Restaurant Where Chefs Fought Rioters Wins U.K.’s Best

The Ledbury, which gained international attention after being invaded by rioters, was named the U.K.’s best restaurant for the third straight year.

Runner-up in the National Restaurant Awards announced last night was Jason Atherton’s Pollen Street Social, also in London. Third place was taken by the Hand & Flowers, Tom Kerridge’s pub in Marlow. The Square was the next-highest London establishment, in seventh.

Lima, a new Peruvian venue in London, was named One to Watch. (Last year’s winner of this award, Hedone, placed No. 52.) The personality of the year award went jointly to Chris Corbin and Jeremy King, the business partners behind the Wolseley, who recently opened Zedel and the Colbert.

The chef’s award went to Philip Howard of the Square.

Chef Brett Graham’s Ledbury, which holds two Michelin stars, has won many awards since opening in 2005. It is ranked 14th in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards. (I head a panel in those awards and vote in the National Restaurant Awards.) It is also known for being attacked in August 2011 by rioters, who were challenged by chefs armed with rolling pins.

The two highest new entries were Quo Vadis, at eighth, and 10 Greek Street, which came 12th. Both are in London’s Soho.

The winners are decided by the 150 members of the National Restaurant Awards Academy, which includes chefs, restaurateurs and critics. The results were announced at the Old Brewery, London. Graham, 33, was born in Newcastle, Australia.

The winners:
 1. The Ledbury, London (1)
 2. Pollen Street Social, London (2)
 3. Hand & Flowers, Marlow (14)
 4. Restaurant Sat Bains, Nottingham (9)
 5. The Fat Duck, Bray (4)
 6. The Sportsman, Seasalter (5)
 7. The Square, London (7)
 8. The Kitchin, Edinburgh (28)
 9. Quo Vadis, London (-)
10. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, London (3)
11. L’Enclume, Cartmel, Cumbria (8)
12. 10 Greek Street, London (-)
13. Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Great Milton (12)
14. Zuma, London (65)
15. Alyn Williams at The Westbury, London (-)
16. The Waterside Inn, Bray (30)
17. The Hardwick, Abergavenny (22)
18. Galvin La Chapelle, London (38)
19. The Walnut Tree, Abergavenny (17)
20. Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, Rock, Cornwall (33)
21. Roganic, London (16)
22. St. John, London (13)
23. Bocca di Lupo, London (46)
24. Ondine, Edinburgh (59)
25. L’Anima, London (40)
26. Hibiscus, London (6)
27. Zucca, London (51)
28. Pizarro, London (-)
29. The Pig, Brockenhurst (-)
30. Chez Bruce, London (15)
31. Dabbous, London (-)
32. Brawn, London (26)
33. Texture, London (50)
34. Castle Terrace, Edinburgh (-)
35. Koya, London (88)
36. Paul Ainsworth at Number 6, Padstow, Cornwall (69)
37. The River Cafe, London (44)
38. Yauatcha, London (-)
39. Medlar, London (94)
40. The Elephant, Torquay (49)
41. Midsummer House, Cambridge (36)
42. Restaurant Martin Wishart, Edinburgh (24)
43. Viajante, London (21)
44. The Royal Oak at Paley Street (39)
45. Hawksmoor, London (18)
46. Arbutus, London (20)
47. Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley, London (35)
48. Hakkasan Mayfair, London (68)
49. Chilli Pickle, Brighton (86)
50. Upstairs at The 10 Bells, London (-)
51. The Dock Kitchen, London (56)
52. Hedone, London (-)
53. The Seahorse, Dartmouth (83)
54. St. John Soho, London (-)
55. Burger and Lobster, London (-)
56. Corrigan’s, London (-)
57. Aumbry, Manchester (67)
58. Galvin at Windows, London (27)
59. La Petite Maison, London (-)
60. Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles, Scotland (45)
61. Theo Randall at the Intercontinental, London (97)
62. The Delaunay, London (-)
63. Le Gavroche, London (11)
64. Tyddyn Llan, Llandrillo, Wales (-)
65. Bar Boulud, London (10)
66. Casamia, Bristol (-)
67. Hix Soho, London (89)
68. Gidleigh Park, Devon (29)
69. Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, London (43)
70. The Latymer, Pennyhill Park, Surrey (53)
71. The Wolseley, London (-)
72. The Star at Harome, Yorkshire (19)
73. Roka, London (-)
74. Koffmann’s, London (23)
75. MeatLiquor, London (-)
76. Galvin Bistrot de Luxe, London (-)
77. Bistrot Bruno Loubet, London (37)
78. Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant, Padstow, Cornwall (-)
79. La Becasse, Ludlow (34)
80. Barrafina, London (-)
81. Moro, London (-)
82. CUT, London (-)
83. Umu, London (-)
84. Alimentum, Cambridge (96)
85. Shu, Belfast (-)
86. Pitt Cue Co, London (-)
87. The Pass at South Lodge, W Sussex (-)
88. Polpo, London (25)
89. The Pipe & Glass Inn, Yorkshire (31)
90. Purnell’s, Birmingham (63)
91. The Potted Pig, Cardiff (-)
92. Racine, London (-)
93. Helene Darroze at The Connaught, London (47)
94. The Three Chimneys, Skye, Scotland (-)
95. Brasserie Zedel, London (-)
96. Goodman Mayfair, London (75)
97. Loves, Birmingham (72)
98. Northcote Manor, Lancashire (41)
99. Mourne Seafood, Belfast (-)
100. Fraiche, Merseyside (-)

(Richard Vines is the chief food critic for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. He is U.K. and Ireland chairman of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards. The opinions expressed are his own.)

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