British Restaurants to Compete for 'World's Best' Title
By Alison Purdy, PA
Fourteen of the UK’s top eateries will today compete with rivals from around the world to be crowned the world’s best restaurant.
They have been named in a 50-strong shortlist for the awards which was started created three years ago. Eleven of the British entrants are based in London and a further two are from nearby Bray in Berkshire.
Among the British contenders are fiery celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay’s eponymous restaurant on Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, as well as celebrity haunts The Ivy, on West Street, Covent Garden, and Nobu, at the Metropolitan Hotel, Old Park Lane, all in London.
Outside the capital The Waterside Inn and The Fat Duck, both in Berkshire, will be hoping for a win as will Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons in Great Milton, Oxon.
Ella Johnston, editor of the British-based Restaurant Magazine which created the awards three years ago, said: “It may appear very London-centric but with the US-based Gourmet magazine recently declaring London ‘the best place to eat on the planet’, I believe it’s a fair reflection of the city’s place in global dining.”
Fifty restaurants from around the world have been competing for the coveted title. There is a belief that that British food is unexciting and tasteless, far from it. Just go and visit the restaurants that have made it on the list. Many provide traditional British dishes.
This year speculation is rife that two times winner Thomas Keller of the Laundry, in California, US, will have to cede defeat to a British restaurant.
The UK has the largest number of restaurants in the shortlist (14) outstripping both France and the US, which only have 10 restaurants each vying for the top spot.
Ms Johnston said the aim was to provide a definitive guide to the best places to eat around the world.
“Nobody had done it before. Sure, we had national and city guides but as global communication and commerce becomes part and parcel of our everyday lives, and international travel is so readily available, it was odd that there was no definitive list of the best places to eat around the globe,” she said.
The winner as voted for by 500 international chefs, critics and restaurateurs, will be announced at The Royal Exchange today.
The UK restaurants in the top 50 are:
Angela Hartnett at The Connaught, 16 Carlos Place, London
The Fat Duck, High Street, Bray, Berkshire
The Gallery at Sketch, 9 Conduit Street, London
Le Gavroche, 43 Upper Brook Street, London
Gordon Ramsay, 68 Royal Hospital Road, London
Hakkasan, 8 Hanway Place, London
The Ivy, 1 West Street, London
St John, 26 St John Street, London
Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons, Church Road, Great Milton, Oxon
Nobu, Metropolitan Hotel, 19 Old Park Lane, London
Tom Aikens, 43 Elystan Street, London
The Waterside Inn, Ferry Road, Bray, Berkshire
The Wolseley, 160 Piccadilly, London
Yauatcha, 15 Broadwick Street, London