Seven restaurants made the cut - but which ones?

THE 2019 edition of the Waitrose Good Food Guide has revealed this year’s top restaurants and award winners.

The North West boasts seven restaurants in the guide's Top 50, including two new entries and two in the Top 20.

Chef Simon Rogan's L'Enclume restaurant in Cumbria came in at second place, scoring a perfect 10/10 for cooking for the seventh year running. As it was last year, L'Enclume was pipped to the top spot by Restaurant Nathan Outlaw in Cornwall, which ended Rogan's five year reign at the top in 2018’s guide.

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L'Enclume - the modest entrance to one of the UK's best restaurants

Clare Smyth’s Core restaurant in Notting Hill, London, which only opened in August 2017, placed third with a perfect ten score for cooking, making it the guide’s highest ever new entry.

Simon Rogan's former L'Enclume head chef, Mark Birchall of Moor Hall in Aughton, was placed at number eleven this year, fifteen places up from last year’s position of 26.

Only just behind, in thirteenth place, is Manchester city centre’s only entry, headed by another Rogan protégé, chef Adam Reid of The French at the Midland, an improvement on last year’s position of seventeen. 

Fraiche in Merseyside moves down five places from fourteenth last year to a respectable nineteenth for 2019, while Forest Side in Cumbria moves up to no.27 from last year’s 30.

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Adam Reid at The French rose four places in this year's guide

The North West boasts two new entries in the 2019 guide; Simon Radley at The Chester Grosvenor, which holds one Michelin star, has been placed at no 36, while Lake Road Kitchen, Ambleside is in at number 45.

Liverpool’s Röski, a solo venture from MasterChef: The Professionals winner Anton Piotrowski, which caters for both meat-eaters and vegetarians, was named ‘Best for Veggies’. 

The Moorcock Inn in Sowerby Bridge was singled out for ‘Best Use of Ingredients’ and also picked up a special editor’s award as Best New Entry. Judges commented: “food in the must-book restaurant marries localism, foraging and fermentation with an enthusiasm for cooking over fire.”

From a list of regional winners, Joseph Benjamin in Chester came out top in the North West. The bistro’s owners Ben and Joe Wright also own Porta tapas bars in Chester, Altrincham and the soon to open Salford restaurant.

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Liverpool’s Röski was named ‘Best for Veggies’

UK Top 50 Restaurants 2019:

1. Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, Cornwall

2. L'Enclume, Cumbria

3. Core by Clare Smyth, West London

4. Restaurant Sat Bains, Nottinghamshire

5. Ynyshir, Powys

6. Claude Bosi at Bibendum, West London

7. Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, West London

8. Casamia, Bristol

9. Pollen Street Social, Central London

10. The Fat Duck, Berkshire

11. Moor Hall, Lancashire

12. Restaurant Andrew Fairlie, Perthshire & Kinross

13. Adam Reid at The French, Greater Manchester

14. Bohemia, Jersey

15. Le Champignon Sauvage, Gloucestershire

16. Restaurant Story, South London

17. André Garrett at Cliveden, Berkshire

18. The Ledbury, West London

19. Fraiche, Merseyside

20. Roganic, Central London

21. Midsummer House, Cambridgeshire

22. Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester, Central London

23. The Peat Inn, Fife

24. Marcus, West London

25. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, North London

26. The Kitchin, East Lothian

27. Forest Side, Cumbria

28. A. Wong, Central London

29. Orwells, Oxfordshire

30. Sketch, Lecture Room & Library, Central London

31. Hedone, West London

32. The Ritz, Central London

33. Castle Terrace, Lothians

34. The Three Chimneys, Highlands & Islands

35. The Waterside Inn, Berkshire

36. Simon Radley at the Chester Grosvenor, Cheshire

37. Restaurant James Sommerin, Glamorgan

38. Whatley Manor, The Dining Room, Wiltshire

39. Matt Worswick at the Latymer, Surrey

40. The Raby Hunt, Co Durham

41. The Greenhouse, Central London

42. The Sportsman, Kent

43. Restaurant Martin Wishart, Lothians

44. Artichoke, Buckinghamshire

45. Lake Road Kitchen, Cumbria

46. Adam's, West Midlands

47. Morston Hall, Norfolk

48. Le Gavroche, Central London

49. The Whitebrook, Monmouthshire

50. Hambleton Hall, Rutland