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toptable Diners Select Top 100 Restaurants in the UK

As we reflect on a year of world-class dining, toptable, the leading consumer destination site for restaurant bookings in the UK, along with its parent company, OpenTable (NASDAQ: OPEN), are pleased to announce the 2013 annual Diners’ Choice award winners for the Top 100 Best Restaurants in the UK  and highlight the top 10 honourees. The awards represent the combined opinions of more than 340,000 reviews submitted in the last year by verified toptable diners for approximately 4,000 restaurants across the UK.

London’s critically acclaimed Restaurant Gordon Ramsay led by Clare Smyth MBE was named Best Restaurant in the UK by toptable diners. The Chelsea institution is well known for its faultless service and sublime food (winning the toptable Diners’ Choice Award for Best Service in October of this year). Petrus, another critically acclaimed Gordon Ramsay restaurant ranked third. Chef Heston Blumenthal also secured two spots in the top five with his widely acclaimed The Fat Duck  placing second, and Dinner by Heston Blumenthal at the Mandarin Oriental Park Lane ranking fifth.

Establishments in Manchester, Cheshire, Birmingham and East Sussex all made the top 10. These fine eateries include Cheshire’s Manhattan style steak house and cocktail bar, Upstairs at the Grill; Aumbry, a converted cottage in the village of Prestwich, Manchester; family-run Carters of Birmingham; and Wild Mushroom, modern English cuisine in a converted farmhouse in East Sussex.

The Top 10 Best Restaurants in the UK, in rank order, include:

1Restaurant Gordon Ramsay – London
2. The Fat Duck – Bray, Berkshire
3. Petrus – London
4. The Ledbury – London
5. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal – London
6. Clos Maggiore – London
7. Upstairs at the Grill – Chester, Cheshire
8. Aumbry – Manchester
9. Carters – Birmingham
10. Wild Mushroom – Hastings, East Sussex

“The restaurants on the top 100 list take every opportunity to deliver a superb dining experience and represent a collection of wonderfully diverse restaurants across the UK,” said toptable Head of Restaurant Relations, Lucy Taylor. “These restaurants are consistently getting it right on every level, from first-rate ambience and service to wine lists and dishes that rarely fail to impress.”

Standing out in a highly competitive field of exceptional chefs and restaurateurs, half of the complete list of winning restaurants are located in London. Scotland claims nine winning restaurants, Followed by Manchester and Birmingham with six and four respectively. British was the most popular cuisine on the list, accounting for nearly 30%, followed by French (24%) and modern European (16%), however an eclectic array of cuisines are represented including Indian, Argentinean, Italian and Chinese.

The annual Diners’ Choice Awards for the Top 100 Best Restaurants in the UK are generated from more than 340,000 reviews collected from verified toptable diners between 14th November 2012 and 15th November 2013. All restaurants with a minimum number of qualifying reviews were included for consideration. Qualifying restaurants were then sorted according to a score calculated from each restaurant’s average rating in the “overall” category along with that restaurant’s rating relative to others in the same metropolitan area and the average number of restaurants reviewed by diners who reviewed that restaurant.

The following restaurants, listed in alphabetical order, comprise the annual Top 100 Best Restaurants in the UK according to toptable diners.  The complete list may also be viewed at http://www.toptable.co.uk/best-restaurants-in-uk.

2013 annual Diners’ Choice Award Winners for the Top 100 Best Restaurants in the UK 

