The best restaurants in the world? Most of them are in Britain

Ruth Doherty
Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons
Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons



Britain used to be the butt of many jokes when it came to standard of our food, but it seems the UK is having the last laugh as it boasts three restaurants in the world's top 10 list - more than any other country.

We've definitely moved on from microwave meals and Alpahabites (remember those?), with three UK restaurants in TripAdvisor's 2016 Travellers' Choice Awards Favourite Fine Dining Restaurants Worldwide.

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Raymond Blanc's Le Manoir Aux Quat'Saisons, (pictured above) in Great Milton, came in at fourth place, also topping the list of the best fine dining restaurants in the UK.

The Waterside Inn, in Bray on Thames, came in at seventh place on the worldwide list and also came in at second place in the UK top 10.

The third UK restaurant to make the top 10 fine dining establishments in the world was Adam's in Birmingham, which picked up ninth place. It was also third in the best fine dining eateries in the UK list.

As far as the UK goes, Le Manoir Aux Quat'Saisons is the big winner. The restaurant offers cuisine with a French flair using fresh, seasonal produce. The restaurant was awarded two Michelin stars in 1985 and has held them ever since. Dishes on the menu include pan-fried Cornish sea bass with langoustine, garden carrots, fennel and anise and Roasted Goosnargh duck with warm blackberries and garden chard. In addition to the restaurant, Belmond Le Manoir Aux Quat'Saisons is also a country manor house hotel. Diners wanting to enjoy a luxury overnight stay after a fine dining experience at the restaurant can find prices on TripAdvisor from £513 per night.

Raymond Blanc, OBE, Chef Patron at Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, commented: "I am thrilled that we have been awarded such a wonderful accolade - it is a credit to my Restaurant Director, Mourad Ben Tekta and the entire team! This is a huge achievement and I am immensely proud of everyone here at Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons."

The Travellers' Choice Awards honour travellers' favourite fine dining establishments worldwide, based on the millions of reviews and opinions on TripAdvisor, gathered over a 12-month period.

Other winners in the UK rankings include Heston Blumenthal's The Fat Duck, ranked in fourth place (two below its local Bray rival The Waterside Inn) and Three Chimneys Restaurant, located on the Isle of Skye, which was named the fifth best rated restaurant in the UK for the first time.

The coveted title of number one restaurant in the world goes to Spain's Martin Berasategui in Lasarte for the second year in a row. Located in Lasarte-Oria – a small, picturesque town just outside San Sebastián - the cuisine on offer is modern Spanish and Berasategui's cooking is creative with a focus on technique.

Talking of the UK's success in the worldwide list, TripAdvisor spokesperson, Hayley Coleman said: "With more UK restaurants in the world top ten than any other country for the second year running, the UK has again proved that it's a heavyweight player in the world of fine dining."


Travellers' Choice Favourite Fine Dining Restaurants UK:
1. Belmond Le Manoir Aux Quat'Saisons, Great Milton, Oxfordshire
2. Waterside Inn, Bray on Thames, Berkshire
3. Adam's, Birmingham, West Midlands
4. The Fat Duck, Bray on Thames, Berkshire
5. The Three Chimneys Restaurant, Colbost, Isle of Skye
6. Prithvi, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
7. Northcote Restaurant, Langho, Lancashire
8. The Old Stamp House Restaurant, Ambleside, Cumbria
9. The Five Fields, London
10. L'Enclume, Cartmel, Cumbria

Travellers' Choice Favourite Fine Dining Restaurants Europe:
1. Martin Berasategui, Lasarte, Spain
2. Maison Lameloise, Chagny, France
3. L'Auberge de I'lll, Illhaeusern, France
4. Le Manoir Aux Quat'Saisons, Great Milton, United Kingdom
5. Ristorante Don Alfonso, Sant'Agata sui Due Golfi, Italy
6. Waterside Inn, Bray on Thames, United Kingdom
7. Adam's, Birmingham, United Kingdom
8. Azurmendi Gastronomico, Larrabetzu, Spain
9. Auberge du Vert Mont, Boeschepe, France
10. El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain


Travellers' Choice Favourite Fine Dining Restaurants Worldwide:
1. Martin Berasategui, Lasarte, Spain
2. Maison Lameloise, Chagny, France
3. L'Auberge de I'lll, Illhaeusern, France
4. Le Manoir Aux Quat'Saisons, Great Milton, United Kingdom
5. Ristorante Don Alfonso, Sant'Agata sui Due Golfi, Italy
6. Alinea, Chicago, United States
7. Waterside Inn, Bray on Thames, United Kingdom
8. Voila Bistrot, Paraty, Brazil
9. Adam's, Birmingham, United Kingdom
10. Azurmendi Gastronomico, Larrabetzu, Spain

For the complete list of 2016 Travellers' Choice Restaurants winners, click here.



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