Welsh restaurant shortlisted among UK’s very best

Top Welsh restaurant Ynyshir has landed a place on the shortlist on The Good Food Guide’s very first awards. Taking place at the end of this month The Good Food Guide Awards 2024 sees the Gareth Ward-owned venue compete for the title of Restaurant of the Year.

The Machynlleth double Michelin-starred restaurant is joined on that shortlist by some of the country’s best eateries including Simon Rogan’s L’Enclume, Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, The Sportsman, and Pine.

The ceremony will see more than 200 prestigious industry guests from across England, Scotland, and Wales gather to hear which restaurants have made it into in the Guide’s ‘Exceptional’ and ‘World Class’ categories and who will be crowned winner of seven special awards including Best New Restaurant, Best Front Row Seat, Best Farm to Table Restaurant, and ‘Chef to Watch’.

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Ynyshir is Wales’ first and only two Michelin-starred restaurant and was named one of the top restaurants in the world in a travel magazine aimed at the super-rich. The award-winning restaurant and hotel is set on the Dyfi Estuary in a house which was once Queen Victoria’s hidden retreat. It dates back to the 1750s and has been run by Gareth Ward and his partner Amelia Eiríksson since 2013. Dining experiences cost £395 per person for a 30-course dinner so get saving if you want to try it. You can read more on Ynyshir here.

The Good Food Guide was created 73 years ago by Raymond Postgate who was appalled by the British post-war dining experience. In 2021 it was acquired by Knife & Fork Media. Winners will be announce on Thursday, January 30, at the Drury Lane Theatre in London’s West End.

Restaurant of the Year full list

  • L’Enclume, Cumbria
  • Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Oxfordshire
  • Pine, Northumberland
  • The Sportsman, Kent
  • Ynyshir, Wales

Other categories and nominees are:

Best New Restaurant

  • Dorian, London
  • Higher Ground, Manchester
  • Lark, Suffolk
  • Mountain, London
  • Mýse, North Yorkshire
  • Noble Rot Mayfair, London
  • The Abbey Inn, North Yorkshire

Best Front Row Seat

  • Aulis London, London
  • Barrafina Dean Street, London
  • Behind, London
  • Harrods Dining Hall, London
  • The Sea, The Sea Chef’s Table, London

Best Farm to Table Restaurant

  • Coombeshead Farm, Cornwall
  • Crocadon, Cornwall
  • Osip, Somerset
  • Our Farm, Cumbria
  • The Goods Shed, Kent
  • The Small Holding, Kent

Drinks List of the Year

  • Allium at Askham Hall, Cumbria
  • Furna, Brighton
  • Noble Rot, London
  • The Kitchin, Edinburgh

Chef to Watch

  • James Carn – Lark, Suffolk
  • Max Coen – Dorian, London
  • Kasia Piątkowska – Tropea, Birmingham
  • Rob Sachdev – Upstairs at Landrace, Bath
  • Wesley Smalley – Seasonality, Maidenhead
  • Jamie Smart – Cadet, London

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