National Restaurant Awards 2022: Welsh Hotel Ynyshir Named Best in UK

For the first time in 16 years, a restaurant outside England has been named the best in the UK at the Estrella Damm National Restaurant Awards, which were announced at the Hurlingham Club in London on Monday.

Ynyshir, the traditional country house hotel overseen by chef-patron Gareth Ward on the west coast of Wales, was described as ‘uncompromising’ in an Instagram post of the awards this morning.

He also described the dining experience at the restaurant like no other: combining a punchy soundtrack with a succession of tiny plates of punchy, fire-cooked Japanese-influenced cuisine.

The restaurant sources most of its produce locally and much of it is aged in-house, with chefs serving dishes directly to diners themselves.

“What Gareth Ward did in Ynyshir is remarkable,” says Stefan Chomka, editor-in-chief of Restaurant by BigHospitality, which oversees pricing. “Taking over a restaurant in a traditional country house hotel and putting such a personal, forward-thinking stamp on it was a bold and courageous move – a real statement of intent – ​​but one that really paid off.

“Ynyshir is without doubt one of the most unique and exciting places to eat in the UK right now, perhaps in the world, and is a very worthy winner of this year’s awards.”

Amelia Eiriksson, creative director at Ynyshir, said The Independent“We’re all blown away and extremely humbled because we’re just doing something we love. We’re just trying to give our customers a huge experience, in a beautiful part of the UK. We get the best possible ingredients and prepare the food that we like to eat, store the wine that we like to drink and listen to the music that we like. And I hope people will like it too!

Moor Hall in Lancashire, which has ranked No. 1 for the past two years, took second place this time around, while the London Brat in Shoreditch took third place ahead of The Ritz, at No. ° 4.

The highest new entry, at No. 5, and the winner of the opening prize of the year went to Mayfair’s trendy new Indian restaurant, BiBi. Chef-patron Chet Sharma, who cut his teeth at Moor Hall and L’Enclume, said The Independent“It’s always a difficult time to open a new restaurant, but amidst all the challenges our industry faces, this success truly relies on the loyalty and continued efforts of the entire BiBi family.

“To enter the Top 100 list at #5 is such a huge achievement – I couldn’t be more proud of what we have started to build at BiBi. A big thank you to everyone who has been part of our journey to now.

Will Murray and Jack Croft’s Fallow, which opened its first permanent site in St James Market after a successful pop-up, also entered the list for the first time, at No 13. Murray and Croft wrote to The Independent via email: “We’re thrilled…It’s incredibly humbling to be alongside all these highly esteemed restaurateurs and restaurateurs.”

London topped the list this year, with 60 in the top 100 and just three restaurants outside the capital making the top 10.

Simon Rogan, chef-patron of L’Enclume in Cumbria, was named Chef of the Year, while the Ritz won the Service Award and Chef to Watch for Spencer Metzger. The Lifetime Achievement Award goes to Ruth Rogers, chef-owner of the River Cafe, who celebrates her 35th birthday this year and has played a pivotal role in transforming London’s culinary scene. “Ruth is one of those rare professional chefs who transcends the world of cooking and gives it a more human and personal element,” adds Chomka.

Inver, which Molly Codyre called “wonderful” earlier this year, was named Scotland’s best restaurant; Nuno Mendes’ Lisboeta, which opened to much fanfare on London’s Charlotte Street in March and which we visited last month, has been dubbed ‘One to Watch’.

Other notable wins of the night included Restaurant of the Year, which went one step further, at The Fordwich Arms and The Bridge Arms, both in Kent, run by Dan and Natasha Smith. The first Food Lovers Award, which was voted on by the public, goes to Beach House in Oxwich; and the Sustainability Award went to Stockport Restaurant Where The Light Gets In.

Juliane Caillouette-Noble, chief executive of the Sustainable Restaurant Association, which chaired the awards, said: “Chef-patron Sam Buckley exemplifies the fantastic steps many restaurants are taking to not only source and serve the best ingredients with minimal impact on the environment. , but it also goes further by bringing together farmers, their customers and the wider community to find solutions to some of the most serious problems in our food system.

