Diners have their say on Britain’s 100 best restaurants

Unlike the Michelin Guide or other restaurant rankings, the Harden’s list is decided upon by diners.

By Jeremy Repanich 22/12/2017

It’s been a big year for Mitsuhiro Araki. A few months ago, the chef who moved his eponymous restaurant from Tokyo to London to make sushi with European-sourced fish earned his third Michelin star. Now the venerable Harden’s guide has named the 10-seat sushi counter the best restaurant in the U.K.

Unlike the Michelin Guide or the other restaurant rankings the World’s 50 Best, the Harden’s list is decided on by diners. Brothers Peter and Richard Harden co-founded their eponymous guide in 1991, and today they base their top-100 ranking on on 50,000 reviews by more than 8,500 contributors. Registered users on their site fill out surveys based on their experiences, instead of buzz or what another guide book thinks.

Hence, just because a restaurant has three Michelin stars, doesn’t mean it will make an appearance. While Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck ranks fifth and the Waterside Inn is seventh, the U.K.’s two remaining three-star restaurants — Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay — don’t make the cut at all.

The Black Swan Pub in Northern England, which TripAdvisor dubbed the world’s best restaurant back in October, came in at No. 8 on this list. While The Sportsman, the seaside pub that has won best U.K. restaurant at the National Restaurant Awards two years running, slotted all the way down at 85.

Below is the complete list, which is dominated by London eateries, with 48 of the top 100 restaurants residing in the capital.

1. The Araki, London
2. Casamia, the General, Bristol
3. The Ledbury, London
4. Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, Port Isaac
5. The Fat Duck, Bray
6. Marianne, London
7. Waterside Inn, Bray
8. Black Swan, Oldstead
9. Restaurant Martin Wishart, Edinburgh
10. The Clove Club, London
11. Gidleigh Park, Chagford
12. Fraiche, Oxton
13. Restaurant Sat Bains, Nottingham
14. Ormer Mayfair, London
15. Gareth ward at Ynyshir, Eglwys Foch
16. Sushi Tetsu, London
17. Story, London
18. L’Enclume, Cartmel
19. Yorke Arms, Ramsgill-in-Nidderdale
20. The Greenhouse, London
21. Midsummer House, Cambridge
22. Le Gavroche, London
23. Pied à Terre, London
24. Sketch, Lecture Room, London
25. Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons, Great Milton
26. Umu, London
27. Bubbledogs, Kitchen Table, London
28. The Five Fields, London
29. Raby Hunt, Summerhouse
30. Moor Hall, Aughton
31. Bohemia, Jersey
32. Adam’s, Birmingham
33. Texture, London
34. Estiatorio Milos, London
35. Andrew Fairlie, Auchterarder
36. Morston Hall, Morston
37. Hélène Darroze, London
38. Tyddyn Llan, Llandrillo
39. The Box Tree, Ilkley
40. Le Cochon Aveugle, York
41. Pétrus, London
42. Hedone, London
43. Hambleton Hall, Hambleton
44. The Neptune, Old Hunstanton
45. The Ritz, London
46. Roux at Parliament Square, London
47. The Kitchin, Edinburgh
48. Murano, London
49. Llangoed Hall, Llyswen
50. Paul Ainsworth at No. 6, Padstow
51. 108 Garage, London
52. Hakkasan Mayfair, London
53. Chez Bruce, London
54. Lympstone Manor, Exmouth
55. Jamavar, London
56. Hunan, London
57. The Forest Side, Grasmere
58. The Art School, Liverpool
59. André Garrett at Cliveden, Taplow
60. House of Tides, Newcastle Upon Tyne
61. Artichoke, Amersham
62. 5 North Street, Winchcombe
63. Goodman City, London
64. Trishna, London
65. Wilks, Bristol
66. Norn, Edinburgh
67. One-O-One,London
68. The Three Chimneys, Dunvegan
69. Elystan Street, London
70. Typing Room, London
71. La Trompette, London
72. Where The Light Gets In, Stockport
73. The Man Behind The Curtain, Leeds
74. Restaurant James Sommerin, Penarth
75. Marcus, The Berkeley, London
76. The Whitebrook, Whitebrook
77. Pollen Street Social, London
78. Gauthier Soho, London
79. Zuma, London
80. La Petite Maison, London
81. Locanda Locatelli, London
82. Northcote, Langho
83. The Harrow at Little Bedwyn, Marlborough
84. The Woodspeen, Newbury
85. The Sportsman, Seasalter
86. The Glasshouse, Kew
87. Wiltons, London
88. Purnells, Birmingham
89. Coya, London
90. La Dame de Pic, London
91. Roka, London
92. Seafood Restaurant, Padstow
93. The Seahorse, Dartmouth
94. The Peat Inn, Cupar
95. Scott’s, London
96. Stovell’s, Chobham
97. Trinity, London
98. Portland, London
99. Min Jiang, London
100. Medlar, London

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