Dr. O John Ma on 10 Legendary Restaurants in the UK

Ten Restaurants that Capture the Depth and Breadth of British Cuisine, by Dr. O John Ma

Dr. O John Ma shares his nominations for 10 must-visit eateries in London, Manchester, Liverpool, and Glasgow.

The Ledbury

127 Ledbury Rd, London W11 2AQ, UK

One of the United Kingdom’s most  renowned fine dining restaurants, this London venue offers both British and French cuisine. Chef Brett Graham has brought The Ledbury to Michelin-star status. From the amuse-guele to the signature dessert, The Ledbury offers an unmatched experience of British gastronomy.

Baileys Fish and Chips

115 Dawes Rd, Fulham, London SW6 7DU, UK

No sampling of British cuisine is complete without fish and chips, albeit the experience of fish and chips at Baileys is unlike any other. Specializing in exotic sauces and offering mashy peas and beans in addition to chips, Baileys also serves grilled calamari and cod, burgers, and wraps.

Dr. O John Ma Favorite for Scottish Food, The Table

3A Dundas St, Edinburgh EH3 6QG, UK

The Table in Edinburgh boasts citrus-laced cod, pigeon, brie and squid risotto. And frog legs with hazelnut and wild garlic. A foie gras and chocolate terrine. Amazing staff, bright decor, and a seven-course spread of amazing Scottish and English food make dining at The Table a memorable experience.

Nok’s Kitchen

8 Gloucester St, Edinburgh EH3 6EG, UK

Hankering for Thai food during your holiday in Scotland? No problem! Order lobster, crab, or Japanese bass with authentic Thai curries and sticky rice to sate your longing for uniquely Thai flavor profiles.

Dakota Bar and Grill

179 W Regent St, Glasgow G2 4DP, UK

Dr. O John Ma recommends this popular Glasgow steakhouse and its Champagne Room, immediately adjacent to the food service area. This spacious restaurant also offers private dining rooms, with hosts who can help with every special occasion.

Kool Ba

109 Candleriggs, Glasgow G1 1NP, UK

One of the realities of British cuisine that many North Americans find surprising is the popularity and quality of Indian food. And one of the best places to sample Indian food in the UK is Kool Bba in Glasgow. This place also serves Persian dishes in addition to kebabs and curries.


3, 4 Hardman Square, Gartside Street, Manchester M3 3EB, UK

Tattu in Manchester is a favorite of foodies, and also a perfect location for a romantic evening. Superb food, genial hospitality, and gentle lighting set the stage for a blissful experience. Tattu serves Japanese and Chinese dishes, in addition to Thai food.

Bar San Juan

56 Beech Rd, Manchester M21 9EG, UK

Staid and boring are words never to be used to describe Bar San Juan, serving tapas and Mediterranean dishes along with imported beer in Manchester. Offerings include chorizo with quail eggs, grilled octopus, and beef cheek. The energy of the crowd evokes a Spanish vibe.

The Art School

1 Sugnall St, Liverpool L7 7EB, UK

The Art School is housed in a building constructed in 1888 as Queen Victoria’s charity for destitute children. Chef Paul presents seasonal menus of locally sourced ingredients, changing daily. The Art School is known for its wine and cheese pairings.

Panoramic 34

West Tower, Brook St, Liverpool L3 9PJ, UK

An all-glass restaurant on the 34th floor of Liverpool’s Brooks Tower, Panoramic 34 offers a stunning view for afternoon tea, cocktails, or a late-night dinner. Dr. O John Ma recommends their scallops with beetroot.