The Good Food Guide reveal Britain's top 20 restaurants

Alex South

Alex South


The Good Food Guide have announced their Top 20 Most Exciting Restaurants of 2022, with Birmingham crowned Britain's Most Exciting Food Destination.

Three venues were awarded the coveted ‘World Class’ accolade, and industry bastions and newcomers were also honoured.

The Top 20 list was chosen by The Good Food Guide’s inspectors and included restaurants from across Britain.

The ceremony saw L’Enclume secure the top spot, which first appeared in the 2004 Good Food Guide.

Commenting on L'Enclume's win, the guide's Elizabeth Carter said: “L’Enclume has matured but has not aged. They are all about experience and commitment, with a young team bringing in fresh ideas, rather than Simon imposing his vision.”

She added: “Forced to be flexible because of their farm, they are nimble and open minded, and have retained a light atmosphere and unique, chatty service style. They are such an example to their industry peers.”


Ynyshir, Moor Hall, The Raby Hunt and The Sportsman made up the rest of the top 5 entries, whilst 3 were awarded the prestigious ‘World Class’ title: L’Enclume, Ynyshir and Moor Hall.

These 3 ‘World Class’ restaurants are run by extraordinary chef-proprietors who are redefining the profession, pushing the boundaries of what eating in a restaurant is all about.

The full Top 20 list is below:

1. L’Enclume, Cumbria
2. Ynyshir, Ceredigion
3. Moor Hall, Lancashire
4. The Raby Hunt, Co Durham
5. The Sportsman, Kent
6. Outlaw’s New Road, Cornwall
7. Osip, Somerset
8. Pollen Street Social, London
9. Inver, Argyll & Bute
10. Wilderness, Birmingham
11. Restaurant Story, London
12. SY23, Ceredigion
13. Pine, Northumberland
14. Annwn, Pembrokeshire
15. Condita, Edinburgh
16. Grace & Savour, West Midlands
17. Da Terra, London
18. Carters of Moseley, Birmingham
19. Kol, London 
20. Endo at The Rotunda, London

Additional awards presented on the night included Birmingham being crowned the Most Exciting Foodie Destination, with Carters of Moseley, Wilderness and Grace & Savour all representing the area in the Top 20 list.

Nick Rudge of The Jackdaw in North Wales was named as Chef to Watch, with Paul and Chris Charalambous of the Cultar Restaurant Group awarded Restaurateurs of the Year.

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Alex South

Alex South

Editor 18th October 2022

The Good Food Guide reveal Britain's top 20 restaurants