018.

COSMO Belfast is the perfect place to go to eat a hearty lunch in between lectures or for dinner before a night out. After a sports match, bring the whole team here to celebrate a win, or bring your rowing team here to carb-load before a race.

Where to eat in Belfast for a charcoal grill

The Mibrasa charcoal grill is a central feature of Deanes at Queen’s. This bustling brasserie is part of Queen’s University and offers a relaxed atmosphere and world-class food.

Chef Chris Fearon- of Great British Menu fame – serves up dishes using local produce. You can choose from whole sea  bass cooked over charcoal, grilled coley or butter basted sweet cured pork cutlet, grilled pear and pancetta salad.

The desserts are just as flavoursome with warm brown butter almond cake, poached apple and elderflower custard or wild honey panna cotta, banana bread pudding, toffee and pecan fudge.

This is also a beautiful venue for wedding receptions, boasting a pretty south facing terrace, adjacent to the Botanical Gardens.

Where to eat in Nottingham

Nottingham has given the world such culinary delights as HP sauce, Stilton cheese and Bramley apples and today the food scene in Nottingham continues to innovate and thrive.

From high-end restaurants to artisan coffee houses, sourdough bakeries, trendy pop-ups and street food, Nottingham offers a wealth of eateries and local produce.

Where to eat in Nottingham for the best tapas

Baresca is the place to go if you are craving some tapas and sangria. You can ‘do vermouth’ and then enjoy a large range of sharing bowls with Catalan flatbreads. Choose from Spanish cured meats and cheeses, smoked haddock, cauliflower and chilli gratin, or mackerel escabeche and halloumi fritters with lime mayonnaise.

It wouldn’t be tapas without some sangria and there are a variety of sangria recipes available including the traditional red wine and orange. The variations include berry sangria, apple and elderflower sangria, tropical sangria or raspberry and limoncello sangria.

The decor inside this restaurant is warm and rustic with mosaic tiles and low hanging lights. At the weekend Baresca brings a dose of latin energy to Nottingham – the cellar bar is lively with DJs and bands so that you can enjoy music with your drinks.

Where to eat in Nottingham for a culinary experience

Restaurant Sat Bains was just one of two Nottingham restaurants featured in the 2019 Good Food Guide. The two Michelin-starred restaurant took the fourth position for the second year in a row.

Food writer and critic Tom Parker Bowles even said that the food is so astonishingly brilliant at Sat Bains that they deserve three Michelin stars.

Despite these accolades, the restaurant remains unpretentious. In fact this restaurant’s down-to-earth appeal is highlighted in its surprising location under Clifton Boulevard – an industrial area.

The tasting menus offers a spectacular seven courses or ten courses and will not disappoint.

Where to eat in Nottingham for teppanyaki

Teppanyaki is a style of Japanese cuisine based around an open iron cooktop where food is grilled in front of the customers as a performance using the highest  quality ingredients.

COSMO Nottingham brings this food theatre to the UK for everyone to enjoy. At COSMO Nottingham teppanyaki experts will grill your food in front of you – from steaks to fresh seafood – at an affordable, all-inclusive price.

Not only will you have fresh food cooked to perfection, but the sight of the flames and the skilled teppanyaki chefs are thrilling to watch – a feast for all your senses. This is not only a fun experience for a romantic date, but also to entertain children.

Where to eat in Nottingham if you love a dessert

The Pudding Pantry has the most delectable pudding menu. From comforting favourites like apple crumple, Mississippi mud pie and caramelised banana sticky toffee pudding to salted caramel and cheesecake brownies – even the sweetest tooth will be satisfied.

There are also freakshakes (indulgent, oversized milkshakes) in flavours such as s’mores and Eton messy. Then there are adult-shakes with a drop of something stronger in them, such as Cointreau and chocolate or Irish coffee and salted caramel.

There is of course a savory menu too, with delicious savoury pancakes and brunches – but if you want to eat pudding here first, no-one will bat an eyelid.

Where to eat in Nottingham if you want a burger with a difference

Annie’s Burger Shack is a family-friendly burger restaurant with a twist. This US-style joint gives the burgers with some seemingly crazy ingredients – but they work.

