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Fanciest places to eat outside London

Tables in a restaurant with afternoon tea

Embarking on a train journey to a Michelin-starred or recommended restaurant promises an exciting and luxurious experience. With Thameslink, there's a variety of cuisines just a train ride away. Why not turn it into a weekend getaway with someone special and explore the surrounding area? Check out our top picks for some of the fanciest restaurants on the Thameslink network.


Table for two at a restaurantEmbark on a culinary journey in Cambridge and explore some of the city's most enchanting dining destinations.

Start with the magic of Midsummer House, a two-star Michelin restaurant nestled in a beautifully restored Victorian building. Enjoy its captivating view over the River Cam as you tuck in. Indulge in an unforgettable dining experience, where each dish is a masterpiece meticulously crafted with seasonal ingredients, showcasing a perfect blend of precision and passion.

Make your way to Restaurant 22, a hidden gem dedicated to using locally sourced ingredients. With a modern and inviting atmosphere, it offers a memorable dining experience, featuring a range of innovative dishes and classic favourites. Whether it's a romantic evening or a gathering with friends, Restaurant 22 provides the ideal setting.

In the heart of Cambridge, discover Fancett's, a charming French-influenced bistro that holds a prestigious Michelin award, a true testament to its culinary excellence. A must-visit for those who appreciate fine dining in the heart of the city.

For more Michelin-star dining, head to Vanderlyle restaurant, where a chic yet inviting ambiance sets the stage for an exquisite culinary adventure. Vanderlyle stands out as a culinary gem in the vibrant Cambridge food scene, offering a contemporary and memorable dining experience.

If you're seeking a lively atmosphere and a fun night out, Mercado Central is the place to be. Adorned with cheerful tiled kitchens and a fresh fish display, this eatery exudes energy. With a hearty menu featuring sustainable British and Spanish ingredients inspired by Galicia and the Basque Country, Mercado Central invites you to start with sharing plates and then savour grilled meat or fish. Experience the diverse and delightful flavours that Cambridge has to offer at these unique dining establishments.

St Albans

Discover culinary excellence at Thompson's restaurant, a must-visit in the heart of St Albans. Under the guidance of Chef Phil Thompson, the menu dazzles with creative twists on seasonal ingredients, creating a sophisticated dining experience perfect for intimate dinners or celebrations.

Near Harpenden station, The Silver Cup is a local gem capturing hearts with its warm atmosphere and a menu blending classic favourites and innovative creations. Whether you crave a casual brunch, leisurely lunch, or delightful dinner, The Silver Cup caters to diverse tastes. Its friendly ambiance and attentive service make it an ideal spot for both locals and those visiting this charming corner of Hertfordshire, inviting all to savour a delightful dining experience.


Nestled in Hitchin, The Fox stands as a culinary haven, with a menu that marries traditional and contemporary elements. This charming eatery is a local favourite and is led by a dedicated team. The Fox prides itself on serving dishes crafted with precision and a commitment to quality, making it a must-visit destination for those seeking a memorable dining experience in Hitchin.


In Peterborough, head to the Chubby Castor, a lovely restaurant known for its inventive menu and warm ambiance. The Chubby Castor promises a memorable experience, blending exquisite flavours and inviting surroundings for patrons seeking a unique culinary adventure in Peterborough.


Visit Brighton for a culinary adventure where diverse flavours, innovative chefs, and a vibrant food scene come together to create an unforgettable dining experience. During your visit, why not head to Dilsk restaurant, where culinary delights await! Nestled in the heart of the vibrant city, Dilsk captivates with its enticing menu and inviting atmosphere. Led by a team passionate about crafting unforgettable dining experiences, the restaurant promises a symphony of tastes that will leave every visitor enchanted.

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