The eatery awarded the number one spot is Restaurant Nathan Outlaw in the Cornish village of Port Isaac, which achieved a score of 10 for the second year running.
This result is the highest accolade that the Guide can give, denoting ‘perfect dishes, showing faultless technique at every service’.
The restaurant was praised for being ‘the whole package, with a relaxed dining room, and a menu carefully crafted around the freshest Cornish seafood, along with service which just happens in the most discreet and attentive way’.
‘The Good Food Guide’ editor Elizabeth Carter said: “Nathan Outlaw’s food is characterised by the absolute freshness of ingredients and a clear sense of purpose.
“He has done an enormous amount to educate and encourage the public appetite for fish, driven by his supply of impeccably fine ingredients, and a special talent for creating unique and thrilling fish dishes.
“Moreover, nobody seems to leave Nathan Outlaw’s staff – they just go and work in another one of his restaurants. They obviously think he’s a pretty good boss as well as a fine chef.”
Nathan, who regularly appears on TV shows such as ‘Saturday Kitchen’ and ‘MasterChef: The Professionals’, commented: “We’ve always been proud to have a place in the [‘Good Food Guide’] listings, but this is phenomenal.” He attributed the achievement to “the hard work and dedication of our team, who have now been working together for a decade. It just goes to show that if you stay true to yourself, get your head down, look after your customers and use the very best ingredients available to you, you’ll make it to the top.”
Restaurant Nathan Outlaw stole the crown of Britain’s best restaurant from L’Enclume in Cumbria, which has held the title for the past four years. However, L’Enclume still retains a perfect 10 score for its ‘fiercely seasonal ingredients’ and ‘knockout dishes’.
‘The Good Food Guide’ is published by Waitrose on September 4 and will be available to buy at the supermarket for £17.99. The 2018 edition is the fifth to be published by the grocery retailer. It lists 50 restaurants which it recognises as the very best in the country.
New entries for 2018 are: Claude Bosi at Bibendum (London) which went straight into the Top 50 at number nine; The Three Chimneys (Isle of Skye) at number 25, Moor Hall (Lancashire) at number 26, The Ritz at number 28 (London), The Sportsman at number 42 (Kent) and The Man Behind the Curtain at number 50 (Leeds).
The full list of the top 50 restaurants is:
1 Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, Cornwall (10)
2 L’Enclume, Cumbria (10)
3 Pollen Street Social, London (9)
4 Restaurant Sat Bains, Nottinghamshire (9)
5 The Fat Duck, Berkshire (9)
6 Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, London (9)
7 Hedone, London (8)
8 Restaurant Andrew Fairlie, Tayside (8)
9 Claude Bosi at Bibendum, London (8) NEW ENTRY
10 Casamia, Bristol (8)
11 Bohemia, Jersey (8)
12 Ynyshir, Powys (8)
13 Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, London (8)
14 Fraiche, Merseyside (8)
15 Marcus, London (8)
16 Le Champignon Sauvage, Gloucestershire (8)
17 Adam Reid at The French, Manchester (8)
18 The Ledbury, London (8)
19 André Garrett at Cliveden, Berkshire (8)
20 Midsummer House, Cambridgeshire (8)
20 Midsummer House, Cambridgeshire (8)
21 Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester, London (8)
22 The Peat Inn, Fife (8)
23 The Kitchin, Edinburgh (7)
24 Sketch, Lecture Room & Library, London (7)
25 The Three Chimneys, Isle of Skye (7) NEW ENTRY
26 Moor Hall, Lancashire (7) NEW ENTRY
27 The Greenhouse, London (7)
28 The Ritz, London (7) New
29 Castle Terrace, Edinburgh (7)
30 Forest Side, Cumbria (7)
31 Orwells, Oxfordshire (7)
32 Paul Ainsworth at No. 6, Cornwall (7)
33 Restaurant Marianne, London (7)
34 The Waterside Inn, Berkshire (7)
35 Restaurant James Sommerin, Glamorgan (7)
36 Artichoke, Buckinghamshire (7)
37 The Raby Hunt, Durham (7)
38 Whatley Manor, The Dining Room, Wiltshire (7)
39 Restaurant Story, London (7)
40 Simpsons, Birmingham (7)
41 Restaurant Martin Wishart, Edinburgh (7)
42 The Sportsman, Kent (7) NEW ENTRY
43 Adam’s, Birmingham (7)
44 Freemasons at Wiswell, Lancashire (7)
45 Gidleigh Park, Devon (7)
46 Le Gavroche, London (7)
47 Hambleton Hall, Rutland (7)
48 Murano, London (7)
49 The Whitebrook, Gwent (7)
50 The Man Behind the Curtain, Leeds (7) NEW ENTRY
Winner: Nathan Outlaw of Restaurant Nathan Outlaw in Cornwall