Our list of the 20 best restaurant openings of 2014 is not restricted to places that only the one percent can afford. There’s only one restaurant on the list that we classify as luxury (£121 and above for two with wine and service). And since that’s the Chiltern Firehouse, where you can’t get a table unless you’re a Hollywood AAA-lister (or head of state, at the very minimum), the cost is irrelevant.
Thirteen of the other anointed eateries are in the expensive range (£81-£120), which is by no means cheap. But you can often eat at the bottom of that price range. Among those that catch our eye around the £80 mark: the Covent Garden branch of Barrafina, Polpetto in Soho, and Q Grill in Chalk Farm.
Six of our top 20 are in the budget or mid-range price bands, including the five-star Barnyard from Ollie Dabbous, the man behind the much more expensive Dabbous. And then there’s Shoe Shop in Tufnell Park, where three courses of exceptional French food can cost as little as £25. We hope 2015 will bring plenty more ABO restaurants: Affordable But Outstanding.