gbgr.jpgThe UK’s top 100 restaurants

A combination of readers, bloggers and our nationwide team of reviewers have left 2,400 votes in our annual out-of-London survey – and the results are in.

Here we present your hundred favourite restaurants outside London, the nation's hottest dining tickets from the north, south, east and west. While many familiar names such as The Fat Duck and L’Enclume still colonise the upper echelons, the results also reveal a new generation of rising star restaurants.

Scroll down to see how your favourite did, and perhaps discover a whole new favourite along the way, be it Newcastle's new entry House of Tides (28), or Cheltenham arrival Lumière (24).

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1: Northcote, Langho, Lancashire

It’s no mean feat to stay at the top of your game for 30 years, yet Nigel Haworth and Craig Bancroft’s effortlessly confident Michelin-starred flagship continues to raise the bar with “unbelievably good food” and service that genuinely cherishes its customers. Northcote’s previously staid interior positively sparkles, thanks to a sleek makeover that has given the set-up an “extra edge”. As a trailblazing champion of all things Lancastrian, Haworth northcote.jpghas always shown respect for the seasons, while adding a sophisticated gloss and some “earthy twists” to the region’s big-boned culinary traditions. The result is “consistently brilliant”, ably interpreted by head chef Lisa Allen. Deeply satisfying, stunningly presented creations abound, from three riffs on beetroot with pickled shallot hearts and horseradish to a surprise package of roe deer with cherries, Northcote - Nothercote_2013_-_seared_dexter_beef_wild_herb_and_salsify_sald_lime_caramel_roast_marrowbone_-_2006_-_NH_obsession_web.jpgbutternut squash, ginger and salted pumpkin seeds. We’re also huge fans of Haworth’s thrilling desserts. The kitchen runs on unbridled generosity, the fastidiously curated wine list is “a pleasure to behold” and staying over is pure joy. In short, Northcote is “number one for so many reasons” and a worthy winner of the BMW Square Meal Award for the Best UK Restaurant.

Pictured above right, Square Meal editor Ben McCormack presents the award to (from left) Craig Bancroft, Lisa Allen and Nigel Haworth

See our full review of Northcote here


The UK's top restaurants, numbers 2 - 100

2: L’Enclume, Cartmel, Cumbria
The essence of nature on a plate

3: Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Great Milton, Oxfordshire
Pure escapism and fabulous cooking

4: The Fat Duck, Bray, Berkshire
Wizadry from a gastronomic magician

5: The Hand & Flowers, Marlow, Buckinghamshire
Big-hearted food from a rising star

6: The Artichoke, Old Amersham, Buckinghamshire
Excellent, independent local restaurant

7: Paul Ainsworth at No 6, Padstow, Cornwall
Stellar cooking from a chef on the up

8: The Kitchin, Edinburgh
Culinary thrills galore on the waterfront

9: Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, Rock, Cornwall
Sensational seafood from a Cornish star

10: Alimentum, Cambridge
Bold, challenging food in funky surrounds

11: The Waterside Inn, Bray, Berkshire
Silky charms down by the riverside

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ABOVE: Waterside Inn

12: The Sportsman, Seasalter, Kent
Serious food in a dressed-down boozer

13: Midsummer House, Cambridge
Dazzlingly creative cooking by the river

14: André Garrett at Cliveden, Maidenhead, Berkshire
Impressive food in a lavish country pile 

15: The French by Simon Rogan, Manchester
Cumbrian star’s Mancunian debut

16: The Walnut Tree, Monmouthshire
A Welsh icon that’s back on fine form

17: Stovell’s, Chobham, Surrey
Ambitious out-of-town eatery

18: Plumed Horse, Edinburgh
Personally run waterfront thoroughbred

19: Restaurant Sat Bains, Nottingham
Startlingly original food from a star chef

20: Fraiche, Oxton, Merseyside
Extreme cuisine from a single-minded chef

21: The Pompadour by Galvin, Edinburgh
A Scottish triumph for the Galvins

22: Michael Wignall at The Latymer, Bagshot, Surrey
Gasp-inducing gastronomic creations

23: The Pipe & Glass Inn, Beverley, Yorkshire
Boozy virtues and thumping regional food

24: Lumière, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Low-key wonder with big ideas

25: Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles, Auchterarder, Perthshire
Premier-league Scottish destination

26: Purnell’s, Birmingham
Star of the Brummie scene

27: Le Champignon Sauvage, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Personal vibes and understated innovation

28: House of Tides, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Bold new venture from northern chef

