Manchester hailed as fastest improving restaurant hub outside of London

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Manchester, Edinburgh and Birmingham have been pegged as foodie destinations on the grow, according to an independent restaurant guide.

The UK’s best towns for dining, and top 100 restaurants were revealed in ‘Harden’s Best UK Restaurants 2018’, one of the country’s most comprehensive restaurant guides.

Harden’s 27th annual poll of diners, which surveyed 8,500 participants and collated 50,000 reviews, formed the basis for the inclusions and ratings in this year’s guide.

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The guide’s editor and co-founder, Peter Harden, said: “The same week that saw TripAdvisor crown a shed serving Iceland ready meals as London’s top restaurant, saw our guide name the capital’s The Araki as the UK’s best. Both systems rely on user feedback, but it is the careful collation of the Harden’s survey that creates authoritative rankings, rather than trash listings based on seemingly unfiltered garbage data.”

Of the Harden’s 100 Best UK Restaurants, the split in representation between London and non-London restaurants was exactly 50/50.

Manchester, which boasts 66 entries, scored the guide’s biggest total number of inclusions outside the capital, and shows the fastest growth in the number of top scorers. The North Western city managed to secure a very good or excellent rating for 11 of its dining establishments, more than double last year’s figure of five.

While the city still lacks a restaurant within the Harden’s 100 Best UK Restaurants, nearby Stockport newcomer, Where The Light Gets In, does feature in the list at number 72.

North of the border, Edinburgh, with 55 listings, is still unrivalled outside London in terms of quality, with 13 restaurants amongst the guide’s top scorers.

Bristol, which features, not only Casamia in the Harden’s 100, but also Wilks (at 65), is looking set to overtake Brighton in the UK’s Top-5 most interesting cities for dining out. Brighton currently has two more entries, however it has no restaurants listed in the top scorers category.

Birmingham is the only other large conurbation to feature two or more Harden’s 100 listings with Adams (32) and Purnell’s (88). The only other location with two entries in the Harden’s 100 is foodie enclave Bray, with The Fat Duck (five) and Waterside Inn (seven).

The Harden’s 100 ranking of the UK’s best restaurants in full

1. The Araki, London
2. Casamia, Bristol
3. The Ledbury, London
4. Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, Port Isaac
5. The Fat Duck, Bray
6. Marianne, London
7. Waterside Inn, Bray
8. Black Swan, Oldstead
9. Restaurant Martin Wishart, Edinburgh
10. The Clove Club, London

11. Gidleigh Park, Chagford
12. Fraiche, Oxton
13. Restaurant Sat Bains, Nottingham
14. Ormer Mayfair, London
15. Gareth Ward at Ynyshir, Eglwys Fach
16. Sushi Tetsu, London
17. Story, London
18. L’Enclume, Cartmel
19. Yorke Arms, Ramsgill-in-Nidderdale
20. The Greenhouse, London

21. Midsummer House, Cambridge
22. Le Gavroche, London
23. Pied à Terre, London
24. Sketch, Lecture Room, London
25. Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons, Great Milton
26. Umu, London
27. Bubbledogs, Kitchen Table, London
28. The Five Fields, London
29. Raby Hunt, Summerhouse
30. Moor Hall, Aughton

31. Bohemia, Jersey
32. Adam’s, Birmingham
33. Texture, London
34. Estiatorio Milos, London
35. Andrew Fairlie, Auchterarder
36. Morston Hall, Morston
37. Hélène Darroze, London
38. Tyddyn Llan, Llandrillo
39. The Box Tree, Ilkley
40. Le Cochon Aveugle, York

41. Pétrus, London
42. Hedone, London
43. Hambleton Hall, Hambleton
44. The Neptune, Old Hunstanton
45. The Ritz, London
46. Roux at Parliament Square, London
47. The Kitchin, Edinburgh
48. Murano, London
49. Llangoed Hall, Llyswen
50. Paul Ainsworth at No. 6, Padstow

51. 108 Garage, London
52. Hakkasan Mayfair, London
53. Chez Bruce, London
54. Lympstone Manor, Exmouth
55. Jamavar, London
56. Hunan, London
57. The Forest Side, Grasmere
58. The Art School, Liverpool
59. André Garrett At Cliveden, Taplow
60. House of Tides, Newcastle upon Tyne

61. Artichoke, Amersham
62. 5 North Street, Winchcombe
63. Goodman City, London
64. Trishna, London
65. Wilks, Bristol
66. Norn, Edinburgh
67. One-O-One, London
68. The Three Chimneys, Dunvegan
69. Elystan Street, London
70. Typing Room, London

71. La Trompette, London
72. Where The Light Gets In, Stockport
73. The Man Behind The Curtain, Leeds
74. Restaurant James Sommerin, Penarth
75. Marcus, The Berkeley, London
76. The Whitebrook, Whitebrook
77. Pollen Street Social, London
78. Gauthier Soho, London
79. Zuma, London
80. La Petite Maison, London

81. Locanda Locatelli, London
82. Northcote, Langho
83. The Harrow at Little Bedwyn, Marlborough
84. The Woodspeen, Newbury
85. The Sportsman, Seasalter
86. The Glasshouse, Kew
87. Wiltons, London
88. Purnells, Birmingham
89. Coya, London
90. La Dame de Pic London, London

91. Roka, London
92. Seafood Restaurant, Padstow
93. The Seahorse, Dartmouth
94. The Peat Inn, Cupar
95. Scott’s, London
96. Stovell’s, Chobham
97. Trinity, London
98. Portland, London
99. Min Jiang, London
100. Medlar, London

The Harden’s 100 ranking of the UK’s best restaurants in full

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