The top entries and award winners from the 2017 Good Food Guide, which is owned by Waitrose, have been announced. Cumbria’s L’Enclume has been named number one restaurant in the UK with Forest Side, also in Cumbria, voted Best New Entry in the guide’s Editors’ Awards. Chef Simon Rogan’s restaurant L’Enclume, in the historic village of Cartmel in Cumbria, has been crowned “number one restaurant” for the fourth year running, also securing five years of perfect tens.
However, Seven restaurants from the South West have also made it into the 2017 Good Food Guide, with one scoring a perfect ten, Restaurant Nathan Outlaw in Port Issac, Cornwall which was also named the number two restaurant in the UK. Editor Elizabeth Carter praises the seafood restaurant as “a role model of its kind – no pretensions or gimmicks, just first-class food and knowledgeable, welcoming service – and there is no doubt in my mind that Restaurant Nathan Outlaw deserves its place as one of the best restaurants in the country.”
Other south west successes in the new guide’s Top 50 are: Le Champignon Sauvage in Gloucestershire, Whatley Manor, The Dining Room in Wiltshire.: Casamia in Bristol, Paul Ainsworth at No. 6 in Cornwall and Gidleigh Park in Devon. Among the list of best new entries in the South West are Bulrush and Wilsons, both in Bristol, The Cornish Arms in Tavistock and The Longs Arms in South Wraxall.
Notable entries for the North West are Fraiche in Merseyside which makes a return to the Top 10 restaurants. Three other eateries also making their mark are The French in Manchester, Freemasons at Wiswell in Lancashire and Lake Road Kitchen in Cumbria, all featuring in the Top 50.
This year, the good Food Guide is celebrating the tenth year of editor Elizabeth Carter at the helm. Carter said of the last decade: “I’ve certainly seen changes in the UK restaurant scene in my ten years as consultant editor – what a golden era for restaurants it has been. London will always have an extraordinary wealth of top restaurants and chefs but I love the fact that the restaurant scene is flourishing beyond the capital; more affordable start-up costs outside of London have made our great regional cities viable dining destinations.
“At the same time, dining out everywhere has become less structured, less formal, with more flexible opening times and menus, and with a much broader choice of quality venues in the lower price bracket. It means we’ve all had to come to terms with exposed ductwork, hard seats, small plates and communal tables – but well worth it when you consider the all-day eateries, cafés, pizzerias, seafood shacks and pubs of genuine high quality offering everyday eating at everyday prices.”