UK residents love a good diner, but which ones come out on top of all others? We take a quick glance at the four most popular restaurants, based on the number of visitors. This article deliberately leaves out fast food chains and concentrates on restaurants that serve full meals. If you don’t find the likes of Nandos and Gourmet Burger Kitchen in this list, therefore, do not rush to throw stones. Such establishments need a separate article of their own.
Located in Notting Hill, Core is one eatery that uniquely underlines British food culture. It entered the top four list for just the first time in 2018, but it doesn’t look like it will be letting go of its place anytime soon.
Chef Clare Smyth, the leading female chef in the UK, is in charge of proceedings here.
This is a Chinese eatery located in Pimlico, London. It prides itself in serving up to ten different dishes, to offer a ‘taste of China.’ Its popularity stands, despite that, it closes down between 2.30 pm and 5.30 pm in the afternoon.
This eatery in Mayfair is famous for the servings from its bar and grill. It is a relatively new outlet, barely three years in the market but already causing significant ripples. The restaurant’s name is a Spanish word meaning ‘flavour’, and it does indeed live up to it.
It is owned by Nieves Barragan, a famous chef, who propelled Barrafina to the top spot on this list in 2015. You get the feeling that Sabor will soon be pushing for the first position.
Top spot goes to this little piece of brilliance located in Soho, London. Kiln is a tiny Thai restaurant, that offers sitting for just twelve people in an open design. Diners can look on as chefs prepare their meals, and enjoy the company of the friendly staff here.
However, they don’t get to hang out for too long, because there always are other patrons seeking a seat. Kiln serves a variety of dishes, but the most popular is the curried crab and the guinea fowl jungle curry.
The outlet is owned by Ben Chapman, himself a chef and a worker here.
The difference in the nationality of leading restaurants again underlines the diversity of dishes in the UK.