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BYO restaurants in london

If you've had it with paying through the nose for wine and beer, take a look at our list of the best bring-your-own restaurants in London

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Like a drink with dinner but find restaurant mark-ups hard to swallow? Find a place to eat that lets you bring your own (wine, beer or spirits) with our selection of London's best BYO restaurants. Do you agree with the choices? Use the comments box below or tweet your suggestions.

Ali Baba

An Egyptian family-run affair just off Edgware Road. Try the robust national dish of molokhia – a soupy stew served with rice and lamb. Around £25 for two with service. No corkage charge.

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Baker Street

Golden Hind

This Greek-owned institution serves some of the best fish and chips in the capital, with plenty of local character. Around £30 for two with service. Corkage charge £1 per bottle.

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Marylebone

Patogh

The urban elite would probably turn their nose up at Patogh’s austere decor, but the food is the where all the effort goes. Simply stellar renditions of bold Iranian dishes. Around £40 for two with service. No corkage charge.

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Edgware Road

Anima e Cuore

This tiny restaurant (22 covers only) serves – at very low prices – Italian food that can stand comparison with the best in the capital. Daily specials are the dishes to go for, with own-made ravioli and other filled pastas a particular strength. The absence of a license means an exceptionally low bill for food of this quality – so it's worth splashing out on a special bottle from the Oddbins five minutes up Kentish Town Road.

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Kentish Town

Five Hot Chillies

Contrary to its name, here you’ll find authentic Punjabi cooking that won’t scorch the tastebuds. Plump for the juicy lamb kebabs and dishes made in the traditional karahi – an iron wok. Around £25 for two with service. No corkage charge.

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Karahi King

This is the place for big and bold Punjabi dishes, cooked before you in an open kitchen. Don’t expect anything too healthy. Around £30 for two with service. No corkage charge.

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North Wembley

Masa

The most authentic Afghan eating experience, but you need to get to Harrow to experience it. Around £25 for two with service. No corkage charge.

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London

19 Numara Bos Cirrik I

Tempting Turkish meze and exceptional grills are what keeps us coming back; the adana kebab with fresh spices, sumac and cumin is a main draw. Around £30 for two with service. Corkage £5 per bottle of wine. £1-3 per bottle of beer depending on size.

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Dalston

Apollo Banana Leaf

Visit for a true taste of Sri Lankan cuisine, which is some of the best in London – and at a very fair price, too. Around £30 for two with service. Minimum spending of £9 on food. No corkage charge.

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Tooting

Cah Chi

Be prepared for the full-on flavours of Korea – fiery kimchi, spicy fried squid and the famous marinated barbecued meats. Around £40 for two with service. Sells their own alcohol but you can BYO too. Corkage £3 per bottle.

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Raynes Park

E Pellicci

Critics' choice

Opened in 1900, and still run by the same family, Pellicci’s is a Bethnal Green landmark. Fry-ups are first rate, and the fish and chips, daily grills, Italian specials and desserts (from bread pudding to Portuguese pasteis de nata) aren’t bad either. Around £20 for two with hot drinks and service. No corkage charge.

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Bethnal Green

Lahore Kebab House

More than 40 years old and still attracting an eclectic mix of clientele, this Pakistani stalwart offers hearty, earthy cooking for miniscule prices. Around £25 for two with service. No corkage charge.

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Whitechapel

Little Georgia

Experience gorgeous Georgian dishes, such as lobiani – flatbread stuffed with spicy beans and (optional) smoked pork. Around £40 for two with service. No corkage charge.

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Haggerston

Mangal Ocakbasi

No-frills Turkish grills at attractive prices and gargantuan portions. Around £35 for two with service. Sells a selection of Turkish wine and beer but you can BYO (except for Turkish wine and beer). No corkage charge.

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Dalston

Needoo Grill

Just around the corner from Tayyab's, this Pakistani Grill serves a similarly robust menu of stridently spiced curries, smoky grills and fresh tandoori breads. Already picking up a good reputation in the area - expect to queue if you haven't booked. No corkage charge.

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Whitechapel

Rochelle Canteen

Critics' choice

The East End’s most fashionable hang-out, but it delivers brilliant food – mainly simple, seasonal fare – and drink to ensure repeat visits. Around £30 for two with service. Corkage £5 per bottle. No hard liquor.

