Best seat in the house – our editor’s favourite chef’s tables

There’s nothing quite as special for us foodies than watching our culinary heroes preparing our dinner

Mere, London
For a chef’s table with a twist, Mere’s private dining room allows guests a view into the restaurant’s kitchen to watch the skilled chef’s at work on a hi-definition screen. Watch Monica Galetti and her kitchen team expertly prepare world-class cuisine inspired by the classical French of husband David’s childhood with the exotic South Pacific from Samoan-born Monica.

The Chef’s Table at Marcus, London
The Chef’s Table at Marcus at The Berkeley is an exhilarating gastronomic experience. From your private dining table you’ll have front-row seats to watch the award-winning team at work. Chef patrons, Mark and Shauna Froydenlund, and their talented brigade will be happy to answer questions and divulge the secrets of the kitchen.

The Social Eating House, London
Tucked away in the ground kitchen of Jason Atherton’s The Social Eating House in Soho, the Chef’s Counter offers up to eight guests a fantastic opportunity to enjoy Michelin-starred food whilst watching Chef Patron, Paul Hood and his team at work. Available to book for lunch and dinner.

The Bar, Andrew Wong, London
Michelin-starred Andrew Wong is a must for inventive Chinese treats, including an eight-course duck banquet and his epic 10-course Taste of China feast. Book ‘Bar Seat Eight’ for the two seats with the best view of Wong at work. It’s not a show kitchen – all of the action from start to finish happens in front of you.

Dinner by Heston at The Mandarin Oriental, London
The kitchen envelopes the six-seater chef’s table on three sides, with a bustling team carrying out their work by open rotisseries inches away from you under the watchful gaze of executive chef Ashley Palmer-Watts. The menu is all historical British food, starting with the medieval such as the Tipsy Cake (c.1810) or tea-cured salmon (c.1730).

Arros QD, London
Opened in June, Arros QD is the first international restaurant by three Michelin-starred chef, Quique Dacosta, which focusses on paella cooked in the traditional way over an open fire.  The Chef’s Table seats 10 and gives guests an unrivalled glimpse into the kitchen, allowing them to watch the team stoke the flames and prepare the popular Valencian dish.

The Chef’s Table at Mahé, Padstow, Cornwall
Mahé Cookery School and Chef’s Table is a new addition to the Paul Ainsworth group in Padstow. Seating 10 guests, The Chef’s Table at Mahé, offers visitors the chance to witness the creation of delicious food from start to finish by John Walton, who has run a Michelin-starred kitchen for over a decade.

The Latymer, Pennyhill Park, Surrey
One-Michelin-starred Matt Worswick at The Latymer is Pennyhill Park’s fine-dining destination restaurant. Liverpudlian-born Head Chef Matt has created a chef’s table which serves refined yet boldly flavoured dishes, with guests being able to choose from a five or seven-course tasting menu for both lunch and dinner.

Northcote, Lancashire
Dine in the heart of the action at Northcote’s Michelin-starred Chef’s Table. Up to 14 people can enjoy lunch or dinner watching the masterful Lisa Goodwin-Allen and her brigade. Guests can choose between the gourmet and tasting menus, seasonal lunch menu, Sunday lunch menu and bespoke menu, all created using the best locally sourced produce available.

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