Restaurants, French

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3 Royal Terrace, Edinburgh, EH7 5AB

The name 21212 derives from its unusual menu concept, offering two choices for starter, main and dessert interspersed with soup and cheese (you can choose to have three, four or five courses). However, what’s truly original is chef Paul Kitching’s style…

Plumed Horse

50–54 Henderson Street, Edinburgh, EH6 6DE

To begin at the end – and a mighty fine end indeed, distinguished by desserts as delightful on the eye as the spoon. A vibrant gingerbread mousse contrasts with sweet, crunchy ‘rocks’ of honeycomb, a thing of true beauty. Then nougat parfait, delicately…

Café Marlayne

76 Thistle Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1EN

While Café Marlayne’s Antigua Street sibling plies the breakfast-through-dinner café-bistro trade, the Thistle Street branch is its ‘proper’ restaurant. It is bijou in both size and character, with tight tables, mirrored mosaics and a living-room feel…

The Kitchin

78 Commercial Quay, Edinburgh, EH6 6LX

Of course, you can melt the credit card with the tasting or seasonal menus at this ultra-slick Leith restaurant, but Tom Kitchin has also brought his Michelin-starred brand of fine dining to a refreshingly wide audience of food lovers. A set lunch menu…

Restaurant Martin Wishart

54 The Shore, Edinburgh, EH6 6RA

It’s more than that Michelin star. Restaurant Martin Wishart has a certain caché. It is a place to propose, to woo, to seal the deal. If it’s on the expense account, lucky you. If not, buy the ticket, take the ride: choose a tasting menu, with…

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Hotel du Vin Bistro

1 Devonshire Gardens, Glasgow, G12 0UX

Dress up for a night out at this bistro, situated in the luxury Hotel du Vin. A premiere address since it opened in 2006, the atmosphere is as refined and sophisticated as the menu. If you are feeling flash and want to experience the range of skills…

Brian Maule at Chardon d'Or

176 West Regent Street, Glasgow, G2 4RL

They have you from the warm brioche at Brian Maule at Chardon d’Or, as a veritable armoury of silver cutlery gleams on the brilliant white tablecloth, and waiting staff dressed head-to-toe in black scrape stray crumbs from tables. The cost of a…

Café St Honoré

34 North West Thistle Street Lane, Edinburgh, EH2 1EA

Venture down a cobbled New Town lane to find this romantic slice of Paris. With its wood panelling, black and white floor tiles and hazy old mirrors, the atmosphere is classic French brasserie. The food, however, is much more exciting. Under the…


16 Drummond Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9TX

Billing itself boldly as ‘Edinburgh’s most exciting eatery’, B’est has a lot to live up to, and somewhat inevitably falls short of its claim. Paintings of the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe and stencilled words en Français say ‘this is a French…

Brasserie Gerard - Berkhamsted

196 High Street, Berkhamsted, HP4 3BD

Brasserie Gérard is a group of French-style restaurants offering all-day dining across the UK. Underneath its huge wrought-iron chandeliers, this Berkhamsted branch has cosy booths and bistro-style tables and chairs which add to the warm intimacy of the…

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Café des Amis

11 - 14 Hanover Place, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9JP

Established for 30 years, Café des Amis is a Covent Garden icon for food excellence. Following the seasons with harmony, Café des Amis serves modern European cuisine with a twist of French; emphasising quality and simplicity. Gourmands and gourmets…

Café Marlayne

13 Antigua Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3NH

There are two Café Marlaynes: the bijou Thistle Street restaurant and the contrastingly informal Antigua Street branch, which is split into compact café and large dining room. The café does a standard line in coffee, croissants and chat, laptops and…

Café Rouge - Berkhamsted

296-298 High Street, Berkhamsted, HP4 1AH

With a combination of delicious food, great wines and a real ambience, Café Rouge has embodied the style and je ne sais quoi of French dining since it opened way back in 1989. Now with over 90 sites across the country it's just the place to mull over…

Café Rouge - Cambridge

24-26 Bridge Street, Cambridge, CB2 1UJ

With a combination of delicious food, great wines and a real ambience, Café Rouge has embodied the style and je ne sais quoi of French dining since it opened way back in 1989. Now with over 90 sites across the country it's just the place to mull over…

Castle Terrace

33/35 Castle Terrace, Edinburgh, EH1 2EL

When you emerge as the offshoot of a fairly flawless Michelin-starred restaurant there is only one way to avoid playing second fiddle. And that is, of course, to win your own star, which is exactly what Castle Terrace did in 2011, less than a year after…

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Galvin Brasserie de Luxe

Caledonian Hotel, Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2AB

2012 was a big year for the Caledonian Hotel. Bestowed with Waldorf Astoria branding and given a £24million makeover, its new brasserie from renowned London chefs Chris and Jeff Galvin (with ex-Number One at the Balmoral chef Craig Sandle in the…

Hotel du Vin Bistro

11 Bristo Place, Edinburgh, EH1 1EZ

Hotel du Vin has always sought to rise above its peers in the often-dubious chain-hotel restaurant business. Here, snuggled between the National Museum of Scotland and Edinburgh University’s central campus, it succeeds. Upon leaving the hectic churn of…

The Little French Restaurant

18 Hogarth Place, London, SW5 0QY

Tucked away in Earl's Court, The Little French Restaurant is a charmingly low-key restaurant serving home-made Gallic favourites in a cosy, romantic setting. The bright pink facade is hard to miss, but this offbeat little eatery has a rustic bonhomie…


278 West George Street, Glasgow, G2 4LL

While its name and menu might be nominally inspired by our cousins across the Channel, the brasserie at the Glasgow branch of boutique hotel chain Malmaison’s stock-in-trade is essentially upscale British gastronomy with French flourishes. Down a spiral…

Restaurant at Blythswood Square

11 Blythswood Square, Glasgow, G2 4AD

Situated in the former ballroom of the Royal Scottish Automobile Club, the restaurant in Blythswood Hotel feels grand but never unnecessarily opulent with its predominantly red and black décor, tasselled lampshades and comfortable sofas. Dining here is…

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Auberge - Mark Lane

56 Mark Lane, London, EC3R 7NE

A contemporary bar and restaurant, Auberge London serves brasserie-style French cuisine and classic Gallic inspired favourites. The impressive bar serves up international beer and an excellent wine list. With elegant 1920's Art Deco-style design…

Baby Grand

3–7 Elmbank Gardens, Glasgow, G2 4NQ

Tucked away behind the King's Theatre, this brasserie has been on the city restaurant scene for 20 years. The layout includes a long, thin bar with an open kitchen, a blackboard showing specials, quirky artworks and candles flickering on black tables.

La Bonne Auberge

161 West Nile Street, Glasgow, G1 2RL

Considerably nicer than a restaurant housed in the foyer of a middling chain hotel has any right to be, La Bonne Auberge has experienced a facelift in the last year, with previously fussy décor disposed of for a more contemporary-feeling retro-modern…

Brasserie Gerard - Henley

40 Hart Street, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 2AU

Light, bright and airy with a diverse range of menus, Brasserie Gérard Henley is the perfect place to experience the French tradition of all-day dining. At Brasserie Gérard, the staff believe in serving fresh food of the highest quality and providing…

Brasserie Gerard - Oxford

41-47 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2BE

Part of a popular nationwide chain, this Oxford branch of Brasserie Gérard has a chic, informal ambience perfectly suited to its diverse menu of French brasserie dishes. Classics such as steaks-frites and bouef bourgignon are served alongside Morrocan…