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

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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Raymond Blanc opened Le Manoir Aux Quat' Saisons in 1984, just seven years after he and his wife opened their first restaurant. The restaurant comes with a two-acre kitchen garden which produces 90 types of vegetable and 70 varieties of herb, this means the staff always make the most of the fresh ingredients.

Sitting on the banks of the River Thames, the Waterside Inn can be found in the 16th century village of Bray in Berkshire. The Waterside Inn serves classic French cuisine and is currently run by Alain Roux, son of the world famous chef, Michel Roux.
With one Michelin star and three AA rosettes, it may not come as a surprise that Adam's in Birmingham has been rated the best restaurant in the UK and the fourth best in the world. This British fine dining restaurant boasts an intimate eating area which serves just 25 people at a time. This year the restaurant the fourth restaurant in Birmingham to receive a Michelin star. It also ranks in TripAdvisor's top five restaurants in the world.
The Fat Duck is the second restaurant from Bray on Thames to make it onto this year's and this one has famous chef Heston Blumenthal at the helm. He describes the restaurant as 'a nostalgic trip is based on a collection of some of my favourite childhood holiday memories'.
The Three Chimneys on the Isle of Skye serves Scottish food, with plenty of culture and tradition evident in their dishes. Scott Davies, the head chef, aims to create dishes which reflect Skye and Scotland’s wealth of ingredients.
Prithvi in Cheltenham provides fine Indian dining in an intimate and relaxed environment, using fresh ingredients to create delicate dishes. The restaurant opened in 2012 and has grown rapidly since.
When dining at the Northcote you can look forward to not only delicious food but fantastic views of the Ribble Valley as well. The gardens at Northcote provide an integral part of the dining experience with as much produce as possible used in the restaurant's menu.
Rising star Ryan Blackburn started the Old Stamp House Restaurant with his brother Craig and the pair are bringing a unique dining experience to Ambleside. The pair source local ingredients to bring the flavours of the area to the table. 
The Five Fields in London offers 'native British artisanal produce'. Chefs working at The Five Fields have experience in London, New York and Paris and use their combined knowledge to create seasonally focused dishes.
L'Enclume offers the perfect pit stop for those enjoying the beauty of the English Lake District. Nestled on the rriverside in the idyllic village of Cartmel in Cumbria, L'Enclume is Simon Rogan's flagship restaurant and it currently holds two Michelin stars. The chef also works with Claridges Restaurant in London.
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