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The UK's Best Private Dining Rooms

Dine in style in one of TOAST favourite private dining rooms across the UK

Private dining rooms may sound super flash, but they are becoming an increasingly accessible and popular way to eat out. Whether it’s a special occasion or just a catch up with a big group of friends; having your own space in which to eat, relax and enjoy the evening in privacy is an absolute delight. From Michelin-starred dining to all-out glamour, these restaurants will help you celebrate in style…



Bob Bob Ricard, London

The décor at Bob Bob Ricard is superb – the private dining room itself has been modeled on none other than the Royal dining carriage on the Orient Express. It’s not gimmicky or obvious, it is just incredibly glamorous, with an opulent art deco style throughout. The menu is mouth watering – caviar, vodka and oysters are the specialty, but there is also a full a la carte featuring dishes such as pork belly, salmon tartare and lobster macaroni and cheese. Quite possibly best of all however – is the button within your private dining room which simply says ‘Press For Champagne’. Bliss.

Seats 10-16, minimum spend of £1000

1 Upper James Street, London W1F 9DF

Bob Bob Ricard

Bob Bob Ricard

The River Restaurant at The Lowry Hotel, Manchester

The private dining room at The Lowry is light, airy and elegant, mainly thanks to the glass windows on all sides overlooking the river. From the room there is also direct access to the top end of The Terrace - Manchester’s longest bar terrace, plus you also get exclusive use of the hotel’s cosy Library (a sort of snug bar) for pre or post dinner drinks. Private dining room guests can work with the Executive Head Chef in order to create their own bespoke menu; the most expensive dinner they’ve had was £350.00 per head, but there’s also the option of the Chef’s Choice Menu which is only £24.95 per person for three courses.

Seats up to 24

£350 exclusive hire, which includes the use of the library for pre or post drinks

50 Dearmans Place, Chapel Wharf, Manchester. M3 5LH

The Lowry Hotel

The Lowry Hotel PDR 2

Artisan, Manchester

Enjoy rustic dishes, including steak, pizza and pulled pork burgers, in industrial surroundings at Artisan, which boasts three private dining areas. Seating up to 30, the Gallery is the latest addition to the 12,000 sq ft space. A giant armchair at the head of a huge medieval-style banqueting table is the ideal perch for the guest of honour.

Avenue North, 18-22 Bridge Street, Manchester M3 3BZ

Artisan.uk.com

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The Vincent, Liverpool

Trendy hotspot The Vincent is owned by footballer Steven Gerrard MBE, and so Liverpool’s A-list can often be found here on a Friday night. The private dining room is reminiscent of a high-end nightclub – the floor, walls and dramatically long dining table are all sophisticated dark colours, but there is also adjustable lighting so that you can get the mood just right. You can also choose your own soundtrack too. Another fun feature is that the room can be either completely private with the doors closed, or you can leave them open and allow the unobtrusive buzz of the restaurant sneak in.

Seats 8-14, £50pp minimum spend for an evening booking.

Walker House, Exchange Flags, Liverpool, L2 3YL

www.vincentcafeandcocktailbar.com

The Vincent Liverpool

The Old Bicycle Shop, Cambridge

Housed in a former bike shop reputed to have supplied Charles Darwin with a set of wheels, the Granta Room (named after a brand of bicycle that was built by Howes' Cycles who used to occupy the site) is a homely yet stylish space above The Old Bicycle Shops’ main restaurant. There are colour-popping sofas and chairs, lovely worn wooden floors and an impressive central mantelpiece. Head chef Dale Griffith and his team offer a broad menu, ranging from hearty bistro classics such as flat iron steak, chips and béarnaise, to lighter vegan dishes such as smoked tofu, tarka dahl and a chickpea pancake, so there really is something for everyone.

Seats up to 18, minimum spend of £350

104 Regent Street, Cambridge, CB2 1DP

www.oldbicycleshop.com

Granta Room Old Bicycle Shop

The Roundhouse at the Pig on the Beach, Dorset

The various Pigs are renowned for their fantastic food and the Pig on the Beach is no exception. The Round House is a unique, intimate and wonderfully rustic thatched summerhouse nestled in grounds just by the kitchen garden, with spectacular views over Bournemouth and Old Harry Rocks. Inside it is fully heated; the table is an ‘up-cycled’ wine barrel end from a French vineyard, surrounded by antique gothic chairs. The kitchen offers a unique menu inspired by the kitchen garden, using the best and local produce available on the day and all the food is served to share, in the middle of the table, giving a real fun and unique dining experience.

