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#1

This is a wiki topic for BYOB restaurants. The idea being that anyone can edit this initial post, so we will have all recommendations in one place. I suggest alphabetical per location in a style the @Bargainbob used in his first comment (also now integrated here). Also feel free to tag yourself for any edits you make… or don’t :slight_smile:

BRIGHTON:

  • http://www.mascara-restaurant.co.uk/ - Mascara is a nice Moroccan restaurant, doing great tagines, but pretty good fish and veggie dishes too. £3 corkage charge - not bad at all!
  • https://www.saltroom-restaurant.co.uk/ - The Salt Room is a very nice fish and seafood restaurant on the seafront, and The Coal Shed is its grilltastic meat and fish partner in The Lanes. Both BYO on Mondays for £5 corkage.
  • http://pompoko.co.uk/ - Legendary, tiny, cheap as chips Japanese restaurant near the Pavillion. ONE ENGLISH POUND for corkage.

BRISTOL

  • http://www.la-casbah.co.uk/ - they don’t charge any corkage at all! Inexpensive and they refuse tips! Not fine dining but very cheap and satisfying.

LONDON:

  • http://www.elystanstreet.com/ - fantastic food, no corkage Sunday evenings

  • http://thehawksmoor.com/ - Brilliant steaks and £5 corkage on any bottle (any size) on Mondays.

  • http://hixoysterandchophouse.co.uk - No corkage every Monday, geat surf and turf.

  • https://dinings.co.uk/harcourt/ - £10 corkage fee

  • Kitchen W8 - free corkage on Sundays, your neighborhood Michelin start restaurant… if you happen to live in South Kensington. £25 corkage the rest of the week.

  • Tayyabs - very good Punjabi resto near Aldgate East station, free corkage

  • https://www.foxlow.co.uk - Foxlow Restaurants (Chiswick, Balham, Soho, Clerkenwell) - founded by the guys behind Hawkesmoor - offer free corkage from 5pm Sunday evening through to Tuesday

  • http://www.kitchenw8.com/ - Kitchen W8 in Kensington (sister restaurant of Elystan street) also does no corkage on a Sunday evening

  • 28-50 will do corkage at £20 “by prior arrangement” with no specified blackouts. In practice - call in advance. If you leave a bottle with them early they might even decant ahead of time if you ask nicely :wink: Choice of three restaurants in London and a good by-the-glass and Coravin selection too.


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#2

A couple of choice places in Brighton:

http://www.mascara-restaurant.co.uk/

Mascara is a nice Moroccan restaurant, doing great tagines, but pretty good fish and veggie dishes too. £3 corkage charge - not bad at all!

The Salt Room is a very nice fish and seafood restaurant on the seafront, and The Coal Shed is its grilltastic meat and fish partner in The Lanes. Both BYO on Mondays for £5 corkage.

http://pompoko.co.uk/

Legendary, tiny, cheap as chips Japanese restaurant near the Pavillion. ONE ENGLISH POUND for corkage.

There are bound to be others I’m not aware of. There’s a little Thai restaurant called Bangkok Kitchen on London Road that used to be BYO for £5 - not sure if still is, though.


#3

I could turn this into a Wiki topic … which means that anyone can edit the original post. It could then be a directory of BYOB

You can still leave comments but it means we would have all the addresses in one place


#4

My number one in London is Hawksmoor, who charge £5 per bottle (of any size) on every Monday.
I very much enjoyed this one for a lunch with a firend on one occasion

and shared this one with colleagues on another occasion


#5

For Bristol,

http://www.la-casbah.co.uk/

This is my local Moroccan, place where they don’t charge any corkage at all! Inexpensive and they refuse tips! Not fine dining but very cheap and satisfying.


