The top entries and award winners from the 2017 Good Food Guide are revealed today.
The Good Food Guide (GFG), owned by Waitrose, is a guide to the very best restaurants and eateries across Britain. Highly regarded by both chefs and restaurant-goers, the GFG has announced its Top 50 restaurants of the year.
Restaurant Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles received Scotland’s top spot ranking making it ninth in the UK.
Scotland also received a new entry into the top 50 with Castle Terrace in Edinburgh, run by chef-patron Dominic Jack, featuring at number 22.
The Peat Inn in Fife (ranked 20 with a cooking score of 8), along with Tom Kitchin’s eponymous Kitchin (ranked 23) and Restaurant Martin Wishart (ranked 39), all make the coveted Top 50 list.
Speaking about Restaurant Andrew Fairlie, Elizabeth Carter, Waitrose Good Food Guide Editor, says, “Unimpeachable ingredients are at the heart of Fairlie’s culinary endeavours, from the Gartmorn Farm duck served with ceps to the seasonal pickings from his flourishing two-acre garden (some ten miles away). At the stoves, he’s a master technician, eloquently schooled in the refined traditions of French haute cuisine, but applying a modern sensibility to dishes that always feel newly minted.”
The Top 50 recognises the very best talent in the UK; a place on the list represents a huge achievement, with each position earned by its score in The Good Food Guide, editor appraisal, anonymous expert inspections and strength of reader feedback.
Among the best new entries are Aizle in Edinburgh; Birlinn on Isle of Skye; Eusebi Deli in Glasgow and North Port in Perth.
Glasgow has almost doubled its number of entries in the GFG this year, moving from seven entries last year to 13 in 2017. Says Carter, “the redevelopment of the Finnieston dockyards and warehouses has helped to give a real boost to the Glaswegian dining scene, with many of the new venues offering a distinctly urban, modern approach, including stripped-back decor and small-plate concepts.”
Singled out for praise in the Longest Serving category, are Ubiquitous Chip, Glasgow, which has been featured consistently in the guide for 45 years; Airds Hotel, Argyll & Bute, 41 years; Ostlers Close, Fife, 34 years; The Three Chimneys, Isle of Skye, 31 years and Crannog, Fort William, 27 years.
The top restaurant in the whole of the UK this year is L’Enclume in Cumbria, which scored a perfect 10 and kept the number one spot for the fourth year running.