The new edition of Harden's London Restaurants, which is published today, awarded the Rémy Martin VSOP Award for London's Best Newcomer of the Year to Hartnett who also won the Chef Award at this year's Cateys.
The award provides a ray of light in an otherwise grey year for Gordon Ramsay
Guide co-editor Peter Harden notes: "Angela Hartnett is to be congratulated, and Murano's success shows the Ramsay group still has what it takes. The year's survey results, though, confirm there are some very deep-seated problems in the group, and we have to hope that Murano's success marks a real turning point.
"All eyes will now turn to Pétrus - Ramsay's forthcoming fine dining restaurant shortly to be reborn in Belgravia. An undoubted success there would really confirm that the green shoots of a true Ramsay recovery were starting to show through."
Ramsay's former protégé Marcus Wareing's restaurant at the Berkeley hotel maintained its position as London's undoubted best top restaurant (first gained last year), and was awarded the Rémy Martin XO Excellence Award.
Bruce Poole's Wandsworth restaurant Chez Bruce was voted Londoners' favourite restaurant for the fifth consecutive year, while the big 'riser' was Mayfair celebrity-magnet Scott's - now third most-mentioned, up from 7th last year.
REMY MARTIN AWARD-WINNERS AND RUNNERS-UP
Rémy Martin XO Award for best all-round restaurant -
1. Marcus Wareing at the Berkeley
2. Chez Bruce
3. Le Gavroche
4. The Ledbury
5. La Trompette
6. The Landau
8. Clos Maggiore
9. J Sheekey
Remy Martin VSOP Award for best-rated newcomer
2. Min Jiang
4. Bull & Last
By Gemma Sharkey
E-mail your comments to Gemma Sharkey here.
If you have something to say on this story or anything else join the debate at Table Talk - Caterer's new networking forum. Go to www.caterersearch.com/tabletalk
Looking for a new job? Find your next restaurant job here with Caterersearch.com jobs