The UK’s top 10 Thai restaurants

R-0f58-385Still one of our reporters’ favourite cuisines for a cheap eat that packs a big punch. Here are the best restaurants in UK to get an authentic taste of Thai cuisine (according to our survey)…

 

LONDON

Sukho Fine Thai Cuisine SW6

“The best Thai food in town” can come as a “surprise” find at this unassuming shop-conversion in deepest Fulham; “charming” service helps offset the “cramped” conditions, though, and it always feels “busy” and “buzzy”.

The Begging Bowl SE15

“Best Thai food I’ve tasted outside Thailand!” – no wonder this “brisk” no-bookings local, in Peckham, is starting to make quite a name for itself.

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Churchill Arms W8

“Fast, furious and full of fun!”; you don’t just get “delicious” Thai scoff at “silly-cheap” prices at this “quirky” pub, off Notting Hill Gate, but also a “fantastic” setting in a “cute and interesting” flower-filled conservatory.

 

 

 

HOME COUNTIES

Oli’s Thai Oxford

“Massive taste sensations” have made a big name for this small but “lovely” café, where “the short menu is beautifully cooked”, and served by “friendly” staff; “booking is essential”.

 

Baan Thitiya Bishop’s Stortford

Hearty Thai dishes are served by “an inexhaustible supply of cheerful and efficient” staff at this contemporary-styled suburban restaurant, formerly a 1930s pub, which has a canal-side garden attached; its older Hartford sibling attracts equal praise.

 

The Thai Terrace Gulidford

Implausibly located on top of a multi-storey car park, this lively oriental restaurant (with large terrace for drinks) offers “great views of Guildford”; perhaps even more surprisingly, both food and service are consistently very highly rated!

 

R-0f58-386-1The Art Kitchen Warwick

“Consistently good” food, and “beautifully presented” too, has made quite a name for this town-centre Thai; the set lunch is particularly worth seeking out for its “very good value”.

 

Bangkok Brasserie Winchester

An “outstanding” establishment “with a bit more about it than your usual high street Thai” (including a menu which offers a “good selection of vegetarian options”); “its success is obvious from the fact it’s so busy”.

 

EAST ANGLIA

Baipo Ipswich

“Still a favourite after all these years”; this “authentic” Thai restaurant continues to transcend its “rather run-down” location (“which at least makes it easy to drive to, and park free in the evenings!”).

 

YORKSHIRE

Sukhothai Leeds

“Still the trendsetter for Thai food”; the Chapel Allerton HQ of a four-strong local chain offers “a wonderful all-round experience, but special mention has to go to the wonderful service”, with customers “treated like family”.

 

Top of the tips – Thai places to look out for that haven’t featured in our survey just yet…

The Heron W2

It may not look like much from the outside (tucked away below a Sky Sports bar) but this Bayswater pub is a favourite with Thai ex pats in London. Their sliding spice scale ranges from the eye-watering to the heart-stopping.

 


goatSmoking Goat WC2

On the site of a Soho dive bar, a new Thai BBQ joint from Ben Chapman and graduate of Peckham’s Begging Bowl restaurant, Seb Homes.

 

 

 

 

Som Saa E8

This Thai residency at Hackney’s über trendy Climpson’s Arch has had foodies fanning and flapping their tongues since it opened in October last year. The pop-up may be temporary but founders Andy Oliver and Tom George are looking for a permanent site.

 

Is there a Thai restaurant in your area that you feel deserves to be on this list? If so please tell us about it by taking part in this year’s Harden’s survey. Find out more.

 

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