Please wait, the site is loading...

Everyone knows that what really makes eating out expensive is the wine. So whenever it's my turn to choose a restaurant I always opt for a BYOB. Here are three of my favourites...

Brockley's rock, Brockley

Gluten-free fush and chups

I had been meaning to try Brockley's Rock (a fish and chip restaurant on Brockley high street) for some time (it's just down the road from my house) – turns out, it's pretty darn good! As well as everything you'd expect from a fish shop menu (battered cod, haddock) they also offer healthier, more refined options (not that I'm knocking fish and chips) such as grilled seabass and calamari. We tried the marinated tiger prawn salad, which was beautifully fresh and packed with zingy Asian flavours. The more traditional battered fish was flaky and the batter was golden and crisp. The best thing is the portion size – good luck rolling home! They pride themselves on using fresh, sustainable fish and also offer gluten-free batter on a Tuesday night. They have to clean out all the fryers to ensure it's completely gluten-free, which explains why it's just Tuesdays. It's great for me and my fellow coeliacs. With a steady queue for take-away, I would highly recommend eating in and enjoying a glass of whatever you choose to bring along.

Corkage: £2

Best for: Gluten-free battered fish

Cah Chi, Earlsfield

My, what a lotta meat!

With excellent reviews from Time Out I though it was worth giving this Korean restaurant a go. I didn't really know what to expect, as I'm not hugely familiar with Korean cuisine, but I was pleasantly surprised. We were given a selection of mini starters, including kimchi (traditional spicy, sour fermented vegetables). For the main, they fire-up the stove in the middle of each table and a chef comes out to cook your choice of meat. I chose delicious smoked duck, and my friend had tenderloin beef and spicy pork, both were packed with flavour and really tender. The meat was served with individual dipping sauces including a salty soy bean paste. Unfortunately the only drink you're allowed to bring yourself is wine, but there is a licensed bar if you fancy a beer or two!

Corkage: £4

Best for: Fiery Asian flavour combinations

Ottoman BBQ Restaurant, New Cross

Sophistacted kebabs...

Ottoman has a classic Turkish menu with familiar dishes such as chicken shish, ribs, iskender, but it's all cooked perfectly. I love starting with saksuka, (aubergine baked with tomatoes, onions, green peppers and garlic) which is juicy and delicious. The lamb and chicken shish kebabs are beautifully succulent and tender and served with lovely, slightly 'nutty' rice and salad. The décor isn't sophisticated, but this place is about good-quality, simply cooked food. The staff are always smiling and friendly, so if you fancy great, good-value food with humble surroundings I would definitely recommend it.

Corkage: free

Best for: Beautifully grilled meat

Up market options...

Want something a bit more upmarket? Try Hawksmoor (various London locations) for a great steak or Corrigans (Mayfair) that both offer BYOB on a Monday night. Hawksmoor will set you back £5 for corkage so might be worth taking a pricier bottle but Corrigans charges nothing, and even invites you to drop your bottle off early so they can get it to the right temperature for when you dine.

What's your favourite BYOB? Leave us a comment below...

 

About the author

Sarah Alcock

We value your privacy

We use cookies to help give you the best experience on our site and to allow us and third parties to customise the marketing content you see across websites and social media. For more information see our cookie policy.

Cookie Preference Centre

Learn more about what each cookie category does and choose your settings (toggle right to opt in or left to opt out). Cookie policy


Strictly Necessary

These technologies are needed to enable our websites and apps to run and to keep it secure.

Sainsbury's Magazine

These technologies tell us how customers use our sites and apps and provide information to help us improve the website, apps and your browsing experience.

Cookie name Duration
PHPSESSID Until the browsing session ends
device_view 1 month
recentlyViewedRecipes 1 year
subscription-{popup-version-date}-PopupClosed 12 days

Vimeo

Enables Vimeo videos on the site

Cookie name Duration
_derived_epik 1 year

Constant Commerce

Enables shopping tools for recipe ingredients

Cookie name Duration
cc_a_h 10 years
cc_a_s Until the browsing session ends

DoubleClick

DoubleClick Digital Marketing (DDM) is an integrated ad-technology platform that enables us to more effectively create, manage and grow high-impact digital marketing campaigns.

Cookie name Duration
DSID 10 days
IDE 1 year
RUL 11 months

Performance/Analytics

These technologies tell us how customers use our sites and apps and provide information to help us improve the website, apps and your browsing experience.

Google

Google Analytics tell us how customers use our sites and apps and provide information to help us improve the website, apps and your browsing experience.

Cookie name Duration
__gads 13 months
_ga 28 months
_gat 1 minute
_gid 1 day
1P_JAR 1 month
ANID 10 days
CONSENT 18 years
NID 6 months
__Secure-3PAPISID 2 years
__Secure-3PSID 2 years
__Secure-3PSIDCC 1 year

Marketing/Targeting

These technologies help us decide which products, services and offers may be relevant for you. We use this data to customise the marketing content you see on websites, apps and social media. They also help us understand the performance of our marketing activities. These cookies are set by us or our carefully-selected third parties.

Pinterest

Pinterest conversion tracking gathers conversion insights and builds audiences to target based on actions our visitors have taken on the site.

Cookie name Duration
_pinterest_ct_rt 1 year
_pinterest_ct_ua 1 year
_pin_unauth 1 year

Outbrain

These technologies tell us how customers use our sites and apps and provide information to help us improve the website, apps and your browsing experience.

Cookie name Duration
outbrain_cid_fetch 5 minutes
adrl 5 weeks
apnxs 6 weeks
criteo 2 months
obuid 6 months

Twitter

Twitter conversion tracking enables us to measure our return on ad spend by tracking the actions people take after viewing or engaging with our ads on Twitter.

Cookie name Duration
personalization_id 2 years
muc 2 years
ads_prefs 5 years
auth_token 5 years
dnt 5 years
guest_id 2 years
twid 5 years