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Ledbury In Notting Hill Wins The Sunday Times Food List

Almost 50% Of The List Is In London

Written by . Published on October 25th 2011.

Ledbury In Notting Hill Wins The Sunday Times Food List

THE LEDBURY is the best restaurant for food in the UK according to 8,000 diners-out and members of the public. 

The North West has a thin offering of our wonderful but usual suspects. 

The Notting Hill establishment came top of The Sunday Times Food List, announced at a reception in London’s Mandarin Oriental Hotel, hosted by Harden’s and Rémy Martin. 

The Sunday Times Food List is based on food quality alone and The Ledbury, headed by young Australian Chef Brett Graham, gathered an average score of 9.81 out of ten. Customers hailed the cuisine as ‘genius’. As a bizarre aside the restaurant’s staff fought off looters and protected customers during this summer’s riots. 

Brett Graham said: "It's a huge honour to top the List, especially as it comes from such a broad base of customers."  

Brett GrahamBrett Graham

Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons in Great Milton, Oxfordshire came second in the Food List while last year’s winner, Gidleigh Park, was third.  

Gidleigh Park also walked off with the Rémy Martin X.O. Excellence Award for Best All Round Restaurant (considering not just food, but also service and ambience).  

Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley won the Coeur de Cognac Award for Best Dessert, and Heston Blumenthal’s Dinner at the Mandarin Oriental received the Rémy Martin V.S.O.P Best Newcomer Award. 

The top five were (with last year’s positions in brackets):

1 (4)  The Ledbury, Notting Hill, London
2 (6)  Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons, Great Milton, Oxon
3 (1)  Gidleigh Park, Chagford, Devon
4 (7)  Le Gavroche, Mayfair, London
5 (5)  Waterside Inn, Bray, Berks

Of the rest, almost half of the top 100 restaurants were in London, the number of Asian eateries in the List has fallen by half and there are 31 new entries on the list. 

It would be interesting to find out why the number of Asian restaurants has fallen by half. Are we bored by Asian food at present? Are other cuisines proving more exciting? 

Still congratulations to The Ledbury. A popular choice and an excellent winner.

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