The River Cafe co-founder received the Lifetime Achievement award at the ceremony, which was held at The Rosewood hotel in London, while Smyth’s restaurant Core was named Best Restaurant.
Paul Ainsworth picked up the Best Chef award, with judge Bertrand Steip describing him as “one of the UK’s most talented young chefs”.
The awards, now in their fourth year, see readers of GQ magazine nominate their favourite places to eat and drink with a panel of judges picking a winner from a shortlist. Judges included Mark Hix, Richard Corrigan, Oliver Peyton, Nieves Barragan Mohacho and GQ editor Dylan Jones.
Other winners included Bob Bob Ricard, which won the Best Interior category; Moor Hall, named Best Breakthrough: Swift, which was named Belvedere Best Bar; and Bubbledog’s Sandia Chang, who took home the Best Front Of House gong.
The Ned was named Best Hotel, The Fuzzy Duck in Stratford-Upon_-Avon Best Pub and Simon Rogan’s L’Enclume was named Best Overall Experience.
The Best Restaurateur award went to the JKS siblings Karam, Sunaina and Jyotin Sethi and Sonal Clare at Purnell’s was named Best Sommelier.