Restaurant reviews site Squaremeal has released its list of the 100 best restaurants in the UK outside London for 2018, with Bristol's much lauded Casamia from chef Peter Sanchez-Iglesias rising 11 places from last year's list to claim the top spot.
The Michelin star restaurant, which serves one serves a 14-course, pre-paid tasting menu, has recently relocated to the city's waterfront, where "The seasonally inspired dishes are served, often by the chefs, in an elegant room that blurs the boundaries between kitchen and customers, and where stunning attention to detail is apparent at every stage of a deeply impressive dining experience," says Squaremeal of its top UK restaurant.
In second place is Simon Rogan's L'enclume in Cumbria, while Kent's much loved The Sportsman, named Best Restaurant in the UK by Restaurant Magazine in 2017, sits in third. Raymond Blanc's Belmond Le Manoir Aux Quat-Saisons in Oxfordshire is fourth, while The Fat Duck in Bray props up the top five.
The list is voted for by SquareMeal's users and writers; other notable entries on the list include Restaurant Nathan Outlaw (current Good Food guide number one) at 12, James Close's The Raby Hunt at number 27 and Gary Usher's Sticky Walnut at 38.
See the top 20 restaurants in the UK outside London below and the full list here.
1. Casamia, Bristol
2. L'Enclume, Cartmel
3. The Sportsman, Seasalter
4. Belmond Le Manoir Aux Quat-Saisons, Oxfordshire
5. The Fat Duck, Bray
6. The Hand & Flowers, Marlow
7. 64 Degrees, Brighton
8. Restaurant Sat Bains, Nottingham
9. Midsummer House, Cambridge
10. The Waterside Inn, Maidenhead
11. The Artichoke, Old Amersham
12. Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, Port Isaac
13. Fraiche, Wirral
14. The Elephant, Torquay
15. Matt Worswick at The Latymer, Bagshot
16. Isaac At, Brighton
17. Paul Ainsworth at No. 6, Padstow
18. The Kitchin, Edinburgh
19. Little Fish Market, Brighton
20. Benedicts, Norwich