Harden’s crowns Restaurant Andrew Fairlie as best in the UK

Scottish restaurant tops the Harden’s 100 List

Restaurant Andrew Fairlie at The Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire has been crowned the UK’s top restaurant in a leading annual diners poll.

Scotland’s world famous restaurant shot to the top spot for its luxurious ingredients prepared with ‘impeccable skill and creativity’ and attentive staff who are ‘knowledgeable in all respects’.

Eight Scottish restaurants made it into the newly-released top 100 list. The Kitchin in Edinburgh is ranked 5th in the UK, while other notable inclusions are: Restaurant Martin Wishart, Edinburgh (14); The Little Chartroom, Edinburgh (31); Cail Bruich (50) and Unalome by Graeme Cheevers (68) in Glasgow.

It’s great to see more Scottish restaurants entered into this list this year and a great achievement to restaurant Andrew fairlie for placing number 1.

I’m immensely proud of what me and my team have created and achieved during the first years of Unalome by Graeme Cheevers and its great recognition for the hard work they all put in each day.”

Graeme Cheevers, Unalome by Graeme Cheevers

Edinburgh was also revealed to be the UK city with the most listings in the Top 500 outside of London, with no fewer than 17 restaurants making it into the elite ranking.

Peter Harden, co-founder of Harden’s, comments: 

“Andrew Fairlie may sadly no longer be with us but his spirit lives on in this restaurant which bears his name. Reaching the top spot this year is a huge credit to his long-time lieutenants, head chef Stephen McLaughlin and general manager Dale Dewsbury. 

“It has been an excellent year for Scotland’s representation in the Harden’s Top 100 as a whole, with restaurants in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Perthshire and Fife featuring. This, along with Edinburgh’s fantastic placement as second city with the most listings in the Top 500, is testament to the superb quality and value offered by the country’s restaurant scene.” 

The 32nd edition of the Harden’s guide, published this week (ISBN: 978-1916076150, price £18.99: also available as apps for Apple or Android)

The Harden’s Guide is now the only UK restaurant guide sold in bookshops based on feedback from normal diners rather than a group of professional inspectors. A total of 30,000 reports are submitted from a survey of 3,000 diners. Restaurants at all price levels are listed: from street food vendors to the country’s most ambitious dining rooms, with 2,800 restaurants listed in total.

The Harden’s 100 ranking of the UK’s best restaurants in full 

The Top 100 restaurants derived from the 30,000 reports with ratings submitted by 3,000 diners who contributed to the Harden’s annual survey.

Andrew Fairlie, Gleneagles Hotel, Auchterarder 
Evelyns Table at The Blue Posts, London 
Waterside Inn, Bray (39) 
Endo at The Rotunda, London (4) 
The Kitchin, Edinburgh (23) 
Core by Clare Smyth, London (5) 
Adam Reid at The French, Manchester (40) 
L’Enclume, Cartmel (19) 
Maru, London 
10 Pine, East Wallhouses 
11 Da Terra, Town Hall Hotel, London (3) 
12 The Five Fields, London (10) 
13 Sorrel, Dorking (13) 
14 Restaurant Martin Wishart, Edinburgh (61) 
15 Hjem, Wall (56) 
16 Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Great Milton (37) 
17 Adam’s, Birmingham (29) 
18 PLU, London 
19 The Araki, London 
20 Muse, London (24) 
21 Lumire, Cheltenham (46) 
22 Estiatorio Milos, London 
23 The Little Fish Market, Brighton (15) 
24 Lympstone Manor, Exmouth (6) 
25 Kitchen Table, London (12) 
26 Hambleton Hall, Hambleton (32) 
27 The Forest Side, Grasmere (36) 
28 LPM, London (45) 
29 Paul Ainsworth at No 6, Padstow (85) 
30 Joro, Sheffield 
31 The Little Chartroom, Edinburgh 
32 SOLA, London (31) 
33 The Art School, Liverpool (18) 
34 Anglo, London (21) 
35 Morston Hall, Morston (38) 
36 A Wong, London (64) 
37 Ynyshir Restaurant and Rooms, Eglwys Fach (7) 
38 Meadowsweet, Holt (98) 
39 The Ledbury, London 
40 Nobu, London (27) 
41 Roots, York (97) 
42 Alchemilla, Nottingham (14) 
43 House of Tides, Newcastle upon Tyne (57) 
44 Outlaw’s New Road, Port Isaac (74) 
45 Aulis at L’Enclume, Cartmel 
46 The Latymer, Pennyhill Park Hotel, Bagshot 
47 Club Gascon, London (95) 
48 ChefsTable at TRUEfoods, Melmerby 
49 Oxeye, London 
50 Cail Bruich, Glasgow (59) 
51 Roketsu, London 
52 Cornerstone, London (50) 
53 Chez Bruce, London (42) 
54 SY23, Aberystwyth 
55 Trinity, London (47) 
56 Aulis London, London (33) 
57 Robin Wylde, Lyme Regis 
58 Bibendum, London (99) 
59 The Clove Club, London (17) 
60 Opheem, Birmingham (100) 
61 Bohemia, Jersey 
62 Restaurant Twenty Two, Cambridge 
63 Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen, Port Isaac (49) 
64 The Angel, Hetton (58) 
65 The Black Swan, Oldstead 
66 Frog by Adam Handling, London (82) 
67 Umu, London 
68 Unalome by Graeme Cheevers, Glasgow 
69 Le Gavroche, London (52) 
70 The Sportsman, Seasalter (41) 
71 Pied Terre, London (44) 
72 Ekstedt at The Yard, Great Scotland Yard Hotel, London 
73 Mana, Manchester (9) 
74 The Sea, The Sea, London 
75 Midsummer House, Cambridge (78) 
76 The Peat Inn, Cupar (20) 
77 Moor Hall, Aughton (16) 
78 The Whitebrook, Restaurant with Rooms, Whitebrook (53) 
79 Old Stamp House, Ambleside 
80 The Moorcock Inn, Sowerby Bridge 
81 Lyle’s, London (66) 
82 Sollip, London (88) 
83 Imperial Treasure, London 
84 Gidleigh Park, Chagford 
85 Behind, London (51) 
86 Elderflower, Lymington 
87 Wilson’s, Bristol (80) 
88 BiBi, London 
89 Amaya, London (69) 
90 The Olive Tree, Queensberry Hotel, Bath 
91 The Ritz, London 
92 The Wilderness, Birmingham 
93 Sketch, Lecture Room at Library, London 
94 Quilon, London 
95 Kol, London 
96 The Fat Duck, Bray 
97 Myrtle, London (90) 
98 The Small Holding, Goudhurst (25) 
99 The Cellar, Anstruther 
100 Fraiche, Oxton (28) 



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.    

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