Great Britain’s Great Restaurants: the UK top 100

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Updated on 22 July 2015 • Written By Neil Simpson

Great Britain’s Great Restaurants: the UK top 100

It’s all very well revealing the UK’s best restaurant, but with a 12-month waiting list for weekend tables, getting a table at The Hand & Flowers in Marlow isn’t for the impatient. Fortunately, we’ve rated and ranked the nation’s other 99 best restaurants – nobody goes hungry on our watch. From the Scottish Highlands to the beaches of Cornwall (and every plate in-between), here are 2015’s best restaurants outside London, voted for by a combination of readers, bloggers and our nationwide team of reviewers.

100 best restaurants in the UK 2015

The full list is below, but you can also find more information on each individual restaurant in our Square Meal UK top 100 selection.


The Hand & Flowers restaurant chef Tom Kerridge

1. The Hand & Flowers (above), Marlow, Buckinghamshire

2. L’Enclume, Cartmel, Cumbria

3. Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Great Milton, Oxfordshire

4. Northcote, Langho, Lancashire

5. The French, Manchester

6. Midsummer House, Cambridge

7. The Waterside Inn, Bray, Berkshire

8. André Garrett at Cliveden, Taplow, Berkshire

9. Artichoke, Amersham, Buckinghamshire

10. Nathan Outlaw, Port Isaac, Cornwall

11. Manchester House, Manchester 

12. The Kitchin, Edinburgh

13. Restaurant Mark Greenaway, Edinburgh

14. Paul Ainsworth at Number 6 Restaurant, Padstow, Cornwall

15. Sticky Walnut, Chester

16. Mr Cooper’s House & Garden, Manchester

17. Alimentum, Cambridge

18. The Sportsman, Seasalter, Kent

19. Restaurant Sat Bains, Nottingham

20. Hambleton Hall, Rutland



Seafood Restaurant Padstow 

21. Porthminster Beach Café, St Ives, Cornwall

22. The Seafood Restaurant (above), Padstow, Cornwall

23. Stovell’s, Chobham, Surrey

24. The Walnut Tree, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire

25. Lake Road Kitchen, Ambleside, Cumbria

26. The Great House, Lavenham, Suffolk

27. Plumed Horse, Edinburgh

28. Fraiche, Oxton, Merseyside

29. Andrew Fairlie, Auchterarder, Perthshire

30. Gidleigh Park, Chagford, Devon

31. The Lickfold Inn, Petworth, West Sussex

32. The Whitehouse Restaurant, Lochaline, Argyll

33. The Pompadour by Galvin, Edinburgh

34. Chapter One, Locksbottom, Kent

35. Pea Porridge, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

36. Lumiere, Cheltenham

37. Michael Wignall at The Latymer, Bagshot, Surrey

38. The Yew Tree, Highclere, Berkshire

39. Maison Bleue, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

40. The Pipe & Glass, Beverley, East Yorkshire



The Three Chimneys restaurant Isle of Skye Scotland

41. Bourne Valley Inn, St Mary Bourne, Hampshire

42. The Three Chimneys (above), Colbost, Isle of Skye

43. Morston Hall, Holt, Norfolk

44. Purnell’s, Birmingham

45. Roger Hickman’s Restaurant, Norwich

46. The House of Tides, Newcastle

47. Le Champignon Sauvage, Cheltenham

48. Castle Terrace Restaurant, Edinburgh

49. The Seagrave Arms, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire

50. The Clink, Cardiff

51. Restaurant James Sommerin, Cardiff

52. The Loft, Sidmouth, Devon

53. The Swan at Lavenham, Suffolk

54. The Larwood & Voce, Nottingham

55. Ode, Shaldon, Devon

56. Simpsons, Birmingham

57. Hix Oyster and Fish House, Lyme Regis, Dorset

58. Leaping Hare, Stanton, Suffolk

59. Timberyard, Edinburgh

60. Sojo, Oxford



The Seahorse restaurant Devon

61. The Lord Clyde, Macclesfield, Cheshire

62. The Samling, Ambleside, Cumbria

63. The Hinds Head, Bray, Berkshire

64. The Star Inn, Harome, North Yorkshire

65. The Crown & Castle, Orford, Suffolk

66. Tuddenham Mill, Tuddenham, Suffolk

67. 64 Degrees, Brighton

68. Freemasons, Wiswell, Lancashire

69. Iberico World Tapas, Nottingham

70. The Seahorse (above), Dartmouth, Devon

71. The Old Stamp House Restaurant, Ambleside, Cumbria

72. Restaurant Martin Wishart, Edinburgh

73. The Broad Chare, Newcastle

74. Café Fish, Tobermory, Isle of Mull

75. The Hole in the Wall, Cambridge

76. Crab & Boar, Chieveley, Berkshire

77. The Witchery by the Castle, Edinburgh

78. The Coach, Marlow, Buckinghamshire

79. Mother India, Glasgow

80. Monachyle Mhor, Lochearnhead, Perthshire



Turners restaurant Birmingham

81. Casamia, Bristol

82. 21212, Edinburgh

83. The Hardwick, Abergavenny, Monmouthsire

84. The Raby Hunt Restaurant, Darlington, County Durham

85. Simon Radley at the Chester Grosvenor, Chester

86. Y Polyn, Capel Dewi, Carmarthen

87. Bell’s Diner, Bristol

88. The Pass, Horsham, West Sussex

89. Turners Restaurant (above), Birmingham

90. The Gardener’s Cottage, Edinburgh

91. Carters of Moseley, Birmingham

92. Lido, Bristol

93. The Felin Fach Griffin, Brecon, Powys

94. The Elephant, Torquay, Devon

95. The Chilli Pickle, Brighton

96. The Kingham Plough, Kingham, Oxfordshire

97. Ynshir Hall, Eglwysfach, Powys

98. Oli’s Thai, Oxford

99. Tyddyn Lan, Corwen, Denbighshire

100. Purple Poppadom, Cardiff

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, the full details for each restaurant in our top 100 can be viewed here.


This article was published 23 July 2015