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Fun, festivities and fine food

Now, if that headline isn’t enough to make you read on then we don’t know what will. After all, what out of those three categories is not to like?

The good news is that for this month, visitors to the UK’s capital will be able to enjoy all three, at the same time and in abundance. Why? Because the London Restaurant Festival is taking place from 1 – 31st October.

The event, which promises to be a ‘citywide celebration of eating out’, has been created to raise the profile of eating establishments throughout the city that are involved in – and have been acknowledged for – keeping foodies happy.

From Michelin-starred mavericks through to local bistros, the festival wants October to be a passport to London’s finest cooking – and let’s face it, in a city that boasts 8.63 million people, there’s plenty of choice.

Now, while we’re huge advocates of what London Restaurant Festival is doing, there seems to be so much going on – from events, tastings and even film – that it’s hard to know where to start: a bit like a menu where you like the sound of every dish (to use a food analogy).

So, to make it simpler, we thought we’d help save you time by giving you access to the restaurants that are participating in – and offering deals as part of – this year’s festival. Not only that, but we’ve also shortlisted our favourites, too.

Oh, and if you do take advantage of the deals and visit any of our favourites, then don’t be surprised if you see – and taste – a familiar brand of smoked salmon.

John Ross Jr’s top 5 London Restaurant Festival contenders


  1. The Goring Hotel


The hotel’s fantastic restaurant, headed up by Shay Cooper, has just been awarded a Michelin Star. Needless to say its blend of British classics and modern dishes is good. Very good.


  1. Babylon at The Roof Gardens


Only 100 feet up from the hustle and bustle of Kensington High Street lies what has become one of London’s most impressive restaurants. And it’s not only the food that’s great but the views across London are quite something, too.


  1. Outlaw’s Restaurant at The Capital Hotel


Outlaw’s Restaurant (headed up by renowned chef Nathan Outlaw) at The Capital Hotel is Michelin Starred and once you’ve had a meal there, you’ll understand why. With a range of stunning dishes created using British-caught fish, this one is close to our hearts.


  1. Indigo, One Aldwych


Similar to Outlaw’s Restaurant, Indigo has carved a reputation for using seasonal ingredients sourced from the British Isles. A great restaurant in a great part of London.

 Indigo, One Aldwych

  1. Winter Garden at The Landmark


This restaurant’s award-winning afternoon teas aren’t the only things that stand out at this notable London eatery. From its prestigious location to its ambitious dishes, Winter Garden is one to put on your list for this month.


And for those of you who would like to explore your options, take advantage of the deals and book a table, then you can do it here.

Glorious Goodwood

It’s considered one of the sporting and social highlights of the season and known affectionately as ‘Glorious Goodwood’. Opening on July 28th, the Qatar Goodwood Festival offers a feast of top quality racing, great food and drink, live music and the opportunity to dress up in your finery.

With the world’s top equestrians taking part, race-goers have the opportunity to watch the best the international world of horseracing has to offer all set in the glorious surroundings of the Sussex Downs.

The atmosphere is relaxed and informal – a celebration of tradition and glamour where high society and competitive horseracing come together for five action-packed days. Prize money totals an impressive £4.5 million!

Adding to the whole experience is the chance to enjoy a variety of fine dining options prepared by Goodwood’s top chefs. Enjoy a three-course meal in the comfort of a private box overlooking the race track or try one of the on-site restaurants.

The Sussex Bistro offers contemporary Italian dishes or you can choose from a selection of seasonal dishes in the Double Trigger Restaurant. For panoramic views from Chichester to the Isle of Wight try The Charlton Hunt Restaurant. Fish lovers will love The Horsewalk Restaurant in the Richmond Enclosure (members only).

If you’re taking a picnic, naturally we recommend smoked salmon sandwiches, a light smoked salmon salad with peas and courgettes, smoked salmon with lemon dressing or simply with soft cheese and dill on rye bread.

For tips on packing a posh picnic and more smoked salmon recipe ideas take a look around our blog.