Our Chefs on Top!
Monday 10th June was a very important day for the restaurant industry, it was the National Restaurant Awards. Around this time every year, the 100 Best UK Restaurants are revealed (organised by Restaurant Magazine), voted for by chefs, restaurateurs and food writers.
It was a great night for some of ‘Our Chefs’ who featured on the list and we couldn’t be prouder! Just think, there are probably thousands of restaurants in the UK, so it is pretty impressive to be listed within the top 100!
We thought we would share our winners here and give you an excuse to add these restaurants to your list…
The Ainsworth Family
Placing at Number 16 is Paul Ainsworth’s No.6. The Ainsworth family are taking over Padstow, Cornwall (much to the locals and tourist delight), with a casual dining restaurant, a newly opened gastro pub, boutique hotel and probably their most famous restaurant, No.6. The Michelin-starred fine dining restaurant is located in a beautiful Georgian townhouse and serves modern British food, with a real focus on Cornish seasonal produce. Check out No.6’s profile here.
A Geordie Gem
Closely following No.6 is Kenny Atkinson’s House of Tides at number 20. Located on Newcastle upon Tyne’s historic Quayside and set in a beautifully restored townhouse, House of Tides was awarded its Michelin-star in 2016, putting Newcastle well on truly on the dining map. Here, you can enjoy a lunch or dinner tasting menu, with an emphasis on natural, seasonal and sustainable food, in beautiful, relaxed surroundings. Find out more here.
It’s not all about refined fine dining, with Steve Smith’s Freemasons placing at number 39. Steve once told us that he wanted to create ‘the best pub in the world’ and he is certainly living up to this statement!! At Freemasons, the atmosphere is friendly and relaxed, with summer barbecues, themed evenings and locals popping in for a pint or two. The menu includes pub classics with a twist, with the opening of an ambitious Chef’s Table also happening very soon! Now is the perfect time to visit Freemasons – find out more here.
The Handling Empire
In at Number 44 is Adam Handling’s The Frog. This is Adams flagship site, he is also chef owner of three other London restaurants, he’s a pretty impressive guy (and he’s only just turned 30!) The Frog is fine dining but without the stuffy atmosphere, the dining room is stripped-back glamour, completely unique to anything else out there. The food is creative British with a few international delicacies thrown in! If food presentation is your main draw, then Adam will surely impress with his elegant and sometimes theatrical plating skills. Definitely worth a visit – find out more here.
Home is where the Heart is
At Number 52 is where it all started for renowned chef, Jason Atherton; Pollen Street Social. The Social Group is now worldwide but Pollen Street is still one of the capitals most-loved restaurants. Here you can truly enjoy the real meaning of social dining, with its informal dining room and a tasting menu like you’ve never seen before (put together by Jason and Head Chef Dale Bainbridge)! You need to tick this one off your list, pronto! Find out more here.
Another one from Jason Atherton, Social Eating House is at Number 62. The kitchen is ran by Head Chef Paul Hood and was awarded a Michelin-star within the first six months of its opening, so you just know this place is special. Jason knows how to nail the casual fine-dining vibe, with exposed brick walls and moody lighting – it’s all very humble and chilled. The food is what you would expect and more; the right amount of creative elegance. And there’s a bonus, upstairs is home to The Blind Pig, which showcases a quirky cocktail menu, fine wines and beers. Find out more here.
Of course, there are so many amazing restaurants out there and we would love to try them all! Which ones are you adding to your list? Why not plan a foodie road trip and dine your way around the UK?? Or is there a favourite restaurant we haven’t mentioned before that you think we should try – let us know on social media!