Moor Hall tops the 2019 National Restaurant Awards, while London dominates the top 100


The National Restaurant of the Year was announced tonight for the annual Estrella Damm National Restaurant Awards 2019 and the academy of voters (200 chefs, restaurateurs, food writers and critics) deemed Lancashire's Moor Hall to be the bee's knees.

Chef Mark Birchall (ex-L’Enclume) has only been open two years but has already picked up no fewer than two Michelin stars and 5 AA Rosettes along with this top honour.

While London may have ceded the top slot that it held for just one year with Kiln, the capital remains the key place to eat in this country, rising slightly year-on-year to have 54 of the top 100 restaurant slots. Seven of the top 10 restaurants are in London.

It was a particularly good evening for two East London restaurants. Tomos Parry's Brat in Shoreditch jumped up from 14 to second place and Hackney's Cornerstone, which last year won the One To Watch award, went straight in at No 3. Monica Galetti's Mere was also a high new entry - coming onto the list at No 7.

London also took home seven of the evening's special awards. John Williams MBE, executive chef at London’s The Ritz, was a hugely popular winner of this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award. While Clare Smyth, chef-patron at Core in Notting Hill, was named this year’s Chef’s Chef of the Year.

The full awards are as follows:

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

And the top 100


  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

For more, check out the National Restaurant Awards website


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