We’re lucky to call London home with every cuisine, culture and culinary delight around every corner, from authentic Sri Lankan street food vendors to late-night drinking dens only locals know about. Every year The Estrella Damm National Restaurant Awards take place, allowing us to celebrate the diversity and vibrancy of the UK’s dining scene. 

Early this week saw the award ceremony take place, bringing together some of the biggest names in the UK’s culinary scene together for a night of acclaim and celebration to the dedication of front of house staff, best chefs and restaurants up and down the country. It’s on this night that they reveal the 100 best restaurants in the UK, voted by their academy of chefs, restaurateurs and food writers, and present special awards to those striving to great lengths in the hospitality field. 

It’s a great honour to any restaurant to be nominated and awarded, and this year saw many of our favourite restaurants across London and beyond celebrated to their fullest. 

These are the top ten restaurants that won big at the National Restaurant Awards 2022. Spoiler: seven out of the top ten are in London!

Ynyshir – Machynlleth, Powys

Countryside dining like this doesn’t come around often. Ynyshir, located in the depths of Wales, is supposedly the most expensive Michelin-starred restaurant in the UK. But as soon as you step foot inside the restaurant and sample the fine fare, it’s easy to see why it’s been named number one at the Estrella Damm National Restaurant Awards. 

Taking influences from Asian cuisine, the small dining room serves up pared-back interiors and an open kitchen allowing guests to see the Michelin magic come to life from their tables. 

Dining for lunch or dinner here is an experience like no other, expect to be feasting on dishes curated by Gareth Ward such as lobster Thaidorri claw with satay; and miso cured black cod, aged kaluga and shiitake.

Eglwys Fach, Machynlleth, Powys, Wales, SY20 8TA 

www.ynyshir.co.uk

Moor Hall – Aughton, Lancashire

Holding two Michelin stars, a Michelin Green Star and five AA Rosettes, Moor Hall is a restaurant every foodie needs to try. At the helm is Mark Birchall, having worked for almost a decade at Simon Rogan’s L’Enclume restaurant, he’s brought his culinary prowess to the table and executed it to perfection in every bite. 

The restaurant’s architectural design is stunning – think floor-to-ceiling glass walls, beamed ceilings and sleek, refined interiors to match. 

On site there’s also the Cheese Room, where you’ll find a carefully curated selection of some of the best British and Irish cheeses on offer. As well as the Wine Cellar, home to a wide variety of bottles selected by the team. 

Moor Hall, Prescot Road, Aughton, Ormskirk, L39 6RT 

www.moorhall.com

Brat – Shoreditch, London

Celebrating the best of coal-fired cooking, Brat in Shoreditch is headed by Tomos Parry and serves up some of the best grilled fish, meat and veggie dishes in the capital. 

Expect laidback dining at its finest with fresh fish flavours coming enthusiastically centrefold. Diners can look forward to dishes such as leeks with walnut and fresh cheese; wild mussel ‘pil-pil’ with lardo; lemon sole; whole turbot; and smoked potatoes to pair the meal to perfection.

For one of the best outdoor covered dining spots in London, head over to their sister branch Brat x Climpson’s Arch.

First Floor, 4 Redchurch Street, Shoreditch, London, E1 6JL

www.bratrestaurant.co.uk

The Ritz – Mayfair, London

Is there anywhere more glamorous than The Ritz? Coming in at number four on the list, the hotel is renowned for its brilliant five star service, opulent interiors and culinary flair, led by executive chef John Williams. 

Celebrating seasonality and British produce, the Michelin-starred menus showcase the best of Williams’ expertise, from three-course lunch menus to the dinner ‘arts de la table’, the table side service that honours the tradition of classic dishes and superb service. 

150 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London, W1J 9BR 

www.theritzlondon.com

BiBi – Mayfair, London

Specialising in chaat and traditional grill dishes designed for sharing, BiBi is headed by culinary legend Chet Sharma. Having worked at the likes of Moor Hall, Mugaritz and L’Enclume, Chet brings his South Asian roots and passion to the table, offering a relaxed, playful menu. 

