Restaurants worth queuing for
The fad for going to restaurants that don’t take bookings and having to queue for a table has given the British dining scene real vitality.
For some diners, the appeal of these places lies in their being an antidote to destination restaurants with their months long waiting lists for tables (especially at weekends). If you’re happy to take a chance and stand in line, here are some of the
Mountain Café, 111 Grampian Road, Aviemore, Scotland
There’s a fabulous array of cakes, all-day breakfasts, generous cottage pies, but the fact that there’s always a queue at the door speaks for itself. Wonderful views of the Cairngorms, too.
Salvos, 115 Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds
Expanding the family-run business means some tables are now bookable, but you’ll have to join the legendary queue if you get a last-minute urge for one of Salvos’ outstanding wood-fired pizzas.
Teacup on Thomas Street, 53-55 Thomas Street, Manchester
This bustling Bohemian café in the Northern Quarter offers a contemporary take on the traditional English tearoom, but is so popular you’ll have to brace yourself for the queue first.
10 Greek Street, 10 Greek Street, Soho, London
You may not love the no-reservations at dinner policy (you’re safe at lunch), but the lovely, relaxed, chattery atmosphere, and cooking that is as joyous as it is seasonal, make up for it.
Rockfish, 8 South Embankment, Dartmouth, Devon
With superb, reasonably priced seafood and no reservations from spring through summer, there’s no option but to stand in line – those in the know make the most of the winter months to bag a table.
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