#6

So, Elystan Street, the previously unnamed restaurant where I had intended to pay GBP 20 corkage has just announced that they will waive corkage on Sunday evenings. I can’t praise the quality of the food they are serving enough although it is by no means a cheap evening even without paying for the wine. Nevertheless an excellent incentive in the context of BYOB:


#7

In theory, this being a Wiki, everyone can edit the initial post. I have added Elystan Street now.


#8

Another low corkage fee recommendation:

Dinings https://dinings.co.uk/harcourt/

Tiny space but delicious and affordable and corkage is a modest GBP 10 (it was 7 last time I visited in April but they have put it up :disappointed:)


#9

Sadly had to remove my local suggestion as the restaurant is not re-opening after the summer break. Very sad :frowning:


#10

Added Tayyabs, a fantastic Punjabi place near Aldgate East station in London. Went with work colleagues… we stocked up in M&S beforehand. I bet the recently tasted beauty below would have gone down great here…


#11

We had a very special Monday night at Hawksmoor a few weeks ago with this collection for a total of £20 corkage!


#12

Nice line up, that is.


#13

Another few for London:

http://www.kitchenw8.com/ - Kitchen W8 in Kensington (sister restaurant of Elystanstreet) also does no corkage on a Sunday evening
https://www.foxlow.co.uk - Foxlow Restaurants (Chiswick, Balham, Soho, Clerkenwell) - founded by the guys behind Hawkesmoor - offer free corkage from 5pm Sunday evening through to Tuesday

M Restaurant in Victoria has a wine shop attached an on Monday offer free corkage on any bottle bought from the store (not exactly BYOB, so haven’t added to the Wiki) - https://mwinestore.co.uk/no-corkage-mondays/


#14

They have great steak(s)


#15

It certainly was! Probably the best collection of wine I have had the privilege of drinking.


#16

@szaki1974 Tayyabs is a 5 minute walk from my place so I think I’ve eaten there more often than I’ve been cooked for since moving to London. Says as much about my partners eagerness to cook as it does for how much she and I like it there but it is a great place to have as a local.


#17

I’m continually on the hunt for restaurants that operate a cheap/reasonable BYO policy (for both business and pleasure).

I’m sure many other members are in the same boat so thought would start a thread where people could share any favourites.

Have already seen mention of Hawksmoor’s Monday offer on the Community but are there any other great finds we should know about?

Edit - just seen there is a previous post with a number of suggestions so ignore this thread.


#18

A Wiki has been set up for this already.


#19

Wine is one of the reasons I have all but stopped going to restaurants: i have comparable cooking abilities as many kitchens, I can select my own ingredients, my wine is heaps better & I don’t have to book. I do not charge myself service. I do not forget what I have ordered. I don’t have to wait for a table. I don’t have to listen to ‘restaurant music’. I have proper wine glasses, for both red & white wine. My champagne glasses are properly elongated, not chopped off - & not scratched inside. I can smoke at my table if I want to. I can have lunch really late in the day. My coffee comes from fresh coffe beans which I roast myself - there can be no comparison to their coffee. I don’t have to listen to a loud lady (there is always a loud lady) two tables away. I don’t offer myself sparking tap water at extortionate prices: I simply drink Perrier from green glass bottle at a fraction of the restaurant cost of tap. My dining table is clean. I have a better view from my ‘venue’ window: I can see the river Thames & the o2 arena & I don’t have to compete for the best table as my dinner table is already the best, constantly always. I ‘work’ on Sundays. I don’t have to book a cab after dinner to go home: I am already there.

I struggle to think of a reason, these days, to deprive myself of all these simple pleasures - but the best part is knowing that the wine I am drinking has been tried & tested, EP’ed, delivered by a friendly van free of charge & personally selected by me.

Hard to compete with that :slightly_smiling_face:


#20

Thanks for bringing up this subject again. We started building a list of recommendations but it ran out of steam and I am quite certain there must be more suggestions out there.

What would be great would be to maybe start by finding suggestions for the towns and cities where The Society events take place as these are places that could be a place to start some informal meet-ups around some of the tasting calendar