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The National Restaurant Awards winners for 2022

 The UK's biggest restaurant awards initiative has come around again, with 61 top London restaurants making the cut in an exciting list filled with new openings and talented chefs

The National Restaurant Awards winners for 2022

Michelin stars, AA Rosettes, The World's 50 Best – the restaurant industry has its fair share of awards and honours, but within the UK specifically, arguably the most prestigious is the National Restaurant Awards. The annual event lists the country's top 100 restaurants, with a host of special awards littered throughout, voted for by a panel of judges from around the hospitality and media industries and revealed at an awards ceremony yesterday at The Hurlingham Club in Fulham.

The comprehensive list travels to all corners of the country, with restaurants from Scotland, Ireland, Wales and England, inside big cities, hidden away in remote villages, tasting menus, fire-based cooking, and plenty more besides. Nabbing the top spot is no mean feat, and this year that honour is more special than ever, having been awarded to a restaurant outside of England for the first time in the award's 16-year history.

The winners

Ynyshir, the restaurant from chef-patron Gareth Ward located near Machynlleth on the west coast of Wales, took home number one. Describing itself as "fun dining, not fine dining" and serving up a Japanese-influenced menu with a focus on cooking over fire, it's a universally acclaimed restaurant, and the result caps off what's been a big year for Ward. The restaurant was awarded its second Michelin star in February, and has taken first place in the NRAs, firmly putting Welsh dining on the map.

"What Gareth Ward has done at Ynyshir is remarkable," says Stefan Chomka, editor of Restaurant and BigHospitality, the publications behind the NRAs. "Taking on a restaurant located in a traditional country house hotel and putting such a personal and edgy stamp on it was a bold, brave move – a real statement of intent – but one that has really paid off. Ynyshir is without doubt one of the most unique and exciting places to eat in the UK at the moment, possibly in the world."

2021 winner Moor Hall remained high on the list in second place, while a firm London favourite, the wood-fired grill restaurant Brat, came in at third. Perhaps the biggest shock came from fourth place recipient The Ritz, which moved 40 places up the list from where it sat last year. That's no mean feat, especially for a restaurant as established as this. It's a testament to head chef Spencer Metzger, who also won the Chef to Watch award.

Ruth Rogers of The River Café at the London Restaurant Awards 2022

Chef of the Year was deservedly awarded to Simon Rogan, another notch in the belt of an incredibly successful year that has seen the chef receive a third Michelin star. His Cartmel restaurant L'Enclume took the tenth place spot. The Lifetime Achievement award, meanwhile, was received by Ruth Rogers from the iconic (and recently Kim Kardashian-approved) River Café in Hammersmith. Rogers used her speech to touch on staffing issues in the industry and the work that needs to be done to ensure safe and supportive professional environments within hospitality.

London restaurants

The NRAs (and the teams behind them at Restaurant magazine and BigHospitality), have always proudly championed restaurants across the length and breadth of the UK, and with more and more chefs either leaving the capital to set up restaurants elsewhere, or else creating excellent restaurants throughout cities, towns and villages that are up there with the best restaurants our city has to offer, there remains the question of whether London is the culinary powerhouse it once was compared to the rest of the UK. London, though, is still demonstrably the epicentre of cooking in the UK – at least according to the NRAs' judging panel, which named 61 London restaurants in the top 100.

New London entries include cult favourite Mangal 2 in Dalston, which came in at position 35 for its inaugural year on the list, 2021's much-hyped and incredibly popular Sessions Arts Club which took 30th place, and the acclaimed BiBi in position five.

The list in full

The full list reads as follows, London restaurants in bold and in the map below.

  1. Ynyshir
  2. Moor Hall
  3. Brat
  4. The Ritz
  5. BiBi
  6. The Ledbury
  7. A. Wong
  8. Core by Clare Smyth
  9. Ikoyi
  10. L'Enclume
  11. Manteca
  12. The Angel at Hetton
  13. Fallow
  14. House of Tides
  15. Sabor
  16. Perilla
  17. The Fordwich Arms
  18. Da Terra
  19. Kiln
  20. KOL
  21. Noble Rot Soho
  22. Brawn
  23. Inver
  24. Lyle's
  25. Trinity
  26. The River Café
  27. Tony Parkin at the Tudor Room
  28. Kitchen Table
  29. Claude Bosi at Bibendum
  30. Sessions Arts Club
  31. St. JOHN
  32. The Black Swan at Oldstead
  33. Chez Bruce
  34. Restaurant Story
  35. Mangal 2
  36. Planque
  37. Restaurant Gordon Ramsay
  38. 40 Maltby Street
  39. Restaurant Sat Bains
  40. The French House
  41. Bright
  42. The Guinea Grill
  43. Frog by Adam Handling
  44. Parker's Arms
  45. Pollen Street Social
  46. Silo
  47. The Sportsman
  48. Pine
  49. Maison François
  50. Native at Browns
  51. Evelyn's Table
  52. Hjem
  53. Allegra
  54. Erst
  55. The Clove Club
  56. The Seahorse
  57. Elystan Street
  58. Etch
  59. SOLA
  60. Trattoria Brutto
  61. The Man Behind the Curtain
  62. Frenchie
  63. Hélène Darroze at The Connaught
  64. Kudu
  65. Osip
  66. Midsummer House
  67. The Bridge Arms
  68. The Grill at The Dorchester
  69. Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill
  70. Alchemilla
  71. Gymkhana
  72. Raby Hunt
  73. The Quality Chop House
  74. Rochelle Canteen
  75. Café Deco
  76. Decimo
  77. Joro
  78. Mana
  79. Paul Ainsworth At No.6
  80. Carters of Moseley
  81. Cottage in the Woods
  82. Hide
  83. Orasay
  84. Ondine
  85. Ox
  86. Trivet
  87. The Old Stamp House
  88. Opheem
  89. Sargasso
  90. The Little Chartroom
  91. Tallow
  92. Aizle
  93. Chishuru
  94. Le Cochon Aveugle
  95. Muse by Tom Aikens
  96. The Northcote
  97. The Palmerston
  98. Benares
  99. La Dame de Pic London
  100. Endo at the Rotunda

The awards

Other awards, made up of restaurants in the 100 list and otherwise, were handed out throughout the course of the night. Check out the full list below.

Chet Sharma at the National Restaurant Awards 2022
Nuno Mendes at the National Restaurant Awards 2022

National Restaurant of the Year

Ynyshir

Gastropub of the Year

The Angel at Hetton

Best Restaurant in England

Moor Hall

Best Restaurant in Scotland

Inver

Best Restaurant in Northern Ireland

Ox

Chef of the Year

Simon Rogan

Chef to Watch

Spencer Metzger

Opening of the Year

BiBi

Restaurateur of the Year

Dan and Natasha Smith

The Service Award

The Ritz

The Sustainability Award

Where The Light Gets In

One to Watch

Lisboeta

Cocktail List of the Year

Kol

Wine List of the Year

Noble Rot Soho

Food Lovers Award

Beach House

Lifetime Achievement Award

Ruth Rogers

Read more about 2022's winners at nationalrestaurantawards.co.uk

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