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London No Longer Has the ‘Best Restaurant’ in the U.K.

Tomos Parry’s Brat in Shoreditch is runner-up to Lancashire’s Moor Hall, with Clare Smyth ‘Chef of the Year’ at the National Restaurant Awards

Cheesecake in front of the wood oven at Brat, Eater London’s Restaurant of the Year Samuel Ashton

The 2019 National Restaurant Awards sees last year’s winner, Kiln, in Soho, lose out: two Michelin-starred Lancashire restaurant Moor Hall now holds the title of ‘best restaurant in the U.K.,’ at least according to these particular awards.

London restaurants take up seven of the top 10 places, with Michelin-starred Brat at #2; Tom Brown’s Hackney Wick restaurant Cornerstone at #3; Clare Smyth’s two-Michelin-starred Core in Notting Hill at #4 for the second year in a row; Nieves Barragan-Mohacho’s Michelin-starred Sabor at #5 down from #2; Monica Galetti’s Mere at #7, Claude Bosi’s two-Michelin-starred Bibendum at #8, and Brett Graham’s two-Michelin-starred The Ledbury at #10.

Other notable London inclusions include last year’s winner, Kiln, at #15; Michelin-starred Lyle’s at #17; West African-inspired Ikoyi, also Michelin-starred which rises from #100 to #33; Pip Lacey’s Coal Drops Yard debut Hicce at #48; London Fields’ Bright entering at #64; and Chef’s Table star Asma Khan’s Darjeeling Express at #96. The awards, which are operated by William Reed and thus connected, if loosely, to the World’s 50 Best, highlight the strange inconsistencies, and differing priorities, of the restaurant world’s awarding bodies: The Ledbury, Lyle’s, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, and The Clove Club are all in the top 50 “in the world,” but are outranked here by restaurants not even on the top 100. It will be interesting to see if any of the U.K. top 10 enter into the new World’s 50 Best, announced 25 June in Singapore. Core, in particular, seems overdue.

Overall, then: 53 of the 100 restaurants are in London, the same number as last year, but the list does include the recently closed Hedone in Chiswick. In the individual awards, newly opened Emilia won the ‘One to Watch’ title, while Ollie Dabbous’ Hide won ‘Wine List of the Year’; Sally Abe of the Harwood Arms won ‘Chef to Watch’ despite having held a Michelin star at her Fulham restaurant since 2017 and having worked in Michelin-starred kitchens at senior level for a decade, and Clare Smyth took home ‘Chef of the Year,’ which Barragan-Mohacho won last year. Of the 100 restaurants on the list, 90 have male head or executive chefs, despite the stronger representation in the top ten places.

Here is the full list:

St. John

26 Saint John Street, , England EC1M 4AY 020 7251 0848 Visit Website

Roux at Parliament Square

11 Great George Street, , England SW1P 3AD 020 7334 3737 Visit Website

Story

199 Tooley Street, , England SE1 2JX 020 7183 2117 Visit Website

BRAT

4 Redchurch Street, , England E1 6JL Visit Website

Bubbledogs

70 Charlotte Street, , England W1T 4QG 020 7637 7770 Visit Website

Indian Accent

Lodhi Road, CGO Complex, DL 110003 098711 17968 Visit Website

Black Axe Mangal

156 Canonbury Road, , England N1 2UP Visit Website

The Dairy

15 The Pavement, , England SW4 0HY 020 7622 4165 Visit Website

The Clove Club

380 Old Street, , England EC1V 9LT 020 7729 6496 Visit Website

Elystan Street

43 Elystan Street, , England SW3 3NT 020 7628 5005 Visit Website

Pollen Street Social

8-10 Pollen Street, , England W1S 1NQ 020 7290 7600 Visit Website

Sabor

35-37 Heddon Street, , England W1B 4BR 020 3319 8130 Visit Website

The Harwood Arms

Walham Grove, , England SW6 1QP 020 7386 1847 Visit Website

Spring

Lancaster Place, , England WC2R 1LA 020 3011 0115 Visit Website

hicce

, , England N1C 4DQ 020 3869 8200 Visit Website

Claude Bosi at Bibendum

81 Fulham Road, , England SW3 6RD 020 7581 5817 Visit Website

The Laughing Heart

277 Hackney Road, , England E2 8NA 020 7686 9535 Visit Website

Kiln

58 Brewer Street, , England W1F 9TL Visit Website

Rochelle Canteen

16 Playground Gardens, , England E2 7FA 020 3928 8328 Visit Website

Cornerstone

3 Prince Edward Road, London, Greater London E9 5LX +44 20 8986 3922 Visit Website

Trullo

Saint Paul's Road, , England N1 2LH 020 7226 2733 Visit Website

Palomar

34 Rupert Street, London, W1D 6DN Visit Website

Hedone

301-303 Chiswick High Road, London , W4 4HH Visit Website

Kitchen Table

70 Charlotte Street, , England W1T 4QG Visit Website

Frenchie

5 Rue du Nil, , IDF 75002 01 40 39 96 19 Visit Website

The Ledbury

127 Ledbury Road, , England W11 2AQ 020 7792 9090 Visit Website

The River Café

Rainville Road, , England W6 9HA 020 7386 4200 Visit Website

Roganic

5-7 Blandford Street, , England W1U 3DB 020 3370 6260 Visit Website

40 Maltby Street

40 Maltby Street, , England SE1 3PA 020 8076 9517 Visit Website

Darjeeling Express

2a Garrick Street, , England WC2E 9BH 020 7836 8888 Visit Website

Brawn

49 Columbia Road, , England E2 7RG 020 7729 5692 Visit Website

The French House

49 Dean Street, , England W1D 5BG 020 7437 2477 Visit Website

Cora Pearl

30 Henrietta Street, , England WC2E 8NA 020 7324 7722 Visit Website

Trinity

4 The Polygon, , England SW4 0JG 020 7622 1199 Visit Website

Brigadiers

1-5 Bloomberg Arcade, , England EC4N 8AR 020 3319 8140 Visit Website

HIDE

85 Piccadilly, , England W1J 7NB 020 3146 8666 Visit Website

A. Wong

70 Wilton Road, , England SW1V 1DE 020 7828 8931 Visit Website

The Quality Chop House

88-94 Farringdon Road, , England EC1R 3EA 020 7278 1452 Visit Website

Noble Rot

51 Lamb’s Conduit St, London, Greater London WC1N 3NB +44 20 7242 8963 Visit Website

Social Eating House

58 Poland Street, , England W1F 7NS 020 7993 3251 Visit Website

Mere

74 Charlotte Street, London, W1T 4QH Visit Website

Frog by Adam Handling

34-38 Southampton St, London, Greater London WC2E 7HG

Holborn Dining Room

252 High Holborn, , England WC1V 7EN 020 3747 8633 Visit Website

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

66 Knightsbridge, , England SW1X 7LA 020 7201 3833 Visit Website

Ikoyi

1 Saint James's Market, , England SW1Y 4AH 020 3583 4660 Visit Website

Chez Bruce

2 Bellevue Road, , England SW17 7EG 020 8672 0114 Visit Website

Two Lights

28-30 Kingsland Road, , England E2 8AA 020 3976 0076 Visit Website

Core by Clare Smyth

92 Kensington Park Road, , England W11 2PN 020 3937 5086 Visit Website

Bright

1 Westgate Street, , England E8 3RL 020 3095 9407 Visit Website

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