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Ten Great BYOB Restaurants in London





Eating out in London can end up being an expensive affair, and if you would like to share a good-quality bottle of wine with your dinner-date to compliment your meal, the exciting and mouth-watering prospect of eating out can become something of a rarity. This is a huge shame, considering the excellent cuisine our fantastic capital has to offer. With this firmly in mind, we have chosen the ten best restaurants who offer BYOB (Bring Your Own Bottle) so that you can keep the costs down while enjoying the culinary delights that London has to offer (and with any luck a bottle of wine from us!).
 
“Wine makes a symphony of a good meal”.
Fernande Garvin, ‘The Art of French Cooking
 
 
Hawksmoor Seven Dials
 
 Hawksmoor Seven Dials
 
 “There really is such a thing as a British steak house”
Jay Rayner, The Guardian
 
This excellent steak restaurant has received rave reviews from almost every restaurant critic, and with good reason too. The steaks are out of this world, and the wine list is pretty incredible too (one of the founders, Will Beckett, is award-winning food and drink journalist Fiona Beckett’s son). Hawksmoor partake in “Monday Wine Club”, where you can bring your own bottle for a small corkage charge of £5: ideal for those days when you want to splurge on a steak but don’t want the extra charge of buying a bottle in a restaurant. As Hawksmoor wittingly note, “For maximum value bring a Nebuchadnezzar or Champagne and a Balthazar of Burgundy – there will be just £5 corkage on each”. If you’re going for a steak, which we’ll presume you will do, we’d recommend a Malbec or a red Bordeaux. With locations all around London and one now in Manchester, you are spoilt for choice, but you can’t beat Hawksmoor Seven Dials for location. A Convent Garden fruit warehouse was converted into this meat lover’s safe haven. Plus, if you’re not one for big slabs of delicious steak, they offer your fair share of crab and lobster too. Bon appétit!

www.thehawksmoor.com
 
Available: Mondays
Corkage charge: £5
Phone: 02074209390
Address: 11 Langley Street, London, WC2H 9JG
 

The Golden Hind
 
Having celebrated its 100th birthday in 2014, this fish and chip institution has been selling fish to the residents of Marylebone for a very long time: no surprise then that the fish is excellent. This wonderful restaurant does not serve alcohol, and there’s no corkage charge. Take advantage of this and spend a little bit more on your bottle: try a wonderful Chablis from its homeland Burgundy or a Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine from the Loire Valley. Delicious!
 
No website
 
Available: every day
Corkage charge: none
Phone: 02074863644
Address: 73 Marylebone Lane, Marylebone, London, W1U 2PN
 
 
Hix Oyster and Chop House
 
 Hix Oyster and Chop House
 
Located a stone’s throw from Smithfield, London’s iconic meat market, this revered restaurant from Mark Hix’s (the former executive chef of the Ivy) empire in Farringdon offers BYO on a Monday free of charge. There’s more to Hix than oysters and chops, with Timeout recommending their roast free-range Goosnargh chicken with wild garlic sauce. However, the chops and oysters take centre stage, and both are excellent. Go for a veal chop and match with a New Zealand Pinot Noir.
 
www.hixoysterandchophouse.co.uk
 
Available: Monday
Corkage charge: none
Phone: 020 7017 1930
Address: 36-37 Greenhill Rents, Cowcross Street, London, EC1M 6BN
 
 
Tagine
 
This wonderful Moroccan restaurant is the perfect BYOB for those of you south of the river. It has a delicious range of fruit cocktails, as well as shisha. It does not offer alcohol but corkage is free. Both the décor and cuisine is traditional: the tagines steal the show, and each arrives in your personal tagine pot for that extra special, authentic touch. Top off the evening with a Southern Italian red such as a Nero d’Avola or a Rioja.
 
www.zizoutagine.com
 
Available: Everyday
Corkage charge: none
Phone: 02086757604
Address: 3 Fernlea Road, Balham, London, SW12 9RT
 
