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Four North West Restaurants in Good Food Guide Top 50

Ramsons, Fraiche, L'Enclume and Chester Grosvenor on list

Written by . Published on August 11th 2011.

Four North West Restaurants in Good Food Guide Top 50

HESTON Blumenthal's Fat Duck is still the UK's best restaurant, according to the Good Food Guide 2012.

The three-Michelin-starred restaurant in Bray - reviewed by Gordo here - retained its perfect score of 10 out of 10, while several other establishments have scored an almost perfect nine out of 10.

In our region, Ramsons in Bury, Fraiche in the Wirral, L'Enclume in Cumbria and the Chester Grovsenor made the top 50.

Here's the full list:

The Fat Duck, Bray, Berkshire (score 10; last year's ranking 1) 
L'Enclume, Cartmel, Cumbria (score 9; last year's ranking 4) 
Restaurant Sat Bains, Nottingham (score 9; last year's ranking 6) 
Gordon Ramsay, Royal Hospital Road, London (score 9; last year's ranking 2) 
Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, Rock, Cornwall (score 8, last year's ranking 5) 
Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, Oxfordshire (score 8; last year's ranking 3) 
Marcus Wareing at the Berkeley, London (score 8; last year's ranking 7) 
Pollen Street Social, London (score 8; new entry) 
Hibiscus, London (score 8; last year's ranking 11) 
10 The Square, London (score 8; last year's ranking 10)

11 Le Champignon Sauvage, Gloucestershire (8)
12 Adam Simmonds at Danesfield House, Buckinghamshire (8)
13 Whately Manor, The Dining Room, Wiltshire (8)
14 Le Gavroche, London (8)
15 Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester, London (8)
16 Restaurant Martin Wishart, Edinburgh (8)
17 The Ledbury, London (8)
18 The Waterside Inn, Berkshire (7)
19 Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, London (7)
20 Robert Thompson at the Hambrough, Isle of Wight (7) 
21 Midsummer House, Cambridgeshire (7)
22 Murano, London (7)
23 John Campbell at Cowarth Park, Berkshire (7)
24 Fraiche, Merseyside (7)
25 Gidleigh Park, Devon (7)
26 Bohemia, Jersey (7)
27 Fischer’s Baslow Hall, Derbyshire (7)
28 The Crown at Whitebrook, Gwent (7)
29 The Pass, West Sussex (7)
30 Michael Wignall, the Latymer at Pennyhill Park Hotel, Surrey (7)
31 Hambleton Hall, Rutland (7)
32 The Old Vicarage, Derbyshire (7)
33 Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles, Tayside (7)
34 Harry’s Place, Lincolnshire (7)
35 The Kitchin, Edinburgh (6)
36 Tyddyn Llan, Denbighshire (6)
37 Artichoke, Buckinghamshire (6)
38 Purnell’s, West Midlands (6)
39 Mr Underhill’s, Shropshire (6)
40 The Hand & Flowers, Buckinghamshire (6)
41 Anthony’s Restaurant, West Yorkshire (6)
42 The Greenhouse, London (6)
43 Simon Radley at the Chester Grosvenor, Cheshire (6)
44 The Sportsman, Kent (6)
45 The Creel, Orkney (6) 
46 ramsons, Greater Manchester (6)
47 The Yorke Arms, Ramsgill, North Yorkshire (6)
48 Club Gascon, London (6)
49 Royal Oak, Paley Street, Berkshire (6)
50 Galvin La Chapelle, London (6)

Picture courtesy of Ramsbottom Online.

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

RayAugust 12th 2011.

While it's always difficult to compile a "best of" list, this is oddly inconsistent to me. The Ledbury is ahead of the Square IMO, and both better (although not as "look at me") than L'Enclume. Le Manoir should lose a star as far as I am concerned. It's a good one star, but nothing more. Sat Bains better than the 3 star Waterside? Hmmm.

What's interesting though is the sheer diversity of restaurants in the list. Many people think that top dining is all about tiddly portions served with cocky assurance. Far from the case - one visit to Michelin starred Tyddyn Llan will end up with bloated stomachs all round, such is the generous sizing of the portions.

RayAugust 15th 2011.

Can I have one sandal and a tank woman please? Hop to it!

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