This year saw the Estrella Damm National Restaurant Awards return to its standard format after a reduced capacity in 2021. The event took place at the prestigious Hurlingham Club in Fulham and was attended by some of the UK’s most celebrated chefs and restaurants.
The UK’s top 100 restaurants were announced, along with a host of special awards, including the OpenTable-sponsored Best New Opening. Awards are voted for by an elite judging academy of more than 200 experts from across the industry. These include chefs, restaurateurs and food writers.
Academy members vote for the top seven restaurants they dined at during the past 12 months, with the UK split into 11 regions. Results are then analysed, and the top 100 list is created.
So, without further ado, here are this year’s winners at the National Restaurant Awards.
National Restaurant of the Year – Ynyshir
Gastropub of the Year – The Angel at Hetton
Best Restaurant in England – Moor Hall
Best Restaurant in Scotland – Inver
Best Restaurant in Northern Ireland – Ox
Chef of the Year – Simon Rogan (L’Enclume)
Chef to Watch – Spencer Metzger (The Ritz)
Opening of the Year – Bibi
Restaurateur of the Year – Dan and Natasha Smith (The Fordwich Arms, The Bridge Arms)
The Service Award – The Ritz
The Sustainability Award – When The Light Gets In
One to Watch – Lisboeta
Cocktail List of the Year – Kol
Wine List of the Year – Noble Rot Soho
Food Lovers Award – Beach House
Lifetime Achievement Award – Ruth Rogers (The River Cafe)
Congratulations to all of the chefs and restaurateurs recognised in this year’s awards.