Nathan Outlaw tops the Waitrose ‘Good Food Guide’ for second year

Chef Nathan Outlaw
06/09/2018 - 07:00
Chef Nathan Outlaw has secured the top spot in Waitrose & Partners’ ‘The Good Food Guide 2019’ for the second year running, it was announced today.

Listing its top 50 places to dine across the UK, the annual list is co-complied by supermarket Waitrose and partners who ‘share its knowledge and passion for quality food with customers.”

And in top place for the second consecutive year is Nathan Outlaw’s self-titled seafood restaurant, Restaurant Nathan Outlaw (Cornwall). Praised for his ‘confident cooking’ and ‘knack for deploying first-rate seafood to its ultimate advantage,’ the famous chef received a perfect 10/10 score for the third year in a row.

Good Food Guide editor, Elizabeth Carter, commented: “This is the perfect ‘Good Food Guide’ restaurant, embodying everything we champion.

“Expect cooking that is consistently of the highest quality, combining the freshest ingredients, from shellfish and fish from sea and estuary, to locally grown fruits and vegetables.

“There’s a brilliant wine list and the excellent service is devoted to diner enjoyment with no formality.

“It is with great delight that Restaurant Nathan Outlaw has been awarded a perfect 10 for the third year running, and retains the number one spot in our top 50.”

Outlaw said: “Learning that secured the top spot last year and retained a cooking score of 10/10 from the previous year was amazing, but this is just mind-blowing.

“My aim has always been to offer customers food cooked simply but with subtle layers of flavour and to make a visit to Restaurant Nathan Outlaw an experience to remember - for not only the food but the professional and welcoming hospitality our front of house team provides.

“I am grateful to each one of my fantastic team for their commitment and hard work. Restaurant Nathan Outlaw embodies everything I’d want in a restaurant as a customer, and it seems that other people like it that way too!’

Just behind him in second place is Simon Rogan’s L’Enclume (Cumbria), followed by brand new entry - Clare Smyth’s first solo venture, Core by Clare Smyth. Both join Outlaw in achieving the highest possible ten score.

Smith commented: “We are absolutely blown away by the news.

“It is wonderful to receive this kind of endorsement from such a well respected and loved guide.

“It is so good to know that people appreciate what we have all been working so hard for at Core.”

The Good Food Guide 2019

1 Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, Cornwall (10)

2 L’Enclume, Cumbria (10)

3 Core by Clare Smyth (10) New

4 Restaurant Sat Bains, Notts (9)

5 Ynyshir, Powys (9)

6 Claude Bosi at Bibendum, London (9)

7 Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, London (9)

8 Casamia, Bristol (9)

9 Pollen Street Social, London (9)

10 The Fat Duck, Berkshire (8)

11 Moor Hall, Lancashire (8)

12 Restaurant Andrew Fairlie, Tayside (8)

13 Adam Reid at The French, Manchester (8)

14 Bohemia, Jersey (8)

15 Le Champignon Sauvage, Glos (8)

16 Restaurant Story, London (8)

17 André Garrett at Cliveden, Berkshire (8)

18 The Ledbury, London (8)

19 Fraiche, Merseyside (8)

20 Roganic, London (8) New

21 Midsummer House, Cambridgeshire (8)

22 Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester, London (8)

23 The Peat Inn, Fife (8)

24 Marcus, London (8)

25 Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, London (8)

26 The Kitchin, Edinburgh (7)

27 Forest Side, Cumbria (7)

28 A. Wong, London (7) New

29 Orwells, Oxfordshire (7)

30 Sketch, Lecture Room & Library, London (7)

31 Hedone, London (7)

32 The Ritz, London (7)

33 Castle Terrace, Edinburgh (7)

34 The Three Chimneys, Isle of Skye (7)

35 The Waterside Inn, Berkshire (7)

36 Simon Radley at the Chester Grosvenor, Cheshire (7) New

37 Restaurant James Sommerin, Glamorgan (7)

38 Whatley Manor, The Dining Room, Wiltshire (7)

39 Matt Worswick at the Latymer, Surrey (7) New

40 The Raby Hunt, Co Durham (7)

41 The Greenhouse, London (7)

42 The Sportsman, Kent (7)

43 Restaurant Martin Wishart, Edinburgh (7)

44 Artichoke, Buckinghamshire (7)

45 Lake Road Kitchen, Cumbria (7) New

46 Adam’s, Birmingham (7)

47 Morston Hall, Norfolk (7) New

48 Le Gavroche, London (7)

49 The Whitebrook, Monmouthshire (7)

50 Hambleton Hall, Leicestershire and Rutland (7)

Following votes from readers, it has also listed the best local eateries in each region, as below:

  • East England - The Old Bank (Norfolk)
  • Wales - Hare & Hounds (Glamorgan) 
  • London - Home SW15 (Putney)
  • Scotland - Forage & Chatter (Edinburgh)
  • Northern Ireland – Hadskis (Belfast)
  • Midlands - Harborne Kitchen (West Midlands)
  • North East England - The Feathers Inn (Northumberland)
  • North West England - Joseph Benjamin (Cheshire)
  • South East England - Pulpo Negro (Hampshire)
  • South West England - The Three Tuns (Wiltshire)

A string of other notable restaurants were recognised in the sixth annual Waitrose & Partners Editors' Awards, which run alongside the guide. Brand new for this year were the Best New Entry in London award and Best for Sustainability.

Winners include:

  • Chef of the Year - Gareth Ward, Ynyshir (Powys)
  • Chef to Watch - Alex Bond, Alchemilla (Nottingham)
  • Restaurant of the Year - A. Wong , Victoria
  • Best New Entry, UK - Moorcock (West Yorkshire)
  • Best New Entry, London – Cornerstone, Hackney Wick (London)
  • Best for Sustainability - Angela’s, Margate (Kent)

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