The National Restaurant Awards

London may not have claimed the top spot, but it was a pretty good night for the capital’s dining scene overall.

Last night, the annual Estrella Damm National Restaurant Awards 2019 announced The National Restaurant of the Year as voted by 200 industry voices from chefs, restauranteurs, food writers and critics. All of whom crowned, Moor Hall in Lancashire as the number one restaurant in the UK.

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Succulent scallops showered with truffle… everything about this dish screamed elegance and opulence! It was one of the eight (not including charcuterie and snacks) incredible courses from the tasting menu @restaurantmoorhall, a two Michelin star restaurant just outside of Liverpool! The whole meal was faultless – from the cocktails and snacks prepared in the lounge, to the meticulously executed dishes, to the attentive but not overbearing service, to the stunning dining room and surrounds… We loved it all and think it’s probably one of the best Michelin star restaurants we’ve ever dined in! #connieconsumesUK 🌟🌟 . . . . . . . . . . #mystorywithmichelin #michelinstar #michelinguide #moorhall #lancashire #luxuryfood #luxuryhotel #fivestarhotel #insiderfood #storyofmytable #eattheworld #cntravelereats #nothingisordinary #darlingescapes #beautifulcuisines #finedininglovers #finedining #eatlocal #eatseasonal #localproduce #dineforgood

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Although London missed out on the top spot, it made its mark clearly claiming 54 out of the 100 spots in the list, seven of which were in the top 10 including; Tomos Parry’s Brat in second place, Tom Brown’s Cornerstone in third place, CORE by Clare Smyth in fourth place and Nieves Barragan Mohacho’s Sabor in fifth place.

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Brat, May 2019. 1.6kg Cornish turbot. I like Brat, everything here is generally good and priced well, except for one problem – the cooking of their star product is very inconsistent. I’ve been here 4 times, always for turbot, and only really had it cooked perfectly once by @isobelittle. swipe 👉 1.6kg isn’t all that big for wild turbot and imho isn’t as difficult to cook whole as something double its weight. This was a very heathy fish, let down by the cooking, heat travelling to the middle of the bones, all but turned white and opaque, its flesh losing nearly all moisture. While it is premium gear, it is not however impervious to temperature, when it is overdone, the texture is mushy, dry, tough as a tennis ball, as opposed to gelatinous, pearlescent flakes. It negates the entire experience, because you come for product quality and grilling expertise. There’s nothing else for the fish to hide behind. We did let the restaurant know, and they did agree it was over. To the restaurant’s credit, they took the turbot off our bill. We paid for everything else of course. Generous of them and excellent service, handling our complaint professionally. I don’t think I’m the first to note the inconsistencies , and I feel that others in town are better at grilling turbot over charcoal. Their pil-pil is good even though you have to whip the emulsion yourself, if they get it right more often, they would live up to the reputation they’ve garnered for themselves. Saying this, I’d still come back here for everything else such as the aged Dexter (with sauce on the side) and lobster. @bratrestaurant #londonrestaurant #londoneats #turbot #fish #grill

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The wins didn’t stop there either. London picked up several of the special awards with Emilia scooping up the One to Watch award (full review coming soon), Clare Smyth winning Chef of the Year and The Ritz’s John Williams MBE receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Basically… London, you rock and we love you.

See the full awards below:

Special Awards

• One to Watch, sponsored by Schweppes 1783: Emilia
• Best Restaurant in Northern Ireland, sponsored by Hildon: Yügo
• Best Restaurant in Wales, sponsored by Hildon: Ynyshir
• Best Restaurant in Scotland, sponsored by Hildon: Ondine
• Wine List of the Year, sponsored by San Marzano: Hide
• The Sustainability Award, sponsored by John Mower: Oxo Tower Restaurant
• Cocktail List of the Year, sponsored by Seedlip: The Frog by Adam Handling
• OpenTable Diners’ Choice ‘Fit for Foodies’: Carters of Moseley
• Chef to Watch, sponsored by Woods Foodservice: Sally Abe
• Chef of the Year, sponsored by Ritter Fresh: Clare Smyth
• Restaurateur of the Year, sponsored by threesixty° by UCC Coffee: Tom and Michaela Kitchin
• Gastropub of the Year, sponsored by Estrella Damm: The Sportsman
• Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by Quandoo: John Williams
• The Service Award, sponsored by Liberty Wines and Piper Heidsieck: Bibendum by Claude Bosi
• Estrella Damm National Restaurant of the Year: Moor Hall

Top 100 Restaurants in the UK

1. Moor Hall
2. Brat, London
3. Cornerstone, London
4. Core by Clare Smyth, London
5. Sabor, London
6. L’Enclume
7. Mere, London
8. Claude Bosi at Bibendum, London
9. Ynyshir
10. The Ledbury, London
11. A Wong, London
12. The River Café, London
13. The Sportsman
14. Restaurant Sat Bains
15. Kiln, London
16. Paul Ainsworth at No. 6
17. Lyle’s, London
18. Forest Side
19. Casamia
20. House of Tides
21. Restaurant Nathan Outlaw
22. Roganic, London
23. The French House, London
24. Elystan Street, London
25. The Ritz, London
26. Frenchie, London
27. Brawn, London
28. Noble Rot, London
29. The Black Swan at Oldstead
30. The Fordwich Arms
31. Chez Bruce, London
32. Hide, London
33. Ikoyi, London
34. Trinity, London
35. The Crown at Burchett’s Green
36. The Coach
37. The Hand & Flowers
38. The Parkers Arms
39. Freemasons at Wiswell
40. Skosh
41. The Elephant
42. Roots
43. The Clove Club, London
44. The Frog by Adam Handling, London
45. Roux at Parliament Square, London
46. Burlington at The Devonshire Arms
47. Cora Pearl, London
48. Hicce, London
49. Ondine
50. The Quality Chop House, London
51. Black Axe Mangal, London
52. Pollen Street Social, London
53. Whatley Manor
54. Coombeshead Farm
55. St. John, London
56. The Angel Inn at Hetton
57. The Dairy, London
58. The Fat Duck
59. The Palomar, London
60. Helene Darozze at The Connaught, London
61. Kym’s, London
62. Social Eating House, London
63. The Kitchin
64. Bright, London
65. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, London
66. Etch
67. Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons
68. Timberyard
69. Midsummer House
70. Rochelle Canteen, London
71. Two Lights, London
72. 40 Maltby Street, London
73. Mana
74. The Walnut Tree
75. Indian Accent, London
76. Kitchen Table by Bubbledogs, London
77. Yügo
78. Restaurant Story, London
79. The Little Chartroom
80. The Laughing Heart, London
81. The Mash Inn
82. Raby Hunt
83. Hedone, London
84. Restaurant Andrew Fairlie
85. The Woodspeen
86. Wine and Brine
87. Holborn Dining Room, London
88. The Harwood Arms, London
89. Brigadiers, London
90. Perilla, London
91. The Little Fish Market
92. The Man Behind the Curtain
93. Carters of Moseley
94. Darjeeling Express, London
95. Joro
96. Le Cochon Aveugle
97. The White Swan at Fence
98. Spring, London
99. Holbeck Ghyll
100. Trullo, London