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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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A haven of high-achieving British food with French underpinnings

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At a glance

Vegetarian menu
Tasting menu
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Service charge
Credit cards accepted

Tucked away down a quiet cul-de-sac in the fashionable St Giles district, not far from the cathedral, Roger Hickman's place is something of a haven from the city’s urban bustle, and it looks like a grown-up restaurant inside, with plain wooden floors, walls hung with colourful original artworks, and tables dressed in their best whites. Staff are a real asset, being attentive and discreet, announcing the composition of each dish as it turns up, and forthcoming with recommendations if needed. Hickman's refined modern British cooking is first-rate stuff, with the emphasis on intensity of flavour and seasoning, and it’s all presented looking as pretty as a picture. The drill is fixed-price menus and tasting options at both lunch and dinner, moving confidently from the likes of foie gras mousse with pistachios and cherries, or cured and smoked mackerel offset with gooseberry, horseradish and dill, to main courses that are a masterclass in composition and skillful technique – roast John Dory, perhaps, partnered with artichoke and the sweet-and-sour counterpoint of pickled shallots and caramelized onion. Stylish finishers might include creamy rice pudding lifted by an exotic array of contrasting sharp flavours in the shape of lime parfait, coconut, mango gel and pineapple.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 2 weeks January
  • Days closed: Sunday to Monday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2.30
  • Dinner served from: 7
  • Dinner served until: 10


  • Chef(s): Roger Hickman

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 14
  • Wines over £30: 95
  • Wines by the glass: 12

Price guide

  • 2-course lunch from: £20
  • 3-course lunch from: £25
  • 2-course dinner from: £38
  • 3-course dinner from: £47
  • Tasting menu from: £63
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Steps for wheelchair: 2
  • Assist dogs welcome


  • Seats: 40
  • Off-site parking available: On street, St Giles multi-storey

Additional information

  • Seats: 40

Getting here

In city centre, from A147 at roundabout into Cleveland Road, first left into Upper St Giles Street.

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