Heston Blumenthal's Fat Duck comes top in National Restaurant Awards 2009

By Emma Eversham

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Ashley Palmer-Watts with the Fat Duck's award. Photo: Rob Lawson
Ashley Palmer-Watts with the Fat Duck's award. Photo: Rob Lawson
The Fat Duck tops a list of the 100 best restaurants in the UK at the National Restaurant Awards 2009

Heston Blumenthal's Fat Duck restaurant has been voted Restaurant of the Year in the National Restaurant of the Year Awards 2009, beating Hibiscus and The Walnut Tree to the top spot.

Ashley Palmer-Watts, head chef at The Fat Duck picked up the award on behalf of Blumenthal, who was away filming the next series of Feast, in front of the nation's top chefs and restaurateurs at the ceremony at the Hurlingham Club in London last night.

Sat Bains, whose eponymous restaurant was the only one to receive five AA rosettes this year, won the Chef's Chef award while the Front of House Award went to Raymond Blanc's Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons.

Other restaurants given special awards included L'Anima, winner of the Readers' Choice award and Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester, voted the Restaurateurs' Choice.

Ferran Adria, of the World's Best Restaurant for the past four years - El Bulli - was at the event and handed the trophy to Palmer-Watts, who will be in charge of Heston Blumenthal's London restaurant at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel when it opens next year.

See the full results here

The top 100 restaurants in the UK

1 The Fat Duck​, Bray, Berkshire

2 Hibiscus,​ London

3 The Walnut Tree​, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire

4 Restaurant Sat Bains​, Nottingham

5 Corrigan’s Mayfair​, London

6 The Vineyard at Stockcross​, Newbury, Berkshire

7 Chez Bruce​, Wandsworth Common, London

8 The Kitchin​, Leith, Edinburgh

9 Arbutus​, London

10 St John​, London

11 Restaurant Gordon Ramsay​, London

12 The Sportsman​, Seasalter, Kent

13 Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley​, London

14 Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons​, Great Milton, Oxfordshire 

15 Pied à Terre​, London

16 The Square​, London

17L’Anima​, London 

18 Restaurant Nathan Outlaw​, Fowey, Cornwall 

19 Maze​, London

20 Terroirs Wine Bar & Restaurant​, London

21 Le Champignon Sauvage​, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire 

22 The River Café​, London 

23 Scott’s​, London

24 Simpsons,​ Birmingham

25 Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester,​ London

26 The Star Inn at Harome​, York

27 Theo Randall​, London

28 Gidleigh Park​, Chagford, Devon

29 Bocca di Lupo​, London

30 Le Gavroche​, London

31 The Ledbury​, London

32 Midsummer House​, Cambridge

33 L’Enclume​, Cartmel, Cumbria

34 Purnell’s​, Birmingham

35 Northcote Manor​, Blackburn, Lancashire

36 Le Café Anglais​, London

37 Bordeaux Quay​, Bristol 

38 The Capital​, London

39 Wild Honey​, London

40 Martin Wishart​, Edinburgh

41 Hakkasan​, London

42 Hinds Head​, Bray, Berkshire

43 The Ivy​, London

44 Murano​, London

45 L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon​, London

46 Locanda Locatelli​, London

47 Moro​, London

48 Roka​, London

49 The Waterside Inn​, Bray, Berkshire

50 Zuma​, London

51 The Hardwick​, Abergavenny

52 Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles, Perthshire

53 Texture​, London

54 Tom Aikens​, London

55 Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill​, London

56 The Royal Oak Paley Street​, Maidenhead

57 The Hand and Flowers​, Marlow, Buckinghamshire

58 The Sir Charles Napier​, Chinnor, Oxfordshire

59 L’Ortolan​, Reading, Berkshire

60 Hix Oyster & Fish House​, Lyme Regis, Dorset

61 Yauatcha​, London

62 Odette’s​, Primrose Hill, London

63 Deane​s, Belfast

64 L’Etranger​, South Kensington, London

65 Quo Vadis​, London

66 James Street South Restaurant​, Belfast

67 Tayyabs​, London

68 Hélène Darroze at The Connaught​, London

69 Carlton Riverside​, Llanwrtyd Wells, Powys

70 Galvin Bistrot De Luxe​, London

71 Umu, London

72 Hix Oyster & Chop House​, London

73 Pipe and Glass Inn​, South Dalton, East Yorkshire 

74 Racine​, London 

75 Tyddyn Llan Restaurant with Rooms​, Llandrillo, Denbighshire

76 Beauberry House​, Dulwich, London

77 The Plumed Horse​, Edinburgh

78 Ynyshir Hall​, Machynlleth, Powys

79 The Three Chimneys​, Colbost, Isle of Skye

80 Jack in the Green​, Rockbeare, Devon

81 Secco Ristorante Salentino​, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

82 Lewtrenchard Manor Restaurant​, Lewdown, Devon

83 The George Hotel Brasserie​, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight

84 The Seahorse Restaurant​, Dartmouth, Devon

85 Turners of Harborne​, Birmingham

86 La Becasse​, Ludlow, Shropshire 

87 Hereford Road​, Bayswater, London 

88 Café 21​, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 

89 Harwood Arms​, London 

90 The Elms Restaurant​, Abberley, Worcestershire 

91 Michael Caines Abode Manchester​, Manchester

92 Anthony’s Restaurant​, Leeds

93 Lucknam Park Restaurant​, Chippenham, Wiltshire

94 The Stagg Inn​, Titley, Herefordshire

95 Hambleton Hall​, Rutland, Leicestershire

96 Michael Wignall at The Latymer​, Bagshott, Surrey

97 Casamia​, Bristol

98 Mint and Mustard​, Cardiff

99 Elephant Restaurant​, Torquay, Devon

100 Hawksmoor​, London

Other awards

Best in England - The Fat Duck

Best in Scotland - The Kitchin

Best in Wales - The Walnut Tree

Best in Northern Ireland - Deanes

Restaurateurs' Choice - Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester

Readers' Choice - L'Anima

Highest New Entry - Corrigan´s Mayfair

Chefs' Chef of the Year- Sat Bains

The Front of House Award - Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons

Sustainable Restaurant of the Year - Acorn House

Gastropub of the Year - The Sportsman

Hotel Restaurant of the Year - The Vineyard at Stockcross

Family Restaurant of the Year - Le Cafe Anglais

Wine List of the Year - Boundary

Best New Restaurant - 21212

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2 comments

Well done Simpson's in…

Posted by NULL,

Well done Simpson's in Brum - 24 place is fantastic.  I wrote an article about Simpson's here it is entitled "A French Arm and a Leg"  http://directoryofbirmingham.com/blog/2009/04/16/a-french-arm-and-a-leg/ 
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Congratulations to Ashley…

Posted by Anonymous,

Congratulations to Ashley P-W and Heston B of the Fat Duck, once again!
The accolade is well deserved.

I'm a firm believer that many of us can benefit from seeing food differently, pushing our boundaries and challenging our beliefs.

Obesity is a major problem across the world, caused, in part, by society's relationship with food. If we all open our minds and start to see what we eat differently, perhaps we can make positive changes to that that is bad or detrimental to our health and progress.

Well done guys!

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