By Katie Wilson
The top 100 restaurants in the UK have been revealed at the 2021 National Restaurant Awards.
Voted by a team of industry experts, including chefs, restauranteurs and food writers, the annual awards highlight the very best of the UK food scene.
From Michelin star fine dining to neighbourhood restaurants bringing the wow factor, here’s a list of all the winners in full.
National Restaurant Awards – Full Winners’ List
National Restaurant of the Year – Moor Hall, Lancashire
Best Restaurant in Scotland – Ondine Oyster & Grill, Edinburgh
Best Restaurant in Wales – Ynyshir, Powys
Best Restaurant in Northern Ireland – OX Belfast
Gastropub of the Year – The Angel at Hetton, North Yorkshire
Wine List of the Year – Noble Rot Soho
Cocktail List of the Year – HIDE, Mayfair
Chef of the Year – Andrew Wong
Chef to Watch – Tom Booton
Restauranteur of the Year – Tommy Banks
Restaurant to Watch – The Pem, London
Sustainability Award – Silo restaurant, Hackney
The Service Award – Davies and Brook at Claridge’s hotel
Outstanding Contribution Industry Contribution – Tom Kerridge
National Restaurant Awards – UK’s 100 Best Restaurants
Two Michelin star Moor Hall in Aughton, Lancashire has taken the top spot for the second year running. Run by chef Mark Birchall, the beautiful glass-fronted restaurant has a walk-in cheese room and makes its own charcuterie. The tasting menu starts from £95pp. You can also stay over at the hotel. Rooms start from £190 a night.
Dubbed ‘Britain’s original gastropub’, The Angel, in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, is run by acclaimed chef Michael Wignall, who has won a Michelin star at every establishment he has worked at. The Angel got its first Michelin star in 2020 and serves up tasting menus and a la carte offerings, priced from £55 for two courses. Children also get their own ‘mini gourmet’ menu. Stay over from £130 a night.
It’s been a great year for chef Clare Smyth. Not only did she become the first female British chef to gain three Michelin stars, now her debut restaurant, Core by Clare Smyth, has been voted one of the best in the country. Famed for her inventive dishes such as her signature ‘lamb carrot’ dish, the Core Classic Tasting Menu is £115pp, while the Core Seasons Tasting Menu is £175pp.
This quayside restaurant moments from Newcastle’s Tyne Bridge is doing great things for the North East food scene. Run by Newcastle-born chef Kenny Atkinson and his wife Abbie, their set menus using premium ingredients earned House of Tides a Michelin star in 2016, which they have kept ever since. Lunch starts from £65pp, dinner is £85pp.
Simon Rogan’s L’Enclume in Cartmel is set within an old forge a few miles from Lake Windemere. It’s been open since 2002, but is still one of the most exciting restaurants in the UK, often topping best restaurant lists. Aside from the incredible food, another big plus for L’Enclume is it’s largely self sufficient. Most produce is grown on Rogan’s 12-acre farm. They even rear their own meat. The excellent multi-course tasting menu is £175pp.
This one Michelin star tapas restaurant in London’s Mayfair is the debut venture from chef Nieves Barragan-Mohacho, who helped launch the hugely successful Barrafina bars in the capital. Downstairs, guests eat at the no-reservation Counter seats in front of the chef’s open kitchen. Upstairs is El Asador, a rustic communal table dining experience you can book. The Segovian Suckling Pig, roasted in the specially built oven, is a must order. Dishes start from £7.50.
With an emphasis on fire cooking which applies Basque-style grilling to British produce, Brat has been making waves on the restaurant scene since it opened its doors in 2018. The solo debut from Welsh chef patron Tomos Parry earned him a Michelin star in just six months. Standout dishes include sharing dishes, the Grilled Whole Turbot and Beef Sirloin Rib. Small plates start from just £5.
Chef Andrew Wong’s establishment in London’s Victoria became the UK’s first Chinese restaurant to be awarded two Michelin stars in 2021. One of the least pretentious places to serve incredibly good food, Wong showcases Chinese flavours that are virtually unknown in the UK, offering a truly authentic experience. Dumplings on the lunch menu start from just £3.50. While the evening Taste of China menu is £160pp.
