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The National Restaurant Awards 2017: Winners

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Want to know which restaurants, chefs and wine lists are worth shouting about this year? The winners of the National Restaurant Awards 2017 have been announced, revealing the top 100 restaurants in the UK. This year there were 15 categories spanning England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, showcasing the UK’s diverse gastronomic dining scene.

From rural gastropubs to swanky city hangouts, we reveal the winners of this year’s coveted awards, plus, the top 30 restaurants to clear a space in your calendar for…

THE ESTRELLA DAMM NATIONAL RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR: The Sportsman

This critically acclaimed Kent coastal hot spot has held a Michelin star since 2008, and this is the second year in a row it’s been awarded National Restaurant of the Year. Food is hearty and gastropub style, with seasonal food sourced from around the local area. Dishes include roast saddle of Monkshill Farm lamb with mint sauce; thornback ray with brown butter, razor clams and sherry vinegar dressing; and braised brill fillet with mussel and bacon tartare.
 
Faversham Road, Seasalter, Whitstable, Kent CT5 4BP

Visit TheSportsmanSeasalter.co.uk

 

THE SERVICE AWARD: The Ledbury

With a focus on classic British ingredients, standout dishes on this Michelin-starred menu include Chantilly of oyster, tartare of sea bream and frozen English wasabi; Agen prune, Earl Grey tea and lardo; and Chinese water deer, smoked bone marrow, quince and red leaves. Voted as the 27th best restaurant in the world, and the second best in the UK, The Ledbury is the epitome of fine dining, but in the coolest of settings – the restaurant is housed inside a former pub, giving it a distinctly relaxed, laid-back vibe.
 
127 Ledbury Road W11 2AQ

Visit TheLedbury.com

 

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT: Shaun Hill

Having spent nearly 50 years in the kitchen taking the helm at various Michelin-starred eateries over the duration of his distinguished career, Shaun Hill has been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award – and rightly so. His Michelin-starred Inn, The Walnut Tree, in Abergavenny, also won the title of Best Restaurant in Wales.

 

SUSTAINABLE RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR: Lake Road Kitchen

This Cumbrian hotspot serves sustainably sourced Nordic-style food in stylish Scandi surroundings. Dishes change with the seasons, but standout plates could include snails served with bitter watercress, slathered in a sticky, dark Asian-style sauce; caramelised scallops with fermented apple purée and cucumber scented leaves; and duck eggs served atop charred-edge onion petals with a ramson and caper dressing.
 
Lake Road, Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 0AD

Visit LakeRoadKitchen.co.uk

 

GASTROPUB OF THE YEAR: The Sportsman

The second accolade for this Kent coastal hotspot, this time for its superlative gastro grub.
 
Faversham Road, Seasalter, Whitstable, Kent CT5 4BP

Visit TheSportsmanEastAlter.co.uk

 

THE BEST RESTAURANT IN WALES: The Walnut Tree

Described by The Sportsman’s Chef-Patron and Telegraph columnist, Stephen Harris, as a “legend among British restaurants”, Shaun Hill continues to delight diners with his unpretentious, wonderfully flavoured, purse-palatable plates. Seasonal dishes include monkfish with tomato, ginger and garlic; wood pigeon with petit pois à la française; John Dory with mussels and clams in a spiced broth; and saddle of venison with braised haunch.
 
LLandewi Skirrid, Abergavenny NP7 8AW, Wales

Visit TheWalnutTreeInn.com

 

THE BEST RESTAURANT IN SCOTLAND: Timberyard

This Edinburgh favourite serves up a creative, farm-to-table menu of locally-sourced artisanal produce in the hip setting of an industrial-chic, former warehouse.
 
10 Lady Lawson Street, Edinburgh EH3 9DS

Visit Timberyard.co

 

THE BEST RESTAURANT IN NORTHERN IRELAND: Wine & Brine

Owned by Great British Menu chef Chris McGowan – who previously worked as Head Chef for Richard Corrigan – Wine & Brine serves a heady mix of bold flavours and locally sourced, seasonal produce. Look forward to Scallop ceviche with pomegranate and pink grapefruit; liver parfait with smoked eel and apple; roast fillet of hake and Portavogie prawn linguine topped with cured egg yolk; and braised ox cheek with chimichurri, king oyster mushroom and artichoke.
 
