The Good Food Guide 2017 has announced its top eateries and L’Enclume celebrates four years at the top with another perfect 10.
But at number 2 is Nathan Outlaw’s, Restaurant Nathan Outlaw in Port Isaac, Cornwall – a brand new ‘perfect 10’ for the guide. Sat Bains takes the final spot in the top 3 moving up from number 6.
Editor Elizabeth Carter, who is celebrating ten years as Consultant Editor of the Waitrose Good Food Guide, praises Nathan’s seafood restaurant as “a role model of its kind – no pretensions or gimmicks, just first-class food and knowledgeable, welcoming service – and there is no doubt in my mind that Restaurant Nathan Outlaw deserves its place as one of the best restaurants in the country.”
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New additions to the Good Food Guide 2017 top 50
New additions to the top 50 include Castle Terrace (Edinburgh), The Greenhouse (London), Simpsons (Birmingham), Forest Side (Cumbria), Orwells (Oxfordshire), Restaurant Marianne (London) and The Whitebrook (Gwent).
Alongside the finest dining establishments in the country the guide, owned by Waitrose, celebrates some more unusual discoveries including a café located in a motorway service station, another in a bike shop, and a restaurant in a yurt. And, for the first time, The Good Food Guide has revealed where the nation's best dessert menus can be found.
Good Food Guide 2017 top 5
1 L’Enclume, Cumbria (10)
2 Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, Cornwall (10)
3 Restaurant Sat Bains, Nottinghamshire (9)
4 Pollen Street Social, London (9)
5 Hibiscus, London (9)
The very first Good Food Guide was published in 1951
It was a hardback of 224 pages, cost five shillings and listed ‘600 places throughout Britain where you can rely on a good meal at a reasonable price’. The guide is still compiled with the reliance on reader feedback of eateries up and down the country together with anonymous inspections by a team of experts. It was a Good Food Guide inspector who suggested that a café in an unexpected location was worth further investigation.