AA Restaurant Guide 2023 reveals culinary excellence from across the country

Alex South

Alex South


AA Publishing has launched The Restaurant Guide 2023 featuring over 1,400 restaurants which have been awarded Rosettes for culinary excellence by the AA’s professional inspectors.

Simon Numphud, Managing Director of AA Media, said: “We are delighted to publish the leading guide to the UK’s top dining destinations, with 150 new establishments added to The Restaurant Guide 2023."

Highlighting the divese entries, Simon added: "From Northern Stars to the Heart of England, Scotland to the capital, the restaurants in this year’s Guide demonstrate the high quality of culinary experiences across the country, offering delicious food and service of the highest standard.”

The top counties in the UK with the highest number of restaurants featured in The Restaurant Guide 2023 are: London (with 172 restaurants in the Guide this year), North Yorkshire (68), Devon (59), Cumbria (57), Cornwall (42), Gloucestershire and Norfolk (38), and Hampshire (36), Suffolk (32), Kent (31) and Oxfordshire (30).

In Scotland, Edinburgh leads the way with 29 restaurants featured in the Guide, followed by The Highlands (27) and Perth & Kinross (20).

Conwy is the Welsh county with the highest number of restaurants (11), followed by Gwynedd and Pembrokeshire with 9 each. County Antrim is the foodie capital of Northern Ireland outside of Belfast, with both destinations having 6 restaurants in the Guide. 

Now in its 29th edition, The Restaurant Guide 2023 provides food lovers with breakdowns of restaurants by county, including a detailed description of each destination, information on latest chef changes, opening times, sample menu prices and images of many of the featured locations.

For those looking for the best establishments in the UK’s culinary scene, ‘The Top Restaurants of 2023’ features all 3, 4 and 5 Rosette restaurants.

Over 150 restaurants featured in the guide for the first time, including: No. Fifty Cheyne (London, SW3); The Jackdaw (Conwy); Grace & Savour (Solihull, West Midlands); The Flitch of Bacon (Little Dunmow, Essex); The Glenturret Lalique Restaurant (Crieff, Perth & Kinross) and Haar (St Andrews, Fife).

In these challenging times…

The Staff Canteen team are taking a different approach to keeping our website independent and delivering content free from commercial influence. Our Editorial team have a critical role to play in informing and supporting our audience in a balanced way. We would never put up a paywall  – The Staff Canteen is open to all and we want to keep bringing you the content you want; more from younger chefs, more on mental health, more tips and industry knowledge, more recipes and more videos. We need your support right now, more than ever, to keep The Staff Canteen active. Without your financial contributions this would not be possible.

Over the last 16 years, The Staff Canteen has built what has become the go-to platform for chefs and hospitality professionals. As members and visitors, your daily support has made The Staff Canteen what it is today. Our features and videos from the world’s biggest name chefs are something we are proud of. We have over 560,000 followers across Facebook, X, Instagram, YouTube and other social channels, each connecting with chefs across the world. Our editorial and social media team are creating and delivering engaging content every day, to support you and the whole sector - we want to do more for you.

A single coffee is more than £2, a beer is £4.50 and a large glass of wine can be £6 or more.

Support The Staff Canteen from as little as £1 today. Thank you.

Alex South

Alex South

Editor 12th October 2022

AA Restaurant Guide 2023 reveals culinary excellence from across the country