29: Gidleigh Park, Chagford, Devon
Aristocratic chic on the fringes of Dartmoor

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ABOVE: Gidleigh Park

30: The Three Chimneys, Isle of Skye
Enviably remote Highland hideaway

31: Tanners Restaurant, Plymouth, Devon
Christopher and James Tanner in one of Plymouth’s oldest buildings

32: Ynyshir Hall, Eglwysfach, Powys
Cleverly cooked Welsh ingredients

33: Whatley Manor, Malmesbury, Wiltshire
Complex, on-trend and utterly sublime food

34: Driftwood, Portscatho, Cornwall
Top-quality cooking in a small seaside hotel

35: The Harrow at Little Bedwyn, Wiltshire
Imaginative menus based on local produce

36: Apicius, Cranbrook, Kent
Sublimely traditional French cooking

37: Pea Porridge, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
Quirky, adventurous cooking at reasonable prices

38: Restaurant Tristan, Horsham, West Sussex
Imaginative dishes from Tristan Mason

39: Drake’s Restaurant, Ripley, Surrey
Precise, boundary-pushing food in sophisticated surrounds

40: The Great House, Lavenham, Suffolk
Upbeat Gallic flavours and generous wines

41: Castle Terrace, Edinburgh
Elegant food full of natural flavours from a sibling of The Kitchin

42: Vetiver, New Milton, Hampshire
Satisfying modern food matched by superlative wines

43: The Pass, Lower Beeding, West Sussex
Consistently imaginative cooking, full of surprises

44: Maison Bleue, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
Fish-focused classy French restaurant

45: Chapter One, Farnborough Common, Kent
Reliably outstanding with elegant decor and worldly-wise cooking

46: The Curlew, Bodiam, East Sussex
Terse menus, modish ideas and a new chef raising the bar

47: Sir Charles Napier, Chinnor, Oxfordshire
40-year-old Chiltern legend famed for surreal sculptures and fine-tuned food

48: Morston Hall, Morston, Norfolk
Local produce, inspired daily menus and superlative wines

49: 21212, Edinburgh
High-wire thrills and stunningly amazing food from Paul Kitching

50: Y Polyn, Nantgaredig, Carmarthenshire
Scrubbed-up, gently idiosyncratic country inn

51: The Ambrette, Margate, Kent
Dishes blend Eastern spices with French twists

52: Titchwell Manor, Brancaster, Norfolk
Ambitious culinary moves from Eric Snaith

53: The West House, Biddenden, Kent
Kentish character and fine-tuned cooking

54: Orwells, Shiplake, Oxfordshire
Local, foraged and home-grown strongly feature

55: The Yorke Arms, Ramsgill, North Yorkshire
Clever cooking in a Georgian hunting lodge

56: 64 Degrees, Brighton
Seductively simple cooking at this hip hotspot


ABOVE: 64 Degrees

57: Nobles Restaurant, Battle, East Sussex
Anglo-European food in unfussy, elegant surrounds

58: Freemasons at Wiswell, near Clitheroe, Lancashire
Creative uses of seasonal produce

59: Galvin Brasserie de Luxe, Edinburgh
An egalitarian brasserie from the Galvin brothers

60: The Bath Priory, Bath, Somerset
The epitome of cosseting country-house comfort

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ABOVE: Bath Priory

61: Sticky Walnut, Chester
A fantastic little bistro with an Italian accent

62: Clarkes of Peterborough, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
A bright, vibrant and sustainable gem

63: Holbeck Ghyll, Windermere, Cumbria
Traditional meets modern by Lake Windermere

64 The Lord Clyde, Bollington, Cheshire
Countryside pub with cutting-edge cooking

65: Thackeray’s, Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Meticulously crafted modern French cooking

66: The Stagg Inn, Titley, Herefordshire
Quality pub that cares about ingredients

67: Timberyard, Edinburgh
Locally-sourced ingredients, with a butchery and smokery on-site

68: The Broad Chare, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
A thumpingly good, Bulldog-Brit gastropub

69: The Gallivant, Rye, West Sussex
Beachside hideaway dedicated to local produce

70: The Gardener’s Cottage, Edinburgh
Reinvented British heritage food, with influences from faraway lands

71: Simon Radley at the Chester Grosvenor, Cheshire
Big-shot, “über-expensive” food for the smart Cheshire set

72: GB Pizza Co, Margate, Kent
Carefully crafted pizzas from a wood-fired oven

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ABOVE: GB Pizza Co

73: The Beckford Arms, Fonthill Gifford, Somerset
Superb home-cooking on Fonthill Park

74: Restaurant Mark Greenaway, Edinburgh
Passion and innovative cooking from a confident chef

Published 18 July 2014


ABOVE: L'Enclume

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ABOVE: Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons


Laura Simpson, Girl Around Glasgow
About me: I love finding hidden gems in Glasgow (and beyond) and sharing them, whether they be restaurants, bars, places or products.
Favourite restaurantLa Lanterna, Glasgow. Luca’s award-winning food never fails – from homemade risottos and ravioli to steaks. The restaurant has old-school charm, a fantastic wine list and the staff treat you like old friends.