How about raspberry jam, grilled pineapple, peanut butter or sauerkraut in your burger?

With names like ‘The Deathray’, ‘The Elvis’ and ‘The Malibu Surf and Turf’ these burgers have character!

The burgers are big, messy and overflowing with delicious flavours.

Where to eat in Nottingham if you want to sip a cocktail

Hockley Arts Club is a richly decorated mix of neon lights, artwork and old fashioned Victorian lampshades providing warm, atmospheric lighting and eclectic, Instagram-worthy looks. The interior reflects a trendy Shoreditch members’ club, but this establishment is open to all. The wacky cocktails are the speciality, with an award winning head barman.

The food will soak up the cocktails nicely with substantial comfort food like fillet steak with fondant potato, mushroom ketchup and red wine sauce and lamb rump with sweet and sour carrots and confit potatoes.

Where to eat in Norwich

Whether you’re new to the city or you’re familiar to the food scene, if you’re looking for the best places to eat in Norwich we’ve shared some of our favourites which should not be missed.

Where to eat in Norwich if you’re a coffee lover

If you’re a coffee fanatic visiting Norwich, there is no better place to stop than Strangers Coffee House.

This tiny cafe in the heart of the city sells ethically sourced coffee from Costa Rica, Rwanda, Colombia, Brazil, Ethiopia and Guatemala and if you find a blend you love, you can buy a bag to take home with you.

Brunch lovers will love the cafe’s array of fresh pastries and Strangers is also a good place for a light lunch, serving a selection of rocket-garnished sandwiches and paninis, smoked salmon and cream cheese bagels and succulent cakes. It’s very small so if you’d like a table, be prepared to get there early.

The main cafe is located at 21 Pottergate, but if you’d like to see where the beans are roasted and ground (or you just can’t face the queue), Strangers Coffee Roasters is just around the block at 10 Dove Street. You can buy takeaway coffee from the roasters, making it the perfect pit stop.

Where to eat in Norwich if you fancy fish and chips

The Grosvenor Fish Bar is legendary in and around Norwich for being the best chippy in the city. Serving delicious chips with everything from classic cod to mackerel, sea bass, squid and salmon, fish lovers will be delighted by what’s on offer.

Although the Grosvenor is a takeaway, you also have the option of eating in an underground room – known as ‘the bunker’ – which is located directly underneath the main shop. The decor is part rustic cabin, part WW2 bomb shelter and can be booked for large parties.

If you’d like to eat your meal above ground level, the Grosvenor also has a deal with the Birdcage, an esteemed Norwich cocktail bar which is located opposite. Place your order and pop across the street for one the best cocktails in the city (or two, or three – it’s a slippery slope at the Birdcage!)  while you wait. They’ll even deliver your food to you.

Where to eat in Norwich if you love afternoon tea

Biddy’s Tea Room is quite possibly the quirkiest afternoon tea parlour you’ll ever set foot in. Make sure that you do set foot in it – a visit to Norwich isn’t complete without a trip to Biddy’s.

Vintage lovers will no doubt appreciate the tea shop’s top to bottom 1950s decor, the highlight of which is the iconic taxidermy fox dressed in a top hat and tails that waits in the window to greet you.

Once you’re inside, choose from any one of a dozen different afternoon tea menus and sample quintessentially English delights such as pork pies, pate, cheese and crusty rolls, all accompanied by homemade chutneys and one of more than 50 different blends of tea.

All of the cakes at Biddy’s are superb, but cream tea traditionalists will enjoy freshly baked scones with local jam, clotted cream and lemon curd alongside the county’s signature tea, an Earl Grey blend known as Norfolk Lavender. Book to avoid disappointment!

Where to eat in Norwich if you’d like an authentic curry

Those who think that vegetarian food is boring are in for a revelation. Namaste is one of the best curry houses in Norfolk and there’s not a trace of meat in sight.

Known for its deliciously spiced curries, Namaste is the perfect place for any curry lover, whether they’re veggie or not. Everything they serve is aromatic, fragrant and delectable.

The restaurant is conveniently located on Opie Street in the centre of town – drop in for a dinner you won’t soon forget. In classic Norwich style, it’s BYOB.

