Half a million diners who have booked via Toptable.com have given their verdict on U.K. restaurants and the Top 100 is led by venues in Scotland.
London stalwarts such as Le Gavroche and Chez Bruce are beaten by Martin Wishart, a Michelin-starred establishment in Edinburgh, and by Piccolo Mondo, an Italian venue in Glasgow. Only five of the Top 10 for 2011 are situated in London.
The rankings are based on scores given by diners who have booked their meals through Toptable, which is owned and operated by OpenTable Inc. of San Francisco. The results may surprise food lovers unused to seeing local places and chain operators such as Gaucho (32) beating gourmet destinations such as Galvin La Chapelle (48), The Square (77) and Hibiscus (80).
“There are so many very good restaurants in the list that it is deeply satisfying to be amongst them and to be consistently highly rated by my customers,” Wishart said today in an e-mailed press release from London-based Toptable.
The list includes only restaurants that may be booked via Toptable, which invites diners to give them marks out of 10 for food, service, value-for-money, ambience, whether they would recommend an establishment and for the washrooms.
Here’s the Top 100 as scored by Toptable customers:
1 Restaurant Martin Wishart, Edinburgh. 2 Piccolo Mondo, Glasgow. 3 Le Gavroche, London. 4 Chez Bruce, London. 5 Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s, London. 6 Conservatory Restaurant, Exeter. 7 India Quay, Glasgow. 8 Case Restaurant with Rooms, Sudbury 9 Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester, London. 10 Artisan, London. 11 Black Horse, Swadlincote. 12 Apsleys, a Heinz Beck Restaurant, London. 13 Roux at The Landau, London. 14 French Table, Surbiton. 15 Petrus, London. 16 Number One, Edinburgh. 17 Launceston Place, London. 18 Chapter One, Locksbottom. 19 Greenhouse, London. 20 Kendells Bistro, Leeds. 21 Vatika, Shedfield, Southampton. 22 Restaurant Tristan, Horsham. 23 Ondine, Edinburgh. 24 Zucca, London. 25 Clos Maggiore, London 26 Grill at the Dorchester, London. 27 Living Room, Glasgow. 28 Rhubarb, Edinburgh. 29 Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley, London. 30 Pied a Terre, London. 31 Gauthier Soho, London. 32 Gaucho, The O2, London. 33 Seven Park Place by William Drabble, London. 34 Spice Pavilion, Edinburgh. 35 Khyber, Croydon. 36 Borelli’s, Farnham. 37 Cah-Chi, Earlsfield. 38 Blenio Bistro, Brighton. 39 Mystica, Addlestone. 40 Tigerlily, Edinburgh. 41 Bartellas, Margaretting. 42 Quantus, London. 43 One-O-One, London. 44 Trinity, London. 45 Restaurant at Drakes, Brighton. 46 Olive Tree, Bath. 47 Gaucho, Manchester. 48 Galvin La Chapelle, London. 49 Roussillon, London. 50 Roux at Parliament Square, London. 51 Thackeray’s, Tunbridge Wells. 52 Albert’s Table, Croydon. 53 Sketch Lecture Room and Library, London. 54 Orrery, London. 55 Bath Priory, Bath. 56 Trattoria La Ruga, London. 57 Waggoners, Welwyn. 58 Monsoona, Aberdeen 59 Dower House, Bath. 60 L’Escargot Blanc, Edinburgh. 61 Kerachers, Perth. 62 Mulberry, Langshott. 63 Ashiana, Newark. 64 Il Portico, London. 65 Milroy, Les Ambassadeurs Club, London. 66 Vineyard, Wrotham Heath. 67 The Ritz, London. 68 Stockbridge, Edinburgh. 69 Canny Man, Lugton 70 Restaurant at the New Ellington, Leeds. 71 Opus One, Radisson Edwardian, Manchester. 72 River Bar and Restaurant, Lowry Hotel, Manchester. 73 Promenade, the Dorchester, London. 74 Brasserie Roux, Sofitel St. James, London. 75 Bartellas, Meopham. 76 Linen, Manchester. 77 The Square, London. 78 Gaucho, Leeds. 79 Prosecco, Bristol. 80 Hibiscus, London. 82 Gaucho, Tower Hill, London. 83 Gaucho, Charlotte Street, London. 84 Cafe No 8, York. 85 San Carlo, Manchester. 86 Warung Tujuh, Brighton. 87 JW Steakhouse, London. 88 Ronnie’s, Thornbury. 89 Upstairs at the Grill, Chester. 90 The Bingham, Richmond. 91 Asha’s Indian Bar and Restaurant, Birmingham. 92 Cinnamon Club, London. 93 Galvin at Windows, London. 94 Benares, London. 95 Soseki, London. 96 Villa Romana, Fareham. 97 Wiltons, London. 98 L’Ortolan, Reading. 99 Turners of Harborne, Birmingham. 100 Graze, Hove.
(Richard Vines is the chief food critic for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. Opinions expressed are his own.)