Birmingham has been named the UK’s ‘best foodie destination’, ahead of London


irmingham has overtaken London in the Good Food Guide awards ceremony, with the second city named Britain’s ‘most exciting food destination’.

An evening at Groucho, hosted by the guide’s long-time editor Elizabeth Carter, who has run it for around 15 years and has been a contributor since the 1990s, along with its publisher Adam Hyman, the night saw Birmingham championed for its “often exceptional restaurants right against the price range.”

Carter said of the win: “There is no other [British] the city is well served with such a range of unique and often exceptional restaurants across the price range.

“To top it off, three outstanding restaurants from the Birmingham area feature in our 20 Most Exciting Restaurants in the UK – an extraordinary achievement. But getting the balance right applies to others, too, including Opheem, with its decidedly curry-based but uniquely modern British approach, and Harborne Kitchen, where Jamie Desogous makes a real splash, turning the restaurant into something of a holy grail in terms of packing mass appeal in chic nose.

“Nowhere but in Britain – and perhaps even more precisely in Birmingham – this cooking could not happen.”

The list of the 20 most exciting restaurants in Britain, cited by Carter, saw L’Enclume in Cumbria take the top spot, followed by Ynyshir in Ceredigion, central Wales. Bronze was taken by Lancashire’s Moor Hall, Lancashire, while Raby Hunt, in County Durham, came fourth. Rounding out the top five is the UK’s first Michelin-starred pub, the Sportsman, which is just outside Whitstable. All five appear frequently in UK food and restaurant awards lists; the three medalists won the GFG ‘world class’ title.

“L’Enclume has matured but not aged,” Carter said of his win. “They are all about experience and commitment, with a young team bringing in fresh ideas, not Simon [Rogan] imposes its vision. Forced to be flexible due to their farm, they are nimble and open and have retained a light atmosphere and a unique, chatty service style. They are such an example to their peers in the industry.”

Best in London: Jason Atherton with his wife Irha

London’s best-performing restaurant was Jason Atherton’s Pollen Street Social, which came in eighth, but four other places in the capital were mentioned, with Tom Sellers’ Restaurant Story (11), Da Terra (17), Kol ( 19). ) and Endo in the Rotunda (20), all included.

Elsewhere, Scottish operators Paul and Chris Charalambous of Cultar Restaurant Group were named restaurateurs of the year.

First published in 1951 and still Britain’s best-selling guide to eating out, the Good Food Guide has struggled in recent years after ceasing publication during the pandemic, before Hyman, who also founded Code Hospitality, bought it and revived it in 2021.

The full list of the 20 most exciting British restaurants for 2022 is below:

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

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