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The Good Food Guide turns 65 this year and for this year's publication they've been looking back in time at some of the establishments that have spent a long time on that list. Top of the pile is The Connaught (pictured) which has been in the guide for 63 of those years. That beats Le Gavroche which has been in it for 46 years and RSJ on the South Bank (which we're ashamed to say we'd never heard of and has been in the guide for 35 years ahead of Le Caprice and Clarke's)

Picked out for special mention this year is one of Hot Dinners' favourite chefs (and all round decent bloke) Robin Gill (The Dairy, The Manor - and also Paradise Garage) who picks up Chef of the Year. The Dairy enters the list at No 45 for the first year. Readers' restaurant of the year for London goes to Boqueria in Brixton.

Top of the pile for 2016 is L'Enclume which retains its position for the third year running. "Us having three restaurants in the top 17 is a massive achievement from the team," said Simon Rogan. 16 London restaurants made the top 50 list in total.

Here's this year's Top 50 restaurants. Previous positions in brackets - London restaurants bolded

  1. L’Enclume, Cumbria
  2. Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, London
  3. Pollen Street Social, London
  4. Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, Cornwall
  5. Hibiscus, London
  6. Restaurant Sat Bains, Nottinghamshire
  7. Midsummer House, Cambridgeshire (new in top 10 this year)
  8. The Ledbury, London
  9. Fraiche, Merseyside (new in top 10 this year)
  10. Le Champignon Sauvage, Glos
  11. The Square, London
  12. Fera at Claridges, London
  13. Le Gavroche, London
  14. 14 Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles, Tayside
  15. Marcus, London
  16. Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Oxfordshire
  17. The French, Manchester
  18. André Garrett at Cliveden, Berkshire
  19. Whatley Manor, The Dining Room, Wiltshire
  20. The Kitchin, Edinburgh
  21. 21 Bohemia, Jersey
  22. The Waterside Inn, Berkshire
  23. Artichoke, Buckinghamshire
  24. Restaurant James Sommerin, Glamorgan
  25. Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester, London
  26. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, London
  27. Paul Ainsworth at No. 6, Cornwall
  28. Casamia, Bristol
  29. Adam’s, Birmingham (new in top 50 this year)
  30. Restaurant Martin Wishart, Edinburgh
  31. Pied à Terre, London
  32. Restaurant Story, London
  33. Murano, London
  34. Ynyshir Hall, Powys
  35. Sketch, London (new in top 50 this year)
  36. Llangoed Hall, Powys (new in top 50 this year)
  37. Hedone, London
  38. Hambleton Hall, Rutland
  39. The Peat Inn, Fife
  40. Gidleigh Park, Devon
  41. Fischer’s Baslow Hall, Derbyshire
  42. Freemasons at Wiswell, Lancashire
  43. The Hand & Flowers, Buckinghamshire
  44. Yorke Arms, Ramsgill, Yorkshire
  45. The Dairy, London (new in top 50 this year)
  46. OX, Belfast
  47. The Raby Hunt, Durham
  48. Lake Road Kitchen, Cumbria (new in top 50 this year)
  49. The Sportsman, Kent
  50. Northcote, Lancashire

The top 50 pubs list was also released with just two London pubs in the top 50:

  • 19 The Harwood Arms, Fulham, London
  • 50 The Camberwell Arms, London


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