If you’re a committed carnivore or looking for a more varied selection of Asian foods, you could also pay a visit to COSMO Norwich. This authentic world kitchen takes the all you can eat world buffet concept to a new level, with live cooking stations where you can watch expert chefs at work.

Enjoy teppanyaki dishes from Japan or a carvery with all the trimmings. It’s food theatre – and as it costs just £7.99 for lunch, there’s no excuse not to pay COSMO a call.

Where to eat in Oxford

The historic city of Oxford offers a unique mixture of heritage and hospitality, with restaurants in the city sure to suit any taste and budget.

If you’re spoilt for choice or you’re looking for somewhere new to visit in the ‘city of dreaming spires’, check out our guide to where to eat in Oxford.

Where to eat in Oxford if you’re a coffee connoisseur

Renowned for serving the best coffee in Oxford, The Missing Bean deserves its reputation. The coffee is both reasonably priced and showstopping and the iconic role the cafe plays in Oxford’s coffee scene is not to be underestimated.

The menu offers is simple, classic cafe food which is very well executed, with bagels and toasted sandwiches on delicious bread and a selection of cakes and pastries to follow. Make sure you sample the chocolate and lavender cake – it’s truly amazing.

The atmosphere in The Missing Bean is as good as the coffee and pastries. Baristas are friendly, highly knowledgeable about coffee and always ready to chat. The downside of this, of course, is that you might struggle to find a table!

Where to eat in Oxford for an authentic Thai

For some of the best Thai food outside Thailand, Oli’s Thai is the place to go. The restaurant exploded in popularity after Guardian food critic Tony Naylor’s review, which urged readers to pay a visit to Oli’s ‘even if you have to crawl over broken glass to get there. High praise, but in this case it’s justified as the food at Oli’s Thai is wonderful.

This authentic restaurant is located in the student district on Cowley Road and its prices reflect that – as Naylor proved, you can eat for less than £10 – but this is one restaurant where it’s truly worth splashing out a little.

Oli’s Thai is a must for anyone who loves South East Asian cuisine. You will need to book a while in advance but trust us, it’s worth the wait.

Where to eat in Oxford if you want breakfast

The name says it all. Whether you want to set yourself up for the day or just recover from last night, The Breakfast Club is the perfect place and its quirky decor is just as pleasing on the eye as its extensive brunch menu is to the taste buds.

Visitors are spoilt for choice – order a traditional full English, berry maple pancakes or go choose the ever-popular smashed avocado on rye. Vegetarians will be spoilt for choice, with dishes including butternut squash and asparagus omelettes and halloumi rocket wraps, plus the all-out veggie English breakfast.

Backseat Becky’s – a cocktail bar tucked away at the back of The Breakfast Club – is a must if you like your brunch with a drink.                                                                                   

Where to eat in Oxford if you want classic student food

Student food doesn’t get any better than this. Located on the Cowley Road, Big Society is a student’s paradise, with pulled pork, wings, burgers, hot dogs plus delicious Philly cheesesteaks, all cooked and dressed to perfection.

If you’re looking for something to wash this all down with (and we don’t blame you!) there’s an ample selection of craft beers and pale ales. All too often house ales are a disappointment, but Big Society’s are a treat – locally sourced and pleasantly dry.

The vibe is relaxed and the decor London-inspired – expect bunting, suspended bulbs and high-gloss white tiling which gives Big Society an urban feel. You could almost be in Shoreditch.

Where to eat in Oxford if you just can’t decide

Whether you’re a parent with a family of picky kids or out with a group of friends who can’t make their minds up, it can be tricky finding a restaurant that suits everyone without leaving you all out of pocket.

Lovers of authentic cuisine can enjoy a veritable feast at COSMO Oxford’s all you can eat world buffet. The menu boasts 150 dishes, from a classic English roasts to delicate sushi, all cooked by expert chefs.

A selection from the tasting kitchen is the ideal way to sample tapas-sized portions of all the main dishes – the best way to try all that the restaurant has to offer.

At COSMO you really can please everyone’s palate at an affordable price – just £8.50 for lunch on weekdays and half-price for kids under 150cm tall. If you’d like to eat well without breaking the bank, this is the place for you.

