2 pubs in Good Food Guide Top 50 Restaurants

By Nikkie Thatcher

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On the up: the number of pubs in this year's Top 50 Restaurants has doubled from one to two
On the up: the number of pubs in this year's Top 50 Restaurants has doubled from one to two
Two pubs have been featured in the latest edition of The Good Food Guide’s Top 50 Restaurants in the UK – up from one last year.

In the Top 50 Restaurants 2020, the Black Swan at Oldstead, North Yorkshire, was a new entry at number 34, with a cooking score of seven out of 10.

The current number one Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropub, the Sportsman​ in Seasalter, Kent, came in at number 37, also with a cooking score of seven – up from number 42 in last year’s edition of the guide.

Slavishly favourable

The guide also has a variety of awards and Restaurant of the Year was won by the Mash Inn, Radnage in Buckinghamshire.

The guide said: “This grown-up pub dishes up a daily four-course menu or 10-course taster where ‘pretty much everything is exposed to naked flames or burning charcoal’, resulting in dishes that feel fresh but not slavishly fashionable.

“Often using ingredients from the kitchen garden, highlights from the menu include darkly blistered chapa flatbread with clean, aerated Romanesco and green apple soup, simple just-pulled radishes with hay mayo and a memorable côte du boeuf, with silky, umami-rich sesame miso sauce.”

Flexible eating

The Good Food Guide ​editor Elizabeth Carter outlined how seven decades of the publication had given the directory a unique insight into eating out in Britain.

She added: “The more we conduct ourselves online, the more we look for care, provenance and thoughtfulness – especially when it comes to food.

“With diners increasingly looking for flexible eating options and value for money, there has been a surge in inexpensive cafés and restaurants that rank quality of ingredients above all else.

“Small, owner-run dining rooms across the country provide clear examples of how they can and do work in direct opposition to the pizza-burger overload on the British high street.”

The Good Food Guide​ Top 50 Restaurants for 2020:

  1. L'Enclume, Cartmel, Cumbria
  2. Core by Clare Smyth, Notting Hill, west London
  3. Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, Port Isaac, Cornwall
  4. Ynyshir, Powys, west Wales
  5. Moor Hall, Aughton, Lancashire
  6. Claude Bosi at Bibendum, Chelsea, west London
  7. Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, Chelsea, west London
  8. Restaurant Sat Bains, Nottingham
  9. Casamia, Bristol
  10. Pollen Street Social, Mayfair, central London
  11. Adam Reid at The French, Greater Manchester
  12. Restaurant Story, south London
  13. The Raby Hunt, near Darlington, County Durham
  14. Restaurant Andrew Fairlie, Perthshire & Kinross
  15. The Greenhouse, central London
  16. The Ledbury, west London
  17. Marcus, west London
  18. The Fat Duck, Bray, Berkshire
  19. Roganic, central London
  20. Fraiche, Birkenhead, Merseyside
  21. Bohemia, Saint Helier, Jersey
  22. Midsummer House, Cambridge
  23. The Peat Inn, Fife
  24. Le Champignon Sauvage, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
  25. The Kitchin, East Lothian
  26. Lake Road Kitchen, Ambleside, Cumbria
  27. Forest Side, Grasmere, Cumbria
  28. Orwells, Shiplake, Oxfordshire
  29. A. Wong, central London
  30. Whatley Manor, The Dining Room, Malmesbury, Wiltshire
  31. Trinity, south London
  32. Matt Worswick at the Latymer, Bagshot, Surrey
  33. Inver, Argyll & Bute
  34. The Black Swan, Oldstead, North Yorkshire
  35. Restaurant James Sommerin, Glamorgan
  36. Winteringham Fields, Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire
  37. The Sportsman, Seasalter, Kent
  38. The Whitebrook, Monmouthshire
  39. The Man Behind The Curtain, Leeds, West Yorkshire
  40. Paul Ainsworth at No. 6, Padstow, Cornwall
  41. Alchemilla, Nottingham
  42. Wilks, Bristol
  43. Cail Bruich, Strathclyde
  44. Where The Light Gets In, Greater Manchester
  45. Sosban & The Old Butcher's, Isle of Anglesey
  46. Restaurant Martin Wishart, Lothians
  47. Le Gavroche, central London
  48. Artichoke, Amersham, Buckinghamshire
  49. Adam's, Birmingham, West Midlands
  50. Castle Terrace, Edinburgh

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