British cuisine reigns as OpenTable names Top 100 Best Restaurants 2014 based on diner reviews

  • British cuisine dominates Top 100 list with a third of places
  • ‘Restaurant Story’ named best restaurant by diners, with a menu inspired by the history of British food
  • Top 100 compiled from more than 340,000 OpenTable diner reviews from across the UK in the last 12 months

London, 16th December 2014…OpenTable, the UK’s leading online restaurant booking service, today marks a year of world class dining by releasing its annual list of Top 100 Best Restaurants in the UK,  based on reviews left by diners. The award ranks the Top 10 as well as giving an alphabetised list of the Top 100.

It seems that the rise of the staycation has led to a renewed appreciation for British fare, as home-grown cuisine dominates the list – securing a third of the Top 100 places, and seven of the coveted Top 10 spots.

Taking the number one spot is London’s Restaurant Story, created by celebrated chef Tom Sellers with a menu inspired by the history of British food and featuring exclusively British produce paired with fine wines and British craft ales.

London continues to dominate the UK’s culinary landscape, as eight out of the Top 10 restaurants can be found in the capital. The Top 10 list features established favourites such as The Ledbury and The Grill at The Dorchester, as well as new hotspots including Pond Dalston.

After British cuisine, European fare was the second most popular holding almost a quarter of the Top 100 places, followed by French cuisine with 17 restaurants making it onto the list.

The OpenTable Top 10 Best Restaurants 2014, in rank order, are:

1 Restaurant Story London London British
2 Restaurant Gordon Ramsay London Contemporary French
3 The Chefs Table Chester British
4 The Five Fields London British
5 The Fat Duck Berkshire British
6 Dinner by Heston Blumenthal London British
7 The Ledbury London Contemporary European
8 Pond Dalston London Hawaiian
9 Fera at Claridge’s London Contemporary British
10 The Grill at The Dorchester London British


Mike Xenakis, Managing Director, OpenTable, comments “The Top 100 list represents the best of UK dining. At OpenTable our aim is to enable diners to discover the perfect restaurant for every type of occasion and provide great dining experiences. The reviews left by diners on our site are an invaluable resource for those seeking culinary inspiration, and it is this expert feedback that we mine to compile the Top 100 list. We’re proud to celebrate with these restaurants, and give them and their head chefs the recognition they deserve.”

The Top 100 Best Restaurants 2014 list is generated from more than 340,000 reviews collected from verified OpenTable diners between 19th November 2013 and 18th November 2014. 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 full list of restaurants, listed in alphabetical order, is included below.  The complete list may also be viewed at

Full alphabetical list of the UK’s Top 100 Best Restaurants 2014


4244 Edge Street Manchester British
Alyn Williams at The Westbury London Contemporary French
André Garrett at Cliveden Taplow English
Angler London Seafood
Apicius Cranbrook Modern European
BEAST London Seafood
Bohemia Restaurant at the Club Hotel & Spa St Helier Contemporary European
Chapter One Orpington Modern European
Charcoals Glasgow Indian
Chez Bruce London Modern European
City Social London Contemporary European
Ciullõsteria London Italian
Clos Maggiore London French
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal London British
Duck & Waffle London British
EDWINS London British
Fera at Claridge’s London Contemporary British
Fortnum & Mason Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon London British
Friends Restaurant Harrow British
Galvin at Windows London French
Gaucho Leeds Leeds Argentinean
Gauthier Soho London French
Goodman London Steak
Hakkasan Hanway Place London Chinese
Hawksmoor Air Street London Steak
Hawksmoor Knightsbridge London British
Hawksmoor Seven Dials London Steak
Hawksmoor Spitalfields London Steak
Hedone London French
Hibiscus – London London French
HKK London Chinese
Kendell’s Bistro Leeds French
Koffmann’s London French
La Trompette London Modern European
Launceston Place London Modern European
London House London Contemporary European
L’Ortolan Shinfield Contemporary French
Maze Gordon Ramsay London Contemporary French
Medlar London Modern European
Michael Wignall at The Latymer Bagshot British
Murano London Contemporary European
NOPI London Mediterranean
Norse Harrogate Scandinavian
Orchid Restaurant at the Studley Hotel Harrogate Asian
Orrery London French
Otto’s Restaurant London French
Outlaw’s Rock Seafood
Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen Port Isaac Seafood
Palm Court at the Langham Hotel London English
Park House Cardiff British
Petrus London French
Pollen Street Social London British
Pond Dalston London Hawaiian
Restaurant Gordon Ramsay London Contemporary French
Restaurant Story London London British
River Cottage Canteen – Winchester Winchester British
Roux at Parliament Square London Contemporary European
Roux at The Landau London Modern European
Searcys  The Gherkin London Contemporary European
Shaun Dickens at the Boathouse Henley On Thames British
Sixtyone London International
Smiths Restaurant Wapping London Seafood
Social Eating House London Contemporary European
Stovell’s Chobham Contemporary European
SUSHISAMBA London London Brazilian
T.E.D Restaurant London British
Texture Restaurant London Modern European
The Ambrette at Margate Margate Contemporary Indian
The Ambrette at Rye Rye Contemporary Indian
The Artichoke Buckinghamshire Modern European
The Chefs Table Chester British
The Clove Club London British
The Cross at Kenilworth Kenilworth Gastro Pub
The Dairy Bar & Bistro London British
The Fat Duck Berkshire British
The Feathered Nest Country Inn Oxfordshire Gastro Pub
The Five Fields London British
The French Table Surbiton French
The Gardeners Cottage Edinburgh British
The Glasshouse Kew Modern European
The Glutton Club Shrewsbury British
The Greenhouse London French
The Grill at The Dorchester London British
The Ledbury London Contemporary European
The New Angel London European
The Pass @ South Lodge Hotel Lower Beeding English
The Plough at Bolnhurst Bolnhurst Gastro Pub
The Savoy Grill London French
The Savoy, Thames Foyer London Afternoon Tea
The Square London French
The Stockbridge Restaurant Edinburgh Scottish
The West House Biddenden European
The Westwood Restaurant, Beverley Beverley English
Tom’s Kitchen – St Katharine Docks London British
Trinity London European
Typing Room London Modern European
Upstairs at the Grill Chester Steak
Wild Mushroom Westfield British
Wiltons London British
Wright Brothers Borough London Seafood


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