Bristol Inn with FOUR-YEAR Waiting List Declared World’s Most Elusive Reservation

An inconspicuous inn located in Bristol has earned the illustrious title of the most challenging dining establishment to secure a table worldwide, surpassing even upscale New York restaurants.

Nestled in central Bristol, The Bank Tavern has achieved unprecedented fame for its delectable Sunday roasts and now boasts an astonishing four-year waiting list, making it the unparalleled leader on a recent survey’s ranking of the world’s toughest restaurants to reserve a table.

The pub’s homemade gravy and colossal Yorkshire puddings have garnered critical acclaim, with their Sunday dinner being crowned as Britain’s finest at the esteemed Observer Food Monthly Awards in 2019.

Interestingly, two other establishments from the United Kingdom also secured a spot in the coveted top 10 positions.

Heston Blumenthal’s prestigious restaurant, The Fat Duck in Bray, commands a considerable four-month waiting period, adding to its allure.

Meanwhile, The Cove Club in London, an upscale eatery, earned the ninth position, where patrons must exercise patience for three months before indulging in its culinary delights.

Across the Atlantic, Damon Baehrel in New York garnered the highest score among American eateries. It proudly secured the second spot in the global rankings, with patrons enduring a waiting list of approximately a year for a cherished reservation.

The waiting times are meticulously calculated based on the duration customers can expect to bide their time before a coveted table becomes available.

As some dining establishments embrace a strategic approach, releasing tables in monthly waves, others grapple with lingering challenges stemming from the aftermath of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Conducted by Dojo, a payment provider for businesses, this study provides an intriguing glimpse into the rarefied world of exclusive dining experiences.


  1. The Bank Tavern, Bristol, UK, 4 years
  2. Damon Baehrel, New York, USA, ~ 1 year
  3. Masalawala & Sons, New York, USA, ~ 6 months
  4. La Mesita de Almanza, Tierra del Fuego Argentina, ~ 6 months
  5. Mesa 1, Punta de Mita, Mexico, ~ 6 months
  6. Disfrutar, Barcelona, Spain, ~ 5 months
  7. The Fat Duck, Bray, UK, ~ 4 months
  8. Noma, Copenhagen, Denmark, ~ 3 months
  9. The Cove Club, London, UK, ~ 3 months
  10. Brae, Birregurra, Australia, ~ 2 months

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