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Good Food Guide expands top restaurant listing to 50

08 September 2009 by
Good Food Guide expands top restaurant listing to 50

The Good Food Guide has expanded its list of the top 40 UK restaurants to 50 to reflect the rise in up-and-coming chefs.

The 2010 edition of the guide, which is published today, has seen a surge in restaurants scoring seven out of 10 awarded for a "high level of ambition and individuality", prompting its editors to extend its list of top eateries.

While the top four positions are held by acclaimed chefs Heston Blumenthal, Gordon Ramsay, Marcus Wareing and Raymond Blanc respectively, there has been an "explosion of new talent" further down the line.

Michelin-starred chefs including Nathan Outlaw, who made the top 10 for the first time, as well as Jason Atherton, in 11th place, are "snapping at the heels of the frontrunners", according to the guide.

Elizabeth Carter, editor of The Good Food Guide, said: "There are so many great British restaurants hitting their stride at the moment that we just had to expand to a top 50. Despite the credit crunch, the British restaurant scene has never been so vibrant."

The Good Food Guide 2010 Top 50:

01. Fat Duck, Bray, Berkshire (10/10)
02. Gordon Ramsay, Royal Hospital Road, London (9)
03. Marcus Wareing at the Berkeley, London (8)
04. Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons, Oxfordshire (8)
05. The Square, London (8)
06. Le Champignon Sauvage, Gloucs (8)
07. Le Gavroche, London (8)
08. The Vineyard at Stockcross, Berkshire (8)
09. Pied-à-Terre, London (8)
10. Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, Cornwall (8)
11. Maze, London (8)
12. Tom Aikens, London (8)
13. L'Enclume, Cumbria (8)
14. Restaurant Martin Wishart, Edinburgh (8)
15. The Capital, London (7)
16. The Waterside Inn, Berkshire (7)
17. Bohemia, St Helier, Jersey (7)
18. Hibiscus, London (7)
19. Danesfield House, Bucks (7)
20. L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon, London (new) (7)
21. Restaurant Sat Bains, Nottingham (7)
22. Gidleigh Park, Chagford, Devon (7)
23. Holbeck Ghyll, Cumbria (7)
24. Fischer's Baslow Hall, Derbyshire (7)
25. Antony's Leeds, Yorkshire (7)
26. Simon Radley at the Chester Grosvenor, Cheshire (7)
27. Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles, Scotland (7)
28. Michael Wignall at the Latymer, Surrey (7)
29. Whatley Manor, Wiltshire (7)
30. Fraiche, Merseyside (new) (7)
31. Tyddyn Llan, Llandrillo, Wales (7)
32. Mr Underhill's, Shropshire (7)
33. Murano, London (new) (7)
34. Midsummer House, Cambridge (new) (7)
35. Hambleton Hall, Leics (7)
36. The Crown at Whitebrook, Wales (7)
37. Robert Thompson at the Hambrough, Isle of Wight (new) (7)
38. The Creel, Scotland (7)
39. Harry's Place, Lincs (7)
40. The Old Vicarage, Derbyshire (7)
41. The Ledbury, London (new) (7)
42. The Greenhouse, London (6)
43. Club Gascon, London (6)
44. The Kitchin, Edinburgh (6)
45. Galvin at Windows, London (new) (6)
46. The Sportsman, Kent (new)(6)
47. Purnell's Birmingham, West Midlands (new)(6)
48. The Yorke Arms, Yorkshire (new)(6)
49. ramsons, Greater Manchester (new) (6)
50. La Bécasse, Shropshire (new) (6)

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