Last night The Sunday Times Food List was revealed in a glossy ceremony at the Madarin Oriental Hotel. Decided by 8000 diners-out from across the UK, here are the top 5 restaurants in the country and what makes them so tantalising. Click on the links to make a reservation of your own. We have a feeling you will be tempted!
5- Waterside Inn, Bray, Berkshire
Serving up French cuisine from its riverside location in the town of Bray, the Waterside Inn boasts 3 Michelin stars and a classic menu that includes timeless, wholesome food such as roast rib of Angus beef, panfried cod and guinea fowl. Their desserts, however, are what they are famous for and include a warm golden plum soufflé and a marble vanilla and praline creme brulée.
4- La Gavroche, Mayfair
Flinging open its doors in 1966 with an opening attended by Charlie Chaplin, La Gavroche has wowed London diners for decades with its elegant menus and ability to experiment whilst sticking close to its French roots. Some of the delicacies on offer are crispy pig’s trotter, a smooth pike mousse and grilled scallops.
3- Gidleigh Park, Chagford, Devon
Last year’s number 1, Gidleigh Park in Devon is headed up by chef Michael Caines, who you may know from BBC2’s Great British Menu. It might have been pipped to the top spot this year but it continues to produce exceptional food in beautiful surroundings. Exclusively throughout October and November, Caines will be serving up a special menu of his signature dishes, which include raviolo of Cornish lobster, Devonshire beef fillet and caramel and cardamom parfait.
2- La Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Great Milton, Oxfordshire
Raymond Blanc’s establishment, nestled in the picturesque Oxfordshire countryside, houses a cookery school so one would expect it to be of a great standard! The 2 acre kitchen garden provides many of the ingredients involved in the restaurant’s dishes and produces over 90 types of vegetable and 70 types of herb. Highlights include an experimental wild Cornish brill with oyster, cucumber and wasabi beurre blanc.
1- The Ledbury, Notting Hill
Having won numerous accolades and garnered some degree of media attention, The Ledbury is the ‘it’ restaurant of the moment. From its hand picked crab with wakame oil, thinly sliced courgette and frozen parmesan to its Hampshire buffalo milk curd with Saint-Nectaire, truffle toast and a broth of grilled onions, it continues to produce groundbreaking food that is delicious and, ultimately, people want to eat.
Speaking of topping the list, Head Chef Brett Graham said, “This is a testament to everyone in the talented and energetic young team here at The Ledbury. It is my privilege to come in each day and orchestrate the proceedings but the accolade belongs to them all.”