The 50 best places to eat in the UK

Good Food Guide names the top restaurants in the land



From elite seafood on the Cornish coast to Heston Blumenthal's renowned temple of food - the top 50 restaurants in the UK have been revealed.

And if you're stuck in a rut when it comes to dining out, why not check out the list and try one that's near you?

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This year's winner - Restaurant Nathan Outlaw - named after its founder - was praised by the Good Food Guide for its efforts to "educate and encourage the public appetite for fish".

The Port Isaac seafood restaurant has been crowned number one in the UK for being 'the whole package', with its relaxed dining room, a menu carefully crafted around the freshest Cornish seafood, along with perfect service which 'just happens in the most discreet and attentive way'.

Outlaw takes the title of Britain's best restaurant from L'Enclume in Cumbria after their four years at the summit.

However, Simon Rogan's L'Enclume still retains a perfect ten score for its 'fiercely seasonal ingredients' and 'knockout dishes'.

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Simon Rogan has maintained his perfect score/PA

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L'Enclume has a cosy, country feel/PA

And its not just fine dining restaurants that get the nod.

Four new entrants on the list have set up shop under railway arches: Umezushi in Manchester; Hart's Bakery in Bristol; and Bala Baya and El Pastor, both in London.

Some of the more unusual restaurant locations include Leeds' Vice and Virtue in a former strip club and The Marram Grass Cafe, founded on an Anglesey caravan site.

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The Good Food Guide, published by Waitrose, was first published in 1951 with 600 restaurants "where you can rely on a good meal at a reasonable price".

Peter Sanchez-Iglesias was named chef of the year for the seasonal cuisine at Casamia in Bristol, while Ben Crittenden was named "chef to watch" for his tiny 12-seater restaurant Stark in Broadstairs, Kent.

Stark only has a tiny galley kitchen and does not have a toilet - forcing diners to nip up the road to the local pub.

But which restaurant should you be visiting this weekend?

Top 50 restaurants and their score out of 10

1 Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, Cornwall (10)

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Nathan Outlaw's self-titled restaurant came out on top/PA

An elite seafood tasting menu served up in a small and intimate dining room of a boutique seaside hotel in Port Isaac.

Open: Dinner 7pm - 9pm Wednesday to Saturday, Lunch 12-2pm Friday and Saturday.

Prices: Tasting menu £125pp, lunch menu from £62pp.

2 L'Enclume, Cumbria (10)

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L'Enclume, in Cartmel, Cumbria/PA

The restaurant in Cartmel serves a 20 course testing menu, developed from the use of wild herbs and flowers. The name of the restaurant translates as 'anvil' a nod to the former blacksmith's workshop that used to be housed in the building.

Open: Dinner 6.30pm - 8.30pm Tuesday to Sunday, Lunch 12pm to 1.30pm Tuesday to Sunday.

Prices: Tasting menu £145, lunch from £55.

3 Pollen Street Social, London (9)

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Sophisticated modern British menu served up in a contemporary dining room and lounge bar in Mayfair. Perfect for eating, drinking and socialising - both for special occasions and more informal meet ups.

Open Dinner 6pm - 10.30pm Monday to Saturday, Lunch 12pm - 2.30pm Monday to Saturday.

Prices: A la carte menu from £16.50 for starters, 8 course tasting menu is £98pp and a 3 course lunch menu is available for £37.

4 Restaurant Sat Bains, Nottinghamshire (9)

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Restaurant Sat Bains is run by Satwant Singh "Sat" Bains, Great British Menu winner (class of 2007) and situated down a tiny lane in the middle of nowhere. It serves up a choice of either a seven and 10 course tasting menu.

Open: Dinner 6pm - 9pm Wednesday and Thursday 6pm - 9.45pm Friday and Saturday, Lunch call for availability.

Prices: Seven course tasking menu £95pp, 10 course for £110pp.

5 The Fat Duck, Berkshire (9)

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Heston's restaurant used to be a 16th century pub/PA

Heston Blumenthal's renowned temple to innovative modern British cuisine. Found in Bray-on-Thames and housed in a beautiful 16th century pub.

Open: Dinner 7pm - 8.15pm Tuesday to Saturday, Lunch 12pm - 1.15pm Tuesday to Saturday.

Prices: £265–£275pp for The Journey tasting menu.