Pronounced ‘Mary’, Mere in London’s Fitzrovia is a French restaurant with South Pacific influences from Masterchef: The Professionals judge Monica Galetti and her sommelier husband David, who runs front of house. The highlight is the £86pp six-course tasting menu. A la carte dishes start at £15.
Tommy Banks’ The Black Swan at Oldstead has gained international fame since it was named The Best Pub in the World by TripAdvisor back in 2017. Now it’s a one Michelin star restaurant with rooms, serving a tasting menu made from produce mostly grown on the grounds. As this place is in the North Moors, you’re better off staying over and booking a dinner, bed and breakfast package, which starts from £260pp.
11. Mana, Manchester
Mana from chef Simon Martin is Manchester’s first Michelin star restaurant in nearly 50 years. The 16-course tasting menu includes dishes such as ‘Beef Tartare That Tastes like Beef Tartare’.
A bar and tapas restaurant in a cool Bermondsey warehouse with a wine shop attached. This place doesn’t take reservations, so get there early to avoid disappointment.
Slick Michelin star restaurant in Claridge’s hotel in Mayfair offering world-class fine dining. The six-course tasting menu is £145pp. A la carte signatures include Claridge’s Fried Chicken (dubbed CFC).
A country pub and restaurant serving natural wines and Belgian beers, blurring the lines between traditional and hipster. Food is seasonal and sustainable, with a focus on nose-to-tail cooking over wood and charcoal. Try the Crispy Smoked Potatoes with Yeast Mayonnaise.
Michelin star meat-focused restaurant with rooms on the coast of Mid Wales near Snowdonia National Park from Chef-Owner Gareth Ward, a protégé of Sat Bains. Dinner tickets are £300pp. You can stay the night too from £420pp.
An unassuming Michelin star pub in the seaside village of Seasalter, Whitstable serving some of the best food in the UK. Currently offering a five course tasting menu for £65pp.
Three storey Michelin star restaurant from chef Ollie Dabbous overlooking Green Park. Have drinks in The Bar Below, casual dining is in the heart of the restaurant known as Ground. Upstairs, Above at HIDE serves extravagant tasting menus with wine pairing.
18. Skosh, York
Japanese inspired restaurant in Mickelgate, York serving contemporary snacks and small plates. The wines by the glass and cheeseboard are particular highlights.
An industrial art-inspired Michelin star restaurant shaking up the food scene in the North. Expect inventive and sometimes risqué dishes, including Sex Wax and Fake Fois.
Award-winning restaurant and bar on Soho’s Greek Street, with a second restaurant in London’s Lamb’s Conduit Street. Food is modern European, but the big focus here is the wine.
High quality steak and chop restaurant in a Grade II listed building with church pews for seats. There is also a wine bar and butchers next door.
A one Michelin star West African inspired restaurant serving up a blind tasting menu alongside a drinks list from Three Sheets cocktail bar.
One of the UK’s top gastropubs, serving up high quality pub food including game and pies.
A Michelin star restaurant with rooms that is 1,000ft up in a Lake District cottage. Go for the Taste of Cumbria menu, which is served at lunch and dinner from £65pp.
Scandi-style Michelin star food in a beautiful dining room in the North serving up an 18-course tasting menu for £120pp. Plan ahead as this place gets booked up quick.
Chef Adam Handling’s flagship restaurant is fine dining but without the stuffy atmosphere. The tasting Menu is £125pp. For those that can’t decide, there is also a Tasting Snacks menu for £25pp.
‘Zero waste’ restaurant from chef Douglas McMaster. Famous for not having a single bin on site, everything that comes into the restaurant is used in full, recycled or made into compost. The six course tasting menu is £50pp, weekend brunch dishes start from £7.50.
28. Casamia, Bristol
The music has been turned up and the lights dimmed in this new look Bristol restaurant, which has emerged out of lockdown as more of a ‘gig with food’ offering a blind 20 course tasting menu for £180pp.
A London institution, St. JOHN are the original pioneers of nose-to-tail cooking. Nearly 30 years on, they are still doing great things. You won’t get a bad meal here.
