Restaurant Nathan Outlaw gets its first 'perfect 10' to take the number two spot in The Good Food Guide 2017 - full list here

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The Good Food Guide 2017 has announced its top eateries and award winners today 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.”

The Waitrose Good Food Guide 2017 Editors' Awards

Chef of the Year

James Close - watch his VIDEO here

The Raby Hunt, Durham

Chef to Watch

Ben Murphy - read more

The Woodford, South Woodford, London

Restaurant of the Year

Orwells - read more


Best New Entry

Forest Side - read more


Best Front-of-House

Pollen Street Social - watch the VIDEO


Best Small Group

Dishoom - read more


Local Restaurant of the Year

Wine & Brine

Moira, Armagh

Nathan said: "I honestly thought I was dreaming when I found out. Over those years of continuously cooking and serving our customers we have always tried our hardest to do our best and when you get recognised like this it means the world to us all."

Chef Simon Rogan's restaurant L'Enclume, in the historic village of Cartmel in Cumbria, was awarded the restaurant top billing due to the “soaring sophistication of Mr Rogan's cooking”.

Simon said: "It's amazing news to be number one for the fourth year running. I’m really grateful to The Good Food Guide for their faith in awarding us top spot once more, and appreciative for the enormous effect it has on our business. It’s a huge achievement but could not happen without a massive team effort.

"For me, it’s a privilege to lead this outstanding group of people. There’s no doubt that L’Enclume is approaching the most creative period in its history, and achieving the quality I dreamed of when I first opened its doors.”

A top score of 10 means "Just perfect dishes, showing faultless technique at every service; extremely rare, and the highest accolade the Guide can give."

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.



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)




6 The Fat Duck, Berkshire (9)


7 Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, London (9)


8 Hedone, London (8)


9 Restaurant Andrew Fairlie, Tayside (8)


10 Fraiche, Merseyside (8)


11 The Ledbury, London (8)


 12 Midsummer House, Cambridgeshire (8)



13 Le Champignon Sauvage, Gloucestershire (8)


14 Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester, London (8)


15 Fera at Claridges, London (8)


16 Le Gavroche, London (8)



17 Marcus, London (8)


18 The French, Manchester (8)


19 André Garrett at Cliveden, Berkshire (8)


20 The Peat Inn, Fife (8)


21 Whatley Manor, The Dining Room, Wiltshire (8)


22 Castle Terrace, Edinburgh (7) New to the top 50 this year


23 The Kitchin, Edinburgh (7)


24 Bohemia, Jersey (7)


25 The Greenhouse, London (7) New to the top 50 this year


26 The Waterside Inn, Berkshire (7)


27 Casamia, Bristol (7)


28 Paul Ainsworth at No. 6, Cornwall (7)


29 Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, London (7)



30 Artichoke, Buckinghamshire (7)


31 Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Oxfordshire (7)


32 Restaurant Story, London (7)


33 Gidleigh Park, Devon (7)


34 Restaurant James Sommerin, Glamorgan (7)


35 Simpsons, Birmingham (7) New to the top 50 this year


36 Sketch, London (7)


37 Forest Side, Cumbria (7) New to the top 50 this year


38 Murano, London (7)


39 Restaurant Martin Wishart, Edinburgh (7)


40 Ynyshir, Powys (7)


41 Adam’s, Birmingham (7)


42 The Raby Hunt, Durham (7)



43 Freemasons at Wiswell, Lancashire (7)


44 Orwells, Oxfordshire (7) New to the top 50 this year


45 Restaurant Marianne, London (7) New to the top 50 this year


46 Hambleton Hall, Rutland (7)


47 The Whitebrook, Gwent (7) New to the top 50 this year


48 Llangoed Hall, Powys (7)


49 Lake Road Kitchen, Cumbria (6)


50 The Dairy, London (6)

>>> Read more on the Good Food Guide 2017 


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Editor 25th August 2016

Restaurant Nathan Outlaw gets its first 'perfect 10' to take the number two spot in The Good Food Guide 2017 - full list here