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NW Good Food Guide Entries 2014: It's Rogan's Year

Rogan's The French wins 'best new entry', L'Enclume beats Fat Duck to best in the country

Published on September 2nd 2013.

NW Good Food Guide Entries 2014: It's Rogan's Year

HERE's the announcement for The Good Food Guide - now The Waitrose Good Food Guide. This is good news in particular for Manchester with not only the instant success and appreciation for The French at The Midland but also six other new inclusions in the guide. 

Simon Rogan’s restaurant The French, based at the Midland Hotel, has also been awarded the impressive accolade of Best New Entry in the Waitrose Good Food Guide 2014 The restaurant has gone straight into the guide’s Top 50 restaurant listing.

All the words after this sentence are from the press release.

Waitrose Good Food Guide has announced 15 new entries from the North West in the 2014 edition of the guide which is published on 9th September. The guide reflects the high standard of dining in the North West as a total of 91 restaurants, pubs and cafés from across the region are included in the UK’s bestselling restaurant guide.

New entries in the North West who have landed a spot in Waitrose Good Food Guide 2014 are:

The Greyhound Inn in Saughall, Sticky Walnut in Chester and La Boheme in Heatley, all in Cheshire; The Plough in Lupton, Cumbria; Albert Square Chop HouseDamsonThe Rose GardenWing’sYuzu and The French, all in Manchester; Hearth of the Ram in Ramsbottom; The Assheton Arms in Downham, Lancashire; The Clove Hitch and Delifonseca Dockside (which earlier this year won the Readers’ Restaurant of the Year Award), both in Liverpool, and Nova in Heswall, Merseyside.

Simon Rogan’s restaurant The French, based at the Midland Hotel, has also been awarded the impressive accolade of Best New Entry in the Waitrose Good Food Guide 2014 The restaurant has gone straight into the guide’s Top 50 restaurant listing. 

Simon Rogan Left, General Manager of The Midland, Mike Magrane Right

Simon Rogan left, General Manager of The Midland, Mike Magrane right

Simon Rogan is dominating dining in the region; in addition to The French grabbing the number 12 slot in the Top 50 list, his restaurant L’Enclume in Cartmel, Cumbria has for the first time this year taken the prestigious number one place in the ranking, toppling Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck after six years at the top and making L’Enclume the best restaurant in the country according to the Good Food Guide 2014.

Three other restaurants in the North West have also made it on to the Top 50 listing – Fraiche in Merseyside at number 23, the Freemasons at Wiswell which is a new entry to the list at 42 and Simon Radley at the Chester Grosvenor at 47.

The region is also home to some of the longest serving restaurants in the Good Food Guide;Quince & Medlar in Cumbria has been listed in the guide for 25 years, Ramsons in Ramsbottom and Northcote in Lancashire have both featured for 27 years consecutively, Farlam Hall in Cumbria has clocked up 37 years while Sharrow Bay, also in Cumbria, has been included in the Good Food Guide for an impressive 53 years.

Elizabeth Carter, Consultant Editor of the Good Food Guide, commented: ‘Judging by the energy, confidence and good vibrations coming from the North West, there’s magic being worked here. The area has a reputation for some very good, affordable restaurants and the fantastic new entries this year can only add to that reputation. And praise, too, for Simon Rogan – he has given Manchester one of the most fascinating new restaurants in the UK’.

The French at The MidlandThe French at The Midland

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20 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

GordoSeptember 2nd 2013.

This is a fabulous result for the industry in the North West. Brilliant. I had a little wee when I heard the news.

AnonymousSeptember 3rd 2013.

What a brilliant result for the glorious North. So many “nay sayers”, especially on this site. We need to keep on pushing for the high standards that have been set. I would like to mention though, that Hungry Hoss put Solita above Northcotes on his “prestigious” list of the NW’s top 50 restaurants. That was the most ridiculous thing I have ever read.

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Table MattSeptember 3rd 2013.

who the F*** is Hungry Horse?

avoSeptember 3rd 2013.

What do you expect? HH is in there so often that they named a burger after him.

AnonymousSeptember 3rd 2013.

Gordo, now will you go to the Freemasons in Wiswell ? Right up your fine dining street, though we have been saying this for 2 years - get on your bike and head to Clitheroe

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GordoSeptember 3rd 2013.

will do *ashamed

Alan WharrierSeptember 3rd 2013.

The Sticky Walnut in Chester is superb!!!

AnonymousSeptember 3rd 2013.

I want him to review R House (not to be confused with Mancehster House). Is R Hosue still even open?

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AnonymousSeptember 3rd 2013.

No it's now Shack, and is tackier than before!

AnonymousSeptember 3rd 2013.

Do they still have Champagne bottles in the window? #elegance #class #1970's

MeSeptember 3rd 2013.

The Sticky Walnut is a gem! I went about a year ago, and in desperate need of another visit!

JkyjksxSeptember 3rd 2013.

The Greyhound Inn in Saughall has changed hands in the past few weeks and now only servers standard pub food - probably not what you'd expect from a GFG listing.

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AnonymousSeptember 6th 2013.

Head Chef previously at the Greyhound is now cooking great food at The Pheasant, Tattenhall, Nr Chester. Give it a try!

David BishopSeptember 3rd 2013.

Wings... always makes these lists and I really have no idea how.

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DrakeSeptember 3rd 2013.

Given that it's a new entry this year, it clearly doesn't 'always' make this list

avoSeptember 3rd 2013.

There's nothing wrong with Wings. The service is impeccable and the food is rock solid. Gordo, you should nip down and try the clay pot stewed beef brisket one day. amazingly tender meat and the layer of fat/connective muscle is rendered down into an unctous treat. Also, where else can you get a bottle of Bollinger for under £55??

NowtynowtSeptember 3rd 2013.

The pity is that apart from the White Hart, Saddleworth, and a couple of places in Rochdale, the Tameside-Oldham-Rochdale crescent remains pretty much a desert. Where on earth would you eat in Tameside?

Ynroan4September 4th 2013.

Chuffed to find Nova are finally recognised. Stunning local restaurant with staff who are quite possibly the most friendliest. Everything cooked to perfection and they focus on "in season" foods that are locally sourced - how all restaurants should be!

AnonymousSeptember 4th 2013.

Great to see La Boheme as a new entry too, well deserved.

Dawn HoldingSeptember 6th 2013.

Great news for all in the north west and the Assheton Arms in Lancashire, fabulous place

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