Fat Duck Beaten by Gidleigh Park in Top U.K. Restaurant List

The Fat Duck
The Fat Duck restaurant in Bray, Berkshire. Photographer: Carl Court/Bloomberg

Gidleigh Park, the west of England restaurant where chef Michael Caines holds two Michelin stars, is the U.K.’s finest, beating the Fat Duck, in a new ranking of the Top 100 establishments, published today.

Marcus Wareing at the Berkeley, in third place, is the best place in London to eat, according to Food List: Britain’s Top 100 Restaurants, a supplement in the Sunday Times published in association with Harden’s. Gordon Ramsay, Wareing’s former friend and mentor, places at No. 52.

The rankings are based on the votes of more than 8,000 participants, the Sunday Times said in an e-mailed press release. Fourth place goes to chef Brett Graham at the Ledbury, and the top five is completed by the Waterside Inn, in Bray.

Gidleigh Park placed No. 71 in the National Restaurant Awards list of Restaurant Magazine earlier this month. The Ledbury topped that table, followed by the Fat Duck, Bistrot Bruno Loubet, Hibiscus and the Walnut Tree.

Here is the list:

1  Gidleigh Park, Chagford
2  Fat Duck, Bray
3  Marcus Wareing (The Berkeley), London SW1
4  The Ledbury, London W11
5  Waterside Inn, Bray
6  Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Great Milton
7  Le Gavroche, London W1
8  L’Enclume, Cartmel
9  One-O-One (Sheraton Park Tower), London SW1
10 Kitchin, Edinburgh
11 Hambleton Hall, Hambleton
12 The Square, London W1
13 Restaurant Sat Bains, Nottingham
14 The Yorke Arms, Ramsgill-in-Nidderdale
15 Restaurant Martin Wishart, Edinburgh
16 Viajante, London E2
17 Pied a Terre, London W1
18 Andrew Fairlie (Gleneagles Hotel), Auchterarder
19 La Becasse, Ludlow
20 Northcote, Langho
21 Sharrow Bay, Ullswater
22 Number One, Edinburgh
23 Murano, London W1
24 Mr Underhill’s, Ludlow
25 Nobu (Metropolitan Hotel), London W1
26 L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, London W1
27 Summer Lodge, Evershot
28 Midsummer House, Cambridge
29 Rasoi, London SW3
30 Three Chimneys, Dunvegan
31 Hakkasan, London W1
32 Capital Restaurant (Capital Hotel), London SW3
33 Landau (The Langham), London W1
34 Roussillon, London SW1
35 Greenhouse, London W1
36 Simpsons, Birmingham
37 Zuma, London SW3
38 21212, Edinburgh
39 Bath Priory Hotel, Bath
40 Nobu Berkeley, London W1
41 Nahm (Halkin Hotel), London SW1
42 La Trompette, London W4
43 Le Champignon Sauvage, Cheltenham
44 The Ritz Restaurant (The Ritz), London W1
45 Hibiscus, London W1
46 Wiltons, London SW1
47 Chez Bruce, London SW17
48 Roka, London W1
49 L’Ortolan, Shinfield
50 The Seafood Restaurant, Padstow
51 Pearl, London WC1
52 Gordon Ramsay, London SW3
53 Morgan M, London N7
54 La Petite Maison, London W1
55 Texture, London W1
56 The Vineyard at Stockcross, Stockcross
57 Umu, London W1
58 Tom Aikens, London SW3
59 Anthony’s, Leeds
60 The River Cafe, London W6
61 Kai Mayfair, London W1
62 Benares, London W1
63 Club Gascon, London EC1
64 Amaya, London SW1
65 Sheekey, London WC2
66 Petersham Nurseries, London
67 Gamba, Glasgow
68 Galvin at Windows (Park Lane Hilton Hotel), London W1
69 Purnells, Birmingham
70 Scott’s, London W1
71 Jin Kichi, London NW3
72 Royal China Club, London W1
73 Theo Randall (InterContinental Hotel), London W1
74 The Sportsman, Whitstable
75 Fischers at Baslow Hall, Baslow
76 The Great House, Lavenham
77 Petrus, London SW1
78 Drakes, Ripley
79 Zaika, London W8
80 Chewton Glen, New Milton
81 Yauatcha, London W1
82 Trinity, London SW4
83 Edmunds, Birmingham
84 Pipe & Glass Inn, Beverley
85 Terre a Terre, Brighton
86 Launceston Place, London W8
87 The Cinnamon Club, London SW1
88 Quilon, London SW1
89 Wheeler’s Oyster Bar, Whitstable
90 Hunan, London SW1
91 Artisan (Westbury Hotel), London W1
92 Dinings, London W1
93 L’Anima, London EC2
94 Goodman, London W1
95 Ken Lo’s Memories of China, London W8
96 Chapter One, Locksbottom
97 Clarke’s, London W8
98 Locanda Locatelli, London W1
99 Sushi-Say, London NW2
100 Walnut Tree, Llandewi Skirrid

(Richard Vines is the chief food critic for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. Opinions expressed are his own.)

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