The Good Food Guide’s annual Top 50 restaurant guide ranking, is highly regarded by chefs and restaurant-goers alike, with particular attention paid to those chefs and restaurants who make it into the Top 10. Simon Rogan and L'Enclume have taken the top spot since 2013 - we have recipes available from many of the chefs named in this guide.
The Top 50 recognises the very best talent in the country; a place on the list represents a huge achievement, with each position earned by its score in The Good Food Guide, editor appraisal and strength of reader feedback. 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."
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 in the 2017 guide, The Good Food Guide revealed where the nation's best dessert menus can be found.
Elizabeth Carter, Consultant Editor of the Waitrose Good Food Guide, said: "From yurts to campsites, bike shops to shipping containers, the vessel in which a good restaurant sails is no barrier to entry in our guide. We look for great food wherever we can find it - and that's sometimes in highly unusual places. With an army of Good Food Guide readers on the ground, and our inspectors scouring the length and breadth of the UK, we check out as many recommendations as we can to make sure that no stone is unturned and no good eating opportunity missed; and this year we’ve found some excellent cooking in some very unexpected places, giving even greater choice to our readers."
Waitrose also announces the Editors' Awards from the Good Food Guide. These awards recognise restaurants and chefs who have shown excellence in their field. They include, Chef of the Year, Restaurant of the Year, Best New Restaurant and Best Front-of-House.