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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

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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.

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