Team Talent Hives' Top Picks: Must-Visit Restaurants in England
England's culinary scene has evolved remarkably over the years, making it a paradise for food lovers and connoisseurs alike. The country has something to satisfy every palate, with an array of restaurants offering a wide variety of cuisine, from traditional English fare to exotic international delights.
In 2022, England was voted the destination with the best food, with 39 per cent of voters saying the classic roast dinner was their favourite meal. They're not wrong!
In this article, Team Talent Hive shares their top picks of must-visit restaurants that showcase the best of England’s hospitality.
A Journey Through Taste and Tradition
From bustling city centres to serene countryside settings, England’s food scene is as diverse as it is delicious.
The iconic roast dinner, a sumptuous feast of roasted meat, potatoes, vegetables, and the indispensable Yorkshire pudding, has been a staple of English cuisine for centuries.
Today, the culinary landscape is dotted with establishments pushing the boundaries of traditional cooking, offering gastronomic experiences that are both unique and memorable.
Our Top Picks
Let's explore England's culinary delights, guided by the recommendations of our team members who haveexperienced and loved these places firsthand.
The Best of London
London is not just England's capital; it's a vibrant, bustling metropolis known for its historical landmarks,cultural diversity, and, of course, its world-class food scene.
From gourmet Michelin-starred restaurants to quaint street food stalls, London offers a gastronomicadventure like no other. This city brings together flavours from around the world, creating a melting pot of culinary delights that cater to all tastes and preferences.
City Social: Nestled on the 24th floor, City Social offers breathtaking views of London, creating a mesmerising ambience complemented by great music and lighting. Adrian Pate celebrated his 40th birthday here and described the food and service as impeccable. It's a top choice for anyone seeking a dining experience that is as visually stunning as it is delicious.
Maxwell's Bar & Grill: Discovered by Vicki Francis, this Covent Garden gem captures the essence of an American diner, offering fresh and tasty food. Don't miss out on their famous Freak shakes for an indulgent treat.
Birmingham's Dining Delights
Birmingham stands proudly as England’s second-largest city and has a food scene to match its stature.
Known for its industrial heritage, the city has transformed into a lively, diverse hub with a rich array of culinary offerings ranging from traditional English fare to international cuisine.
Tattu: Leonie Martin recommends this spot for its cool décor, exquisite food, and exceptional cocktails. To beat the weekend rush, she suggests visiting midweek for lunch.
The New Talbot: For a taste of the best curry in the West Midlands, Danny Bates points you to
Quinton. The restaurant’s stunning design and friendly staff make it an unforgettable experience.
Carters of Moseley: Chloe Hand applauds the unique service style at Carters, where the food is outstanding and the atmosphere is warm and welcoming. Keep an eye out for their new Birmingham venue.
Rudy's Pizza: A haven for pizza lovers, Drew Tanner recommends trying the Triple Pepperoni with Hot Honey at this Brindley Place hotspot.
Countryside Retreats and Family Favourites
The English countryside is adored the world over with rolling hills, lush fields, and picturesque villages. It offers a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, complete with some extraordinary farm-totable dining experiences.
The Barn At Berryfields: This is Ryan Sedgewick’s pick for farm-to-fork dining, complete with a beautiful restaurant, outdoor tepee, and an attached farm shop.
The Farm, Monkspath: Recommended by Emma Tovey, this family-friendly spot has an outdoor space for kids and pets, delicious food, and even treats for your furry friends.
Herbert's Yard, Longbridge: A part of the Digbeth Dining Club, Steph Vaughan and her family love this spot for its friendly atmosphere, great drinks, and fantastic food.
The Bell, Belbroughton: Ashley Smith suggests visiting this welcoming spot where the staff ensures you have a smile on your face from the moment you walk in until you leave.
Cosy Coastal Eats
The English coast boasts stunning landscapes, fresh sea breeze, and panoramic views, providing a unique setting for many traditional and inventive dining experiences.
Watergate Bay: Will Gennard raves about this kid-friendly, dog-friendly spot that offers everything
from amazing waffles for breakfast to surf lessons and beachside burgers.
Get Out and Explore
There you have it — a diverse selection of restaurants and eateries across England that our team loves and recommends. Whether you're seeking stunning views, unique dining experiences, or simply a warm and friendly atmosphere, these recommendations have something for you.
So, go ahead and embark on your culinary adventure, and don't forget to share your experiences with us!