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Thames Valley: Region is 'best for French restaurants'

By Dan Teuton
8 October 2019

The Thames Valley is home to five of the six French restaurants listed in SquareMeal’s UK Top 100 and two of those restaurants are listed within the top 10, thanks to the culinary skills of both the Roux family and Raymond Blanc.

SquareMeal’s Top 100 is unique as it’s the only poll to exclude London restaurants, allowing the UK’s regional dining scene to truly shine.

The website compiles the list every year, based on thousands of votes from an annual survey with the results moderated by SquareMeal's editor, Ben McCormack, and his nationwide team of professional reviewers.

McCormack commented: “SquareMeal’s UK Top 100 is gratifying proof that opportunities to eat well now exist across the country. While 10 years ago this list would have been dominated by pubs and hotels, the thriving restaurant scene in the Thames Valley proves that the region is a nationally recognised food scene. There’s never been more of an appetite for dining out in the UK – and UK diners have never been so spoilt for choice.”

The Waterside Inn (ranked at number 2)

Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons (ranked at number 4)

L'Ortolan (ranked at number 55)

The Crown at Burchetts Green (ranked at number 27)

The French Horn (ranked at number 94)

SquareMeal UK Top 100 Restaurants 2019 – full list

1.  Restaurant Moor Hall; Aughton, Lancashire
2.  The Waterside Inn; Bray, Berkshire
3.  L'Enclume; Cartmel, Cumbria
4.  Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons; Great Milton, Oxfordshire
5.  Casamia; Bristol
6.  The Sportsman; Seasalter, Kent
7.  The Fat Duck; Bray, Berkshire
8.  Restaurant Nathan Outlaw; Port Isaac, Cornwall
9.  The Hand and Flowers; Marlow, Buckinghamshire
10. The Fordwich Arms; Canterbury, Kent
11. Restaurant Sat Bains; Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
12. The Dining Room at Whatley Manor; Malmesbury, Wiltshire
13. The Artichoke; Amersham, Buckinghamshire
14. Ynyshir; Machynlleth, Powys
15. The Coach; Marlow, Buckinghamshire
16. Midsummer House; Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
17. The Woodspeen; Newbury, Berkshire
18. 64 Degrees; Brighton, East Sussex
19. The Black Swan at Oldstead; Oldstead, North Yorkshire
20. Hrishi; Bowness, Cumbria
21. Northcote; Blackburn, Lancashire
22. Rogan and Co; Cartmel, Cumbria
23. Paul Ainsworth at No. 6; Padstow, Cornwall
24. The Cross Kenilworth; Kenilworth, Warwickshire
25. Roots; York, North Yorkshire
26. Adam Reid at The French; Manchester, Greater Manchester
27. The Crown at Burchetts Green; Maidenhead, Berkshire
28. Outlaw's Fish Kitchen; Port Isaac, Cornwall
29. The Man Behind the Curtain; Leeds, West Yorkshire
30. Morston Hall; Holt, Norfolk
31. Pony & Trap; Chew Magna, Bristol
32. Benedicts; Norwich, Norfolk
33. Prawn on the Lawn; Padstow, Cornwall
34. Etch by Steven Edwards; Hove, East Sussex
35. Coombeshead Farm; Lewannick, Cornwall
36. Freemasons at Wiswell; Wiswell, Lancashire
37. The Elephant; Torquay, Devon
38. Matt Worswick at The Latymer; Bagshot, Surrey
39. Ondine; Edinburgh
40. House of Tides; Newcastle, Tyne and Wear
41. Sticky Walnut; Chester, Cheshire
42. Terre à Terre; Brighton, East Sussex
43. Orwells; Henley, Oxfordshire
44. Isaac At; Brighton, East Sussex
45. Gravetye Manor; East Grinstead, West Sussex
46. The Harrow at Little Bedwyn; Little Bedwyn, Wiltshire
47. The Kitchin; Edinburgh
48. Lake Road Kitchen; Ambleside, Cumbria
49. Grazing by Mark Greenaway; Edinburgh
50. The Little Fish Market; Brighton, East Sussex
51. Parkers Arms; Newton, Lancashire
52. Forest Side; Grasmere, Cumbria
53. Timberyard; Edinburgh
54. Stovell’s; Chobham, Surrey
55. L’Ortolan; Reading, Berkshire
56. The Raby Hunt; Darlington, County Durham
57. The Seafood Restaurant; Padstow, Cornwall
58. Restaurant Andrew Fairlie; Auchterader, Perthshire
59. The Walnut Tree; Abergavenny, Monmouthshire
60. Sorrel; Dorking, Surrey
61. The Whitehouse; Lochaline, Highland
62. The Seahorse; Dartmouth, Devon
63. Restaurant Hywel Jones; Colerne, Wiltshire
64. Y Polyn; Capel Dewi, Carmarthen
65. Roth Bar & Grill; Bruton, Somerset
66. The Angel at Hetton; Skipton, North Yorkshire
67. Carter’s of Moseley; Birmingham, West Midlands
68. The Ox Barn at Thyme; Southrop, Gloucestershire
69. Burlington at the Devonshire Arms; Skipton, North Yorkshire
70. Hambleton Hall; Rutland, Leicestershire
71. Adam's; Birmingham, West Midlands
72. The Art School; Liverpool, Merseyside
73. Dastaan; Epsom, Surrey
74. Hispi; Manchester, Greater Manchester
75. The Jetty; Christchurch, Dorset
76. The Star Inn; Harome, North Yorkshire
77. Menu Gordon Jones; Bath, Somerset
78. Ethicurean; Bristol
79. Crabshakk; Finnieston, Glasgow
80. Salt Room; Brighton, East Sussex
81. Frog and Scot; Deal, Kent
82. Bulrush; Bristol
83. Coal Shed; Brighton, East Sussex
84. The Clock House; Ripley, Surrey
85. The Boat Inn; Lichfield, Staffordshire
86. Apicius; Cranbrook, Kent
87. Royal Oak; Paley Street, Berkshire
88. Read's; Faversham, Kent
89. Milsoms; Dedham, Essex
90. Thackeray’s; Tunbridge Wells, Kent
91. The Lighthouse; Aldeburgh, Suffolk
92. Wilks; Bristol
93. Cin Cin; Brighton, East Sussex
94. The French Horn; Sonning, Berkshire
95. Hinds Head; Bray, Berkshire
96. Caldesi in Campagna; Bray, Berkshire
97. Gidleigh Park; Chagford, Devon
98. Two Fat Ladies at The Buttery; Glasgow
99. The Whitebrook; Monmouth, Monmouthsire
100. The Peat Inn; St Andrews, Fife

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