63 Degrees – Manchester
Afternoon Tea at The Lanesborough – London
Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester – London
Albert’s Shed – Manchester
Alyn Williams at The Westbury – London
Anderson’s Bar & Grill – Birmingham
Annies – Manchester
Apsley’s, A Heinz Beck Restaurant – London
Aqua Eight – Ipswich
Asha’s Restaurant – Birmingham
Aumbry – Manchester
Balbirs – Glasgow
Blackfriars Restaurant – Newcastle Upon Tyne
Boundary Restaurant – London
Carters – Birmingham
Chapter One – Keston, Kent
Charcoals – Glasgow
Chez Bruce – London
Chez Mumtaj – St. Albans, Hertfordshire
Ciullõsteria – London
Clos Maggiore – London
Coppi – Belfast
Deeson’s British Restaurant – Canterbury, Kent
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal – London
Fortnum & Mason Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon – London
Friends Restaurant – London
Galvin at Windows – London
Galvin La Chapelle – London
Gamba – Glasgow
Gaucho Manchester – Manchester
Gauthier Soho – London
Goodman – London
Hawksmoor Seven Dials – London
Hickory’s Chester – Chester, Cheshire
HKK – London
India Quay – Glasgow
Kendell’s Bistro – Leeds, Yorkshire
Kitchen W8 – London
La Becasse – Ludlow, Shropshire
La Garrigue – Edinburgh
La Trompette – London
Launceston Place – London
L’Ortolan – Reading, Berkshire
Maze Gordon Ramsay – London
Medlar – London
Number 16 Restaurant – Glasgow
Orchid Restaurant at the Studley Hotel – Harrogate, Yorkshire
Orrery – London
Otto’s Restaurant – London
Outlaw’s – Wadebridge, Cornwall
Palm Court at the Langham Hotel – London
Paris House – Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire
Park Terrace Restaurant – London
Petrus – London
Plumed Horse – Edinburgh
Pollen Street Social – London
Quantus Restaurant & Bar – London
Restaurant Gordon Ramsay – London
Roots at N1 – London
Roux at The Landau – London
Seven Park Place by William Drabble – London
Shaun Dickens at the Boathouse – Henley-On-Thames, Oxfordshire
Smiths Restaurant Wapping – London
Stovell’s – Woking, Surrey
Tartufo – London
Texture Restaurant – London
The Ambrette at Margate – Margate, Kent
The Ambrette at Rye – Rye, East Sussex
The Artichoke – Amersham, Buckinghamshire
The Bull Steak Expert – London
The Butchershop Bar & Grill – Glasgow
The Clove Club – London
The Dairy Bar & Bistro – London
The Dysart Arms – London
The Fat Duck – Bray, Berkshire
The Feathered Nest Country Inn – Nether Westcote, Oxfordshire
The French Table – London
The Greenhouse – London
The Grill at The Dorchester – London
The Ledbury – London
The Opposition – Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire
The Plough at Bolnhurst – Bedford, Bedfordshire
The Savoy Grill – London
The Savoy, Thames Foyer – London
The Square London
The Stockbridge Restaurant – Edinburgh
The Three Oaks – Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire
The West House – Biddenden, Kent
The Westwood Restaurant, Beverley – Beverley, Yorkshire
Thirty Six by Nigel Mendham at DUKES LONDON – London
Tom Aikens – London
Trinity – London
Turners Restaurant – Birmingham
Upstairs at the Grill – Chester, Cheshire
Upstairs At The Ten Bells – London
Van Zeller – Harrogate, Yorkshire
Velvet – Manchester
Viajante – London
Wild Mushroom – Hastings, East Sussex
Wiltons – London

Diners may also read more about the Diners’ Choice Awards for the Top 100 Best Restaurants in the UK by visiting the toptable blog, The Dish.

About toptable Reviews
The toptable reviews program helps diners find restaurants that best fit their dining occasions.  Diners who recently honoured a toptable reservation are invited via email to submit restaurant feedback using an online form. Visitors to toptable can access reviews for thousands of toptable restaurant partners across the UK. The toptable reviews program has generated more than 2.5 million reviews by verified diners in the UK establishing toptable as one of the largest and most trusted sources for restaurant reviews.

About toptable by OpenTable
With approximately 4,000 bookable restaurants, toptable is the leading consumer destination site for bookings in the UK, owned and operated by OpenTable. OpenTable is the world’s leading provider of online restaurant reservations, seating more than 12 million diners per month via online bookings across more than 30,000 restaurants. The OpenTable network connects restaurants and diners, helping diners discover and book the perfect table and helping restaurants deliver personalised hospitality to keep guests coming back. The OpenTable service enables diners to see which restaurants have available tables, select a restaurant based on verified diner reviews, menus and other helpful information, and easily book a reservation. In addition to the company’s website and mobile apps, OpenTable powers online reservations for nearly 600 partners, including many of the Internet’s most popular global and local brands. For restaurants, the OpenTable hospitality solutions enable them to manage their reservation book, streamline their operations and enhance their service levels. Since its inception in 1998, OpenTable has seated more than 530 million diners around the world.  The Company is headquartered in San Francisco, California, and the OpenTable service is available throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, Germany, Japan, Mexico and the UK. More information is available on http://press.toptable.com.

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