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London: Ledbury voted best in UK

The Ledbury is the best restaurant for food in the UK. The Notting Hill establishment came top of The Sunday Times Food List, announced at a reception tonight in London’s Mandarin Oriental Hotel.
 
The Sunday Times Food List is based on food quality alone and is chosen by 8,000 diners-out from across the UK. The Ledbury, headed by young Australian Chef Brett Graham, garnered an average score of 9.81 out of ten. Customers hailed the cuisine as “genius”. The restaurant’s staff famously fought off looters and protected customers during this summer’s riots.
 
Brett Graham said: "It's a huge honour to top the List, especially as it comes from such a broad base of customers.  This is a testament to everyone in the extremely talented and energetic young team here at The Ledbury.  It's my privilege to come in each day and orchestrate the proceedings, but the accolade belongs to them all.  I feel so lucky to be part of such a dedicated and hard working group."
 
Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons in Great Milton, Oxfordshire came second in the Food List while last year’s winner, Gidleigh Park, was third.
 
Gidleigh Park also walked off with the Rémy Martin X.O. Excellence Award for Best All Round Restaurant (considering not just food, but also service and ambience). Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley won the Coeur de Cognac Award for Best Dessert, and Heston Blumenthal’s Dinner at the Mandarin Oriental received the Rémy Martin V.S.O.P Best Newcomer Award.
 
The Sunday Times Food List Top 5 (last year’s rank in brackets)
1 (4) The Ledbury, Notting Hill, London
2 (6) Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons, Great Milton, Oxon
3 (1) Gidleigh Park, Chagford, Devon
4 (7) Le Gavroche, Mayfair, London
5 (5) Waterside Inn, Bray, Berks
 
A spokesperson from Rémy Martin said: “We are so honoured to be able to support the crème of the British restaurant scene. We pride ourselves on our commitment to authenticity, integrity and quality; and it is these characteristics which we have identified in our three Award winners. Huge congratulations to them.”
Other interesting statistics from this year’s Sunday Times Food List include:
   Half of the top 100 restaurants are outside London (last year it was only 40%)
   The number of Asian eateries in the List has fallen by half
   There are 31 new entries on the list
The List is compiled for The Sunday Times by Harden's, the only UK
company specialising in publishing independent restaurant reviews based on
regular surveys of diners-out. This year more than 8,000 people, including many Sunday Times readers, submitted more than 80,000 restaurant reports. The Sunday Times' rankings are based solely on the food the restaurant serves, though the ratings for ambience were used in the event of a tie.
Sponsored by Rémy Martin Fine Champagne Cognac, the 32-page supplement is the ultimate league table for food.
The full Sunday Times Food List, listing the top 100 restaurants in Britain, will be published in The Sunday Times on October 30. This, together with the next 100 rated restaurants, will also appear online on Sunday October 30 (from 0001) at http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/thefoodlist.
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