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The Cheapest Michelin Star Restaurants In London

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Current times may dictate the need for a degree of belt-tightening, yet we all still have occasions when we wish to celebrate something special. Contrary to popular opinion, dining at a Michelin Star restaurant need not break the bank – and visiting for either lunch or an early dinner is often an option which is kinder on the wallet. Here are some of our favourite Michelin-Starred restaurants offering good value menus.
Updated on 15 February 2023
Kitchen W8
11-13 Abingdon Road, W8 6AH London
£££ · Modern Cuisine

This proudly run neighbourhood restaurant’s versatility knows no bounds. It’s the type of place that’s equally suited to a swift lunch whilst out shopping as to a romantic dinner for two. Ingredients are well-sourced, and dishes deliver balance and depth; this is the kind of cooking you want to sit back and savour. As an all-round complete package, it’s hard to beat. The three course menu available at lunch (including Saturdays) and before 6.30pm during the week provides the best value.

Lunch and Early Dinner £39.50

8 Mount Street, W1K 3NF London
£££ · Indian

Keep an eye out for the bright yellow awning which extends over the pavement of this smart Mayfair address. There’s certainly a fair amount of glitz inside thanks to the rich, opulent décor; try for a table on the ground floor rather than the basement level, as it’s much more fun. Dishes originate from across India’s many regions and are prepared with care and authenticity, and exhibit pleasing individuality and a lack of pretence. They offer a good value daily set lunch, with 3 courses for £47 or 4 courses for £52.

Lunch from £47

Elystan Street
43 Elystan Street, SW3 3NT London
£££ · Modern British

Out-of-towners will certainly feel like Chelsea locals when dining here. There’s a degree of style and elegance to the surroundings, yet they run things in a pleasingly relaxed style – and you’ll often spot chef-owner Philip Howard overseeing the kitchen. The menu moves happily around with the seasons, blending time-honoured classics with dishes exhibiting a lighter touch – and technique and flavour all always to the fore. The weekday set lunch menu offers the best value.

Weekday Lunch £39.50

12a Berkeley Square, W1J 6BS London
£££ · Indian

India’s spiritual capital lends its name to this Berkeley Square institution. The arrival certainly heralds a sense of occasion, as you head upstairs, past a pool, to the spacious, brightly lit restaurant. Cooking shows a strong balance between originality and tradition, always respecting the origins of this noble cuisine. A good value three course menu is available Monday-Saturday at lunch, as well as at dinner before 6.30pm.

Lunch and Early Dinner £42

Wild Honey St James
8 Pall Mall, SW1Y 5NG London
££ · Modern British

Anthony Demetre’s original Wild Honey was greatly missed when it closed, so there was a great sense of joy and anticipation when he agreed to re-locate to this larger space within the Sofitel London St James Hotel. The space is stylish and atmospheric, with cooking that is perfectly pitched to enhance the experience, and the focus is – in equal parts – on the ingredients, the preparation and the flavours. For the friendliest prices, come from Wednesday to Saturday for the 3-course lunch or pre-theatre dinner, which served until 6.30pm.

Lunch and Early Dinner - £40

Galvin La Chapelle
35 Spital Square, E1 6DY London
£££ · French

This characterful red-brick former school is surrounded by the modern, glass-fronted towers of those whose business is finance and commerce, so there’s always a strong corporate contingent dining here during the week. Owned by brothers Chris and Jeff Galvin, the cooking here is unashamedly classic in style and underpinned by time-served signature dishes. The building’s original Victorian features blend with linen covered tables to make for a brasserie de luxe feel. A good value three course lunch menu is on offer from Monday to Saturday.

Lunch - £48

15-17 Blandford Street, W1U 3DG London
££ · Indian

The area often referred to now as ‘Marylebone Village’ is home to this lively and enthusiastically run Indian restaurant, which has a real neighbourhood feel. Focusing on the lesser-seen cuisine of southwest India, the menu offers a great combination of old favourites and more contemporary dishes, and ranges from re-imagined street food to more sophisticated offerings. The vegetarian dishes are more than just an afterthought and are well worth a try. The best value is found in the three course lunch and early dinner (served until 6.15pm).

Lunch and Early Dinner - £40

18 Phipp Street, EC2A 4NU London
£££ · Modern British

There’s always a great vibe and a contented buzz at Leroy; the background music comes courtesy of their expansive collection of vinyl, and the relaxed style really does suit its location. That said, there is obvious structure and a palpable pride shared by both the kitchen and serving teams. The core ingredient shines through in every unshowy dish. A great value three course lunch menu offers a taster of what’s on offer at dinner, with the option to add cheese and charcuterie to the mix.

Lunch - £35