Sunday Times names top restaurants

04 November 2013 by
Sunday Times names top restaurants

Gidleigh Park in Devon has been named Britain's best restaurant, according to The Sunday Times Food List.

The list, published yesterday in association with restaurant guide Harden's is based on 80,000 reviews from 9,000 consumers, including 2,000 Sunday Times readers.

It is a return to the top spot for Michael Caines' restaurant, which also voted number one in 2010.

Andrew Fairlie in Gleneagles, Scotland, was second on the list, having been in the top spot last year.

In third place is The Yorke Arms in Ramsgill-in-Nidderdale, North Yorkshire. Its head chef is Frances Atkins, making her the highest ranked female chef since the list was first published in 2010.

In fourth place is Restaurant Nathan Outlaw in Rock, Cornwall, with Restaurant Martin Wishart in fifth position as the second Scottish restaurant to feature in the top five.

In sixth place is the list's highest re-entry, Fraiche in Oxton, Cheshire, which last featured in the list in 2011.

Raymond Blanc's Manoir Aux Quat' Saisons is in seventh place, while London's only representative in the top 10 is eighth-placed The Ledbury in Notting Hill. L'Enclume in Cartmel, Cumbria and Restaurant Sat Bains in Nottingham complete the top 10.

London is home to 51 restaurants in the top 100. Edinburgh has the next most, with four - but London can only claim four of the top 20. Joining the Ledbury are: Le Gavroche in 15th place, One-o-One in 16th, and Pied A Terre in 17th. Birmingham is the next best represented English city, with three entries: Simpsons (28th), Purnells (56th) and Lasan (91st), while a Manchester restaurant makes the top 100 for the first time, The French, which opened earlier this year, sits in 68th place.

Modern British cuisine now accounts for 39 of the eateries featured, compared to 34 last year. The next most popular cuisine is Japanese, with nine restaurants, the highest ranked of which is The Shiori in Queensway, London, in 30th place, while there are seven specialising in fish and seafood.

Five restaurants serve Indian cuisine, led by 25th placed Rasoi in Chelsea. Of the four Chinese eateries to feature, the highest ranked, in 24th place, is new entry HKK, in the City. Just three Italian restaurants feature in the list.

There are 20 new entries to the list this year, including Story in Bermondsey, whose head chef Tom Sellers is 26 years-old, one of the youngest in the top 100. There are also 10 re-entries, including The Latymer, in Pennyhill, Surrey, in 26th place, and Read's in Faversham, Kent (41st).

The Top 20 restaurants in The Sunday Times Food List (last year's position in brackets)

1) Gidleigh Park, Devon (2)
2) Andrew Fairlie, Gleneagles (1)
3) The Yorke Arms, Ramsgill, Yorkshire (28)
4) Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, Rock, Cornwall (22)
5) Restaurant Martin Wishart, Edinburgh (8)
6) Fraiche, Oxton, Cheshire (re-entry)
7) Le Manoir Aux Quat' Saisons, Great Milton, Oxfordshire (6)
8) The Ledbury, Notting Hill, London (3)
9) L'Enclume, Cartmel, Cumbria (11)
10) Restaurant Sat Bains, Nottingham (21)
11) The Kitchin, Edinburgh (24)
12) The Fat Duck, Bray, Berkshire (15)
13) Mr Underhill's, Ludlow, Shropshire (10)
14) The Waterside Inn, Bray, Berkshire (4)
15) Le Gavroche, Mayfair (9)
16) One-o-One, Knightsbridge, London (5)
17) Pied A Terre, Fitzrovia, London (16)
18) Midsummer House, Cambridge (7)
19) Drake's, Ripley, Surrey (38)
20) Hambleton Hall, Rutland, Midlands (14)

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