The official Good Food Guide is out again today - and seven of the nation's top 50 restaurants are just a short drive from Bolton.

Bolton itself may have missed out on the list but restaurants from across the region have made it into the 'UK’s Top 50’ in the sixth annual guide.

The top scorer in region has been named as Simon Rogan's famed L’Enclume in Cartmel.


The restaurant is ranked second in the country and also secures a cooking score of 10, making it the seventh year the restaurant has received a perfect 10.

An excerpt from The Good Food Guide 2019 said: "Simon Rogan has achieved something of a miracle.

"His farm-to-table operation has influenced chefs right across the country; it's beyond dispute that British food owes him a lot.

"The obsessive search for flavour begins on the farm and continues in the kitchen where Rogan's approach is to extract maximum flavour from produce that is already pretty intense.

"L’Enclume delivers a complete package, with unobtrusive but attentive service that underscores the impressive food and drink."

Other notably high-scoring restaurants in the region featuring in the Top 50 include:

● Moor Hall in Aughton, near Ormskirk at number 11;

● Adam Reid at The French in Manchester comes in at number 13;

● Fraiche, in Oxton, Merseyside, comes in at number 19;

● Forest Side, Grasmere, Cumbria, comes in at number 27;

● Simon Radley at the Chester Grosvenor, in Chester, is at number 37;

● Lake Road Kitchen, Ambleside, Cumbria, is alost on the list at number 45.

Another 11 local restaurants have also been listed in the Good Food Guide, which is in its sixth year detailing the best food in the country.

The 11 new entries to this year’s Good Food Guide from the North West are:

● 20 Stories, Manchester;

● Belzan, Liverpool;

● Bombay to Mumbai, Stockport, Greater Manchester;

● Indique, Manchester;

● Mi & Pho, Manchester;

● Mi Casa Su Casa, Bispham, Lancashire;

● Röski, Liverpool;

● The Barn, Aughton, Lancashire;

● The Creameries, Chorlton, Greater Manchester;

● Virginia House, Ulverston, Cumbria;

● Wreckfish, Liverpool.

The restaurant awarded the top spot in guide for the second year running is Restaurant Nathan Outlaw in Cornwall.

Chef Nathan Outlaw has achieved a perfect cooking score of ten for the third year in a row.

The Port Isaac seafood restaurant has been crowned number one thanks to Nathan’s ‘confident cooking’ and ‘knack for deploying first-rate seafood to its ultimate advantage’.

The restaurant is noted for having ‘a refreshing lack of pomp’ with a tasting menu that is ‘ingenious in its simplicity, yet continues to surprise’.

Waitrose & Partners Good Food Guide Editor, Elizabeth Carter said: "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."

Also joining the elite club, is Core in London’s Notting Hill, the first solo venture for Clare Smyth and the highest ever new entry.

Absent from the Guide for two years, Smyth, who previously headed the kitchens at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, is back with a smash hit.

Elizabeth Carter comments on her return to the Guide: ‘At Core, Clare Smyth has found a stage on which to show off her brilliantly artistic, deeply memorable creations, and we are delighted to welcome her back with another perfect 10.

"With cooking that has come on in range and delicacy since we last tried it at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, she epitomises the genius required for a perfect 10.

"We love her strikingly vivid flavours and a dining room that screams class whilst being genuinely relaxed – she makes it all seem so effortless.”

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