Don’t all rush at once – because we want a table too – but the north of England is the place to be for food right now.
The Estrella Damm National Restaurant Awards were announced this week and four of the top five are outside of the capital.
Moor Hall in Aughton, Lancashire, came top of the list. The Angel at Hetton, Yorkshire, was second and House of Tides in Newcastle was fourth. Michelin-starred L’Enclume in Cumbria came in at number five.
Sure, several classic London restaurants all made the list, including Core by Clare Smyth in third place and Mayfair’s Sabor at number six. But other highlights include the Manchester’s ‘technical and precise’ Mana in eleventh place and Yorkshire’s ‘local-boozer-cum-hip-restaurant’ The Moorcock Inn at 14. Clearly, there’s something in the air up north.
Here’s the top 20 in full:
1. Moor Hall, Lancashire
2. The Angel at Hetton, North Yorkshire
3. Core by Clare Smyth, London
4. House of Tides, Newcastle
5. L’Enclume, Cumbria
6. Sabor, London
7. Brat, London
8. A Wong, London
9. Mere, London
10. The Black Swan at Oldstead, London
11. Mana, Manchester
12. 14 Maltby Street, London
13. Davies and Brook, London
14. The Moorcock Inn, West Yorkshire
15. Ynyshir, Powys
16. The Sportsman, Kent
17. Hide, London
18. Skosh, York
19. The Man Behind The Curtain, Leeds
20. Noble Rot, London
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