ABOVE: Restaurant Sat Bains


Kimberley Chandler, Sunday Cinnamon
About me: A Cornish maid living in Brighton. I eat and tell on my blog and I have a particular penchant for naughty desserts.
Favourite restaurant: Plateau, Brighton. A loosely-themed French restaurant, where sharing platters are the focus. Enjoy delicious boards of pork belly, black pudding, pheasant, smoked polenta and chilli jam. Wash down with one of their cocktails or delicious organic wines.


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ABOVE: The Pompadour by Galvin

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ABOVE: Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles


Bill King, Local And Great
About me: An Artisan baker by trade, I trained at Ballymaloe Cookery School. On my blog I champion local, seasonal and sustainable food, writing about producers and chefs I find on my travels.
Favourite restaurant: The Hardwick, Abergavenny. Made with the best ingredients and sensitive cooking, the food here always hits the mark. Chef Stephen Terry left London in search of great local ingredients and found them here.



ABOVE: Purnell's

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ABOVE: The Harrow at Little Bedwyn


Shayan Sacki, Life Of Shayan
About me: A so-called foodie, I love to try new things. I’ve recently begun blogging at about food and I love all types of cuisines, from Iranian to burgers.
Favourite restaurantThe Sloop Inn, St Ives, Cornwall. A kind and friendly pub right on the harbour provides the perfect setting for food, which is fresh and delightful. A fish pie will warm you up on a cold winter’s day. Comforting, filling and a must-visit for St Ives. 



ABOVE: 21212


75: Wild Mushroom, Westfield, East Sussex

Anglo-European cooking in a Victorian farmhouse

76: The Company Shed, West Mersea, Essex
Super-fresh seafood at this fishmonger-turned-café

77: Guy’s, Glasgow
International cooking in glamorous surrounds

78: The Seahorse, Dartmouth, Devon
Mitch Tonks serves up the best the sea has to offer

79: Turners, Birmingham
Richard Turner shows his finesse at this refined eatery

80: The Chilli Pickle, Brighton
Innovative and captivating Indian

81: The Seafood Restaurant, Padstow, Cornwall
Simplicity is key at this bright Rick Stein restaurant

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ABOVE: The Seafood Restaurant

82: Simpsons, Birmingham
Clever, modern food with real vision

83: The Loft, Sidmouth, Devon
Casual but clever Med-accented cooking

84: JoJo’s, Whitstable, Kent
Deceptively simple mezze and tapas

85: The Vineyard, Stockcross, Berkshire
Glamorous dining and sensational wine

86: The Jews House, Lincoln
Strikingly modern dishes in breathtaking historic surrounds

87: The Lighthouse, Aldeburgh, Suffolk
Fresh seasonal food, with local fish a particular highlight

88: The Black Rat, Winchester, Hampshire
Imaginative dishes and unpretentious service

89: Purple Poppadom, Cardiff
Top-flight Indian cooking with a few surprises

90: The Hinds Head, Bray, Berkshire
Heston’s place where pub classics get a Blumenthal twist

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ABOVE: The Hind's Head

91: The Crown, Stoke-by-Nayland, Suffolk
A close to perfect country pub

92: The Felin Fach Griffin, Brecon, Powys
Fine but unfussy local food

93: The Olive Branch, Clipsham, Rutland
Consistently fabulous food in a quintessential English country setting

94: The Five Alls, Filkins, Oxfordshire
Turf to table cooking in a gorgeous gastropub

95: The British Larder, Bromeswell, Suffolk
A revamped roadside pub that makes good use of the local larder

96: The Nobody Inn, Doddiscombsleigh, Devon
Quality cooking in quaint surrounds

97: The Highwayman, Nether Burrow, Lancashire
Local cooking launched by the founders of number one restaurant Northcote

98: Aumbry, Prestwich, Manchester
Ambitiously curious food from TV chef Mary-Ellen McTague

99: The Hole in the Wall, Little Wilbraham, Cambridgeshire
MasterChef finalist Alex Rushmer offers pub food with panache

100: Mother India, Glasgow
Contemporary Indian with a delicate touch