Often an extensive, well-rounded wine list created by a knowledgeable sommelier can enhance a dining experience immeasurably. However there are times when one wishes to bring a bottle to dinner – maybe something newly-acquired they are eager to crack open, or a treasured older specimen that has been patiently awaiting the perfect occasion at a venue with food to match.
Across the pond in the States (and also Australia) diners have been toting their own tipple to eateries for decades, yet strangely it has never really taken off over here. Comprehensive lists documenting restaurant corkage policies in London are thin on the ground, and the frustration of acquiring BYO information in dribs and drabs motivated me to compile my own.
I hope you will find this list useful but be aware that corkage fees do change periodically so check with the restaurant before bringing your own. In any case it is advisable to make your intention known when making a reservation.
This listing is by no means exhaustive – if you have any additions, please feel free to send them my way.