UK Top 100 Restaurants 2016

UK Top 100 Restaurants 2016

UK Top 100 Restaurants 2016We have had a fantastic response this year in our quest to find the BMW Squaremeal Best UK Restaurant 2016. Thousands of votes flooded in from readers, bloggers and reviewers from all over the country. Without further ado, here are our UK top 100 restaurants for 2016.

Congratulations to our Best UK Restaurant 2016, Heston Blumenthal’s recently revolutionised The Fat Duck in Bray. With three Michelin stars to his name, Heston has been boasting about multisensory dining since 1997, at a time when the neuroscience world hadn’t even explored the topic.  

UK top 100 restaurants The Fat Duck Heston Blumenthal restaurant

BMW restaurant of the yearOn hearing the news, Heston said “I thought we might have a bumpy ride, critic-wise, but we’ve had a batch of great reviews. Winning the Squaremeal award came completely out of the blue, it shows a big change in the people of Britain as we were so straightjacketed by French cooking before.”

Voters applauded Heston’s “deceptively simple” formula, a fantastical combination of “exquisite artistry and outstanding culinary expertise” – we couldn’t agree more. For more on The Fat Duck, take a look at our SquareReel News video filmed on location in Bray.

Our full UK top 100 is below, but you can also find more information on each individual restaurant in our Squaremeal UK top 100 selection.

Restaurants 1 - 10

1. The Fat Duck, Bray, Berkshire

2. L’Enclume, Cartmel, Cumbria

3. Midsummer House, Cambridge

4. The Hand & Flowers, Marlow, Buckinghamshire

5. Artichoke, Old Amersham, Buckinghamshire

6. Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, Port Isaac

7. Fraiche, Oxton, Wirral

8. Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons, Great Milton, Oxfordshire

9. The Sportsman, Seasalter, Kent

10. Sticky Walnut, Hoole, Chester

UK's Top 100 Restaurants 2016

Restaurants 11 - 30

Forest Side
Forest Side

11. Waterside Inn, Bray, Berkshire

12. Manchester House, Manchester

13. Restaurant Mark Greenaway, Edinburgh

14. The French by Simon Rogan, Manchester

15. Northcote, Blackburn

16. The Kitchin, Edinburgh

17. Paul Ainsworth at No. 6, Padstow

18. Alimentum, Cambridge

19. Restaurant Sat Bains, Nottingham

20. Andre Garrett at Cliveden, Maidenhead

21. Forest Side, Grasmere (pictured)

22. Simpsons, Birmingham

23. Galvin Brasserie De Luxe, Edinburgh

24. 64 Degrees, Brighton

25. Freemasons at Wiswell, Clitheroe

26. Gidleigh Park, Devon

27. Adam’s Restaurant, Birmingham

28. Lake Road Kitchen, Ambleside

29. Mr Cooper’s House & Garden, Manchester

30. Rocksalt, Folkestone


Restaurants 31 - 50

The Goods Shed
The Goods Shed

31. The Lord Clyde Bollington, Cheshire

32. Bourne Valley Inn, Hampshire

33. Burnt Truffle, Heswall, Wirral

34. Stovell’s, Chobham, Surrey

35. The Walnut Tree, Abergavenny

36. The Man Behind The Curtain, Leeds

37. Hambleton Hall, Leicestershire

38. Castle Terrace, Edinburgh

39. The Loft at The Bull Beaumaris, Beaumaris

40. Casamia, Bristol

41. The Pompadour By Galvin, Edinburgh

42. The Hind’s Head, Bray, Berkshire

43. The Three Chimney’s & The House Over-By, Isle of Skye

44. Yu, Alderley Edge

45. The Seafood Restaurant, Padstow

46. Winteringham Fields, Lincolnshire

47. The Goods Shed, Canterbury (pictured)

48. The Raby Hunt, Darlington

49. Restaurant James Sommerin, Penarth

50. Porthminster Beach Café, St Ives


Restaurants 51 - 70

Ben's Cornish Kitchen
Ben's Cornish Kitchen

51. Restaurant Andrew Fairlie , Perthshire

52. Bohemia, St Helier, Jersey

53. Le Champignon Sauvage, Cheltenham

54. The Dining Room at Whatley Manor, Wiltshire

55. Roger Hickman’s Restaurant, Norwich

56. Maison Bleue, Bury St Edmunds

57. Signatures, Conwy

58. Hipping Hall, Kirkby Lonsdale

59. Drakes, Ripley, Surrey

60. Pea Porridge, Bury St Edmunds

61. Crafthouse, Leeds

62. Craig Millar, Fife

63. Benedict’s, Norwich

64. Ben’s Cornish Kitchen, Cornwall (pictured)

65. The Masons Arms (Knowstone), Devon

66. The Hardwick, Monmouthshire

67. Sojo, Oxford

68. The Great House, Lavenham, Suffolk

69. The Yew Tree Inn, Highclere, Hampshire

70. The West House, Biddenden, Kent


Restaurants 71 - 100

1851
1851 at Peckforton Castle

71. Iberico World Tapas, Nottingham

72. The Pointer at Brill, Buckinghamshire

73. The Cross at Kenilworth, Warwickshire

74. Chapter One, Locksbottom, Kent

75. The Gallery, Barry

76. The Ginger Pig, Hove

77. Jo Jo’s, Whitstable

78. Sir Charles Napier, Chinnor, Oxfordshire

79. Oli’s Thai, Oxford

80. Coast, Pembrokeshire

81. The Art School, Liverpool

82. Read’s, Faversham, Kent

83. Morston Hall, Holt, Norfolk

84. Australasia, Manchester

85. Pony & Trap (Chew Magna), Bristol

86. The Clink (Cardiff), Wales

87. 1851, Tarporley (pictured)

88. The Coach (Marlow), Buckinghamshire

89. The Crooked Billet, Henley-on-Thames

90. 1921, Bury St Edmunds

91. The Gallivant, Camber, East Sussex

92. Riddle & Finns South Lanes, Brighton

93. Old Downton Lodge, Ludlow, Shropshire

94. L’Ortolan, Reading

95. The Witchery by the Castle, Edinburgh

96. Bully’s, Cardiff

97. Turners Restaurant, Birmingham

98. Simon Radley at the Chester Grosvenor, Chester

99. The Gardener’s Cottage, Edinburgh

100. Monachyle Mhor, Lochearnhead


Congratulations to all at The Fat Duck who join last year’s winner The Hand & Flowers in our Squaremeal BMW Hall of Fame. And a big thank you to BMW for its sponsorship of the awards for the 16th consecutive year.

We conducted our survey in May and June this year, so you can rest assured that this is the freshest UK list there is. Don’t forget, you can find out more information on each individual restaurant in our Squaremeal UK top 100 selection

Portrait by Laurie Fletcher

This article was published 12 July 2016


UK Top 100 Restaurants 2016
The Fat Duck restaurant Bray

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