There's nothing better at the end of a long week or on a special occasion than going to a brilliant restaurant near you... And from decadent pub food, to posh special treats, to vegetarian health food, we've reviewed it all, so you can make an informed decision the next time you go out.

Here are our very favourite restaurants and eateries we've reviewed over the last year. Make your New Year's resolution to eat some delicious food on your doorstep!

The White Bear

The White Bear is a cosy French brasserie in the heart of Ruislip, serving traditional European cuisine such as snails and steak.

Reviewer Katherine Clementine said: "Overall, the restaurant offered a warm and cosy atmosphere. I'd highly recommend for a dinner date or adult group dining, although children are catered for and families can enjoy the garden in warmer months."

Read our full review here.

The White Bear, Ickenham Road, Ruislip, HA4 7DF - 01895 679770

Pure Taste

Pure Taste in Notting Hill is a Paleo (the "caveman" diet; i.e. no grains, dairy or legumes) restaurant, serving healthy but satisfying dishes.

Reviewer Alix Culbertson said: "A lot of love and care has obviously gone into the ever-changing menu at Pure Taste and what I loved is the food was delicious in its own right."

Read our full review here.

Pure Taste London, 115 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill, W2 4UP - 020 7727 500

The Gate

The Gate is an vegetarian and vegan restaurant serving decadent, healthy and delicious food to veggies and meat-eaters alike.

Reviewer Emily Chudy said: "Delicately balanced ingredients and a daring menu means even the most seasoned carnivore would go wild for this free-from menu, boasting vegan, gluten-free and nut-free options."

Read our full review here.

The Gate, 51 Queen Caroline Street, Hammersmith, W6 9QL - 020 8748 6932

Ping Pong Dim Sum

Ping Pong Dim Sum is an alternative Chinese restaurant in the heart of Soho.

Reviewer Amita Joshi said: "We roll out of Ping Pong with a newly acquired taste for alternative Chinese food, wondering if the often frequented noodle bars on our high streets will quite cut it now we've had tasted a healthier, flavoursome substitute."

Read our full review here.

Ping Pong Dim Sim, 45 Great Marlborough Street, Soho, W1F 7JL - 020 7851 6969

Café Rouge

Café Rouge is a newly-refurbished French bistro in Ruislip, offering comfort food and delicious European cuisine.

Reviewer Emily Chudy said: "Set in a great location on Ruislip High Street, Café Rouge delivers high-quality French comfort food without breaking the bank... Perfect for visiting on a cold evening as Autumn moves into Winter."

Read our full review here.

Café Rouge, 10 High Street, Ruislip, HA4 7AW - 01895 678572

Bollo House

Bollo House is a high-end, relaxed gastropub in Chiswick offering delicious, high-quality pub grub.

Reviewer Danya Bazaraa said: "Bollo House is not cheap, but it is certainly a lovely treat and a guaranteed chilled and enjoyable evening."

Read our full review here.

The Bollo House, Bollo Lane, Chiswick, W4 5LR - 0208 994 6037

Meat and Shake

Meat and Shake Southern Barbecue is a southern-USA-inspired barbecue diner boasting buffalo wings, chicken, ribs and indulgent desserts and milkshakes.

Reviewer David Rivers said: "I would thoroughly recommend this restaurant for a menu offering such a broad range of authentic American food, with a clear attention to detail in each dish suggesting that a great deal of thought has gone into it."

Read our full review here.

Meat and Shake, 17 The Green, Ealing, W5 5DA - 020 8840 7373


Zinnia is a high-end Japanese restaurant on Fulham Road in Chelsea.

Reviewer Adrian Seal said: "I almost wanted to find fault with Zinnia but try as I did there was really nothing not to like about this new addition to the Fulham Road, from its eye-catching design, creative and well delivered food, attentive staff and a good ambience."

Read our full review here.

Zinnia, 86 Fulham Road, Chelsea, SW3 6HR - 0207 052 0052

Old School

Old School is a vegetarian restaurant in Hounslow with Cuban and Indian influences.

Reviewer Robert Cumber said: "While not quite as revolutionary as the Cuban theme might suggest, the tasty, great value dishes mean it's certainly worth the short stroll from Hounslow High Street to check it out."

Read our full review here.

Old School Vegetarian Restaurant, 248 Hanworth Road, Hounslow, TW3 3TY - 020 7018 7830

Have you been to an amazing restaurant this year? Let us know where it was in the comments below.