The Good Food Guide have released their list of the Top 50 UK restaurants for 2017, with plenty of fine dining options on offer
Chosen by the publication’s team of foodie inspectors, venues are scored on a number of factors including ‘clear flavours’, ‘sound technical skills’ and cooking ‘that has reached a pinnacle of achievement’.
The Top 50 Restaurants 2017 are as follows:
1. L’Enclume, Cumbria
2. Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, Cornwall
3. Restaurant Sat Bains, Nottinghamshire
4. Pollen Street Social, London
5. Hibiscus, London
6. The Fat Duck, Berkshire
7. Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, London
8. Hedone, London
9. Restaurant Andrew Fairlie, Tayside
10. Fraiche, Merseyside
11. The Ledbury, London
12. Midsummer House, Cambridgeshire
13. Le Champignon Sauvage, Gloucestershire
14. Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester, London
15. Fera at Claridges, London
16. Le Gavroche, London
17. Marcus, London
18. The French, Manchester
19.André Garrett at Cliveden, Berkshire
20. The Peat Inn, Fife
21. Whatley Manor, The Dining Room, Wiltshire
22. Castle Terrace, Edinburgh (New to Top 50)
23. The Kitchin, Edinburgh
24. Bohemia, Jersey
25. The Greenhouse, London (New to Top 50)
26. The Waterside Inn, Berkshire
27. Casamia, Bristol
28. Paul Ainsworth at No. 6, Cornwall
29. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, London
30. Artichoke, Buckinghamshire
31. Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Oxfordshire
32. Restaurant Story, London
33. Gidleigh Park, Devon
34. Restaurant James Sommerin, Glamorgan
35. Simpsons, Birmingham (New to Top 50)
36. Sketch, London
37. Forest Side, Cumbria (New to Top 50)
38. Murano, London
39. Restaurant Martin Wishart, Edinburgh
40. Ynyshir, Powys
41. Adam’s, Birmingham
42. The Raby Hunt, Durham
43. Freemasons at Wiswell, Lancashire
44. Orwels, Oxfordshire (New to Top 50)
45. Restaurant Marianne, London (New to Top 50)
46. Hambleton Hall, Rutland
47. The Whitebrook, Gwent (New to Top 50)
48. Llangoed Hall, Powys
49. Lake Road Kitchen, Cumbria
50. The Dairy, London
So when it comes to seeing what the Good Food Guide considers Britain’s best foodie cities…
The outright winner
Unsurprisingly, the Capital came out on top in this year’s 50, with a whopping 16 entries based in London. These include the likes of gallery-come-brasserie Sketch (9 Conduit St, W1S 2XG) as well as new entry The Greenhouse (27A Hay’s Mews, W1J 5NY).
The Edinburgh invasion
Take a deep breath, and shout ‘Scotland!’ at the top of your lungs.
Auld Reekie achieved an impressive three spots on this year’s list, including The Kitchin (78 Commercial St, EH6 6LX), Restaurant Martin Wishart (54 Shore, EH6 6RA) and a first showing for Castle Terrace (33-35 Castle Terrace, EH1 2EL).
This latest entry puts Edinburgh in second place in the number of entries.
Other cities in the mix
While much of the list is taken up with towns and rural foodie spots, there’s still an honorary inclusion for both Bristol and Manchester.
Manchester’s The French (The Midland Hotel, Peter St, M60 2DS) is a much celebrated restaurant from Michelin Star Chef Simon Rogan, while Bristol’s Casamia (The General, Guinea St, BS1 6SX) from the Sanchez-Iglesias brothers is another high-end dining spot to appear in the top 50.
The cruelly overlooked
We see you, Good Food Guide – 50 places, 16 for London and not a single showing for the likes of Glasgow or Leeds?
Is there nothing to be said for Glasgow’s fantastic Two Fat Ladies at the Buttery (652 Argyle St, G3 8UF) or even the family-run Cail Bruich (725 Great Western Rd, G12 8QX)? There’s plenty of high-end cuisine on offer in Glesga, not to mention the vegan square sausage…
As for Leeds, The Man Behind the Curtain (68-78 Vicar Lane, LS1 7JH) is a supremely inventive high-end eatery.
Perhaps the Good Food Guiders need to venture out a little further…
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