The National Restaurant Awards 2016 for the UK were announced on Monday night in the Hurlingham Club in London. The awards are organised by Restaurant magazine and reflect the dynamic and ever evolving food scene across the UK.
Votes from 150 industry experts including chefs, restaurateurs, food writers and critics determine which restaurants make the top 100 list. Each voter is given seven votes based on their best restaurant experiences from the last 12 months.
Deane’s EIPIC was a new entry on the list, coming in at 83. It also claimed the title of Best Restaurant in Northern Ireland.
EIPIC is the latest addition to Michael Deane’s group of Belfast eateries. It was awarded a Michelin Star in November, making Head Chef Danni Barry the second ever female chef in Ireland to receive the accolade. It was also named Best Newcomer at the Irish Restaurant Awards in May.
Their award winning tasting menus are balanced with subtle flavours coming through the seasonal dishes. All of Danni’s ingredients are of the utmost quality, sourced locally and presented skilfully to diners.
The Sportsman in Kent took the top spot with Barrafina Adelaide Street, The Ledbury, Hedone and Restaurant Nathan Outlaw in Port Isaac, Cornwall, making up the rest of the top five. Best in Wales went to The Walnut Tree (11) and Best in Scotland was awarded to Restaurant Andrew Fairlie (22).
London restaurant Piquet, which opened last year, was awarded Highest New Entry (7). Lake Road Kitchen in Ambleside (15) was named Highest Climber after climbing 70 places from last year. Philip Howard was awarded Chef’s Chef of the Year and Pierre Koffmann was given a Lifetime Achievement Award. The One to Watch was awarded to Som Saa in London.
For the full list of winners visit www.nationalrestaurantawards.co.uk.