The National Restaurant Awards

nralogosmallerOn Monday evening Spoon attended The National Restaurant Awards, an annual event hosted by Restaurant Magazine which names the best restaurants in the UK, in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland according to its 150 voters. It also reveals the country’s 100 best establishments as well rewarding the best wine list, sustainable restaurant, one to watch and the ever popular Chefs’ Chef of the Year. For the past three years, Brett Graham and his Notting Hill restaurant The Ledbury had held the number one position. 2013 however, saw a change at the top…

Results were announced over a three course dinner at The Brewery, in London. The evening began with a champagne reception which saw restaurant royalty Raymond Blanc and Joan Roca of El Celler de Can Roca (the current number one on The World’s 50 Best Restaurant list), enjoy drinks with the chefs behind other notable restaurants both in the UK and abroad. Daniel Patterson of Coi, Bruno Loubet (Grain Store), Mikeal Jonsson (Hedone), Stephen Harris (The Sportsman), Jason Atherton (Pollen Street Social and others), Tom Kitchin (Kitchin, Scran & Scallie) and Stephen Terry (The Hardwick) joined over 400 industry guests from across the country, as broadcaster Nigel Barden and Restaurant Magazine’s editor, William Drew began announcing who’d made the list.

The end of the night saw Tom and Beth Kerridge’s pub The Hand and Flowers crowned the number 1 with The Ledbury moving to second place. Tom and Beth opened The Hand & Flowers in Marlow in 2005. Only a year later, it was awarded its first Michelin star before making history in 2011 when it became the first pub to win two stars. Now they can add three more accolades to their ever growing list- The UK’s National Restaurant of the Year, England’s Best Restaurant 2013 and the UK’s Best Gastropub.

Other winners on the night included;

Highest New Entry – The Clove Club, Shoreditch, London

Chefs’ Chef of the Year – Stephen Harris, The Sportsman

Best Restaurant in Scotland- The Kitchin, Leith, Edinburgh

Best Restaurant in Wales – The Hardwick, Abergavenny

Best Restaurant in Northern Ireland – Shu, Belfast

Sustainable Restaurant of the Year – Grain Store, Kings Cross, London

Wine List of the Year – 10 Greek Street, Soho, London

One To Watch– Manchester House, Manchester

Some snaps taken by Spoon intern Jia…


The National Restaurant Awards Top 100 restaurants in the UK

1. The Hand and Flowers- Best Gastropub and Best Restaurant of the Year
2. The Ledbury
3. Pollen Street Social
4. L’Enclume
5. The Clove Club – Highest New Entry
6. Restaurant Sat Bains
7. The Sportsman ‐ Stephen Harris (Chefs’ Choice)
8. The Square
9. Grain Store – Sustainable Restaurant of the Year
10. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
11. Dabbous
12. The Fat Duck
13. The Kitchin – Best in Scotland
14. Hedone
15. Bocca Di Lupo
16. Brasserie Chavot
17. Restaurant Andrew Fairlie
18. 10 Greek Street – Best Wine List
19. Le Gavroche
20. The Hardwick ‐ Best in Wales
21. Hibiscus
22. Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons
23. Quo Vadis
24. Restaurant Nathan Outlaw
25. Midsummer House
26. The Waterside Inn
27. The Quality Chop House
28. The Walnut Tree
29. HKK
30. L’Anima
31. The Seahorse Restaurant
32. Hawksmoor Air Street
33. Social Eating House
34. Chez Bruce
35. Paul Ainsworth at Number 6
36. The Elephant
37. Michael Wignall at The Latymer
38. Kitchen Table at Bubbledogs
39. Alyn Williams at The Westbury
40. Le Champignon Sauvage
41. Viajante
42. St John
43. Ondine
44. The River Café
45. The Royal Oak Paley Street
46. Barrafina
47. Polpo
48. Galvin La Chapelle
49. Zuma
50. The Chilli Pickle
51. Casamia
52. Koya
53. Bar Boulud
54. Timberyard
55. Zucca
56. Bistrot Bruno Loubet
57. The Pipe & Glass Inn
58. La Petite Maison
59. Locanda Locatelli
60. The Pig
61. Green Man & French Horn
62. Restaurant Gordon Ramsay
63. Jose
64. Arbutus
65. Tyddyn Llan
66. Bone Daddies
67. Loves Restaurant
68. Lima
69. Gidleigh Park
70. PittCue
71. Galvin At Windows
72. The Seafood Restaurant
73. Hix Soho
74. Restaurant Martin Wishart
75. Purnell’s
76. Tom Aikens Restaurant
77. MeatLiquor
78. The Star at Harome
79. Balthazar
80. The Pass at South Lodge
81. Duck & Waffle
82. The Vineyard at Stockcross
83. Rocksalt
84. Drake’s
85. Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester s
86. Shu ‐ Best Restaurant in N. Ireland
87. Hartnett Holder & Co
88. Hutong
89. Cinnamon Kitchen
90. Aumbry
91. Galvin Bistrot de Luxe
92. The Hinds Head
93. Goodman Mayfair
94. Hereford Road
95. Restaurant Story
96. Dinings
97. Newman Street Tavern 3
98. The Montagu Arms
99. Flinty Red
100. Roka


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