Winners of Harden’s London Restaurant Awards 2017 revealed

The Staff Canteen

The big winners of Harden’s London Restaurant Awards 2017 were unveiled earlier today (Monday, September 11, 2017).

Notting Hill's tiny restaurant, Marianne scooped the main award for Top Gastronomic Experience fending off stiff competition from Brett Graham's renowned Notting Hill restaurant The Ledbury, Shoreditch's now world-famous Clove Club and Phil Howard's latest venture Elystan Street in Chelsea.

The Theatre,Hippodrome Casino
The Theatre,Hippodrome Casino

Peter Harden, editor of the Harden’s restaurant guide, said: “Marianne’s performance in the Harden’s survey was so strong this year, we felt she deserved to be recognised at the pinnacle of London cuisine, despite hugely impressive performances from all the other shortlisted candidates."

Last year the award went to London's most expensive restaurant The Araki in Mayfair.

Lifetime Achievement Award

This year’s special Lifetime Achievement Award went to Chris Corbin and Jeremy King for their work which includes launching Le Caprice in 1981 which the duo followed up with the Ivy in 1990 - both are now owned by Caprice Holdings.  The award, sponsored by The Hippodrome Casino, acknowledges an industry figure whose ventures have performed exceptionally well in the Harden's survey over many years. Last year this prestigious honour went to Bruce Poole, chef-patron of Balham's “unfailingly outstanding” neighbourhood classic, Chez Bruce.

New to this year was the addition of a brand new category, Best for Fish & Seafood, sponsored by Exmoor Caviar with West End's glamorous Estiatorio Milos winning the award.  


This year's event was introduced by editor of the Harden’s restaurant guide, Peter Harden before handing over to food and drink broadcaster, Nigel Barden who hosted the event which was held at the Hippodrome Casino in Leicester Square.

Once the awards were given out coffee and dessert canapés were served in the Heliot lounge before an after party took place on the roof terrace to finish the day.

Nominations for this year’s awards were taken from Harden's 27-year-old annual survey of UK restaurant-goers. This year 8,500 people contributed 50,000 nominations within the categories specified by Harden's.

Full list of winners

Top Gastronomic Experience


Top Newcomer


Top Cheat Eat


Best for Business


Best Steaks and Grills

Zelman Meats W1

Best Street Food

Kappacasein Dairy

Wine List of the Year

Enoteca Turi

Top Bar or Pub

The Lighterman

Best for Romance


Best Breakfast or Brunch

Sunday N1

Top Coffee House


Best Afternoon Tea

Collins Room, The Berkeley

Best for fish & seafood

Estiatorio Milos

Lifetime Achievement Award

Jeremy King and Christopher Corbin

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Editor 11th September 2017

Winners of Harden’s London Restaurant Awards 2017 revealed