UK's 100 best restaurants for 2018 revealed

Find out if your favourite foodie spot made the cut

Sarah Young
Friday 15 June 2018 13:59 BST
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The annual list of the UK’s 100 best restaurants has been revealed, with a tiny Thai restaurant in Soho, London, claiming the top spot.

The Estrella Damn National Restaurant Awards, in association with Restaurant magazine, are based on the views of 150 chefs, restaurateurs and food writers who vote for their best dining experiences over the past 12 months.

They take into consideration not only the food, but the staff, atmosphere, music, design and price.

Crowned National Restaurant of the Year for 2018 is Kiln – a small Thai restaurant in Soho, London, that offers just a dozen stools and the opportunity for diners to watch chefs cook regional cuisine in an open kitchen.

Headed up by chef and owner Ben Chapman, it’s best known for dishes like guinea fowl jungle curry and curried crab.

Second place has been awarded to Sabor – meaning flavour in Spanish – a new tapas bar and grill in Mayfair opened by chef Nieves Barragan, formerly of Barrafina, which won in 2015.

Chinese restaurant A Wong came in third place while fourth was taken by a new entry, Core by Clare Smyth – an establishment in Notting Hill that celebrates the finest British ingredients; run by the first and only female chef to head up a restaurant with three Michelin stars in the UK, during her time at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay.

Other new entries include Brat – which took 14th place – a Shoreditch grill created by Tomos Parry, who previously ran the kitchen at Kitty Fisher’s.

The Sportsman, the seaside pub in Kent that has headed the rankings for the past two years, dropped to ninth place for 2018. However, it was named Gastropub of the Year.

Other big winners of the night included Raymond Blanc, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of the Belmond Manoir aux Quat’saisons in Oxford, as well as his work on sustainability in the restaurant industry.

Here’s the top 100 in full:

  1. Kiln, Soho
  2. Sabor, Mayfair
  3. A Wong, Victoria
  4. Core by Clare Smyth, Notting Hill
  5. L’Enclume, Cumbria 
  6. Moor Hall, Lancashire
  7. Lyle’s, Shoreditch
  8. Restaurant Sat Bains, Nottingham
  9. The Sportsman, Kent
  10. Nathan Outlaw, Cornwall
  11. Claude Bosi at Bibendum, Chelsea
  12. The Coach, Marlow
  13. Coombeshead Farm, Cornwall 
  14. Brat, Shoreditch
  15. Padella, London Bridge 
  16. The Quality Chop House, Clerkenwell 
  17. The Ledbury, Notting Hill
  18. Freemasons at Wiswell, Lancashire 
  19. Wreckfish, Liverpool 
  20. The Black Swan at Oldstead 
  21. The River Café, Hammersmith 
  22. Indian Accent, Mayfair 
  23. Paul Ainsworth at No 6, Padstow 
  24. El Pastor, London Bridge 
  25. Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Oxford
  26. Ondine, Edinburgh 
  27. Casamia, Bristol
  28. Ynyshir, Powys
  29. Som Saa, Shoreditch 
  30. House of Tides, Newcastle 
  31. The Clove Club, Shoreditch 
  32. The Fat Duck, Bray 
  33. Chez Bruce, Wandsworth 
  34. Elystan Street, Chelsea
  35. The Crown at Burchetts Green, Maidenhead
  36. Trinity, Clapham 
  37. The Little Fish Market, Hove 
  38. The Walnut Tree, Abergavenny 
  39. Quo Vadis, Soho 
  40. The Seahorse, Dartmouth 
  41. Barrafina, Covent Garden
  42. Lorne, Victoria 
  43. The Waterside Inn, Bray 
  44. Brawn, Bethnal Green
  45. The Raby Hunt, Darlington 
  46. Hispi, Didsbury 
  47. Hoppers, Soho 
  48. Midsummer House, Cambridge 
  49. Noble Rot, Bloomsbury 
  50. Gymkhana, Mayfair 
  51. Nuala, Old Street 
  52. Hedone, Chiswick 
  53. Alchemilla, Nottingham 
  54. Kricket, Soho 
  55. Pollen St Social, Mayfair
  56. Tyddyn Llan, Llandrillo 
  57. Root, Bristol 
  58. St John Bread & Wine, Shoreditch 
  59. The Star Inn Harome, Yorkshire 
  60. Farang, Highbury 
  61. Holborn Dining Room, Holborn 
  62. The Hand & Flowers, Marlow 
  63. Wilson’s, Bristol 
  64. 40 Maltby Street, London Bridge 
  65. Black Axe Mangal, Islington 
  66. Carter’s of Moseley, Birmingham
  67. The Palomar, Soho
  68. Smoking Goat, Shoreditch 
  69. The Beehive, Berkshire 
  70. The Hardwick, Abergavenny 
  71. Timberyard, Edinburgh 
  72. Xu, Chinatown
  73. The Dairy, Clapham 
  74. Le Gavroche, Mayfair 
  75. Paco Tapas, Bristol 
  76. The Parkers Arms, Clitheroe
  77. Rambla, Soho 
  78. Wine & Brine, County Armagh 
  79. Frog by Adam Handling, Covent Garden 
  80. Where The Light Gets In, Stockport 
  81. Bonhams, Mayfair 
  82. Restaurant Andrew Fairlie, Edinburgh 
  83. Fraiche, Oxton 
  84. Restaurant Story, London Bridge 
  85. Sardine, Hoxton 
  86. The Ritz, Picadilly 
  87. Kitchen Table, Fitzrovia 
  88. Inver, Argyll & Bute 
  89. Lima, Fitzrovia 
  90. The Fordwich Arms, Canterbury 
  91. Frenchie, Covent Garden 
  92. The Elephant, Torquay 
  93. Barbary, Covent Garden
  94. Neo Bistro, Mayfair 
  95. Mark Greenaway, Edinburgh 
  96. Morston Hall Hotel, Norfolk 
  97. Northcote Manor, Langho 
  98. Westerns Laundry, Highbury 
  99. Perilla, Newington Green
  100. Ikoyi, Piccadilly 

You can find out more about the National Restaurant Awards here.

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