The List

National Restaurant Awards 2017: The Sportsman once again named the number one.

The Sportsman in Kent has once again been named the UK’s best restaurant in the 2017 Estrella Damm National Restaurant Awards. 

The Michelin-starred pub restaurant in Seasalter, which is run by chef-patron Stephen Harris, retained the number one spot at Restaurant magazine’s awards, held at The Hurlingham Club in London on 12 June.

The former history teacher is one of the few chefs in the UK to practise true terroir cooking and jokingly describes his world-famous establishment as a ‘grotty boozer by the sea’.

Air-dried hams hang in the pub’s cellar, the butter is churned in house and the team even boils down the seawater to make salt.

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The Ledbury in Notting Hill came in second place in the list of the UK’s top 100 restaurants (see below for the full run down) and also took home The Service award. A Wong in Victoria in London was placed at number three while last year’s One to Watch, Som Saa, in Shoreditch, came in at number four.

The list also shows the rise of new wave Asian restaurants. From no Asian restaurants at all in last year’s top ten, there are now three (A Wong, Som Saa and Kiln). Som Saa was the One to Watch last year and is now fourth, while A Wong has jumped to third place from 19. All are casual and – relatively speaking – affordable. In the 2016 list, there were six Asian restaurants in total; in the 2017 list, there are 10, rising to 12 if you count Jikoni and Street XO, which have a considerable Asian influence.

Other award winners on the night included Jason Atherton, who was named Restaurateur of the Year, and Claude Bosi, who took home the Chefs’ Chef of the Year award. Shaun Hill, chef-patron at The Walnut Tree in Abergavenny, which was voted the Best Restaurant in Wales, was given a Lifetime Achievement award.

Chef Elizabeth Haigh, who will open her first solo project, Shibui, later this year, was named Chef to Watch.

Top 100 criteria

The annual awards, which are now in their 10th year, recognise the top 100 restaurants in the UK as voted for by some 180 top chefs, restaurateurs, food writers, critics and other food experts and gastronomes, these votes determine which restaurants make the top 100 list.

Each voter is given seven votes based on their best restaurant experiences from the last 12 months. Votes are listed in order of preference and must be for restaurants both in their ‘home’ region and outside it.

Once all votes are cast, they are added up by Restaurant magazine to create the list. In the event of a tied number of votes, the preference ‘weighting’ comes into play.

Special awards – Best Wine List, The Service Award, Best Cocktail List, Chef to Watch, Chefs’ Chef, Restaurateur of the Year and Lifetime Achievement – are voted for separately by the same academy of experts while The One To Watch Award is granted at the discretion of Restaurant magazine.

Top 100 UK Restaurants 2017:

Position   Restaurant                                         

1                   The Sportsman, Seasalter, Kent

2                   The Ledbury, Notting Hill, London

3                   A Wong, Victoria, London

4                   Som Saa, Shoreditch, London

5                   Barrafina Adelaide Street, Covent Garden,London

6                   Casamia, Bristol

7                   The Clove Club, Shoreditch, London

8                   Elystan Street, Chelsea, London

9                   Kiln, Soho, London

10                 Hedone, Chiswick,  London

11                 The River Café, Hammersmith, London

12                 Lyle’s, Shoreditch, London

13                 Hoppers, Soho, London

14                 The Palomar, Soho, London

15                 The Fat Duck, Bray, Berkshire

16                 Restaurant Sat Bains, Nottingham

17                 L’Enclume, Cartmel, Cumbria

18                 Coombeshead Farm, Launceston, Cornwall

19                 The Dairy, Clapham, London

20                 The Walnut Tree, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire

21                 The Waterside Inn, Bray, Berkshire

22                 Gymkhana, Mayfair, London

23                 Claude Bosi at Bibendum, Kensington, London

24                 The Elephant, Torquay, Devon

25                 The Raby Hunt, Darlington, County Durham

26                 Midsummer House, Cambridge

27                 Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, Port Isaac, Cornwall

28                 Brawn, Hackney, London

29                 Bulrush, Cotham, Bristol

30                 64 Degrees, Brighton, East Sussex

31                 Primeur, Hackney, London

32                 The Coach, Marlow, Buckinghamshire

33                 108 Garage, North Kensington, London

34                 Temper, Soho, London

35                 Chez Bruce, Wandsworth, London

36                 Noble Rot, Bloomsbury, London

37                 Frenchie, Covent Garden, London

38                 Le Gavroche, Mayfair, London

39                 Padella, Borough, London

40                 Clipstone, Fitzrovia, London

41                 The Hand & Flowers, Marlow, Buckinghamshire

42                 40 Maltby Street, Bermondsey, London

43                 The Quality Chop House, Clerkenwell, London

44                 The Little Fish Market, Hove, East Sussex

45                 The Man Behind the Curtain, Leeds, West Yorkshire

46                 Trinity,  Clapham, London

47                 Sticky Walnut, Chester, Cheshire

48                 Bocca di Lupo, Soho, London

49                 Smoking Goat, Soho, London

50                 Lake Road Kitchen, Ambleside, Cumbria

51                 The Crown, Burchetts Green, Berkshire

52                 Adams, Birmingham

53                 Gidleigh Park, Chagford, Devon

54                 Hispi, Didsbury, Manchester

55                 Belmond Le Manoir Aux Quat’ Saisons, Great Milton, Oxfordshire

56                 Jikoni, Marylebone, London

57                 P. Franco, Hackney, London

58                 The Black Swan at Oldstead, Yorkshire

59                 Typing Room, Bethnal Green, London

60                Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Knightsbridge, London

61                 Margot, Covent Garden, London

62                 Timberyard, Edinburgh, Scotland

63                 Black Axe Mangal, Islington, London

64                 Blacklock Soho,  London

65                 El Pastor, Borough, London

66                 Holborn Dining Room, Holborn, London

67                 Pollen Street Social, Mayfair, London

68                 Street XO, Mayfair, London

69                 BAO Soho, London

70                 Moor Hall, Aughton, Lancashire

71                 Paul Ainsworth at Number 6, Padstow, Cornwall

72                 Quo Vadis, Soho,  London

73                 The Marksman, Hackney, London

74                 The Pony & Trap, Chew Magna, Somerset

75                 Rochelle Canteen, Shoreditch, London

76                 The Seahorse, Dartmouth, Devon

77                 Freemasons at Wiswell, Clitheroe, Lancashire

78                 El Gato Negro, Manchester

79                 Hawksmoor Air Street, Piccadilly, London

80                 Kricket, Soho, London

81                 Sosharu, Clerkenwell, London

82                 The Star Inn, Harome, North Yorkshire

83                 The Hardwick, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire

84                 Wine & Brine, Moira, County Armagh

85                 Box-E, Bristol

86                 Morito Hackney Road, London

87                 Restaurant Andrew Fairlie, Auchterarder, Scotland

88                 Norn, Edinburgh, Scotland

89                 Ondine, Edinburgh, Scotland

90                 Portland, Fitzrovia, London

91                 Lorne, Victoria, London

92                 Murano, Mayfair, London

93                 The Beehive, White Waltham, Berkshire

94                 The Kitchin, Leith, Edinburgh

95                 St John Bread & Wine, Shoreditch, London

96                 Simpsons, Edgbaston, Birmingham

97                 Forest Side, Grasmere, Cumbria

98                 Pizarro, Bermondsey, London

99                 The Pig, Brockenhurst, Hampshire

100               Gunpowder, Shoreditch, London