Birmingham has improved London at the Good Food Guide Awards, with the second city named “Britain’s Most Exciting Food Destination”.
An evening in Groucho hosted by longtime guide editor Elizabeth Carter, who has run it for 15 years and contributed since the 1990s, along with its publisher Adam Hyman, the night saw Birmingham defend its “often exceptional restaurants for the price range.”
Carter said of the win: “Nothing else [British] The city is well presented with such a range of unique and often exceptional restaurants across the price range.
‘At the top of the range are three exceptional Birmingham-area restaurants in Britain’s 20 most exciting restaurants – an extraordinary feat. But getting the balance right extends to others including Opheem, with his unmistakably British style of curry. Its yet unique, Harborne Kitchen, where Jamie Desogus does a real coup, makes the restaurant a bit of a holy grail in terms of packing mass appeal into opulence.
“Nowhere but Britain – and perhaps more specifically in Birmingham – this cooking can take place.”
The list of Britain’s 20 most exciting restaurants that Carter is referring to saw L’Enclume in Cumbria take first place, followed by Ynyshir in Ceredigion, Central Wales. Moore Hall Lancashire in Lancashire took the bronze, while Rabbi Hunt in County Durham took fourth. The top five were rounded off by the UK’s first Michelin-starred pub, The Athlete, which is located outside of Whitstable. All five appear frequently on UK Food and Restaurant Awards lists; All three medalists were awarded the “Global” GFG title.
“L’Enclume has matured but not too old,” Carter said of his win. “They are all about experience and commitment, with a young team bringing fresh ideas, instead of Simon [Rogan] impose his vision. Forced to be flexible because of their farm, they are smart and open minded, they have retained a light ambiance and unique service style. They are such an example to their peers in the industry.”
London’s top performer was Jason Atherton’s Boleyn Street Social restaurant, which ranked eighth, but four other locations in the capital are mentioned, with the story of Tom Sellers’ Restaurant (11), Da Terra (17), Cole (19) and Endo at the Rotunda (20) all included.
Elsewhere, Scottish operators Paul and Chris Charalambous of the Cultar Group of Restaurants were named Restaurant of the Year.
First published in 1951 and still Britain’s best-selling guide to eating out, The Good Food Guide has had a hard time in recent years, discontinuing publication during the pandemic, before being bought by Hyman – who also founded Code Hospitality – and revived in 2021.
Here is the full list of Britain’s 20 best restaurants for 2022:
- Lancolm, Cumbria
- publish, Ceredigion
- Moore Hall, Lancashire
- Rabbi Hunt, Durham
- Athlete, I was
- Outlaw’s New Road, Cornwall
- Osip, Somerset
- Boleyn Street Social, London
- Enver, Argyle and Bot
- Wilderness, Birmingham
- Restaurant Story, London
- SY23, Ceredigion
- Payne, Northumberland
- Anon, Pembrokeshire
- Condetta, Edinburgh
- Grace and Savor, West Midlands
- Da Terra, London
- Carter Mosley, Birmingham
- Cole, London
- Endo at The Rotunda, London
For more information visit thegoodfoodguide.co.uk