Fine dining in east London’s Town Hall Hotel, Da Terra serves up modern British cuisine with Brazilian and Italian influences, which earned the restaurant it’s first Michelin star in 2021.
Iconic Soho watering hole serving up a choice of 30 champagnes and wines by the glass. The handwritten menu changes daily, but often includes oysters and dishes such as pig’s head and calf’s brain.
32. JӦRO, Sheffield
An exciting Sheffield restaurant which has just opened a new hotel, House ofJÖRO, which comes with its own 10-seater chef’s table. Book this for a foodie stay.
Mexican soul food with British ingredients from ex-Noma chef Santiago Lastra. Book well in advance to get a table, especially if there are just two of you.
Country house hotel and Michelin star restaurant with beautiful views of the Ribble Valley overseen by chef Lisa Goodwin-Allen. The new five-course Gourmet Menu with overnight stay starts from £340 per room per night.
Modern French brasserie from chef Greg Marchand, who was affectionately nicknamed ‘Frenchie’ when he used to work at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen. The menu is reasonably priced with a killer wine list. Try the signature Smoked Bacon Scone with Maple Syrup.
A cool country pub with personality thanks to chef Tom Parker and his team. Expect next level pub grub, good wine, homemade fruit-infused spirits like Rhubarb Gin and Burnt Orange Whisky – and definitely order the cheeseboard.
Two Michelin star restaurant from French chef Claude Bosi in the iconic Michelin House in Chelsea. Eat in the decadent first floor restaurant, hang out in the Oyster Bar or sip cognac cocktails and paired snacks in the La Maison Rémy Martin bar.
Inn with rooms in the chocolate box village of Wiswell, offering a gastronomic experience in a stylish pub setting. A recent addition is chef Steve Smith’s ‘Mr Smith’s’ tasting menu counter.
Michelin starred British food with an Indian twist at The Gilpin spa hotel in the Lake District. Also check out the ‘Posh Scran’ Cumbrian afternoon tea which starts from £25pp.
A former National Restaurant of the Year, Kiln is a cool counter service noodle bar serving small plates of Thai food using parts of the animal that don’t typically make it to the plate. It’s also one of the more affordable on this list.
A must-visit restaurant if you’re in York, serving a four or eight course blind tasting menu from chef Josh Overington, whose speciality is the Black Pudding Macaron. Go for the wine pairing too.
Read our review of Le Cochon Aveugle here
Tom Aikens became the youngest British chef to win two Michelin stars at the age of just 26. His London townhouse restaurant, Muse, marks his return to experience-led fine dining with a menu inspired by moments in his life.
A gem of the North, this tiny restaurant serves adventurous food from Marc Wilkinson, one of the UK’s only ‘soloist’ chefs, meaning he works pretty much single-handedly in the kitchen.
It’s not cheap, but everyone should eat at The Ritz Restaurant at least once in their lives. After all these years, it’s still a dining experience like no other. Legendary dishes include Beef Wellington, Bresse Duck and Crepes Suzette.
A shout out for the Midlands, chef Brad Carter’s fine dining Birmingham restaurant prides itself on replacing foreign ingredients with native alternatives to create an inventive menu you won’t see elsewhere.
One of London’s oldest steakhouses – it’s been open since 1952 – The Guinea is a Mayfair institution. Make time to pop into the pub next door for an after dinner tipple.
47. Erst, Manchester
Natural wine bar and restaurant making waves in the Ancoats area of Manchester, serving carefully curated small plates designed to be shared.
Michelin star flagship restaurant from acclaimed chef Paul Ainsworth in the Cornish fishing village of Padstow. Have a drink at the in-house Ci Ci’s Bar before embarking on a culinary four-course journey. It will set you back £105pp, but is worth every penny.
Flor is a wine bar, restaurant and bakery in Borough Market from the same team behind Lyle’s in Shoreditch. Go for the natural wines and affordable small plates.
Responsible for training some of Britain’s greatest chefs, such as Jamie Oliver, The River Cafe is a UK institution. It’s also where to head for some of the best Italian food outside of Italy.
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