By Nina Derham in London—
Eating out in London can burn a hole in your wallet even before you start ordering alcohol with your meal. One of the easiest ways to dine out on the cheap is to bring your own alcohol and so avoid the preposterous markup slapped on to even the most basic bottle of wine.
Here are three London restaurants with yummy food and “BYO booze” policies to get your night off to a good start:
The India Club
2nd Floor, 143 Strand
London WC2R 1JA
Tel: 020 7836 0650
Payment in cash only
Blink and you could miss the entrance to this unusual eatery. The India Club is a no-frills restaurant that appears not to have changed one bit since it opened in 1946. Perfectly positioned next to Somerset House in one of the most coveted areas of London, it’s a pleasant surprise to find such a simple and affordable restaurant in the city center.
What the India Club lacks in fancy décor and friendly service it certainly makes up for with tasty curries at rock-bottom prices and a very budget-friendly BYO policy with no corkage charge. Go prepared for the most basic of dining experiences (and with a bottle of wine in hand) and enjoy the refreshing simplicity of this central London secret.
122 Kingsland Road
London E2 8DP
Tel: 020 7729 3074
There are endless Vietnamese restaurants to choose from along East London’s Kingsland Road, however not all of them let you bring your own booze. Mien Tay is one that does, and it’s well worth queuing for a table on a Saturday night to sample some authentic Vietnamese cuisine in a charming restaurant.
The staff running in and out of the kitchen door and across the restaurant with steaming bowls of soup just adds to the lively atmosphere. The food is absolutely delicious and extremely well priced, with starters from £3 and mains from £6 (although fish dishes are more expensive). There is no corkage charge so bring a bottle and be pleasantly surprised when you see the bill at the end of the night!
85 Kentish Town Road
Tel: 020 7485 1166
It’s not all that common to find a Caribbean or Latin restaurant with a BYOB policy, something that makes Guanabana even more special. This exotic restaurant in north London serves up a mixture of tasty Caribbean and Latin classics including spicy char-grilled jerk chicken, nachos and fajitas.
The atmosphere is fun and there is even a beach bar style terrace for al fresco dining in the summer months. Starters are priced between £3-£6, mains between £7-13, and there is a corkage charge of £2.50 per bottle.