The festive period is fabulous for many reasons: the food (obviously), yuletide parties, catching up with friends, and? The fact that venues across the nation transform into magical winter wonderlands. From Mediterranean-inspired caverns flaunting twinkling lights in Glasgow to atmospheric private dining igloos in Bournemouth, here are the most Instagrammable Christmas restaurants in the UK.
Let's be honest, you've probably already seen pictures of this stunner plastered all across the 'Gram. Found in Chelsea, Daphne is a drop-dead gorgeous Italian restaurant that dresses up to the nines when Christmas strikes. Its already radiant interiors become bedazzled with impressive installations, including multi-coloured baubles, festive foliage and hanging ribbons.
Once a former cheese market, Glasgow’s Arta is now a Mediterranean-inspired haven that’s quite the looker. It’s a magical location every day of the year, but when Christmas comes around, it really goes above and beyond; the winding staircase boasts cascading ivy while an enchanting pine tree glows in the corner – plus the tables are illuminated by warm candlelight for that extra special touch.
Cardiff: The Ivy
Though The Ivy has outposts across the UK, including in Birmingham, Leeds and Dublin, we’ve got our eyes on the Cardiff branch. Why? Well, just look at it. Nestled in the city centre, this luxury dining destination is as picturesque as they get; think glimmering lights, pine trees covered in golden ornaments and flickering candles. Pop over for festive afternoon teas or sumptuous seasonal menus.
London: 100 Wardour Street
A bustling London location that’s bringing the festive cheer by the bucketload, 100 Wardour Street is certainly one of the most gorgeous winter-themed restaurants in the UK. Last year, the Soho spot came adorned with snowy, forest fixtures and a giant wreath, as well as glittering baubles. It’s ideal for celebratory meals with the nearest and dearest, all before partying ‘til the wee hours, of course.
Bournemouth: 1812 Bar and Restaurant
Always a pumping party palace, with live music sessions and marvellous cocktails, this Bournemouth babe really comes to life during the wintertime. 1812 Bar and Restaurant busts out the big guns with cosy, glowing igloos surrounded by Christmas trees, where you can enjoy private dining like never before. Grab one this winter to munch on mouthwatering Asian tapas alongside luxe sushi plates.
Manchester: 20 Stories
Found mingling with the clouds in Spinningfields, 20 Stories is one of the most Instagrammable Christmas restaurants in Manchester. It’s not just the stunning sky-high views that the rooftop provides, but also it's cute furnishings, from the wooden reindeer decorations to the pine trees and furry blankets. Make your way over to chomp on scrumptious roast dinners and pretty afternoon teas.
Oof, now here's a beaut. Situated in Glasgow’s West End, this pretty perch was meant for Christmas feasting. The private dining room at Bothy flaunts a living wall, hanging greenery and atmospheric pendant lighting. If you snap this space up, you’ll also be treated to perfectly prepared fare, from juicy turkey with all the trimmings to a moreish chestnut and porcini mushroom nut roast.
Luxury is the name of the game over at London hotspot Balthazar. The fabulous French bistro pulls in the crowds with its slinky aesthetic, sporting rounded leather booths, flowing white tablecloths and romantic candlelight. When Santa comes to town, it also features towering Christmas trees and twinkling sculptures, as well as beautiful dishes and cocktails that would look lovely on your Instagram.
Renowned across the UK, Tattu combines tradition with contemporary touches, making for a totally opulent dining experience, whether in Birmingham, Edinburgh, Leeds or beyond. So if you’re looking for Christmas-decorated restaurants in the UK, don't miss out on this one - the usual blossom that cascades from the ceiling will transform into a frosty snow cloud, paired with frozen trees featuring detailed baubles.
Newcastle: Fern Dining Room & Bar
Fern Dining Room & Bar, located in Newcastle's Jesmond Dene House, is making sure you have a ho-ho-hot night out this winter with its yuletide interiors. Get ready for giant nutcracker statues, as well as shimmering lights, bright red baubles and plenty of festive foliage. But that’s not all, as the seasonal sips are just as eye-catching, sprinkled in snow-like dust, plus you can fill your boots with slick Christmas dinners.
Ever wanted to dine in a winter wonderland? Now’s your chance. London’s The Montague On The Gardens Ski Lodge is hands down one of the best Christmas-themed restaurants in the UK. The Alpine alcove is only available for private hire, so you can throw an exclusive festive foray surrounded by snow, reindeer, sparkling trees, ski racks and plenty of tartan throws to keep you extra cosy.
Newcastle: Dine On The Tyne
Christmas pop-up restaurants rarely come as breathtaking as Dine On The Tyne. Not only can you enjoy an intimate foodie foray in your own private igloo, complete with celebratory crackers and seasonal ornaments, but you can also do so while lapping up panoramic views of the river – including of the sunset if you're lucky. It’s simply the perfect setting to wolf down a lip-smacking meal.