Restaurant Magazine revealed the top 100 restaurants in the UK at a Champagne-fuelled awards ceremony in London last night. The National Restaurant Awards, now in their 10th year, are voted for by an expert panel of 180 chefs, restaurateurs, food writers and critics.
The Sportsman in Seasalter took the top spot for the second year running, followed by London’s The Ledbury in second place. It was a particularly special night for A Wong in Victoria, who jumped from 19 to 3 in the list, and The Lickfold Inn – winner of the Fit for Foodies award, which is based on reviews and ratings from OpenTable diners.
Interestingly, this year’s list recognises a number of casual dining restaurants – such as Padella, Blacklock, and El Pastor – alongside the more formal fine dining destinations. Big Hospitality also noted the influx of new wave Asian restaurants like Som Saa, Kiln and Bao.
Estrella Damm National Restaurant of the Year – The Sportsman
The Service Award – The Ledbury
Lifetime Acheivement Award – Shaun Hill
Sustainable Restaurant of the Year – Lake Road Kitchen
Gastropub of the Year – The Sportsman
The Best Restaurant in Wales – The Walnut Tree
The Best Restaurant in Scotland – Timberyard
The Best Restaurant in Northern Ireland – Wine & Brine
OpenTable Fit for Foodies award – The Lickfold Inn
Restaurateur of the Year – Jason Atherton
Chefs’ Chef of the Year – Claude Bosi
Chef to Watch – Elizabeth Haigh
Cocktail List of the Year – Hawksmoor
Wine List of the Year – Noble Rot
One to Watch – Red Rooster
Huge congratulations to all of the chefs and restaurateurs who were recognised in this year’s awards!