Lovers of counterside dining, look forward to pulling up a pew at the counter and feasting on the likes of Hereford beef pepper fry chaat; and Lobster, crab and caviar pao, before sharing from their Sigree – the Indian Grill – menu. Expect Cornish native lobster tikka with saffron and kewra shorba, lobster and crab pao; Swaledale lamb belly galouti with coriander and mint chutney and Indian onion; and Sharmaji’s lahori chicken with cashew and yoghurt whey. 

Chet brings his South Asian roots and passion to the table, offering a relaxed, playful menu. 

42 North Audley Street, Mayfair, London, W1K 6ZP

www.bibirestaurants.com

The Ledbury – Notting Hill, London

The Ledbury is part of Notting Hill’s DNA so when it announced its closure following the 2020 lockdowns, we – and every London foodie – mourned. However, the restaurant angels resurfaced and brought Brett Graham’s vision back to life earlier this year – and it’s been success after success ever since. 

Their website and zero social media presence may not be for everyone, but Graham’s culinary expertise and the restaurant’s atmosphere make up for it. Managing to get a table here might be nigh impossible but once you do, look forward to one of the best meals of your life showcased through their changing-tasting menus and wines to match.

127 Ledbury Road, Notting Hill, London, W11 2AQ 

www.theledbury.com

A Wong – Victoria, London

Championing China’s diverse culinary scene and its 3,000 years of foodie history, A Wong is the restaurant from chef Andrew Wong. Guests can look forward to travelling the country’s 14 international borders through food, from their dedicated dim sum menus through to dinner set menu, the ‘taste of China’. 

Downstairs lies the Forbidden City Bar, a secret speakeasy style bar that serves up the best wines, spirits, Champagne and A Wong inspired cocktails and snacks. 

70 Wilton Road, Pimlico, Victoria, London, SW1V 1DE 

www.awong.co.uk

Core by Clare Smyth – Notting Hill, London

Gaining three Michelin stars isn’t an easy task, but Core by Clare Smyth lauds all three and many other accolades and awards alongside. The Notting Hill restaurant focuses on natural, sustainable food, using UK farmers and producers who are dedicated to working in harmony with the environment. 

Book in for a classic tasting menu celebrating simple flavours or take the experience up a note and see how the chef’s prepare your dishes in front of you at their special chef’s table experience.

92 Kensington Park Road, Notting Hill, London, W11 2PN

www.corebyclaresmyth.com

Ikoyi – St James’s, London

St James’s Ikoyi is the brainchild of Jeremy Chan and Iré Hassan-Odukale. They have created a menu that explores spice, focusing on sub-Saharan West African cuisine and British micro-seasonality when it comes to ingredients used. 

Book in for their tasting menu and look forward to the likes of octopus fried in wild rice and yeasted bearnaise; aged sirloin with salted citrus and lobster; sweetbread, nespoli and N25 reserve caviar; morel fondue and sorghum; and smoked jollof rice.

1 St. James’s Market, St. James’s, London, SW1Y 4AH

www.ikoyilondon.com

L’Enclume – Cartmel, Cumbria

The flagship restaurant from Simon Rogan, L’Enclume can be found in Cumbria boasting a frequently changing menu brimming with passion, creativity and seasonal, local ingredients. 

The restaurant serves up tasting menus, featuring the likes of fritter of Duroc pib and smoked eel, lovage and fermented sweetcorn; langoustines from Gairloch, fig leaf oil, buttermilk and smoked pike perch roe; and West Coast turbot with asparagus, razor clams, pine and watercress oil. 

Much of the produce, from veggies and fruits to herbs and flowers is grown directly on the farm and guests are invited to tour the farm (at request) to see where their food comes from.

Cavendish Street, Grange-over-Sands, Cartmel, Cumbria, LA11 6PZ 

www.lenclume.co.uk

Find the other awarded restaurants at www.nationalrestaurantawards.co.uk


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