Prices at the UK’s best restaurants have doubled since Brexit. Restaurants

The price of a meal at UK’s best restaurants has more than doubled since Brexit, from £100 per person to more than £200, according to two new guidebooks.

Peter Harden, editor of the restaurant guides that bears his name, said: “We went really fast five years ago when paying over £100 per head was a bit of an outlier, yet, for major restaurants, £200 a head became the norm.”

For the first time, the Harden London Restaurant Guide has raised the maximum price to £130 per person to reflect record hikes in menu prices. The 2023 edition includes 15 restaurants in the capital with an indicative price of more than £200 per person, compared to six in that category this year.

Harden’s Best UK for 2023, published next month, will list 12 places outside London that charge more than £200 per person, compared to eight this year. They include Britain’s most expensive restaurant Ynyshir Hall in Ceredigion, Wales where a 32-course menu costs £410 per person.

It describes the restaurant, which has two Michelin stars, as a “huge darling of UK Foederati” but notes that many reviewers now consider it “ridiculously expensive”.

“If you go back to our first post-Brexit release in 2017, then there was only one restaurant that cost more than £150, now there are 37 restaurants, and there are 154 in the guide above the £100 level,” Harden said.

He added: “This phenomenon is not limited to London. The most expensive UK guide this year is £430 for Ynyshir in Wales.” He added, referring to Heston Blumenthal restaurant in Berkshire: “These days, it’s very hard to get out of a Fat Duck for less than £1,000 for two.”

A Harden reporter described Fat Duck as “unbelievably overrated…we ate a number of one Michelin stars at the same time, which we enjoyed so much, you could have had nearly four meals at those restaurants for the price of just one at Fat Duck.” Duck”.

Harden said some British restaurants are now charging “enormous amounts of money that would have been unimaginable in the UK just a few years ago”.

Harden said Brexit was an existential threat to the restaurant business, partly because of higher food prices, but mainly because of the added cost of hiring staff.

He said: “Brexit has been absolutely disastrous for trade. We launched our guide 32 years ago before the Maastricht Treaty. The ability to recruit Europeans has been one of the main drivers of the restaurant revolution that has taken place in the UK over the past 25 years or so.” [At] Many of the best restaurants… 80% plus their staff were European.

“Britain has woken up to good food. The question now is, how many of us can afford it, and is there anyone to serve it?”

Harden said the impact of Brexit was “more dramatic at the best restaurants” as many chose to charge diners for prepaid fixed prices.

He explained, “The tasting menu is becoming more mainstream to help restaurants define their margins. The answer for many is just to feed fewer people and open fewer.”

“The a la carte menu has really died a bit of a death in the best restaurants. It’s almost impossible to get in and savor the high life by getting a main course and a glass of wine. Now you have to spend four hours eating 32 courses and walk out completely stuffed to the gills. Restaurants become more Certainly that way.”

Fat Duck has been contacted for comment.

Prices per person in the best London restaurants in Harden 2023

Araki £380

Kitchen table £330

Endo at Rotunda £285

Roketsu £285

Story £272

Maru £242

Ledbury £236

Ikoyi £231

Core £226

Alain Ducasse in The Dorchester £224

Sketch (Lecture Room) £223

Da Terra £223

Gordon Ramsay Restaurant £210

Frog £208

Carnation Club £206

Prices per person in Harden The best of the UK 2023 . Restaurants

Ynyshir Hall, Eglwys Fach £410

Fat Duck, Bray £353

Midsummer house, Cambridge £321

Enclume, Cartmel £296

Rabbie Hunt, Summerhouse £277

Moore Hall, Ogton £273

Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons, Great Melton £269

Waterside Inn, Bray £226

Whatley Manor, Easton Gray, £217

Outlaw’s New Road, Port Isaac £215

Mana, Manchester £203

Lympstone Manor, Lympstone £201