To usher in the Year of the Monkey, we’d like to take you on a tour of some of the UK’s best venues for celebrating this Chinese New Year, starting up north and ending in our home town of Bristol.
Chop Chop is the perfect destination for a sophisticated and unforgettable Chinese New Year meal. The original Chop Chop in Edinburgh was featured in Gordon Ramsay’s The F-Word and was voted Britain’s most popular Chinese restaurant in 2010 and 2012, while the more recent Glasgow restaurant was awarded an AA rosette just three months after opening. The unlimited banquet is the ideal way of sampling a wide range of authentic regional dishes, for only £20.95.
China Town in Edinburgh is also highly regarded, receiving a Hitlists Award from The List magazine and a TripAdvisor Certicate of Excellence in 2015. The surroundings are understated, the service is attentive without being intrusive and the Cantonese food is superb, with fish and seafood being particular specialities. So for a refined and elegant evening in Edinburgh, make your way to China Town. Please note that the restaurant will be closed from 16th February to noon on 6th March.
Yeung Sing, Bingham Saturday 6th February 2016
The lavish Chinese decor at Yeung Sing, with its bold colours, sumptuous fabrics and swirling dragons, forms the perfect backdrop to a Chinese New Year celebration. On Saturday 6th February they’re laying on an extravaganza of entertainment, accompanied by a two-course meal from their excellent and extensive Cantonese menu. The festivities will include a prize draw, a MaBo Lion Dance and performances from the Chinese Elvis!
Birmingham is renowned for its Chinese Quarter and its spectacular Chinese New Year celebrations, attended by up to 30,000 people, but if you fancy something less frenetic, or closer to home, head for China Red in Coventry. They do fabulous dim sum and more modern Chinese dishes, and their all-you-can-eat banquet is freshly prepared by their expert chef and served at your table. Afterwards, why not head for the stylish karaoke lounge and party the night away?
Zheng has been hailed by The Times’ food critic Giles Coren as ‘possibly the best authentic Chinese-Malaysian in the country’ and has also received high praise from acclaimed chef Ken Hom, so where better to spend Chinese New Year than at this fabulous venue? It’s in the heart of the trendy Jericho area, only a short walk from Oxford station, and surrounded by pubs and bars if you fancy making a night of it.
Leigh House, Beaconsfield Sunday 7th February and Monday 8th February 2016
Mr Tang at Leigh House in Beaconsfield is really pushing the boat out this Chinese New Year. On Sunday 7th February he’s laying on a family friendly menu and balloon artist to amuse the children and on Monday 8th February he’s hosting a four-course lobster feast with Chinese dragon dancing and live entertainment. There’s also a dedicated Chinese New Year menu of eight dishes for £28 per adult or £16.80 per child under 15.
Monday 8th February £39.50 pp
Royal Garden, Croydon Friday 12th February 2016
This friendly Cantonese and Szechuan restaurant run by husband-and-wife team Lin and Lawrence Cheung is seeing in the Year of the Monkey with celebrations on Friday 12th February. For £30 per head, the evening includes a three-course sharing banquet and live music, starting at 9pm, from popular duo Lizzi and Shirley. A free bonus is that the surrounding parkland affords stunning views towards the lights of London.
Friday 12th February 2016 £30 pp
The Lou family have been running this welcoming and well-loved London institution since 1976. Besides being a winner in the Timeout Love London Awards in 2015, North China’s popularity with local regulars is testament to its enduring excellence. Visit for Chinese New Year and you’re sure to find the place buzzing with animated conversation and brimming with delicious food.
Water Sky, Bristol Saturday 6th February, 11.30am
If you’re after a sumptuous venue for a large party, then Water Sky is the place. It seats up to 400 diners, with round tables for groups of up to 15, making it a popular and buzzing choice for lunchtime and evening celebrations. On Saturday 6th February Wai Yee Hong supermarket next door is holding a free festival with lion dances, kung fu displays and a fabulous food market.