Best Private Dining Rooms in the UK

Private dining rooms in London

Jeru, Mayfair

Mayfair hotspot for pan-Mediterranean dishes such as charcoal-roasted aubergine with spiced lentil ragu and pine nuts or sea bass, roe, cucumber salsa and lemon tahini. Dining privately, these can be enjoyed in the incredible garden – a bucolic indoor space where you can eat under a gorgeously lit canopy of greenery – or the glitzy Sapphire Room. From £99pp;

Interiors at Jeru restaurant in London, featuring a large tree and green plant feature wall

Kerridge’s Bar & Grill, Corinthia

This beautiful room at Tom Kerridge’s Corinthia hotel restaurant includes a kitchen range where his chefs cook dishes for up to 16 guests, sharing stories and techniques as they work. Guests select a set menu from options that, for mains, might include beef wellington, clotted cream mash, red wine sauce and garlic roasted Hispi. Alternatively, the GBM menu (£350pp with wine pairings) features head chef Nick Beardshaw’s competition dishes, including his winning Orkney scallop, Thai green velouté, salty fingers (like samphire but plumper), cucumber and Exmoor caviar. From £150pp;

Sophisticated private Dining Room at Kerridge’s Bar & Grill, London

Enoteca Turi, Sloane Square

Home to a legendary Italian wine collection, part of which is displayed in its 28-seat wine cellar and PDR. Staff expertly guide guests through the list, including 20 wines by the glass. Dishes on the PDR menus (three/four courses) might include Sicilian red Mazara prawn carpaccio, burrata and purple basil, or braised venison with canederli dumpling and red cabbage. From £75pp;

Two Italian meat dishes and a glass of red wine on a white tablecloth

Hide, Mayfair

From Ollie Dabbous’ theatrical nest egg, a delicious combo of egg, mushroom and smoked butter served in an eggshell nestling in hay, to the remarkable staircase that curves between floors at this Michelin starred restaurant, exceptional design is evident in every detail. Want to feel like an A-lister? Park in the underground car park and take the private lift to the light-filled Hide & Seek (up to 24 people). Want greater intimacy? Book one of the chic basement vault rooms for two to eight people. Lunch/dinner from £90pp;

Below shadow room at Hide in London

Bao Noodle Shop, Shoreditch

The Shoreditch noodle shop includes a basement PDR (six to 14 people) with its own service call button and 62” TV screen for your favourite films. Larger parties could take the whole floor, including the adjacent bar and karaoke room. Dishes on the group menu include the star dish of Taiwanese-style noodles in a 12-hour broth, with beef short-rib and cheek, greens and spiced beef butter. £35pp;

Bao Noodle Shop's basement private dining room (six to 14 people) with its own service call button and 62” TV screen

The Pie Room @ Holborn Dining Room, Holborn

By day this is where Nokx Majozi’s team creates peerless pies, pâté en croûtes and pithiviers for the Holborn Dining Room. By night eight-to-10 people can eat in the Pie Room, from a menu that includes pie options such as curried mutton with mango salsa and curry sauce, or beef cheek and celeriac suet pudding with bone marrow gravy. £95pp;

The pie room, a private dining room at Holborn Dining Room

The Viñoly Room @ Fenchurch, Sky Garden

Atop architect Rafael Viñoly’s famous Walkie-Talkie skyscraper you will find Sky Garden, a remarkable green space offering panoramic city views. At rooftop restaurant, Fenchurch, Anguilla-born chef Kerth Gumbs fuses his fine dining expertise with Caribbean influences in dishes such as pan-seared sea bass with salt cod, avocado, tomato, Gungo peas and wasabi tobiko (fish roe) or, on the tasting menu, his signature johnny cake (fried bread) with picked crab, scotch bonnet mayo and roe. Sixteen people can savour Kerth’s food and the view in the Viñoly Room. From £90pp;

The Sky Garden Private Dining Room, a green space featuring panoramic London city views

Ikoyi, 180 Strand

In its interior décor, as in its blend of West African seasonings, Euro techniques and British produce (think turbot, crab bisque, egusi miso), Ikoyi is a dining experience of rare quality. Designed by Copenhagen’s Studio David Thulstrup, the dining room, all sleek curves and warm copper and oak tones, includes a six-person private table in a beautifully lit recess. From £180pp;

Ikoyi's private dining room, featuring sleek curves and warm copper and oak tones, includes a six-person private table

Curious Kudu, Peckham

At night, this Peckham art gallery transforms into a boho PDR for its acclaimed neighbour, Kudu restaurant. Expect a menu of South African-influenced sharing dishes such as magwenya-style black pudding donuts or braai-grilled lamb with pink peppercorn rosemary jus. £82pp;

A Peckham art gallery transformed into a boho PDR for its acclaimed neighbour, Kudu restaurant.

Bar Rioja, King’s Cross

Showcasing the wines of Rioja, this King’s X bar is available for private hire (28 people) and you can fold in tastings with owner-enthusiast, Richard Bigg. Dishes run from the classic Basque pintxo, gilda (a skewer of anchovy, pickled pepper and green olive) to slow-braised, roasted Segovian suckling pig with celeriac purée and amontillado sherry jus. Prices vary;

Rustic Andalusian-style bar with wooden furnishings and a map of the Rioja region

Private dining rooms in the UK

Hawksmoor, Liverpool

Serving epic steaks in stunning buildings is Hawksmoor’s MO. Its Grade II listed Liverpool site is no exception. The New Yorker is an attractive PDR where 18 people can eat from a set lunch menu or feasting-style across shared skillets of British grass-fed beef. From £40pp;

Hawksmoor Liverpool's interior, with dark wooden floors and dark green leather chairs

The Chef’s Library @ The Coal Shed, Brighton

Avid cooks will geek out over the cookbooks and antique kitchen equipment displayed in the 14-cover Chef’s Library. Sharing menus highlight the Shed’s charcoal-roasting skills across, for example, short-rib doughnuts, great steaks and dishes such as monkfish, mussels, vadouvan-spiced onions, yogurt and spinach. Prices to be confirmed;

The Coal Shed's private dining room, featuring navy painted walls and a long, dark wooden table

Kinneuchar Inn, Kilconquhar, Fife

This gorgeous rural inn has a burgeoning rep thanks to chef James Ferguson’s deft use of East Neuk’s abundant larder. The pub’s PDR, which seats 10 to 24 at a long elm table, has its own bar, conservatory and courtyard. Mains might include ox cheek red wine pie, swede mash and buttered greens or turbot with brown shrimp caper butter, fennel and Pink Fir potatoes. £50pp;

Kinneuchar Inn's private dining room, a rural room which seats 10 to 24 and has a long elm table, its own bar, conservatory and courtyard

Limoncello, Cambridge

Established in 1997, this legendary Mill Road deli-restaurant now includes a cute, covered garden space that can be booked for seated meals for up to 30 people (hire from £500). Guests can pre-order from across Limoncello’s à la carte of Italian dishes, such as porcini mushroom risotto or pesto-dressed spinach and ricotta ravioli. Mains from £11.95;

Fhior, Edinburgh

In a break from its normal menus, new Saturday night session, Mixtapes, will see chef Scott Smith serving a mix of classics, new creations and potential one-offs (using rare and/or micro-seasonal ingredients) in Fhior’s revamped 10-person PDR. Dishes so far include a cacio e pepe-influenced confit squid and salsify, and scallop with kohlrabi, roe toasts and pickled pine butter sauce. Mixtapes around £160pp including drinks;

Fhior's private dining room interiors, including a long wooden table, low lighting and a wine rack along the back wall

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