New look 27th edition includes the best restaurants in Britain – and 17 are in Greater Manchester

FROM fine dining top end restaurants, to favourite local eating places, if they’re good enough you'll find them in the latest edition of The AA Restaurant Guide, inspected by the AA for culinary excellence. Over 140 new interesting restaurants have made it into the just published Guide for the first time this year. Seventeen are in Greater Manchester, including TV chef Andrew Nutter’s eponymous Nutters in Rochdale and Didsbury restaurants, the crowd-funded restaurant Hispi and Simon Rimmer’s Greens.

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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Nutter's Rochdale restaurant has been included in the AA Guide 2020

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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This year’s Guide demonstrates the high quality of culinary experiences across the country

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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Adam Reid at the French is included in this year's guide

The list of Greater Manchester restaurants new to the Guide this year is as below:

The Saddleworth Hotel


The Old Bell Inn




Brasserie ABode


Harvey Nichols Second Floor Bar and Brasserie


Adam Reid at The French




Chez Mal Brasserie


Mr Cooper's


George's Dining Room & Bar


Hotel Gotham


The Lowry Hotel


WOOD - Manchester


El Gato Negro Tapas


The Dining Room at The White Hart Inn






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