Seats 8-12, with a minimum spend of £360 on food plus 12.5% service charge.

Manor House, Manor Road, Studland, Dorset, BH19 3AU

www.thepighotel.com

Round House At The Pig

The Salt Room, Brighton

The private dining space at the Salt Room is understated, elegant and has wonderful sea views thanks to the floor to ceiling glass windows that cover two sides of the room. Located on the mezzanine area of the restaurant, the room has curtains so can be made as private as you like. The atmosphere, like most of Birghton, is friendly and informal. Modern, fresh seafood is the catch of the day here, such as coal-roasted scallops with black garlic and bacon, and whole bream with Thai spices, cashews and chilli. Meat eaters fear not – there is steak on the menu too.

Seats up to 14, minimum spend depends on the day with prices from £40-£70 per person.

106 King's Rd, Brighton, BN1 2FU

www.saltroom-restaurant.co.uk

Salt Room Private Dining Room

131, Cheltenham

131 is a slice of super stylish yet relaxed boutique chic, right on the main promenade in Cheltenham, overlooking a pretty expanse of park. The interior is like a New York bar / club house; beautiful vintage tiles, quirky artworks, squishy grey sofas and splashes of antique chic can make you want to stay here for hours, if not days. Crazy Eights is the main restaurant here, with four unique private dining rooms, including one tucked away behind curtains made from Indian palace blankets, and another in a little library with opulent velvet armchairs. The seasonal menu is fresh and filled with classics, but by no means boring: Beef Wellington (to share), lobster and chips and the 131 Fish Pie all hit the spot. 

Seats 4-12, no charge

131 The Promenade, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL50 1NW

www.no131.com

Lucky Onion 131 0549

Fifteen by Jamie Oliver, Cornwall

Jamie Oliver’s Cornish venture is an award-winning restaurant and social enterprise, with all profits going to the Cornwall Food Foundation. The private dining room here is known as The Garage (thanks to its sliding ‘garage’ style door); it’s a fun and colourful space located at the very end of the restaurant with one window looking into the restaurant, and the other a floor-to-ceiling window with the most incredible panoramic views over Watergate Bay. The food here is top notch, and an honest celebration of Cornish produce and the freshest seafood; think wood-fired monkfish with inzimino di ceci and ‘Nduja, and Cornish lamb, baby gem, olive and tomato. The five course tasting menu with wine pairing is not to be missed.  

Seats a minimum of 10, no charge (less then 10 people and there is a supplement).

 Fifteen Cornwall, On The Beach, Watergate Bay, Cornwall, TR8 4AA

www.fifteencornwall.co.uk 

15 Cornwall PDR

The River Café London

Considered one of the best restaurants in London, The River Café sits perched on the banks of the Thames and serves up the finest Italian fare this side of Venice. The private dining room here has its own entrance and views onto the riverside terrace through pretty patio doors whilst another door, which leads to the main restaurant, gives a glimpse of the expert kitchen in full swing. The room itself is light and contemporary; the walls are bright white and adorned with colourful artworks and rows of books, and at one end of the room is an incredibly impressive (and mouth watering) glass-door cheese fridge. The food offering here is set menus of a varying courses, depending on how decadent you are feeling.

Seats up to 18, dinner minimum spend £1000. 3 courses £90, 4 course £105, 5 courses £120.

Thames Wharf, Rainville Rd, London W6 9HA

www.rivercafe.co.uk

Daphne’s, London

This Chelsea favourite is named after theatre agent Daphne Rye, who discovered Richard Burton. The bright and airy conservatory with its retractable roof makes a great spot for an Italian summer lunch, while an open fire comes in handy for Christmas celebrations. Seats up to 40.

112 Draycot Avenue, London SW3 3AE

www.daphnes-restaurant.co.uk

Daphnes

Midsummer House, Cambridge

With two Michelin stars, five AA Rosette awards and a no. 2 ranking in the Sunday Times’ round-up of best UK restaurants to its name, Midsummer House is a no-brainer for that really special occasion. The private dining room, which can accommodate from seven to 16 guests, is a suitably lavish affair, featuring button upholstered velvet dining chairs and handmade crystal chandeliers.

Midsummer Common, Cambridge CB4 1HA, Price on request

www.midsummerhouse.co.uk

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