100 BEST RESTAURANTS IN THE UK 2017

Restaurant Magazine has revealed the 100 best restaurants in the UK at this year's Estrella Damm National Restaurant Awards in London, with Kent seaside pub The Sportsman taking the top spot for a second consecutive year.

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In at number two and climbing one place from last year is Brett Graham's two-Michelin-star Ledbury in London while Andrew Wong's progressive Chinese restaurant A Wong, also in the capital, jumped 13 places to number three.

Other award winners on the night included Jason Atherton, who was named Restaurateur of the Year, and Claude Bosi, who took home the Chefs’ Chef of the Year award. Shaun Hill, chef-patron at The Walnut Tree in Abergavenny, which was voted the Best Restaurant in Wales, was given a Lifetime Achievement award.

Chef Elizabeth Haigh, who will open her first solo project, Shibui, later this year, was named Chef to Watch.

Top 100 criteria

The annual awards, which are now in their 10th year, recognise the top 100 restaurants in the UK as voted for by some 180 top chefs, restaurateurs, food writers, critics and other food experts and gastronomes, these votes determine which restaurants make the top 100 list.

Each voter is given seven votes based on their best restaurant experiences from the last 12 months. Votes are listed in order of preference and must be for restaurants both in their ‘home’ region and outside it.

Once all votes are cast, they are added up by Restaurant magazine to create the list. In the event of a tied number of votes, the preference ‘weighting’ comes into play.

Special awards – Best Wine List, The Service Award, Best Cocktail List, Chef to Watch, Chefs’ Chef, Restaurateur of the Year and Lifetime Achievement – are voted for separately by the same academy of experts while The One To Watch Award is granted at the discretion of Restaurant magazine.

Here’s the Top 100, with last year’s rankings in parentheses if applicable.

1. The Sportsman, Seasalter (1)
2. The Ledbury, London (3)
3. A Wong, London (19)
4. Som Saa, London
5. Barrafina Adelaide Street, London (2)
6. Casamia, Bristol (12)
7. The Clove Club, London (6)
8. Elystan Street, London
9. Kiln, London
10. Hedone, London (4)
11. The River Café, London (10)
12. Lyle’s, London (9)
13. Hoppers, London (17)
14. The Palomar, London (42)
15. The Fat Duck, Bray (68)
16. Restaurant Sat Bains, Nottingham (14)
17. L’Enclume, Cartmel (8)
18. Coombeshead Farm, Lewannick
19. The Dairy, London (13)
20. The Walnut Tree, Abergavenny (11)
21. The Waterside Inn, Bray (23)
22. Gymkhana, London (45)
23. Claude Bosi at Bibendum, London
24. The Elephant, Torquay (32)
25. The Raby Hunt, Darlington
26. Midsummer House, Cambridge (43)
27. Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, Port Isaac (5)
28. Brawn, London (53)
29. Bulrush, Bristol
30. 64 Degrees, Brighton (16)
31. Primeur, London (73)
32. The Coach, Marlow (59)
33. 108 Garage, London
34. Temper, London
35. Chez Bruce, London (71)
36. Noble Rot Restaurant & Wine Bar, London (21)
37. Frenchie, London (20)
38. Le Gavroche, London (18)
39. Padella, London
40. Clipstone, London
41. The Hand & Flowers, Marlow (33)
42. 40 Maltby Street, London (30)
43. The Quality Chop House, London (25)
44. The Little Fish Market, Hove
45. The Man Behind the Curtain, Leeds (27)
46. Trinity, London
47. Sticky Walnut, Chester (74)
48. Bocca di Lupo, London (62)
49. The Smoking Goat, London (55)
50. Lake Road Kitchen, Ambleside (15)
51.The Crown, Burchetts Green
52. Adams, Birmingham
53. Gidleigh Park, Chagford
54. Hispi, Manchester
55. Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Great Milton (39)
56. Jikoni, London
57. P Franco, London
58. The Black Swan at Oldstead
59. Typing Room, London
60. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, London (34)
61. Margot, London
62. Timberyard, Edinburgh
63. Black Axe Mangal, London (24)
64. Blacklock Soho, London
65. El Pastor, London Holborn
66. Dining Room, London
67. Pollen Street Social, London (46)
68. StreetXO, London
69. Bao Soho, London (44)
70. Moor Hall, Ormskirk
71. Paul Ainsworth at Number 6, Padstow (51)
72. Quo Vadis, London
73. The Marksman, London
74. The Pony & Trap, Bristol
75. Rochelle Canteen, London
76. The Seahorse, Dartmouth (47)
77. Freemasons at Wiswell, Clitheroe
78. El Gato Negro, Manchester (81)
79. Hawksmoor Air Street, London
80. Kricket, London
81. Sosharu, London
82. The Star Inn, Harome
83. The Hardwick, Abergavenny (40)
84. Wine & Brine, Moira
85. Box-E, Bristol
86. Morito, London
87. Restaurant Andrew Fairlie, Gleneagles (22)
88. Norn, Edinburgh
89. Ondine, Edinburgh (60)
90. Portland, London (41)
91. Lorne,London
92. Murano, London
93. The Beehive, White Waltham
94. The Kitchin, Edinburgh (75)
95. St John Bread and Wine, London
96. Simpsons, Birmingham (56)
97. Forest Side, Grasmere
98. Pizarro, London
99. The Pig, Brockenhurst
100. Gunpowder, London