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BYO in Britain??

andi Aug 2, 2009 12:14 PM

I'm of to London soon and wondering if there is BYOB in the UK at establishments that don't serve alcohol.

  1. nanette Aug 14, 2009 06:17 AM


    Fairly comprehensive list.

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      LotsC Aug 14, 2009 05:22 AM

      My favourite is the long established Adam's Cafe in Askew Road, Shepherds Bush. Fab Moroccan food (sorry North African), ridiculously reasonable and delicious. Family run by an lovely family he is Tunisian and she is English and their 3 children work there too. Also well known to River Cafe crowd - apparently they are taken there for the River Cafe's Christmas parties.

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        EliseHorowitz Aug 14, 2009 03:28 AM

        They are a bit spread out, but here are the BYOB establishments I know (and frequent ) in London:

        The Golden Hind (great fish & chips) - Marylebone
        Alounak (Persian) - West Kensington
        Jacobs - Gloucester Road
        Jaks - Walton St
        Both Jacobs and Jaks serve healthy armenian food in South Kensington

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          scooby99 Aug 5, 2009 05:43 AM

          A lot of places that are BYO do so because they can't be bothered with the hassle that goes with a drinks licence.

          We eat in a few places that don't serve alcohol (mainly Thai or fish n chips) and they're more than happy to provide glasses for your own wine/beer etc.

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          1. re: scooby99
            DollyDagger Aug 5, 2009 06:52 AM

            A bit of speedy Googling came up with loads of BYO options. Check these links out:





            Beware the hefty corkage fees in the smarter looking places though. Best to ring in advance and check.

            1. re: DollyDagger
              andi Aug 9, 2009 12:09 PM

              Thanks Dolly

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                Gourmet Chick Aug 11, 2009 07:20 AM

                BYOB is rare in the UK and London compared to other countries. One place that does BYOB (but only on certain nights) is Bloody French in Notting Hill. Good food and no service charge as well to add to the savings.

                1. re: Gourmet Chick
                  Harters Aug 11, 2009 07:34 AM

                  "BYOB is rare in the UK and London compared to other countries"

                  Off at a slight tangent I know, but I'm curious to know which other countries you have in mind. In comparision with other European countries I visit, UK seems to welcome it more. Can't recall ever seeing BYO in our usual tourist destination neighbours.

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            Harters Aug 2, 2009 02:39 PM

            I don't know if there will be much difference in London from my part of the UK. I'd reckon many restaurants that don't serve alcohol do so for religious reasons and will also object to BYO.

            There will of course be some, but as already indicated it would be as well to check before turning up.

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              Plantie Aug 2, 2009 12:19 PM

              Some yes, others no. Its usually best to check before as some will not let you drink in there.full stop.

              Any places in particular?

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