Barrafina Tapas Topples Gymkhana as U.K. Restaurant of the Year

The annual list of the top 100 restaurants comes with some surprises

Paul Winch-Furness / Photographer

Milk-fed lambs kidneys cook on a mini charcoal grill at Barrafina, the newly appointed Best Restaurant in the U.K.

Photographer: Paul Winch-Furness/Paul Winch-Furness / Photographer

Barrafina Adelaide Street, a new tapas bar in London’s Covent Garden, was named U.K. National Restaurant of the Year, toppling last year’s winner Gymkhana.

The Sportsman, an inn on the south coast, in Kent, placed second. The Ledbury, chef Brett Graham’s restaurant in west London, held onto third place and Gymkhana came fourth. Tom Kerridge’s pub, the Hand & Flowers, was fifth.

Chef Nieves Barragan’s Barrafina Adelaide Street, which opened last year, is the second outpost of Barrafina. The Soho original placed 47th in 2014. A third site is scheduled to open in Drury Lane in coming weeks. Barrafina is owned by brothers Sam and Eddie Hart, who also own Quo Vadis in Soho.

Barragan is the first woman chef to win restaurant of the year, and Barrafina Adelaide Street is the first no-reservations venue to win. London establishments make up 49 percent of the list. The awards are organized by Restaurant magazine.

The One to Watch award went to Taberna do Mercado, in London’s Spitalfields. Last year’s One to Watch, Lyle’s, came sixth this year. Nathan Outlaw was named best chef, and the wine list trophy was awarded to the Square, in Mayfair.

The awards are based on the votes of 150 industry experts, including chefs, restaurateurs, food writers, and critics. (I am one of the voters.) The results were announced at the Hurlingham Club, in London.

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The counter-style dining room of Barrafina. Come early as they don't accept reservations.
The counter-style dining room of Barrafina. Come early as they don't accept reservations.
Photographer: Paul Winch-Furness / Photographer/Paul Winch-Furness / Photographer

2015 Winners List: U.K. Restaurant of the Year

Last year's ranking indicated in parantheses

  1. Barrafina Adelaide Street (-)
  2. The Sportsman (6)
  3. The Ledbury (3)
  4. Gymkhana (1)
  5. The Hand & Flowers (4)
  6. Lyle’s (-)
  7. L’Enclume (8)
  8. Restaurant Sat Bains (11)
  9. The Dairy (24)
  10. Restaurant Gordon Ramsay (59)
  11. The Clove Club (2)
  12. Hedone (7)
  13. Restaurant Story (26)
  14. The Walnut Tree (14)
  15. The Palomar (-)
  16. Kitty Fisher’s (-)
  17. Fera at Claridge’s (-)
  18. Paul Ainsworth at No 6 (58)
  19. Casamia (27)
  20. Restaurant Nathan Outlaw (19)
  21. Dishoom King’s Cross (-)
  22. The Seahorse (42)
  23. A Wong (-)
  24. 64 Degrees Brighton (36)
  25. 40 Maltby Street (67)
  26. Zucca (-)
  27. Belmond Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons (13)
  28. Restaurant Andrew Fairlie (20)
  29. Midsummer House (12)
  30. Sticky Walnut (39)
  31. Kitchen Table at Bubbledogs (15)
  32. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal (9)
  33. The Square (10)
  34. The Quality Chop House (37)
  35. Pizarro (-)
  36. The River Cafe (33)
  37. The Salt Rooms (-)
  38. Social Eating House (43)
  39. Hibiscus (25)
  40. Honey & Co (-)
  41. Northcote (-)
  42. The Chilli Pickle (55)
  43. Grain Store (28)
  44. Le Gavroche (21)
  45. Hawksmoor Air Street (57)
  46. The Kitchin (32)
  47. The Ox (Bristol)
  48. Wild Honey (-)
  49. Scott’s (-)
  50. Sushi Tetsu (41)
  51. The Raby Hunt, Co Durham (-)
  52. Castle Terrace (-)
  53. The Pass (-)
  54. The Hardwick (23)
  55. Ametsa by Arzak Instruction (-)
  56. The Hinds Head (84)
  57. Pollen Street Social (5)
  58. Pitt Cue (70)
  59. Quo Vadis (35)
  60. Lardo (-)
  61. Porthminster Beach Café (-)
  62. House of Tides (-)
  63. The Waterside Inn (16)
  64. Yauatcha (-)
  65. Berners Tavern (46)
  66. Chiltern Firehouse (17)
  67. The Coach (-)
  68. Monachyle Mhor (95)
  69. The Old Stamphouse (-)
  70. Duck & Waffle (-)
  71. The Typing Room (-)
  72. The Kingham Plough (96)
  73. The Elephant (74)
  74. Brawn (-)
  75. Le Champignon Sauvage (68)
  76. Koffmann’s (64)
  77. Lake Road kitchen (-)
  78. Marcus (49)
  79. Tyddyn Llan (50)
  80. Wright’s Food Emporium (-)
  81. Y Polyn (-)
  82. Murano (-)
  83. Otto’s (-)
  84. Ox and Finch, Glasgow (-)
  85. Hakkasan Mayfair (-)
  86. Harry’s Shack (-)
  87. Carters of Moseley (-)
  88. Purnell’s (-)
  89. Meatliquor (80)
  90. Shu (76)
  91. Restaurant Martin Wishart (51)
  92. Lido, Clifton (-)
  93. The French (93)
  94. The Fat Duck (18)
  95. Little Social (-)
  96. The Scran & Scallie
  97. Antidote (-)
  98. Manchester House (66)
  99. The Wild Rabbit (-)
  100.  St. John (34)

 

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