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National Restaurant Awards: Hand & Flowers takes 2013 title

By Luke Nicholls , 07-Oct-2013
Last updated on 10-Oct-2013 at 16:07 GMT

The Hand & Flowers, Tom Kerridge’s pub-restaurant in Marlow, has been voted the UK’s best restaurant at the 2013 National Restaurant Awards, snatching top spot from The Ledbury, which held the title for three years.

A jubilant Kerridge and his wife Beth took to the stage this evening (7 October) at The Brewery in Chiswell Street, London, to collect their award from guest of honour Joan Roca of Spain’s El Celler de Can Roca - the World’s Best Restaurant.

Now in their sixth year, Restaurant magazine’s National Restaurant Awards recognise and celebrate the 100 best places to eat out in the UK, as voted for by 150 industry experts. (Scroll down for the full list).

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Brett Graham’s The Ledbury (2) slipped by just one place on the list this year after three successive years at the helm.  And Jason Atherton’s Mayfair establishment Pollen Street Social also moved down by one to take up third spot. Atherton's latest London venture, Social Eating House,  also features on this year's list, at number 33.

Meanwhile Simon Rogan’s Cartmel restaurant L’Enclume, which recently scored another 10 out of 10 in the 2014 Good Food Guide, moved up by seven places to number four. And The Clove Club, Isaac McHale’s new crowd-funded Shoreditch restaurant,  came in at number five and was also this year’s Highest New Entry - an award sponsored by BigHospitality.

Proper Pub Food

But The Hand & Flowers ultimately stole the show, capping what has been a remarkable year for Kerridge. The chef, who has shot to fame as the presenter of new BBC series Proper Pub Food, also collected the Gastropub of the Year award for the second year running.

In the past month alone, Kerridge picked up the Chefs’ Chef of the Year accolade at the AA Hospitality Awards  and saw his venue retain its two Michelin stars in the 2014 Michelin Guide - it is the only pub in the UK to hold such a status.

It was a great night for other food-led pubs as well, with The Sportsman in Seasalter, Kent (7) also in the top 10, and that venue’s head chef Stephen Harris winning the coveted Chef’s Chef of the Year award for his revival of artisan cooking techniques at his out-of-the-way pub.

Special Awards

A number of other special awards were also given out on the night; to The Kitchin (Best in Scotland), The Hardwick (Best in Wales), and Shu (Best in Northern Ireland). Meanwhile 10 Greek Street was hailed as having the Best Wine List, and Aiden Byrne’s new restaurant, Manchester House, was highlighted as this year’s One to Watch.

The Sustainable Restaurant of the Year award,  given in conjunction with the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA), went to Bruno Loubet’s recently-opened vegetable-focused restaurant Grain Store, which also came just inside the top 10 on the night.

Industry votes

For restaurants to make it onto the top 100 list, they must be voted for by members of the National Restaurant Awards Academy. Made up of 150 restaurateurs, chefs, food critics and journalists across 12 regions, the rules state that members of the voting panel can vote for up to five restaurants in their own region with two remaining votes for restaurants outside their region. 

Nobody is allowed to vote for their own restaurant or restaurants they have a commercial interest or formal involvement with and voters must have eaten in the restaurants they have nominated within the last 12 months. For more information, visit www.nationalrestaurantawards.co.uk .

The evening’s guest of honour, Roca, was also in appearance at today’s Restaurant Show, being interviewed by Restaurant magazine’s editor, Will Drew. The trade show runs from 7-9 October at Earls Court Two in London.

National Restaurant Awards 2013: Full list

  1. The Hand & Flowers – National Restaurant of the Year and Gastropub of the Year
  2. The Ledbury
  3. Pollen Street Social
  4. L'Enclume
  5. The Clove Club – Highest New Entry
  6. Restaurant Sat Bains
  7. The Sportsman - Chefs’ Choice (Stephen Harris)
  8. The Square
  9. Grain Store – Sustainable Restaurant of the Year
  10. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
  11. Dabbous
  12. The Fat Duck
  13. The Kitchin – Best Restaurant in Scotland
  14. Hedone
  15. Bocca Di Lupo
  16. Brasserie Chavot
  17. Restaurant Andrew Fairlie
  18. 10 Greek Street - Best Wine List
  19. Le Gavroche  
  20. The Hardwick - Best Restaurant in Wales
  21. Hibiscus
  22. Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons
  23. Quo Vadis
  24. Restaurant Nathan Outlaw         
  25. Midsummer House       
  26. The Waterside Inn
  27. The Quality Chop House
  28. The Walnut Tree
  29. HKK
  30. L'Anima
  31. The Seahorse Restaurant
  32. Hawksmoor Air Street 
  33. Social Eating House
  34. Chez Bruce  
  35. Paul Ainsworth at Number 6
  36. The Elephant 
  37. Michael Wignall at The Latymer
  38. Kitchen Table at Bubbledogs
  39. Alyn Williams at The Westbury
  40. Le Champignon Sauvage
  41. Viajante
  42. St John
  43. Ondine  
  44. The River Café  
  45. The Royal Oak Paley Street
  46. Barrafina
  47. Polpo 
  48. Galvin La Chapelle
  49. Zuma
  50. The Chilli Pickle
  51. Casamia
  52. Koya
  53. Bar Boulud  
  54. Timberyard
  55. Zucca  
  56. Bistrot Bruno Loubet
  57. The Pipe & Glass Inn
  58. La Petite Maison
  59. Locanda Locatelli
  60. The Pig
  61. Green Man & French Horn
  62. Restaurant Gordon Ramsay 
  63. Jose  
  64. Arbutus       
  65. Tyddyn Llan
  66. Bone Daddies
  67. Loves Restaurant 
  68. Lima
  69. Gidleigh Park 
  70. PittCue
  71. Galvin At Windows
  72. The Seafood Restaurant
  73. Hix Soho
  74. Restaurant Martin Wishart
  75. Purnell's
  76. Tom Aikens Restaurant
  77. MeatLiquor
  78. The Star at Harome
  79. Balthazar
  80. The Pass at South Lodge  
  81. Duck & Waffle
  82. The Vineyard at Stockcross  
  83. Rocksalt
  84. Drake's
  85. Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester
  86. Shu - Best Restaurant in N. Ireland
  87. Hartnett Holder & Co
  88. Hutong
  89. Cinnamon Kitchen
  90. Aumbry
  91. Galvin Bistrot de Luxe
  92. The Hinds Head
  93. Goodman Mayfair
  94. Hereford Road
  95. Restaurant Story
  96. Dinings
  97. Newman Street Tavern
  98. The Montagu Arms
  99. Flinty Red
  100. Roka

One To Watch (chosen by Restaurant magazine) – Manchester House.

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