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Brick Lane

Tay Do Café

A tiny, canteen-style Vietnamese caff that delivers good renditions of dishes such as banh xeo (a turmeric-coloured rice flour pancake). Around £25 for two with service. Corkage £2 per person.

A tiny, canteen-style Vietnamese caff that delivers good renditions of dishes such as banh xeo (a turmeric-coloured rice flour pancake). Around £25 for two with service. Corkage £2 per person.

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Haggerston

Tayyabs

A lively institution that’s best known and well loved for its exciting and unapologetically bold Pakistani cooking. Around £25 for two with service. No corkage charge.

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Whitechapel

Fez Mangal

A huge charcoal grill dominates this compact no-frills Turkish BYO. Hefty, succulent meat skewers are the main draw, preceded by simple vegetable dishes and dips that are scooped up with heated slabs of flatbread.  Around £30 or two with soft drinks and service. No corkage charge.

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Ladbroke Grove

Mohsen

Regulars to this Iranian eatery usually opt for the excellent dishes of the day, such as a traditional baghali polo ba mahiche (lamb shank on rice with dill and lima beans). Around £40 for two with service. No corkage charge.

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West Kensington

Comments

17 comments
Jane H
Jane H

www.fouronine.co.uk in Clapham have started the BYO in on Sundays and Mondays.  Love that restaurant since we moved into the area, so this is a bonus.  Ask for the romantic window seat for two!    If you have room afterwards, try an Expresso Martini and maybe another. :)

John
John

Entrée Restaurant is the best BYO restaurant in SW London, If you have a great bottle and want to do it justice go to this place as food is superior to anything else in area. Only £5 corkage, cant be beaten.

Pauly
Pauly

Try THANH's Vienamese in CROYDON - fabulous food - very reasonable - just £1 corkage per person. 0208 405 4308 - 10 mins from E. Croydon station (56 Lower Addiscombe Road)

Francesca
Francesca

Can you please add Guanabana restaurant, 85 Kentish town road, NW1 8NY! Great caribbean and south american food, BYO!

Alexandra
Alexandra

This really needs updating please!

Jo
Jo

Entrée Restaurant & bar in Battersea do BYO on Monday night for £5 per bottle. Its fantastic quality and is 2 Rosettes

shaduk
shaduk

please can you add BINTANG RESTAURANT as BYO restaurant 93 kentish town road, london nw1 8ny

Daisy
Daisy

Re the Taste London question above - Check out The Common Cafe & Bistro on Clapham Common (21 The Pavement). Really good food and nice atmosphere. BYO

Joe Lane
Joe Lane

Needoos is a supierior offer to Tayaabs worth going to especially if you hit a huge que! Close by better quality food, friendlier staff, byob 87 New Road

iqbal
iqbal

Adiva is a great lebanese and turkish BYO restaurant in East London spitalfields. a definate recommend based on ambience and tasty food.

jogindersupperclub
jogindersupperclub

Why not try our authentic supper club i our home where you can enjoy you own wine with a fantastic Punjabi meal. We even cater in your own home. Please do get in touch.

Ali Ba Ba
Ali Ba Ba

Are there any "bring your own" restaurants that also have "Taste London" card offers? Thanks!

Dottie
Dottie

That's not right about Tayyabs. I was there a couple of weeks ago and shared a bottle of wine with lunch.

Jane
Jane

Why does East never come further than Whitechapel or Hackney? We have a fabulous Thai in Leytonstone (E11) that this website has reviewed favourably a few times. Great fresh food, NO corkage & cheap. Singburi, 593 High Road, Leytonstone, 8 mins walk from Leytonstone tube on the Central line.

Jenny Sheridan
Jenny Sheridan

Meshawi - Lebanese restaurant on Putney Hill (three minutes walk from Putney East tube). Good fresh-tasting food, cheap, no corkage.

Paula
Paula

Amaranth Thai restaurant in Earlsfield. Great cheap food, BYO and minimal corkage for wine. None for beer!

Louise Edwards
Louise Edwards

Tayabs - Fieldgate St - Tayabs doesn't permit any alcohol at lunchtime.