UK is home to thousands of quality restaurants, pioneering street food
vendors, and some of the best fine-dining experiences in the world.
In a country with such high standards and expectations from
consumers, competition at the very top of the pile can be fierce — with
the occupier of the top spot ever-changing.
In September 2017, The Waitrose Good Food Guide
released a list of the 50 best restaurants in the UK which will
continue to blossom and prove themselves as the cream of the crop as
they lead the British dining scene into 2018.
Including relaxed social eateries, blast-from-the-past conceptual
menus, and fine dining excursions hidden away in unlikely places, scroll
on to discover the 13 best restaurants in the UK that every foodie
needs to visit in 2018 — ranked in ascending order.
13. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, London — A homage to the history of
British gastronomy, creator Heston Blumenthal worked with a team of
food historians to rediscover some of the quirkiest creations to hit
dinner tables through the centuries and to bring a slice of their
theatre to his own Knightsbridge restaurant.
12. Ynyshir, Powys — Perched on the edge of Snowdonia National Park
near Aberystwyth, the relationship between Ynyshir’s location and
ingredients is a key factor in each of its set menus guided by seasonal
ingredients and the local climate.
11. Bohemia, Jersey — Sat just 14 miles from the French coast, this
British restaurant makes the most of both French and British produce
with a menu for every occasion — including an ever-changing, six-course
surprise dinner menu where guests have no clue what’s coming until each
course is served.
10. Casamia, Bristol — Within five years of taking over the Bristol
restaurant from their parents, brothers Jonray and Peter’s inventive
menu had earned Casamia a Michelin star and a place on the UK’s culinary
map. Almost two years after Jonray’s death, the family business now has
two further branches — a pizzeria and a tapas restaurant.
9. Claude Bosi at Bibendum, London — Head chef of former London
foodie hotspot Hibiscus joined Bibendum earlier this year. The menu
partners the showy flare of a two Michelin-starred chef with the
down-to-earth flavour combinations of timeless menus.
8. Restaurant Andrew Fairlie, Perthshire — At Scotland’s only
two-Michelin star restaurant, local produce is paired with classic
French cooking to create a refined and elegant taste of the Scottish
clean and simple dishes are constructed in a way that lets each
ingredient take centre stage. In order to accomplish perfection in its
simplicity, Hedone’s menu changes daily depending on which of the
freshest, best, and most intriguing ingredients come through the door.
6. Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, London — The Gordon Ramsay group’s
flagship restaurant occupies three of the group’s seven Michelin stars
and was the first British restaurant where a female chef held a three
Michelin star accolade.
5. The Fat Duck, Berkshire — Known for its “food pairing” and
“multi-sensory” cooking, The Fat Duck’s conceptual menu invites guests
to revisit retro family holidays through the British countryside and
along the coastline — including a course inspired by the Mad Hatter’s
estate in Nottingham, Restaurant Sat Bains serves elegant courses and
refined flavours in an intimate environment. For the best views of the
kitchen, book a table in the “Nucleus” dining room.
former Gordon Ramsay group head chef describes itself as a “modern
urban eating point.” Guests’ experiences aren’t confined to the usual
tasting menus or strict a la carte of Michelin starred establishments in
this lively and informal Mayfair social hub.
L’Enclume’s head chef Simon Rogan turns rustic produce into masterful,
refined set meals in Cartmel — a village in the heart of Cumbria’s
historic farming community. Frequently heralded as one of the greatest
restaurants in the UK, L’Enclume is a must-see for foodies in the new
local seafood, Nathan Outlaw’s flagship restaurant and holder of two
Michelin stars keeps his set menu light and fresh to make sure the fish
is the star in every dish. The multi-course extravaganza is finished
with one of the sumptuous desserts on offer, such as this chocolate and
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So, which do you like most?