BMW Square Meal Award
Congratulations to Social Eating House, which has won the BMW Square Meal Best New Restaurant award.
Congratulations to Balthazar, who won BMW Square Meal Best New Restaurant for spring 2013, beating stiff competition from several other distinguished openings.
Congratulations to Chrysan, which has bagged the BMW Square Meal Best New Restaurant award for autumn 2012, beating off strong competition from all sides.
Congratulations to Dabbous, winner of the BMW Square Meal Best New Restaurant award for spring. The first solo venture of former Texture and Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons chef Ollie Dabbous, the
Fitzrovia restaurant has been feted by critics and diners since it opened in January. Square Meal’s editor Ben McCormack, who presented the award, praised the young chef and his passionate team.
‘Dabbous’ creative, forward-looking cuisine and industrial-style dining room are a knockout combination – it’s the sort of place where you’d feel as comfortable in jeans and a T-shirt as you would
in a suit and tie,’ he said. Chef-patron Dabbous acknowledged his team, saying the award was ‘a boost’ for them and all their hard work.
Jason Atherton’s Pollen Street Social has scooped the 2011 BMW Square Meal Restaurant of the Year title. The Mayfair restaurant has been hot property since it opened last April. A playful but cool
venue with a buzzy bar, edgy menu and metropolitan feel, it was a clear favourite for Restaurant of the Year, despite strong competition from sterling newcomers such as Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
and Roganic. Head chef and owner Atherton said the accolade was ‘a dream come true’.
Congratulations to Roganic, which has clinched the BMW Square Meal Award for Best New Restaurant. Square Meal’s editor, Ben McCormack, praised the restaurant – which saw off strong contenders such
as Pollen Street Social, Cut, and The Gilbert Scott – for its ‘endless innovation, impeccable ingredients and brave combinations’, all served in an informal environment. ‘What we like most is that
this is a fine-dining restaurant without the trappings of fine dining,’ he said.
The Kitchin, in Edinburgh, has been voted the BMW Square Meal Best UK Restaurant for 2011 – an award that considers all restaurants beyond the confines of the M25. With its subtley chic dining
room, professional service, and commitment to seasonality and provenance, the judging panel agreed that The Kitchin stood out as the clear winner. Chef and owner Tom Kitchin was thrilled with the
accolade. ‘It’s a great honour to have won such a prestigious award’, he said.
Congratulations to Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, which has won the BMW Square Meal Award for Best New Restaurant Spring 2011. The award is presented to a new restaurant that epitomises the qualities
of the BMW brand: style, innovation, reliability and value for money. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal – which, even before its launch, was the most talked-about opening of the year, both in and outside
the capital – was a natural choice for winner.
The Ledbury has been named as The BMW Square Meal Restaurant of the Year 2010, beating off strong competition from a 10-strong shortlist, including the likes of fine-dining aristocrats Hibiscus and
Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, as well as head-turning newcomers such as Bar Boulud, Polpo and the Dean Street Townhouse.
The BMW Square Meal awards recognise all-round excellence across the UK’s restaurant scene. The top accolade is Restaurant of the Year, which is given for the finest overall package, while Best New
Restaurant is awarded twice yearly to the most outstanding London restaurant launched during the given period. The Best UK Restaurant title goes to the establishment outside London that has most
captured the imagination of diners