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AA Gill is definitely in the minority of one (going by this week's review) as there's been almost universal praise for Barrafina's latest since it opened - and it's now been voted best in the country too.

The National Restaurant Awards were held tonight and Barrafina Adelaide Street walked away with that top prize (plus a Best Spanish Restaurant nod) - which is bound to be satisfying as they're just getting ready to open another site later this month. But that's not the only plaudit that was handed out tonight, with all manner of awards - many based on their standing in Top 100 UK Restaurants list, including:

  • Chefs’ Chef of the Year – Nathan Outlaw
  • Gastropub of the Year – The Sportsman
  • Best Restaurant in Scotland - Restaurant Andrew Fairlie
  • Best Restaurant in Northern Ireland - Harry’s Shack
  • Best Restaurant in Wales - The Walnut Tree
  • Wine List of the Year – The Square
  • Cocktail List of the Year – Chiltern Firehouse
  • The Service Award – Paul Ainsworth at Number 6
  • Sustainable Restaurant of the Year – Grain Store
  • Highest Climber – Restaurant Gordon Ramsay
  • One To Watch – Taberna do Mercado
  • Lifetime Achievement Award – Rick Stein
  • OpenTable Diners’ Choice ‘Fit for Foodies’ Award – The Chef’s Table
  • Best Italian Restaurant - Zucca
  • Best Indian Restaurant – Gymkhana
  • Best Spanish Restaurant – Barrafina Adelaide Street

As for the whole list - 51% of it is made up of London entries and a whopping 45% are new entries (with the highest being Lyle's at no 6. The entire list looks like this:

  1. Barrafina Adelaide Street
  2. The Sportsman
  3. The Ledbury
  4. Gymkhana
  5. The Hand & Flowers
  6. Lyle's
  7. L'Enclume
  8. Restaurant Sat Bains
  9. The Dairy
  10. Restaurant Gordon Ramsay
  11. The Clove Club
  12. Hedone
  13. Restaurant Story
  14. The Walnut Tree
  15. The Palomar
  16. Kitty Fisher's
  17. Fera at Claridge's
  18. Paul Ainsworth at No 6
  19. Casamia
  20. Restaurant Nathan Outlaw
  21. Dishoom King's Cross
  22. The Seahorse
  23. A Wong
  24. 64 Degrees Brighton
  25. 40 Maltby Street
  26. Zucca
  27. Belmond Le Manoir Aux Quat'Saisons
  28. Restaurant Andrew Fairlie
  29. Midsummer house
  30. Sticky Walnut
  31. Kitchen Table at BubbleDogs
  32. Dinner By Heston Blumenthal
  33. The Square
  34. The Quality Chop House
  35. Pizarro
  36. The River Cafe
  37. The Salt Rooms
  38. Social Eating House
  39. Hibiscus
  40. Honey & Co
  41. Northcote
  42. The Chilli Pickle
  43. Grain Store
  44. Le Gavroche
  45. Hawksmoor Air Street
  46. The Kitchin
  47. The Ox (Bristol)
  48. Wild Honey
  49. Scott's
  50. Sushi Tetsu
  51. The Raby Hunt (Co Durham)
  52. Castle Terrace
  53. The Pass
  54. The Hardwick
  55. Ametsa By Arzak Instruction
  56. The Hinds Head
  57. Pollen Street Social
  58. Pitt Cue
  59. Quo Vadis
  60. Lardo
  61. Porthminster Beach Cafe
  62. House of Tides
  63. The Waterside Inn
  64. Yauatcha
  65. Berners Tavern
  66. Chiltern Firehouse
  67. The Coach
  68. Monachyle Mhor
  69. The Old Stamphouse
  70. Duck & Waffle
  71. The Typing Room
  72. The Kingham Plough
  73. The Elephant
  74. Brawn
  75. Le Champignon Sauvage
  76. Koffmann’s
  77. Lake Road kitchen
  78. Marcus
  79. Tyddyn Llan
  80. Wright's Food Emporium
  81. Y Polyn
  82. Murano
  83. Otto's
  84. Ox and Finch (Glasgow)
  85. Hakkasan Mayfair
  86. Harry's Shack
  87. Carters of Moseley
  88. Purnell's
  89. MEATliquor
  90. Shu
  91. Restaurant Martin Wishart
  92. Lido (Clifton)
  93. The French
  94. The Fat Duck
  95. Little Social
  96. The Scran & Scallie
  97. Antidote
  98. Manchester House
  99. The Wild Rabbit
  100. St John

As for the awards themselves, well this is really a UK version of the World's 50 Best list as it's run by the same peope - Restaurant Magazine and is voted on by 150 industry experts, made up of chefs, restaurateurs, food writers and critics and other food experts and gastronomes, spread across all regions of the UK. 

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