59 Main St, Moira, Craigavon, Northern Ireland BT67 0LQ

Visit WineAndBrine.co.uk 

 

OPENTABLE FIT FOR FOODIES AWARD: The Lickfold Inn

Celebrated chefs Tom Sellers and Graham Squire offer a modern take on old-fashioned British pub food. Hole up in the bar and work your way through the glorious menu – the Scotch egg and Welsh rarebit are must-haves – or book into the upstairs dining room, where you’ll find an array of inventive dishes all inspired by the local countryside, including wild rabbit terrine with sand carrots and tarragon; Dunsfold deer with salt baked celeriac and toasted hay; and burnt apple soufflé with crème fraîche. Food is locally sourced by artisan suppliers and producers, with every dish made fresh in-house.
 
The Lickfold Inn, Highstead Lane, Lickfold, Petworth, West Sussex GU28 9EY

Visit TheLickfoldInn.co.uk

 

RESTAURATEUR OF THE YEAR: Jason Atherton

With 17 restaurants under his belt, spanning across New York, London, Dubai, Hong Kong, Cebu and Sydney, it’s little wonder that chef and restaurateur Jason Atherton has been awarded this title.
 
Visit JasonAtherton.co.uk

 

CHEFS’ CHEF OF THE YEAR: Claude Bosi

A legend amongst his peers, Claude Bosi is well-known for mixing highly skilled, classical techniques with the world’s best produce. His two Michelin-starred restaurant Hibiscus – which he took from Shropshire to London in 2007 – cemented his place in the country's culinary hall of fame, and most recently, he’s taken over Bibendum, Chelsea’s iconic seafood and oyster bar.
 
Bibendum, 81 Fulham Road SW3 6RD

Visit Bibendum.co.uk

 

CHEF TO WATCH: Elizabeth Haigh

Chef Elizabeth Haigh won a coveted Michelin star for her show-stopping creations at Hackney’s Pidgin, but is set to open her first restaurant, Shibui, in London, later this year. Shibui broadly translated means ‘beauty in simplicity’ and will open with a series of supper clubs, as part of Chef Haigh’s new company Kaizen House. Definitely one to watch.

Visit Instagram.com/The_ModernChef

 

COCKTAIL LIST OF THE YEAR: Hawksmoor

A stalwart on the steak scene, but it’s the cocktails that are putting Hawksmoor on this year’s list of top-notch dining spots.
 
Various London & Manchester locations

Visit TheHawksmoor.com

 

WINE LIST OF THE YEAR: Noble Rot

Not only does Noble Rot offer a sublime selection of tipples, both by the bottle and the glass, the food menu is overseen by Michelin-starred chefs Paul Weaver and Stephen Harris from The Sportsman in Whitstable. Pair your favourite vintages with delectable dishes of oysters, terrines, roasts and braised fish.
 
51 Lamb’s Conduit Street, Bloomsbury WC1N 3NB

Visit NobleRot.com

 

ONE TO WATCH: Red Rooster

Famed for his legendary Harlem outpost, Marcus Samuelsson brings his American comfort food to humble British shores, setting up camp in The Curtain – Shoreditch’s coolest new member’s bar. As well as finger lickin’ fried chicken – don’t be put off, apparently this is fried chicken with a gourmet twist – there’s live music, DJ booths, and a separate taqueria on the ground floor. One to put on your radar. And don’t worry, non-members are welcome in Red Rooster too.

45 Curtain Road, Shoreditch EC2A 3PT

Visit TheCurtain.com

Here are the top 30 restaurants from this year's awards:

  1. The Sportsman, Kent
  2. The Ledbury, Notting Hill, London
  3. A Wong, Victoria, London
  4. Som Saa, Spitalfields, London
  5. Barrafina, Soho, London
  6. Casamia, Bristol
  7. The Clove Club, Shoreditch, London
  8. Elystan Street, Chelsea, London 
  9. Kiln, Soho, London
  10. Hedonem, Chiswick, London 
  11. The River Café, Hammersmith, London
  12. Lyle’s, Shoreditch, London  
  13. Hoppers, Soho, London 
  14. The Palomar, Soho, London
  15. The Fat Duck, Bray
  16. Restaurant Sat Bains, Nottingham 
  17. L’Enclume, Grange-over-Sands, Lake District
  18. Coombeshead Farm, Launceston, Cornwall 
  19. The Dairy, Clapham, London
  20. The Walnut Tree, Abergavenny
  21. The Waterside Inn, Bray 
  22. Gymkhana, Mayfair, London
  23. Bibendum, Chelsea, London 
  24. The Elephant, Torquay, Devon
  25. The Raby Hunt, Darlington, Durham
  26. Midsummer House, Cambridge
  27. Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, Port Isaac, Cornwall
  28. Brawn, Hackney, London 
  29. Bulrush, Bristol
  30. 64 Degrees, Brighton 

For the full 100 list visit NationalRestaurantAwards.co.uk

 

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