The National Restaurant Awards By The Luxury Channel

Gymkhana Bar

Indian restaurant Gymkhana has been named National Restaurant of the Year at Restaurant Magazine’s annual National Restaurant Awards. The first ever Indian restaurant to pick up the coveted National Restaurant of the Year award, Gymkhana’s blend of authentic Indian food and modern British styling helped it become an immediate hit when it opened in September 2013 in London’s Mayfair. Chef restaurateur Karam Sethi’s commitment to Indian culinary tradition and a refusal to tone down his kitchen’s cooking for the European palate has created one of the most striking and well-received restaurants in recent years, with a menu of powerful yet precise Indian dishes matched by a creative drinks offer.

Tandoori Guinea Fowl Breast, Leg & Green Mango Chat, Mint Coriander Chutney

In addition to the National Restaurant of the Year, excellence across each of the regions was recognised at the Awards, as well as awards presented for front of house service, sustainability, the best wine and cocktail lists, and the Chefs’ Chef of the Year. The Service Award went to The Waterside Inn in Berkshire – read our review to find out why it won!

Waterside Inn Front Facade

While London holds the highest number of restaurants in the list, there were seven Scottish restaurants and six from the North of England in the top 100. From the latest burger bar to classic fine dining restaurants, the seventh annual National Restaurant Awards celebrated talent and excellence across the breadth of the UK’s dining scene.

The 2014 list also sees twenty new entries, a reflection of the ever-evolving UK gastronomic scene, with the highly innovative Restaurant Story (Highest Climber) sitting alongside well-established and much-celebrated stalwarts of the restaurant industry, such as Le Gavroche (Wine List of the Year).

The Full List:

1. Gymkhana – National Restaurant of the Year
2. The Clove Cub
3. The Ledbury
4. The Hand & Flowers – Gastropub of the Year
5. Pollen Street Social
6. The Sportsman
7. Hedone
8. L’Enclume
9. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal – Chefs’ Chef of the Year for Ashley Palmer-Watts
10. The Square
11. Restaurant Sat Bains
12. Midsummer House
13. Le Manoir
14. The Walnut Tree – Best Restaurant in Wales
15. Kitchen Table
16. The Waterside Inn – The Service Award
17. Chiltern Firehouse
18. The Fat Duck
19. Nathan Outlaw
20. Restaurant Andrew Fairlie – Best Restaurant in Scotland
21. Le Gavroche – Wine List of the Year
22. Koya
23. The Hardwick
24. The Dairy – OpenTable Diners’ Choice ‘‘Fit for Foodies’’ Award
25. Hibiscus
26. Restaurant Story – Highest Climber
27. Casamia
28. Grain Store – Cocktail List of the Year
29. Brasserie Chavot
30. Mayfields
31. Bocca di Lupo
32. The Kitchin
33. The River Café
34. St John
35. Quo Vadis
36. 64 Degrees
37. The Quality Chop House
38. Jose
39. Sticky Walnut
40. Goodman Mayfair
41. Sushi Tetsu
42. The Seahorse
43. Social Eating House
44. The Royal Oak Paley Street
45. Galvin at Windows
46. Berners Tavern
47. Barrafina
48. HKK
49. Marcus
50. Tyddyn Llan
51. Restaurant Martin Wishart
52. The French
53. Merchants Tavern
54. Ynyshir Hall
55. The Chilli Pickle
56. Andre Garret at Cliveden
57. Hawksmoor Air Street
58. Paul Ainsworth at No6
59. Restaurant Gordon Ramsay
60. 10 Greek Street
61. Ember Yard
62. Simpsons
63. Ondine
64. Koffmanns
65. L’Anima
66. Manchester House
67. 40 Maltby Street
68. Le Champignon Sauvage
69. Alyn Williams at The Westbury
70. Pitt Cue
71. Drakes
72. Loves
73. The Pig – Sustainable Restaurant of the Year
74. The Elephant
75. The Ethicurean
76. Shu – Best Restaurant in Northern Ireland
77. The Goods Shed
78. The Pipe & Glass Inn
79. Hutong
80. MeatLiquor
81. Mark Greenaway
82. Flinty Red
83. Chez Bruce
84. The Hinds Head
85. The Star Inn
86. La Trompette
87. Bar Boulud
88. Timberyard
89. Café Murano
90. Toasted
91. The Wolseley
92. Newman Street Tavern
93. Aumbry
94. Moro
95. Monachyle Mhor
96. The Plough
97. The Greenhouse
98. La Petite Maison
99. Gauthier Soho
100. Umu