Restaurant Nathan Outlaw has been crowned the Good Food Guides top restaurant for 2018, achieving a perfect score of ten for the second year running. The Port Isaac seafood restaurant has been crowned number one in the UK for being ‘the whole package’, with its relaxed dining room, a menu carefully crafted around the freshest Cornish seafood, along with perfect service which ‘just happens in the most discreet and attentive way’. Outlaw takes the title of Britain’s best restaurant from L’Enclume in Cumbria after their four years at the summit. However, Simon Rogan’s L’Enclume still retains a perfect ten score for its ‘fiercely seasonal ingredients’ and ‘knockout dishes’.It’s the first time in five years that the guide, published by Waitrose, has announced a new number one, as the four-year reign of L’Enclume in Cumbria came to an end.
Outlaw said: “We’ve always been proud to have a place in the listings, but to hear that Restaurant Nathan Outlaw has made it to number one is phenomenal. I’d say the award has come due to the hard work and dedication of our team who have now been working together for a decade. It just goes to show that if you stay true to yourself, get your head down, look after your customers and use the very best ingredients available to you, you’ll make it to the top.”
Waitrose Good Food Guide editor, Elizabeth Carter added: “Nathan Outlaw’s food is characterised by the absolute freshness of ingredients and a clear sense of purpose. He has done an enormous amount to educate and encourage the public appetite for fish, driven by his supply of impeccably fine ingredients, and a special talent for creating unique and thrilling fish dishes.
“Moreover, nobody seems to leave Nathan Outlaw’s staff – they just go and work in another one of his restaurants. They obviously think he’s a pretty good boss as well as a fine chef.”
Despite being knocked from the top, L’Enclume still retains a score of 10 and was also commended for its “fiercely seasonal ingredients” and “knockout dishes.”
Other awards, which “recognise restaurants and chefs for their talent and commitment to excellence,” went to:
- Chef of the Year – Peter Sanchez-Iglesias from Casamia in Bristol.
- Chef to Watch – Ben Crittenden, from Stark, located in Broadstairs, Kent.
- Restaurant of the Year – The Three Chimneys on the Isle of Skye, Scotland.
- Best New Restaurant Entry – crowd-funded Salt, in Stratford-upon-Avon.
- Best Front-of-House, celebrating the best customer service in the UK – Restaurant Sat Bains in Nottinghamshire.
- Best Pub Restaurant – The Crown, in Burchett’s Green, Berkshire.
As well as celebrating fine dining establishment, the GFG also champions more “unusual eateries” that it claims “may not be found in more traditional restaurant guides.” Compiled from anonymous inspections and extensive feedback received from readers, Waitrose prides the Guide on “uncovering new foodie finds every year.”
This year’s examples include four new entries housed under railway arches: Umezushi in Manchester, Hart’s Bakery in Bristol, and Bala Baya and El Pastor in London, as well as Leeds-based restaurant, Vice and Virtue, which is located in a former strip club and Devonshire holiday park restaurant, Ode & Co.
The Good Food Guide’s 2018 top 50 restaurants are as below:
- Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, Cornwall (10)
- L’Enclume, Cumbria (10)
- Pollen Street Social, London (9)
- Restaurant Sat Bains, Nottinghamshire (9)
- The Fat Duck, Berkshire (9)
- Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, London (9)
- Hedone, London (8)
- Restaurant Andrew Fairlie, Tayside (8)
- Claude Bosi at Bibendum, London (8) New entry
- Casamia, Bristol (8)
- Bohemia, Jersey (8)
- Ynyshir, Powys (8)
- Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, London (8)
- Fraiche, Merseyside (8)
- Marcus, London (8)
- Le Champignon Sauvage, Glos (8)
- Adam Reid at The French, Manchester (8)
- The Ledbury, London (8)
- André Garrett at Cliveden, Berkshire (8)
- Midsummer House, Cambridgeshire (8)
- Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester, London (8)
- The Peat Inn, Fife (8)
- The Kitchin, Edinburgh (7)
- Sketch, Lecture Room & Library, London (7)
- The Three Chimneys, Isle of Skye (7) New entry
- Moor Hall, Lancashire (7) New entry
- The Greenhouse, London (7)
- The Ritz, London (7) New
- Castle Terrace, Edinburgh (7)
- Forest Side, Cumbria (7)
- Orwells, Oxfordshire (7)
- Paul Ainsworth at No. 6, Cornwall (7)
- Restaurant Marianne, London (7)
- The Waterside Inn, Berkshire (7)
- Restaurant James Sommerin, Glamorgan (7)
- Artichoke, Buckinghamshire (7)
- The Raby Hunt, Durham (7)
- Whatley Manor, The Dining Room, Wiltshire (7)
- Restaurant Story, London (7)
- Simpsons, Birmingham (7)
- Restaurant Martin Wishart, Edinburgh (7)
- The Sportsman, Kent (7) New entry
- Adam’s, Birmingham (7)
- Freemasons at Wiswell, Lancashire (7)
- Gidleigh Park, Devon (7)
- Le Gavroche, London (7)
- Hambleton Hall, Rutland (7)
- Murano, London (7)
- The Whitebrook, Gwent (7)
- The Man Behind the Curtain, Leeds (7) New entry