Gidleigh Park voted best UK restaurant by Toptable users

By Becky Paskin

- Last updated on GMT

Gidleigh Park in Chagford, Devon, won three Toptable awards
Gidleigh Park in Chagford, Devon, won three Toptable awards
Toptable users have voted Gidleigh Park Restaurant in Chagford, Devon, the best restaurant in the UK, as the online restaurant reservation service unveils its Top 100 Restaurant Awards

Compiled using ratings and reviews from three million Toptable users who booked and dined at restaurants during 2009, the awards are split into ten categories, including Under £25, Over £45, Romance, and Hidden Gems, to give every UK restaurant the chance of winning.

The two-Michelin starred Gidleigh Park Restaurant, which was a runner-up for Hardens Remy Martin XO Excellence Award earlier this week​, was voted by diners as having ‘amazing’ food, ‘faultless’ service and a ‘stunning’ location, which earned the restaurant top spots in the Over £45 and Romance categories as well.

Michael Caines, executive chef of Gidleigh Park, Bath Priory and ABode Hotels, who gave an exclusive live interview to BigHospitality about looking maintaining standards for such a large portfolio​ in October, said: “I am delighted that we have been nominated so often in these awards.  It is always satisfying to receive recognition and praise, but it is particularly gratifying that the impartial views and ratings of toptable users, our diners, have positioned us so highly.”

Other award winners

Top in the Celebrity Chef category was Restaurant Martin Wishart in Edinburgh, which toptable users voted better than Gordon Ramsay at Claridges (7th) and Michel Roux Jr’s Le Gavroche in London (2nd).

The nation’s favourite cuisine was also found to be Italian, with Indian food a close second. English cuisine was voted the least popular, appearing in tenth place behind European and Chinese cuisine.

The winners of the Toptable Top 100 Restaurant Awards are:

Top Diner Rated
1. Gidleigh Park Restaurant, Chagford, Devon                     
2. The Case Restaurant with Rooms, Sudbury, Suffolk                               
3. India Quay, Glasgow                                  
4. Hotel du Vin, Glasgow                    
5. The Ritz Restaurant, London                    
6. Mulberry Restaurant at the Langshott Manor Hotel, Surrey
7. Restaurant Martin Wishart, Edinburgh
8. Kendells Bistro, Leeds
9. Thackeray's, Tunbridge Wells, Kent
10. The Stockbridge Restaurant, Edinburgh
 
Best for Value
1. 110 Restaurant, Edinburgh
2. The Case Restaurant with Rooms, Sudbury, Suffolk       
3. Master Chef Indian Restaurant, London SW11
4. Gurkha's Inn, London SE10
5. Gidleigh Park Restaurant, Chagford, Devon
6. India Quay, Glasgow
7. Black Horse Restaurant and Bar, Swadlingcote, Derbyshire
8. Angel Curry Centre, London N1
9. Bistro 1 - Southampton Street, London WC2E
10. Hotel du Vin, Glasgow
 
Under £25
1. Kendells Bistro, Leeds
2. Indigo Bar and Grill, Gerrards Cross, Bucks
3. Master Chef Indian Restaurant, London SW11
4. Antony's, London W2
5. Piccolo Mondo, Glasgow
6. 107 Dining Room, Merseyside
7. Black Horse Restaurant and Bar, Swadlingcote, Derbyshire
8. The Triangle Restaurant, London N4
9. 110 Restaurant, Edinburgh
10. Fabrizio, London N19
 
Over £45
1. Gidleigh Park Restaurant, Chagford, Devon
2. The Ritz Restaurant, London
3. Le Gavroche, London
4. Brasserie Roux - Terminal 5
5. The Greenhouse, London W1
6. The Crab @ Chieveley, Newbury, Berks
7. Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, London
8. Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley, London
9. LIME Restaurant at Homewood Park, Bath
10. The Tea Room at The Clarence, Dublin
 
Best for Parties
1. Mulberry Restaurant at the Langshott Manor Hotel, Surrey
2. Amber Restaurant at the Scotch Whisky Experience, Edinburgh
3. Brian Maule at Chardon d'Or Restaurant, Glasgow
4. Maximini Chinese Restaurant, London W2
5. Chapter One, Farnborough, Kent
6. Michael Caines at ABode, Kent
7. The French Table, Surbiton, Surrey
8. Thai Square, Windsor
9. The Great House, Hawkhurst, Kent
10. The Boathouse, Ely, Cambridgeshire
 
Celebrity Chef Restaurant
1. Martin Wishart - Restaurant Martin Wishart, Edinburgh
2. Michel Roux Jr, Le Gavroche, London
3. Brian Maule at Chardon d'Or Restaurant, Glasgow
4. Michael Caines at ABode, Exeter
5. Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, London
6. Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley, London
7. Gordon Ramsay at Claridges, London
8. Brian Hughson at The Grill at The Dorchester, London
9. Tom Aikens at Tom Aikens, London
10. Shane Osbourne at Pied a Terre, London
 
Romance
1. Gidleigh Park Restaurant, Chagford, Devon
2. The Ritz Restaurant, London
3. Mulberry Restaurant at the Langshott Manor Hotel, Surrey
4. Restaurant Martin Wishart, Edinburgh
5. Kendells Bistro, Leeds
6. Thackeray's, Tunbridge Wells, Kent
7. The Stockbridge Restaurant, Edinburgh
8. Le Gavroche, London
9. Piccolo Mondo, Glasgow
10. Brian Maule at Chardon d'Or Restaurant, Glasgow
 
Hidden Gems
1. Kendells Bistro, Leeds
2. Cedar Manor Hotel and Lodge, Windermere
3. The Tea Rooms at The Clarence, Dublin
4. Launceston Place, London
5. The Garden Restaurant @ Lanteglos, Camelford, Cornwall
6. Wensleydale Heifer, West Witton, Yorkshire
7. The Canny Man, Lugton, Ayreshire
8. King William, Bath
9. Tamarind Thai Restaurant, Colwyn Bay, Wales
10. Arundel House, Arundel, West Sussex
 
International Venue
1. Le Tournebièvre, Paris
2. Ad Hoc, Rome
3. Bon, Paris
4. Bateaux Parisiens, Paris
5. Olio & Convivium, Florence
6. 6 New York, Paris
7. China Grill, New York
8. La Maison de Marie, Nice
9. La Clef de Champs, Brussels
10. Le 404, Paris
 
Cuisine
1. Italian
2. Indian
3. French
4. British
5. Thai
6. Japanese
7. Asian/Oriental
8. European
9. Chinese
10. English

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