Eating a meal alone in public - a refreshing change or absolute no-no?
There’s actually something so refreshing about switching off your phone, slowing down the mind and enjoying fantastic food in a great restaurant in the best company – your own! There are some great places in this city to enjoy some quality 'me time' so get ready to find the perfect table for one.
Here are some places we like to fly solo.
The marble-topped bar at the larger of Fatto a Mano’s three pizzerias is the ideal spot to enjoy the best pizza in town. A seat here is pure theatre – watching the chefs work deftly with the roaring flames of the wood-fired oven is mesmerising, while upbeat Italian music and staff banter adds to the buzz. You’ll also be in and out quickly, perfect if your meal needs to be a speedy affair.
65-67 Church Road, BN3 2BD
With its central location in the Lanes and large glass frontage, wine bar Plateau is the ideal spot for idly watching the world go by over small plates from a daily-changing, seasonal menu. The list of natural wines is their real USP - order a carafe (because one glass is never enough) and grab a corner table for maximum people-watching. Attentive, friendly service means you won’t feel conspicuous eating alone either, while constantly-changing playlists add to the atmosphere.
1 Bartholomews, BN1 1HG
This cosy neighbourhood tapas bar at Preston Circus is a hidden gem. Fantastic Spanish tapas with an Asian twist – don’t miss their octopus with chorizo purée – plus an excellent Spanish wine list, seriously friendly staff and upbeat music means you’ll always leave with a smile on your face. Sit at the zinc-topped bar, where the chef will serve you himself and happily engage in foodie chat. It’s very likely you’ll enjoy more wine than you set out to, and make plans to go back as soon as possible. A sister restaurant – El Pabellón – opens on North Street this summer.
9 Preston Road, BN1 4QE
There’s something so hypnotic about sitting before a conveyor of beautiful food that dining alone at Moshimo is actually preferable to being there with a friend. Pull up a stool and busy yourself choosing from the colourful array of fresh, ethically-sourced sushi – preferably washed down with a Sake Margarita. Uniquely, for a sushi restaurant, they’ve bagged a PETA award for their exceptional vegan and vegetarian food, too.
Bartholomew Square, BN1 1JS
You’d be forgiven for thinking that this beautiful Duke Street restaurant would be limited to couples or glam groups of friends, but the tiled bar at the open kitchen upstairs is tailor-made for solo diners who want to enjoy high-end food in elegant surroundings. Sink into plush, luxurious tall chairs and watch the chefs at work while enjoying a glass or carafe from their award-winning, carefully-curated wine list. The delicate Portland crab tarts and homemade breads are out of this world.
8 Duke Street, BN1 1AH