The publishers of the popular Good Food Guide today announced the UK’s top 10 restaurants for 2014.
Simon Rogan’s Cumbrian restaurant, L’Enclume — which incidentally has just completed a major upgrade of its kitchens following a project managed by CHR — achieved the coveted top spot in the annual ranking, the first time it has done so.
Restaurants in the Good Food Guide are awarded a cooking score between one and 10, with L’Enclume achieving the maximum score for the second year in a row.
In the number two spot is Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck, which has scored a perfect 10 for six years in a row — longer than any other restaurant since the Guide adopted its current scoring system 15 years ago.
Currently, L’Enclume and The Fat Duck are the only two restaurants in the UK to achieve such a score.
Elizabeth Carter, the Guide’s consultant editor, said: “Rogan rightfully takes his place as leader of the pack when it comes to modern British cooking. His fantastic way with seasonal ingredients from the Cumbrian land and coast brings dishes that are a joyful celebration of this county’s magnificent diversity.”
Rogan himself said he believed that L’Enclume’s focus on the product and the customer had landed it the award — an approach he said was about “keeping it natural and fresh in the kitchen, and friendly but professional in the dining room”.
He also acknowledged the importance of having the right kitchen equipment in place, citing the development of the infrastructure behind the scenes as a “key factor” in its success. “We are constantly evolving and improving what we have in place, and will continue to do so,” he said.
The 2014 edition has seen all 10 restaurants from 2013 hang on to their Top 10 ranking.
1. L’Enclume, Cumbria
2. The Fat Duck, Berkshire
3. Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, Cornwall
4. Restaurant Sat Bains, Nottingham
5. Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, London
6. Pollen Street Social, London
7. Hibiscus, London
8. The Square, London
9. The Ledbury, London
10. Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Oxfordshire
The Good Food Guide has been published every year since 1951 and features the best places to eat out from throughout the country.