6 Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, London (9)

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Restaurant Sat Bains in Nottinghamshire /PA

Gordon Ramsay's flagship restaurant serving up French-style dishes. It reopened in 2013 following an art-deco redesign to match its trendy Chelsea location. Note - dress code is smart, and a shirt with a collar is required for men.

Open: Dinner 6.30pm to 10.15pm, Lunch 12pm - 2.15pm

Prices: A la carte 3 courses £110pp.

7 Hedone, London (8)

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The Chiswick restaurant serves modern European tasting menus in a laid-back space with exposed brick work, cave-painted ceiling and wooden floors.

Open: Dinner 6.30pm to 9.30pm Tuesday to Saturday, Lunch 12pm - 2pm Friday and Saturday.

Prices: Tasting menu starts at £95pp.

8 Restaurant Andrew Fairlie, Tayside (8)

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Andrew Fairlie at the Gleneagles Hotel /Alan Donaldson

Elegant dining room serving a high-end modern Scottish menu by acclaimed chef Andrew Fairlie. Expect creative cooking and attention to detail in a relaxed and comfortable environment at the Gleneagles Hotel in Auchterarder.

Open: Dinner 6.30pm to 10pm Monday to Saturday.

Prices: A la carte 3 courses for £110.

9 Claude Bosi at Bibendum, London (8)

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Claude Bosi at Bibendum in Chelsea /Google Street View

French dishes - including frogs' legs created by Michelin star chef Claude Bosi. A spacious, bright and airy dining room in Chelsea is the setting for your meal, complete with stained glass windows and fun trinkets.

Open: Dinner 6.30pm to 9.45pm Wednesday to Friday 6.30pm to 10pm Saturday, Lunch 12pm to 2.15pm Wednesday to Saturday 12pm to 3pm Sunday.

Prices: A la carte from £15 for starter, lunch menu available for £36.50.

10 Casamia, Bristol (8)

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Restaurant Gordon Ramsay demands a smart dress code/PA

Refined British tasting menu inspired by all 5 senses served in restaurant with seasonally changing decor. You can find the restaurant on the Harbourside in the heart of the city.

Open: Dinner 6.30pm to 8.15pm Wednesday to Saturday, Lunch 12.15pm to 1.30pm Friday and Saturday.

Prices: Tasting menu £98 to £118pp.

And the best of the rest...

11 Bohemia, Jersey (8)

12 Ynyshir, Powys (8)

13 Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, London (8)

14 Fraiche, Merseyside (8)

15 Marcus, London (8)

16 Le Champignon Sauvage, Gloucestershire (8)

17 Adam Reid at The French, Manchester (8)

18 The Ledbury, London (8)

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The French in Manchester (Image: Manchester Evening News)Manchester Evening News

19 Andre Garrett at Cliveden, Berkshire (8)
20 Midsummer House, Cambridgeshire (8)
21 Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester, London (8)
22 The Peat Inn, Fife (8)
23 The Kitchin, Edinburgh (7)
24 Sketch, Lecture Room & Library, London (7)
25 The Three Chimneys, Isle of Skye (7)
26 Moor Hall, Lancashire (7)

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Moor Hall in Ormskirk, Lancashire/Southport Visiter WS

27 The Greenhouse, London (7)
28 The Ritz, London (7)
29 Castle Terrace, Edinburgh (7)
30 Forest Side, Cumbria (7)
31 Orwells, Oxfordshire (7)
32 Paul Ainsworth at No. 6, Cornwall (7)

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Paul Ainsworth at No. 6, Padstow, Cornwall/Google Street View

33 Restaurant Marianne, London (7)
34 The Waterside Inn, Berkshire (7)
35 Restaurant James Sommerin, Glamorgan (7)
36 Artichoke, Buckinghamshire (7)
37 The Raby Hunt, Durham (7)
38 Whatley Manor, The Dining Room, Wiltshire (7)

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The Ritz also made it onto the list/PA Archive/Press Association Images

39 Restaurant Story, London (7)
40 Simpsons, Birmingham (7)
41 Restaurant Martin Wishart, Edinburgh (7)
42 The Sportsman, Kent (7)
43 Adam's, Birmingham (7)
44 Freemasons at Wiswell, Lancashire (7)

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Freemasons at Wiswell, Lancashire/Publicity Pic

45 Gidleigh Park, Devon (7)
46 Le Gavroche, London (7)
47 Hambleton Hall, Rutland (7)
48 Murano, London (7)
49 The Whitebrook, Gwent (7)
50 The Man Behind the Curtain, Leeds (7)

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