 
Bonnie Gull Seafood Shack
 
Bonnie Gull Seafood Shack is a quintessentially British Seafood shack, whose menu changes daily to showcase the mornings’ catch. The seafood is 100% British and responsibly sourced. Originally a pop-up restaurant inspired by the simple, unassuming restaurants that populate our British coastal towns, Bonnie Gull Seafood Shack is a popular choice among fish loving London foodies and the crab is a particular favourite. Choose a Sancerre or Pouilly Fumé to pair with your crab, or splash out with some Champagne with any of their three oysters on offer for a wine and food match made in heaven.
 
www.bonniegull.com
 
Available: Sundays
Corkage charge: none
Phone: 02031220047
Address: 21A Foley Street, London, W1W 6DS
 
 
The Breakfast Club, Soho
 
This popular breakfast jaunt often has long queues outside at brunch time on a weekend, and its original location in Soho doesn’t sell alcohol and corkage is free. Don’t fancy the queue or a drink at brunch? It is open all day with a slightly smaller than normal breakfast selection alongside its main menu in the evening, so why not visit it in the afternoon/evening to see what the fuss is all about. Bring along a bottle of Prosecco and have breakfast in style.
 
www.thebreakfastclubcafes.com
 
Available: Everyday
Corkage charge: none
Phone: 02074342571
Address: 33 D’Arblay Street, London, W1F 8EU
 
 
Foxlow
 
The recently opened Foxlow in Stoke Newington is its second branch (the first is near Smithfield Market) and the little brother to the Hawksmoor Empire. Called ‘your friendly neighbourhood restaurant’ on its website, the quality of meat doesn’t disappoint (like Hawksmoor, it is from the Ginger Pig), and the rest of the menu isn’t half bad either. As Timeout said, “It has one of those menus on which everything looks appealing and makes you think: how hard can it be, this restaurant lark?” Try the Foxlow Fried Chicken with a German Kabinett.
 
www.foxlow.co.uk
 
Available: Tuesday
Corkage charge: £5
Phone: 02074816377
Address: 71-73 Church Street, Stoke Newington, London, N16 0AS
 
 
Tayyabs
 
 Tayyabs
 
Founded in 1972, Tayyabs is a London institution serving excellent quality Punjabi cuisine. A family-run restaurant, this Whitechapel restaurant has an extensive menu, but the lamb chops are a house favourite. We couldn’t have a list of BYOB’s without the classic curry house, and this one has a superb quality of food. Take a break from wine and bring a beer with you.
 
www.tayyabs.co.uk
 
Available: Everyday
Corkage charge: none
Phone: 02072479543
Address: 83-89 Fieldgate St, E1 1JU
 
 
Little Georgia
 
This popular Bethnal Green hangout is, as its name implies, particularly small, but it is a delightful, relaxed restaurant with quirky Georgian decor. With influences from both Europe and Asia, this rarely looked at cuisine really shines through at Little Georgia. Homely, mouth-wateringly good eastern European dishes are fantastic, and the meze platter is particularly good. Bring along a well-chilled fino sherry or a Provençal-style rosé.
 
www.littlegeorgia.co.uk
 
Available: Everyday
Corkage charge: none
Phone: 02077398154
Address: 87 Goldsmith’s Row, London, E2 8QR

Soif
 
Soif
 
“If anything, the third outpost of the team behind the acclaimed Terroirs and Brawn is better even than its predecessors”.
John Lanchester, The Guardian
 
With a menu that’s written daily, this French restaurant has brilliant pedigree, coming from the creators of the ever popular Terroirs in Charing Cross and Brawn in Hackney. The wine list is long and full of niche, small independent producers, but BYO is available on Mondays so you can save those extra pounds and bring your own. With a menu that focuses around (though is not exclusive to) meats and with a diverse selection of charcuterie and full flavoured mains, a red Bordeaux is a safe bet. 
 
www.soif.co
 
Available: Mondays
Corkage charge: none
Phone: 02072231112
Address: 27 Battersea Rise, London, SW11 1HG

 
Tempted by a more wine-focused evening? Overwhelmed by the huge choice of watering holes out capital have to offer? Here is our selection of the Ten Great Wine Bars in London.
 
From wine-centric restaurants to historic bars, I can tell you this for certain: their wine lists are extensive and excellent and you are guaranteed to find (at least!) one you’ll fall in love with.
 
 

Written by: Lucy Prosser

Lucy Prosser 

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