London's Best Bring Your Own Restaurants
All In London's list of London's best Bring Your Own Restaurants
Are you fed up of the ludicrous cost of wine in restaurants? Of course you are, how can Campo Viejo Rioja be £7 in Tescoís and an inferior bottle cost over £20 when eating out?
This nifty profit-maker means that few restaurants advertise that you can take your own wine, but it seems that in some cases if you ask nicely enough theyíll allow you to, albeit for a corkage fee and occasionally a minimum spend.
But if you've had it with paying through the nose for wine with... a good nose; then take a look at our list of best Bring Your Own restaurants in London.
44 Westbourne Grove W2 5SHThese two restaurants in West Kensington and Bayswater have a great reputation among Iranians, who flock here for the great value grilled kebabs. There is no corkage fee for BYOB.
Corrigans Mayfair 8/10Our Rating
28 Upper Grosvenor Street W1K 7PFTake your own bottle to Richard Corrigan's exceptional British restaurant on Monday nights. If you eat in the bar there is no charge for corkage, and if you drop it off before your meal they'll even chill it for you.
11-13 Abingdon Road W8 6AHTake your own bottle to Kitchen W8 any night of the week, however there is a whopping £20 corkage charge (with the exception of Sunday evening, when itís free). The Michelin-starred menu has fancy dishes like veal with caramelised cauliflower and ravioli of tiger prawns and slow cooked octopus.
Food For Thought
31 Neal Street WC2H 9PRFood for Thought is a veteran vegetarian restaurant, serving healthy food with plenty of options for vegans. There is no corkage fee when you take your own wine.
Diwana Bhel Poori House 6/10Our Rating
121-123 Drummond Street NW1 2HLThis veggie Indian restaurant gets very busy indeed, as food is delivered quickly and prices are low. There is no licence for alcohol so you can take your own, something which also contributes to keeping the costs down.
Hawksmoor Seven Dials 9/10Our Rating
11 Langley Street WC2H 9JALondonís favourite steakhouse lets you take your own wine on a Monday night for a £5 corkage fee. The top notch meat comes from Longhorn cattle traditionally reared and dry-aged for at least 35 days, in other words, itís delicious. The BYOB offer also applies to their Guildhall, Air Street and Spitalfields branches.
46 Golborne Road W10 5PRThe decor is Moroccan, but the menu is French. From Sunday to Friday their prix fixe menu is £25 for three courses (including escargots, beef tartare and grilled lamb tenderloin with pomegranate molasses), and there is no corkage fee when you take your own wine.
33 D'arblay Street Soho W1F 8EUThe Soho branch of this cafť isnít licenced but you can take your own alcohol. Food is of the stodgy, comforting variety; think pancakes, burgers, burritos and wraps, as well as classic puds like sticky toffee pudding and bannofee pie.
Bintang 7/10Our Rating
93 Kentish town road NW1 8NYThis Pan-Asian restaurant on Camden Road serves quality, tasty dishes at affordable prices, and is small and quirky enough for a date. It's unlicensed, so take your own booze or pop into the off licence next door.
149 Westbourne Grove W11 2RSThis amusingly titled restaurant offers classic Gallic favourites at very cheerful prices. The set three course dinner is £23 and you can choose dishes like ProvenÁale mussels, parmentier of duck confit and slow cooked lamb shank. Take your own wine from Sunday to Tuesday and donít pay for corkage (although if you eat between 5pm and 7pm Monday to Friday you get a free bottle with your meal).