Where to eat in Bristol

There are restaurants, cafes and bars aplenty in Bristol, with something sure to suit every taste and every budget. If you’re new to the city or simply want to try something new, check out some of our favourite places to eat in Bristol.

Where to eat in Bristol for an authentic Mediterranean brunch

The Mediterranean Souk Kitchen is famous for having one of Bristol’s quirkiest brunch menus. Vegetarians and meat eaters alike will be delighted by their signature dish of shakshuka – eggs poached in a delicious spicy tomato sauce with onions and peppers.

There are plenty of other choices too – the menu is a well-curated selection of treats, with veggie and seafood options, including grilled Cornish sardines and mackerel and even the traditional full English with a Mediterranean twist.

No Souk Kitchen brunch would be complete without trying their astonishing speciality drink, the harissa Bloody Mary. There’s no excuse not to – a virgin version is available for non-drinkers and it’s every bit as delicious.

Where to eat in Bristol for succulent seafood

Elegant and distinguished, the Wallfish Bistro is an absolute must for seafood lovers visiting Bristol.

The Wallfish’s nibbles menu alone consists of four different varieties of oyster, served steamed, baked, fried, grilled and of course raw on the half shell, alongside dishes of radishes and the finest Sicilian nocellara olives.

Lunch at the Wallfish Bistro may be a little more costly than a few alternatives, but it’s worth it for freshly-caught lobster, squid and ray, flawlessly cooked and dressed with a glass of Kir on the side.

If you’ve got a sweet tooth, choose from a selection of decadent desserts including roast peaches with amaretto, platters of local cheese and scoops of homemade ice cream.

Where to eat in Bristol for artisan wine with your meal                                                                                                          

With its wooden floors and minimalist decor, Bar Buvette offers guests a truly Parisian feel despite its location less than a block from the River Avon.

This stylish bistro serves only biodynamic organic wines from a carefully curated selection of artisan producers, many of which cannot be found anywhere else in the UK.

Sample marinated artichokes, braised cuttlefish and a whole range of delectable cheeses and charcuterie, accompanied by jams made from owner Peter Taylor’s French orchard and sourdough from a local bakery. It’s an exquisite tapas-style dining experience.

If you’ve still got room after sampling all that Bar Buvette has to offer, round things off with a superb custard tart. You won’t regret it.

Where to eat in Bristol for Chinese food

Chefs prepare food from all eight regions of China and serve them in an all you can eat buffet format at COSMO Bristol, which earned the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2018.

COSMO offers food from a variety of cuisines from Japanese teppanyaki to a classic carvery, so guests who’d prefer to sample food from other countries will also be satisfied. If you really can’t make your mind up you can also try a multitude of dishes served in tiny portions from the tasting kitchen.

The buffet consists of metres of dishes and desserts as well as a full bar so you can enjoy a variety of alcoholic drinks and bottomless soft drinks alongside your meal. As if the spectacle of all that food wasn’t enough by itself, COSMO has live cooking stations so you can enjoy the spectacle of watching the experts at work.

Where to eat in Bristol if you’re vegetarian or vegan

Cafe Ronak is a delight. The cosy atmosphere of this family-run independent cafe is enough to make any guest stay for one more coffee, which is Ethiopian, fairtrade and sourced from Wogan Coffee, one of the most eminent artisan coffee importers in Bristol.

The cafe is equally good for all day breakfasts, brunches and lunches. It specialises in meze, including baba ganoush, falafels and homemade hummus, served alongside delicious salads. If you’re not a coffee fan, sample one of Cafe Ronak’s lovely fresh smoothies alongside your meal.

The cafe’s interior is rustic and if you visit in the summertime you can enjoy your food and drinks outside in a charming courtyard behind the cafe.


Where to eat in Manchester

Where to eat in Manchester for a touch of glamour

If you want a sophisticated evening out, then reserve a table at the renowned Australasia.

The striking glass prism shaped entrance leads down to a modern white, glossy interior with elegant driftwood arrangements.

The Australian food is as good-looking as the surroundings, combining European cooking traditions with Southeast Asian, Japanese and Indonesian food. Choose from small sharing plates or large plates like Chilean sea bass, Toban jang chicken breast or pot roasted lobster.

