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National Restaurant Awards 2014 in association with Estrella Damm

Indian restaurant GYMKHANA named NATIONAL RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR at The National Restaurant Awards in association with Estrella Damm

The National Restaurant Awards in association with Estrella Damm, is Restaurant magazine's annual count down of the top 100 restaurants in the UK

Indian restaurant GYMKHANA has been named National Restaurant of the Year at Restaurant magazine's annual National Restaurant Awards. The winners were announced this evening at a ceremony held at The Hurlingham Club in London.

Now in their seventh year, the National Restaurant Awards are recognised as the definitive awards for the UK's diverse and burgeoning restaurant industry, and marks the largest gathering of top chefs and restaurateurs in Britain. The awards eschew the elitism of other industry accolades; this year's list in particular sees neighbourhood bistros and tapas bars sit alongside respected and refined dining rooms, and recognises established chefs as well as fresh young talent.

The first ever Indian restaurant to pick up the coveted National Restaurant of the Year award, Gymkhana's blend of authentic Indian food and modern British styling helped it become an immediate hit when it opened in September 2013 in London's Mayfair. Chef restaurateur Karam Sethi's commitment to Indian culinary tradition and a refusal to tone down his kitchen's cooking for the European palate has created one of the most striking and well-received restaurants in recent years, with a menu of powerful yet precise Indian dishes matched by a creative drinks offer.

In addition to the National Restaurant of the Year, excellence across each of the regions was recognised at last night's event, as well as awards presented for front of house service, sustainability, the best wine and cocktail lists, and the Chefs' Chef of the Year.

Last year's number one restaurant, Tom Kerridge's The Hand & Flowers in Marlow, remained a favourite among judges, this year being named Gastropub of the Year, sponsored by Estrella Damm. Chef James Lowe's recently launched Lyle's in Shoreditch, meanwhile, was picked as the One To Watch, sponsored by Lavazza, while The Service Award, sponsored by Liberty Wines, went to The Waterside Inn in Berkshire.

Full list of Awards:

  • National Restaurant of the Year, sponsored by Estrella Damm: Gymkhana, London
  • Best Restaurant in Scotland, sponsored by Speyside Glenlivet: Restaurant Andrew Fairlie, Gleneagles
  • Best Restaurant in Wales, sponsored by Speyside Glenlivet: The Walnut Tree, Abergavenny
  • Best Restaurant in Northern Ireland, sponsored by Speyside Glenlivet: Shu, Belfast
  • Gastropub of the Year, sponsored by Estrella Damm: The Hand & Flowers, Marlow
  • Chefs' Chef of the Year, sponsored by Ritter Fresh: Ashley Palmer-Watts of Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
  • The Service Award, sponsored by Liberty Wines: The Waterside Inn, Bray
  • Wine List of the Year, sponsored by Matthew Clark: Le Gavroche, London
  • OpenTable Diners' Choice ‘Fit for Foodies' Award: The Dairy, London
  • Highest Climber Award, sponsored by Appletiser: Restaurant Story, London
  • Cocktail List of the Year, sponsored by Mixxit: Grain Store, London
  • One To Watch, sponsored by Lavazza: Lyle's, London 

The winners represent a thoroughly diverse selection of restaurants and are truly national; any restaurant in any location across the United Kingdom is eligible for inclusion in the list, with judges each casting seven votes for their best dining experiences from both within and outside their ‘home' region over the last year.

While London holds the highest number of restaurants in the list, there are seven Scottish restaurants and six from the North of England in the top 100. From the latest burger bar to classic fine dining restaurants, the seventh annual National Restaurant Awards celebrate talent and excellence acroos the breadth of the UK's dining scene.

The 2014 list sees 20 new entries, a reflection of the ever-evolving UK gastronomic scene, with the highly innovative Restaurant Story (Highest Climber) sitting alongside well-established and much-celebrated stalwarts of the restaurant industry, such as Le Gavroche (Wine List of the Year). 



The Estrella Damm Gastronomy Congress with Restaurant magazine

This year, on the same day, The Hurlingham Club hosted the inaugural Estrella Damm Gastronomy Congress, with Restaurant magazine. This innovative event focussing on Modern Tapas featured live cooking demonstrations showcasing the skills of Michelin-starred chefs, including David Gil and Fran Agudo from Tickets, Barcelona, Tom Kerridge from The Hand & Flowers, Marlow, Jose Pizarro from Pizarro and Jose restaurants as well as a keynote talk from world-renowned chef Ferran Adria. 

For more information on the congress contact: Stephanie Danvers on or call 01293 610323.