New look 27th edition lists the best restaurants in Britain – and 18 are in West Yorkshire

FROM fine dining top end restaurants to favourite local eating places; if they’re good enough, they’re in the latest edition of The AA Restaurant Guide, inspected by the AA for culinary excellence. Over 140 new and interesting restaurants have made it into the just published Guide for the first time this year. An impressive 18 West Yorkshire restaurants are featured in the Guide, with Leeds boasting seven entries. Destinations include a stately home built during the reign of Charles I (Holdsworth House Hotel, Halifax) and a monochrome basement dining room (The Man Behind the Curtain, Leeds). 

The high quality of culinary experiences across the country, offering delicious food and impeccable service

New entries for 2020 include a restaurant in a former WWII spy training facility (Arisaig House, Arisaig), a restaurant in the village which appears in the UK passport (The Brasserie, Bibury), Tate Britain’s restaurant (The Rex Whistler, London), a dining room exhibiting Chatsworth’s Devonshire Collection (Cavendish Hotel, Baslow, and a dining spot in the town with ‘England’s best view’ (Mizu, Borrowdale). Lympstone Manor Hotel, in Exmouth, has been awarded the maximum five rosettes, making it one of the very best restaurants in the UK.  

The top counties in the UK for new additions to The Restaurant Guide 2020 are: London (with 27 new restaurants in the Guide this year), Devon (nine), North Yorkshire (seven), Cornwall (six), Norfolk (six) and Worcestershire (six).

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Langoustine from Man Behind The Curtain, Leeds

Simon Numphud, managing director at AA Media, said: “We are pleased to see the hospitality industry going from strength to strength, with over 140 new dining destinations being added to The Restaurant Guide 2020. The establishments in this year’s Guide demonstrate the high quality of culinary experiences across the country, offering delicious food and impeccable service.”  

Regarded as one of the most trusted guides for food lovers and representing some of the best cuisine in Britain, The Restaurant Guide is a practical guide to Britain and Ireland’s top dining destinations, containing restaurants currently awarded Rosettes for culinary excellence by the AA’s professional inspectors.

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Box Tree Ilkley

The Restaurant Guide 2020 offers an in-depth guide to the UK’s restaurant scene by county, with a detailed description of each destination, from opening details and capacity, to information on the latest chef and sample menu prices. The Guide also offers clear AA mapping to assist those looking to travel to the listed restaurants, as well as images of many of the dining destinations.  

In addition to restaurant listings, The Restaurant Guide 2020 includes interviews with top chefs including Tom Brown and Steven Edwards, as well as details of the winners of the AA Hospitality Awards, including Restaurants of the Year, AA Wine Awards and Chefs’ Chef of the Year.  

The Restaurant Guide 2020 is available for £16.99 in bookshops and online.

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Prashad's Kofta

The list of West Yorkshire restaurants in the Guide this year is as below:



Holdsworth House Hotel


Shibden Mill Inn


The Dining Room


315 Bar and Restaurant


Box Tree


Chez Mal Brasserie


Thorpe Park Hotel & Spa


Salvo's Restaurant & Salumeria


The Man Behind The Curtain


Fourth Floor Café




Calverley Grill


Healds Hall Hotel & Restaurant


Wentbridge House Hotel


The Moorcock Inn


Waterton Park Hotel


Wood Hall Hotel & Spa


Read more: AA Hospitality – how did the North West do?