The Good Food Guide 2020 launches

The Good Food Guide 2020 launches

Simon Rogan’s restaurant L’Enclume makes a return to the top spot

The Good Food Guide 2020 by Waitrose & Partners has revealed this year’s very best places to dine in the UK, with 1,200 eateries from big names to best-kept secrets, included in the restaurant handbook.  We’re doubly chuffed to see Cail Bruich and Inver added to the list – 👏

Inver restaurant Strachur Argyll scotland

The Guide, which is published on Thursday 12th September, announces its Top 50 restaurants alongside its Editors’ Award winners.

350 under £30

Alongside fine dining establishments, the Good Food Guide champions local eateries, small chains, simple restaurants and cafés that deliver freshly cooked, delicious food at great value for money. This year’s guide features more than 350 restaurants, nearly a third of its restaurant selection, which offer diners a three-course dinner (excluding drinks) for £30 or under.

Elizabeth Carter, Editor of The Good Food Guide by Waitrose & Partners, comments: “Seven decades of publication have given The Good Food Guide a unique insight into eating out in Britain. And the more we conduct our lives online, the more we look for care, provenance and thoughtfulness – especially when it comes to food. With diners increasingly looking for flexible eating options and value for money, there has been a surge in inexpensive cafés and restaurants that rank quality of ingredients above all else. Small, owner-run dining rooms across the country provide clear examples of how they can and do work in direct opposition to the pizza-burger overload on the British high street.”


This year’s Best New Entry for London, Peg in Hackney, proves that it’s not just grand dining rooms being celebrated by the Guide. “An exciting little place” this cool Hackney newcomer offers beautiful, low-budget dishes, prepared with a precision that the paper napkins and reusable bamboo plates belie.

Mexico six by Nico Finnieston restaurant
Six by Nico 


Nico Simeone’s Six by Nico chain of restaurants which serve up a six-course tasting menu at £28 changing every six weeks, is a modern example of wallet-friendly, enthusiastic restaurants making dining out more accessible.

Other fine examples of eateries offering delicious food at great prices include the Good Food Guide’s Best Local Restaurants Brassica, Woolf & Social, Route and The Warren, as well as the The Small Holding in Kent, whose chef Will Devlin is Editors’ current Chef to Watch .

Top 50 Restaurants

Rogan makes a return to No.1 in the Top 50
Made up of the Guide’s highest scores. L’Enclume having previously graced the top of the best restaurant list in 2017’s Good Food Guide.  On leading the Top 50, chef Simon Rogan says, “I couldn’t be happier with the news that L’Enclume has returned to the No.1 spot in The Good Food Guide. It is a huge achievement which we have worked exceedingly hard towards, and I am very proud of my team who have made it possible. I am privileged to work alongside such talented individuals, and making the number one spot again has only fuelled our collective determination to get better and better.”

L'enclume - Brill in poultry juices, lovage, yeast flakes, fermented mushroom
L’enclume – Brill in poultry juices, lovage, yeast flakes, fermented mushroom

The Top 50

1 L’Enclume, Cumbria (10)
2 Core by Clare Smyth, London (10)
3 Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, Cornwall (10)
4 Ynyshir, Powys (9)
5 Moor Hall, Lancashire (9)
6 Claude Bosi at Bibendum, London (9)
7 Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, London (9)
8 Restaurant Sat Bains, Nottingham (9)
9 Casamia, Bristol (9)
10 Pollen Street Social, London (9)
11 Adam Reid at The French, Manchester (8)
12 Restaurant Story, London (8)
13 The Raby Hunt, County Durham (8)
14 Restaurant Andrew Fairlie, Tayside (8)
15 The Greenhouse, London (8)
16 The Ledbury, London (8)
17 Marcus, London (8)
18 The Fat Duck, Berkshire (8)
19 Roganic, London (8)
20 Fraiche, Merseyside (8)
21 Bohemia, Jersey (8)
22 Midsummer House, Cambridgeshire (8)
23 The Peat Inn, Fife (8)
24 Le Champignon Sauvage, Gloucestershire (8)
25 The Kitchin, Edinburgh (7)
26 Lake Road Kitchen, Cumbria (7)
27 Forest Side, Cumbria (7)
28 Orwells, Oxfordshire (7)
29 A. Wong, London (7)
30 Whatley Manor, The Dining Room, Wiltshire (7)
31 Trinity, London (7) New
32 Matt Worswick at the Latymer, Surrey (7)
33 Inver, Argyll & Bute (7) New
34 The Black Swan, Yorkshire (7) New
35 Restaurant James Sommerin, Glamorgan (7)
36 Winteringham Fields, Lincolnshire (7) New
37 The Sportsman, Kent (7)
38 The Whitebrook, Monmouthshire (7)
39 The Man Behind The Curtain, Leeds (7) New
40 Paul Ainsworth, Cornwall (7) New
41 Alchemilla, Nottingham (7) New
42 Wilks, Bristol (7) New
43 Cail Bruich, Glasgow (7) New
44 Where The Light Gets In,
Greater Manchester (7) New
45 Sosban & The Old Butcher’s, Anglesey (7) New
46 Restaurant Martin Wishart, Edinburgh (7)
47 Le Gavroche, London (7)
48 Artichoke, Buckinghamshire (7)
49 Adam’s, Birmingham (7)
50 Castle Terrace, Edinburgh (7)

Editors Awards

Chef of the Year has been awarded to Pam Brunton at Inver in Strachur, Argyll & Bute.

Chef to Watch has been named as Will Devlin from The Small Holding in Kilndown, Kent.

Restaurant of the Year goes to The Mash Inn in Radnage, Buckinghamshire.

Best New Entry – The Woodsman in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire,

The Best New Entry, London is Peg in Hackney.

The Best Local Restaurant Awards recognise fabulous neighbourhood eateries up and down the country. Each region has a local winner, outlined in the Guide and this year’s Best Local Restaurant Overall Winner is The Little Gloster in Gurnard on the Isle of Wight.



The Good Food Guide is published by Waitrose & Partners on 12th September, available in Waitrose & Partners shops, via and The 2020 edition is the seventh to be published by the supermarket. RRP £17.99.
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