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18 Restaurants To Visit In The UK If You Absolutely Love A View

Kill two birds with one stone with these restaurants.

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1. Swan, Shakespeare's Globe, London

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Eat the Bard himself out of house and home at this historic eatery with a view. Dine on simple but elegant food prepared by executive chef Allan Pickett while watching the sun set over St. Paul's.

2. Six, Newcastle

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Perched on the top of the BALTIC, a converted flour mill turned contemporary art museum, Six offers panoramic views over the River Tyne as well as sustainable local food.

3. The Fleece Countryside Inn, Yorkshire

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Stop off on your ramble at this award-winning pub and restaurant, which overlooks the rolling hills of the Ryburn Valley in Yorkshire.

4. Manchester House, Manchester

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The aptly named Manchester House is one classy establishment. If you can, tear yourself away from chef Aiden Byrne's food and head out for a cocktail on the balcony where you can look out over the city.

5. Panoramic 34, Liverpool

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One of the UK's highest restaurants, Panoramic 34 offers 360-degree views over the River Mersey and the city.

6. Galvin at Windows, London

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Blow the budget at this Michelin-starred fine-dining restaurant from chef patron Chris Galvin. Situated at the fancy London Hilton on Park Lane, the balcony has views across Canary Wharf, the London Eye, and Hyde Park – and you can even give a wave to Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace.

7. The French Horn, Reading

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Just outside of the city of Reading in the pretty Sonning-on-Thames, this stunning restaurant-cum-hotel is a countryside idyll.

8. The Trout Inn, Oxford

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This riverside pub is a must-visit for lovers of a genteel river view and literary and TV fans alike, thanks to its appearances in Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited and the Inspector Morse series.

9. Brasserie 44, Leeds

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Only a short walk from the city centre, this family-run restaurant sits on the Calls waterfront, making it the perfect place for a canal shot. Bonus points: It offers a complimentary lunchtime chauffeur collection service if you want to arrive in style.

10. Chaophraya, Edinburgh

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Take in the majesty of the Scottish capital from above at this rooftop Thai restaurant where you can take in a view of iconic Edinburgh castle and Arthur's Seat.

11. The Scarlet, Cornwall

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The Scarlet hotel in Cornwall isn't just a great option for a stay by the seaside, it's also a place to enjoy some exceptional food. Savour a three-course dinner before heading down to the beach to walk it off.

12. Pizza Tipi, Cardigan, Wales

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Run by four brothers, Pizza Tipi does what it says on the tin: serves wood-fired pizzas in a riverside tipi in Wales.

13. The Metropole Hotel, Cornwall

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The Metropole Hotel's view stretches out across the endless sandbanks of the pretty Cornish harbour town of Padstow.

14. Gaucho Tower Bridge, London

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Enjoy a steak dinner while presiding over one of London's most iconic sights and the capital's contemporary City Hall at Gaucho in Tower Bridge.

15. Jamie Oliver's Fifteen, Cornwall

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While you may come here for the celebrity chef connection, you'll come back again for the view. Overlooking a two-mile stretch of Watergate Bay, this eatery is an ideal spot for some people-watching. As an added bonus, the restaurant is in fact a charity-run operation and has its own apprenticeship programme so you could be eating food made by the next naked chef.

16. River Exe Cafe, Devon

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Why take in the views of the Exe Estuary from the bay when you could do it from the middle of the water while enjoying locally sourced seafood on a floating barge? Well, you can do just that at the River Exe Cafe which can only be reached by water taxi.

17. The Hidden Hut, Cornwall

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Sometimes the best restaurants aren't the flashiest ones. The Hidden Hut is a small hut in a secluded location above Porthcurnick Beach on the south coast of Cornwall. It serves simple treats by day, but, on select evenings of the year, you can enjoy a verifiable seafood-based feast while watching the sun set.

18. The Auberge, Guernsey


Perched on the southeast tip of the second largest Channel Island, the Auberge overlooks the main town as well as the nearby island of Sark.

Hungry for a view? Bookmark Visit Britain for more information on the best vistas, restaurants, and things to do while you're visiting.