AA Restaurant Guide 2023 Launched

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29th edition of AA Restaurant Guide showcases the best restaurants in the UK

The top counties in the UK with the highest number of restaurants featured in the AA Restaurant Guide 2023 are: London (with 172 restaurants in the Guide this year), North Yorkshire (68), Devon (59), Cumbria (57), Cornwall (42), Gloucestershire and Norfolk (38), and Hampshire (36), Suffolk (32), Kent (31) and Oxfordshire (30).

Galgorm Spa & Golf Resort, Ballymena (County Antrim)

In Scotland, Edinburgh leads the way with 29 restaurants featured in the Guide, followed by The Highlands (27) and Perth & Kinross (20). Meanwhile, Conwy is the Welsh county with the highest number of restaurants (11), followed by Gwynedd and Pembrokeshire with 9 each. County Antrim is the foodie capital of Northern Ireland outside of Belfast, with both destinations having 6 restaurants in the Guide.

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Soar Mill Cove Hotel, Salcombe (Devon)

Now in its 29th edition, The Restaurant Guide 2023 provides food lovers with breakdowns of restaurants by county, including a detailed description of each destination, information on latest chef changes, opening times, sample menu prices and images of many of the featured locations. And for those looking for the best establishments in the UK’s culinary scene, ‘The Top Restaurants of 2023’ features all 3, 4 and 5 Rosette restaurants.

Simon Numphud, Managing Director of AA Media, said: “We are delighted to publish the leading guide to the UK’s top dining destinations, with 150 new establishments added to The Restaurant Guide 2023. From Northern Stars to the Heart of England, Scotland to the capital, the restaurants in this year’s Guide demonstrate the high quality of culinary experiences across the country, offering delicious food and service of the highest standard.”

In addition to notable wine lists, award-winning venues and the best new restaurants, the Restaurant Guide includes over 150 restaurants that are featured for the first time in the guide, including: No. Fifty Cheyne (London, SW3); The Jackdaw (Conwy); Grace & Savour (Solihull, West Midlands); The Flitch of Bacon (Little Dunmow, Essex); The Glenturret Lalique Restaurant (Crieff, Perth & Kinross) and Haar (St Andrews, Fife).

The Restaurant Guide 2023 is available for £17.99 RRP in bookshops and online.

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I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

Usually I can be found sleeping beside a cat.

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