Estrella Damm UK Country Manager James Healey said: “This year’s list includes a huge pool of incredible talent who deserve this recognition for being the best in the UK.

“We hope this list encourages everyone to get out there and support the best restaurants while celebrating industry success.”

The winners of the Estrella Damm National Restaurant Awards

Estrella Damm National Restaurant of the Year: Ynyshir, Wales

Best restaurant in England: Hall of the Moors

Best restaurant in Northern Ireland: Beef

Best restaurant in Wales: Ynyshir

Best restaurant in Scotland: Invert

Chef of the Year, sponsored by Ritter Courivaud: Simon Rogan, Umbel Restaurant Group

Restaurateur of the Year, sponsored by Entegra: Dan and Natasha Smith, The Fordwich Arms and The Bridge Arms

Chef to watch, sponsored by Belazu Ingredient Co.: Spencer Metzger

Opening of the Year, sponsored by OpenTable: BiBi

One to watch, sponsored by Woods Foodservice: Lisbon

The Sustainability Award, sponsored by Estrella Damm: where the light enters

Gastro Pub of the Year, sponsored by Estrella Damm: The Angel at Hetton

The Service Award, sponsored by Liberty Wines and Rathfinny Wine Estate: The Ritz

Wine list of the year, sponsored by Bibendum Wine: Noble Rot Soho

List of cocktails of the year, sponsored by Tito’s Handmade Vodka: K.O.L.

Foodie Prizes: The Beach House Restaurant, Oxwich

Life Achievement Award: Ruth Rogers, The River Cafe.

The 100 best restaurants in the UK:

1. Ynyshir

2. Hall of the Moors

3. Brat

4. The Ritz

5. BiBi

6. The Ledbury

7. Un Wong

8. Core by Clare Smyth

9. Ikoyi

10. The Anvil

11. Manteca – read our review here

12. Angel in Hetton

13. Fallow

14. Tide House

15. Sabor

16. Perilla

17. Fordwich Arms

18. Da Terra

19. Oven


21. Noble Rot Soho – read our review here

22. Muscular

23. Invert – read our review here

24. Lyle’s

25. Trinity

26. The River Cafe

27. Tony Parkin at the Tudor Room

28. Kitchen table

29. Claude Bosi in Bibendum

30. Arts Club Sessions

31. St. John – read our review here

32. The Black Swan at Oldstead

33. Bruce’s

34. Restaurant History

35. Mangal 2 – read our review here

36. Stash

37. Restaurant Gordon Ramsay

38. 40 Maltby Street

39. Restaurant Sat Bains

40. The French House

41. Bright

42. The Guinea Grill

43. Frog by Adam Handling

44. Parker’s Arms

45. Pollen Street Social

46. ​​Silos

47. The Sportsman

48. Pine

49. Francois House

50. Native to Browns

51. Evelyn’s Table – read our review here

52. Hjem

53. Cheerful

54. Prime

55. Cloves

56. Seahorse

57. Elystan Street

58. Engraving – read our review here

59. Sola

60. Trattoria Brutto

61. The Man Behind the Curtain

62. French

63. Hélène Darroze at Connaught – read our interview with Darroze here

64. Kudu

65. Osip – read our review here

66. Summer house

67. The arms of the bridge

68. The Dorchester Grill

69. Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill – read our review here

70. Alchemilla

71. Gymkhana

72. The Raby Hunt

73. The House of Quality Chop

74. Cantine Rochelle

75. Cafe Deco

76. Decimo – read our review here

77. Joro

78. Mana

79. Paul Ainsworth at No. 6

80. Carter of Mosley

81. Cabin in the woods

82. Hide

83. Orasay

84. Undine

85. Beef

86. Trivet

87. The Old Stamp House

88. Ophem

89. Sargassum – read our review here

90. The Little Map Room

91. Tallow

92. Aizle

93. Chishuru- read our review here

94. The Blind Pig

95. Muse- read our review here


97. The Palmerston

98. Benares

99. The Lady of Pi

100. Endo at the Rotunda

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