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Gidleigh Park tops the Sunday Times Best 100 restaurants list

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Gidleigh Park tops the Sunday Times Best 100 restaurants list
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Michael Caines’ two-Michelin-starred restaurant at Gidleigh Park in Chagford, Devon, has been voted the best restaurant in the UK by The Sunday Times.

Britain’s Top 100 Restaurants, published by The Sunday Times Food List in partnership with Harden’s restaurant guides, named the restaurant top ahead of Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck and Marcus Wareing at the Berkeley.

Caines said he was ecstatic. “Gidleigh Park has been my pride and joy ever since I was appointed chef in 1994,” he said.

“We’ve gone on to hold two Michelin stars for almost 12 years and my team has never taken their eye off the ball; these awards mean a great deal to us and we feel like Christmas has come early.”

Britain’s Top 100 Restaurants is dominated by French restaurants, with the likes of Marcus Wareing (3), the Waterside Inn (5), Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons (6) and Le Gavroche (7) represented in the top 10.

Modern British is the second most represented category, with restaurants including the Fat Duck (2), the Ledbury (4), and Hambleton Hall (11) topping the list.

There are eight Japanese restaurants including Nobu (25/40), Zuma (37) and Roka (48), while Chinese and Indian have six representatives each.

Britain’s Top 100 Restaurants

1 Gidleigh Park, Chagford

2 The Fat Duck, Bray

3 Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley, London

4 The Ledbury, London

5 The Waterside Inn, Bray

6 Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Great Milton

7 Le Gavroche, London

8 L’Enclume, Cartmel

9 One-O-One (Sheraton Park Tower), London

10 Kitchin, Edinburgh

11 Hambleton Hall, Hambleton

12 The Square, London

13 Restaurant Sat Bains, Nottingham

14 The Yorke Arms, Ramsgill-in-Nidderdale

15 Restaurant Martin Wishart, Edinburgh

16 Viajante, London

17 Pied a Terre, London

18 Andrew Fairlie (Gleneagles Hotel), Auchterarder

19 La Becasse, Ludlow

20 Northcote, Langho

21 Sharrow Bay, Ullswater

22 Number One, Edinburgh

23 Murano, London W1

24 Mr Underhill’s, Ludlow

25 Nobu (Metropolitan Hotel), London

26 L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, London

27 Summer Lodge, Evershot

28 Midsummer House, Cambridge

29 Rasoi, London

30 Three Chimneys, Dunvegan

31 Hakkasan, London W1

32 Capital Restaurant (Capital Hotel), London

33 Landau (The Langham), London

34 Roussillon, London

35 Greenhouse, London

36 Simpsons, Birmingham

37 Zuma, London

38 21212, Edinburgh

39 Bath Priory Hotel, Bath

40 Nobu Berkeley, London

41 Nahm (Halkin Hotel), London

42 La Trompette, London

43 Le Champignon Sauvage, Cheltenham

44 The Ritz Restaurant (The Ritz), London

45 Hibiscus, London

46 Wiltons, London

47 Chez Bruce, London

48 Roka, London

49 L’Ortolan, Shinfield

50 The Seafood Restaurant, Padstow

51 Pearl, London

52 Gordon Ramsay, London

53 Morgan M, London N7

54 La Petite Maison, London

55 Texture, London

56 The Vineyard at Stockcross, Stockcross

57 Umu, London

58 Tom Aikens, London

59 Anthony’s, Leeds

60 The River Cafe, London

61 Kai Mayfair, London

62 Benares, London

63 Club Gascon, London

64 Amaya, London

65 Sheekey, London

66 Petersham Nurseries, London

67 Gamba, Glasgow

68 Galvin at Windows (London Hilton Park Lane), London

69 Purnell’s, Birmingham

70 Scott’s, London

71 Jin Kichi, London

72 Royal China Club, London

73 Theo Randall (InterContinental Hotel), London

74 The Sportsman, Whitstable

75 Fischers at Baslow Hall, Baslow

76 The Great House, Lavenham

77 Petrus, London

78 Drakes, Ripley

79 Zaika, London

80 Chewton Glen, New Milton

81 Yauatcha, London

82 Trinity, London

83 Edmunds, Birmingham

84 Pipe & Glass Inn, Beverley

85 Terre a Terre, Brighton

86 Launceston Place, London

87 The Cinnamon Club, London

88 Quilon, London

89 Wheeler’s Oyster Bar, Whitstable

90 Hunan, London

91 Artisan (Westbury Hotel), London

92 Dinings, London

93 L’Anima, London

94 Goodman, London

95 Ken Lo’s Memories of China, London

96 Chapter One, Locksbottom

97 Clarke’s, London

98 Locanda Locatelli, London

99 Sushi-Say, London

100 Walnut Tree, Llandewi Skirrid

By Kerstin Kühn

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