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Every summer, we and our 25 regional reviewers look
beyond the M25 in our search for the best restaurant outside London. It proves a daunting task, which is why this year, more than usual, we would like to thank you, our readers, for giving us a
helping hand. Besides the many reader comments that have been contributed to the restaurant pages of our website, for the first time readers took part in an online survey, voting for their
favourite restaurant and leaving specific feedback, helping us to settle on a winner. The decision, though, was far from easy. There was plenty of support for the old guard, such as Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons and Waterside Inn. Last year’s winner, Whatley Manor, and Bray’s ever-popular Fat
Duck were also strong contenders, while Nathan Outlaw made the running with his impressive seafood
restaurant. But one restaurant outshone them all: L’Enclume. With its bucolic Lake District setting, pared-back
interiors and inventive modern cuisine, it has become one of the most popular foodie destinations in the country and thoroughly deserves this year’s top spot.
We thank BMW for its ongoing sponsorship of this award, particularly as its brand values of class, innovation, reliability and value are precisely the qualities of our latest winner.
About The BMW Square Meal Award
The BMW Square Meal awards recognise all-round excellence across the UK’s restaurant scene. The top accolade is London Restaurant of the Year, which is given for the finest overall package, while Best New Restaurant is awarded twice yearly to the most outstanding restaurant launched in the capital during the given period. The Best UK Restaurant title goes to the establishment outside London that has most captured the imagination of diners. Visit the BMW Hall of Fame.