The desserts are extraordinary with candied ginger cheesecake and popcorn with peanut butter ice cream or coconut panna cotta with sesame and poppy seed tuile, all with perfect drink pairings. Understandably, the dessert menu will be hard to choose from so why not choose a bento box sharing selection with tasters of each?

The drinks list itself is vast with sake, Asian-inspired concoctions and fabulous cocktails to choose from.

Where to eat in Manchester if you want to spot a celebrity

A famous owner will always create a certain star attraction around a restaurant and ex-footballer Rio Ferdinand’s Rosso is no exception.

This grand venue is known for its famous clientele, hosting many Manchester United team parties over the years. The interior is rather imposing with celebrity pictures adorning the walls and classical features such as marble columns and a central dome on the ceiling.

The menu is varied, offering many classic Italian favourites. Rosso also has a ‘bambini menu’ with a wide selection of wholesome dishes for children.

This is a restaurant that might welcome celebrity guests, but stays true to its Northern roots and remains welcoming and unpretentious with a focus on high quality food for everyone.

Where to eat in Manchester if you are on a student budget

Dining out can put a strain on your finances, especially on a tight student budget. It’s hard when you are tempted into a restaurant only to discover that it costs the equivalent of your entire weekly food budget, without getting much food on your plate!).

However, everyone deserves a treat, especially when beans on toast becomes a bit monotonous. Luckily, COSMO Manchester comes to the rescue with a high quality and affordable dining experience. If you and your fellow students have a big appetite after lectures or before a night out, there is no better place to head than COSMO Manchester.  

With the new £1 million interior you will be dining in glamorous surroundings. The restaurant offers a global buffet menu of 160 dishes including Chinese, Indian, Japanese and a carvery so there will be something there for everyone. There is also an array of desserts in bite sized portions so you can try each one.

If you choose to go to COSMO for lunch, the bonus is that with so much delicious food on offer you may only need a light snack in the evening at home.

Look out for special student offers and you could get even more value for your money.

Where to eat in Manchester for the best Yorkshire steak

The reviews crowning Hawksmoor the king of steaks are reason enough to visit this powerhouse. The bold, dignified interior reflects the self-assured attitude of this restaurant with wooden flooring and wall panels alongside 1950s lights.

The mouth-watering steaks are signature dishes, using Yorkshire meat ‘dry aged’ for at least 28 days. There is also a selection of sauces on offer for your steak such as anchovy, stilton or classic peppercorn.

Sides include classic triple cooked homemade chips and delicious ‘dripping’ chips. For the ultimate comfort food you can even have a side of macaroni cheese.

For dessert you can choose the tongue-in-cheek ‘Ambassador’s Reception’ – a nod to the 1980s Ferrero Rocher advert – or you can opt for a traditional favourite like sticky toffee pudding.

Where to eat in Manchester if you want an authentic curry

Indian food restaurant Mughli is one of the city’s most popular restaurants with food bloggers and critics alike talking about it.

It manages to stand out from the crowd in the famous Rusholme Curry Mile. In fact, Mughli remains ahead – by a Curry Mile! – with the focus on Indian street food in sharing plates along with all the usual favourites.

India is of course a vibrant sub-continent with a huge variety of traditions, spices, ingredients and different ways of cooking. Choose from Kati rolls from Kolkata, starters from Delhi and snacks from Lahore and Shimla.

You can also choose from Indian inspired ‘twisted cocktails’ to add to a fun evening out.

For an Indian dining experience that appeals to diners of all tastes, ages and budgets, COSMO’s Indian selection should not be missed.

Where to eat in Manchester without derailing your diet

Kettlebell Kitchen specialises in high-protein, low-carb meals for anyone that wants to dine out but not break their fitness routine or healthy diet. Kettlebell proves that fast food doesn’t have to be junk food.

The food is so delicious it still feels like a treat to eat here. The menu features dishes such gluten free protein pizza, protein burgers in low-carb buns and mix-and-match ‘Kettleboxes’ where you can choose fish, lean meat, halloumi or tofu on a bed of sweet potato mash, cauliflower rice or others.