U.K.’s Top 100 Restaurants

Chef Mark Birchall opened Moor Hall Restaurant With Rooms in 2017 and it has already become a destination, though it is 215 miles (346 kilometers) from the capital. It takes first place in the Estrella Damm National Restaurant Awards, which ranks the U.K. Top 100.

He’s succeeded. His stunning Lancashire restaurant with rooms is located in a Grade II listed building that dates back to the 13th century and is set in five acres of gardens with its own lake, no less. Within just two years of opening, Birchall has replicated the success of his mentor, also winning two stars, and he has no intention of stopping there.

The setup at Moor Hall is impressive. The beautiful glass-fronted restaurant has an open kitchen as well as a walk-in cheese room, where diners are encouraged to visit to make their selection. The restaurant makes its own charcuterie in house and will soon also have its own dairy, bakery and even brewery.

The Estrella Damm National Restaurant Awards

Launched in 2007, the awards celebrate the brilliance and vibrancy of the UK’s eating out scene, and reward the very best chefs, front of house staff and restaurants the country has to offer. On the night of the awards, we reveal the list of the 100 best restaurants in the UK – as voted for by our academy of chefs, restaurateurs and food writers – as well as present a series of special awards, culminating in the unveiling of the National Restaurant of the Year.

Organised by industry leading title Restaurant magazine, The Estrella Damm National Restaurant Awards are an annual summer celebration held at London’s exclusive Hurlingham Club. The awards night also signals the start of the National Restaurant Awards programme, which involves a series of meals and networking events held throughout the year.

The awards are the largest annual gathering of top chefs and restaurateurs in the UK. In 2019 more than 90 of the top 100 restaurants were represented at the event.

 

The Top 100 (last year’s placings in parentheses)

1. Moor Hall (6)

2. Brat (14)

3. Cornerstone (-)

4. Core by Clare Smyth (4)

5. Sabor (2)

6. L’Enclume (5)

7. Mere (-)

8. Claude Bosi at Bibendum (11)

9. Ynyshir (-)

10. The Ledbury (17)

11. A Wong (3)

12. The River Café (21)

13. The Sportsman (9)

14. Restaurant Sat Bains (8)

15. Kiln (1)

16. Paul Ainsworth at No. 6 (23)

17. Lyle’s (7)

18. Forest Side (-)

19. Casamia (27)

20. House of Tides (30)

21. Restaurant Nathan Outlaw (10)

22. Roganic (-)

23. The French House (-)

24. Elystan Street (34)

25. The Ritz (86)

26. Frenchie (91)

27. Brawn (44)

28. Noble Rot (49)

29. The Black Swan at Oldstead (20)

30. The Fordwich Arms (90)

31. Chez Bruce (33)

32. Hide (-)

33. Ikoyi (100)

34. Trinity (36)

35. The Crown at Burchett’s Green (35)

36. The Coach (12)

37. The Hand & Flowers (62)

38. The Parkers Arms (76)

39. Freemasons at Wiswell (18)

40. Skosh (-)

41. The Elephant (92)

42. Roots (-)

43. The Clove Club (31)

44. The Frog by Adam Handling (79)

45. Roux at Parliament Square (-)

46. Burlington at The Devonshire Arms (-)

47. Cora Pearl (-)

48. Hicce (-)

49. Ondine (26)

50. The Quality Chop House (16)

51. Black Axe Mangal (65)

52. Pollen Street Social (55)

53. Whatley Manor (-)

54. Coombeshead Farm (13)

55. St. John (-)

56. The Angel Inn at Hetton (-)

57. The Dairy (73)

58. The Fat Duck (32)

59. The Palomar (67)

60. Helene Darroze at The Connaught (-)

61. Kym’s (-)

62. Social Eating House (-)

63. The Kitchin (-)

64. Bright (-)

65. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal (-)

66. Etch (-)

67. Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons (25)

68. Timberyard (71)

69. Midsummer House (48)

70. Rochelle Canteen (-)

71. Two Lights (-)

72. 40 Maltby Street (64)

73. Mana (-)

74. The Walnut Tree (38)

75. Indian Accent (22)

76. Kitchen Table by Bubbledogs (87)

77. Yügo (-)

78. Restaurant Story (84)

79. The Little Chartroom (-)

80. The Laughing Heart (-)

81. The Mash Inn (-)

82. Raby Hunt (45)

83. Hedone (52)

84. Restaurant Andrew Fairlie (82)

85. The Woodspeen (-)

86. Wine and Brine (78)

87. Holborn Dining Room (61)

88. The Harwood Arms (-)

89. Brigadiers (-)

90. Perilla (99)

91. The Little Fish Market (37)

92. The Man Behind the Curtain (-)

93. Carters of Moseley (66)

94. Darjeeling Express (-)

95. Joro (-)

96. Le Cochon Aveugle (-)

97. The White Swan at Fence (-)

98. Spring (-)

99. Holbeck Ghyll (-)

100. Trullo (-)