But Kerridge’s two Michelin-starred pub was knocked from its top spot in the 2013 list of 100 best restaurants moving to fourth place in this year’s list.
Organised by the PMA’s sister title Restaurant Magazine, the awards which are sponsored by Estrella Damm, recognise the top 100 restaurants in the UK as voted for by industry experts.
To make the top 100, restaurants must be voted for by members of the National Restaurant Awards Academy which is made up of 150 chefs, food critics and writers, restaurateurs, and industry experts across 12 regions.
Other gastropubs in the list included Stephen Harris’s Shepherd Neame tenancy the Sportsman in Seasalter, Kent, which was ranked sixth, Stephen Terry’s Hardwick in Abergavenny, Wales which was placed 23, Nick Parkinson’s Fuller’s tenancy the Royal Oak in Paley Street, Berkshire, was voted number 44 and James and Kate MacKenzie’s Pipe & Glass in South Dalton, East Yorkshire, which came in at 78. Heston Blumenthal’s Hinds Head in Bray, Berkshire was at 78.
Andrew Pern’s Star Inn at Harome, North Yorkshire was 85 and Emily Watkins’s Kingham Plough in Kingham, Oxfordshire, who was among the winners of this year’s Great British Menu on BBC Two, was ranked at 96.
The overall winner was Indian restaurant Gymkhana in Mayfair, London, run by chef/patron Karam Sethi.
Taking second place was the Clove Club in Shoreditch, East London while the Ledbury in Notting Hill, West London, came in at third.
Special awards went to Dinner at Heston Blumenthal’s head chef Ashley Palmer-Watts who was voted Chef’s Chef of the Year while the Sustainable Restaurant of the Year award went to the Pig in Brockenhurst, Hampshire.
The awards ceremony was held at the Hurlingham Club in Putney, West London.