8th September 2010
Every year, The Good Food Guide team award ‘Editors’ Awards’ to restaurants who we feel deserve the highest recognition.
The Editors' Awards for The Good Food Guide 2012 will be announced in September 2011, when the new edtion is published.
In The Good Food Guide 2011, these awards went to:
BEST NEW ENTRY 2011 – Artichoke, Buckinghamshire
After months of closure due to a fire, the Artichoke is back and better than ever - an affable blend of fresh ideas, serious intent and neighbourly good humour.
BEST PUB NEWCOMER – Simon Bonwick, The Three Tuns, Oxfordshire
Rejuvenated old town-centre pub and talented chef combine in a first solo venture that delivers as much for drinkers as it does for diners with good value bar and restaurant food.
WINE LIST OF THE YEAR – The Queensberry Hotel, Olive Tree Restaurant
The Olive Tree Restaurant wine list is an object lesson in its unstinting commitment to quality. Nearly three dozen wines by the glass lead you in to a list that is structured imaginatively by wine style and is teeming with pedigree producers.
BEST CHEF – Sat Bains, Restaurant Sat Bains, Nottinghamshire
Sat Bains is a chef who is always moving onward and upward. His daring culinary style continues to evolve and it’s thrilling stuff, guaranteed to make you think about food afresh.
BEST UP-AND-COMING CHEF – Mary-Ellen McTague, Aumbry, Greater Manchester
Mary-Ellen McTague has form in the north-west (at ramsons) and nationally (at The Fat Duck), but this small, tentative first project is done with care on a modest budget, with good cooking at its heart.
BEST PUB CHEF – Jason King, The Wellington Arms, Hampshire
With his beehives, herb garden and army of hens, Jason King delivers his own version of The Good Life as well as offering some of the best regional produce in the area – all delivered in carefully crafted, unpretentious dishes that are full of flavour.
BEST FISH RESTAURANT – Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, Cornwall
Eating here is an education in seafood (and Cornish landed fish at that) presented in incredible, impeccably executed dishes. Natural intensity and clear flavours are the hallmarks, and nothing overpowers, cloys or distracts from the real business on the plate.
BEST VALUE FOR MONEY – delifonseca, Merseyside
A global bistro above a well-stocked deli where, during daylight hours, beefed-up sandwiches provide much-needed fuel. In the evening attention turns to a blackboard packed with local goodies transformed into interesting international dishes.
BEST USE OF LOCAL PRODUCE – Ode, Devon
At the heart of this tiny restaurant is a passion for sourcing the finest seasonal Devon produce, whether ethically reared meats, line-caught fish and local organic fruit and vegetables, the kitchen injects vivid flavours and some bold combinations.
BEST FAMILY RESTAURANT – Cwtch, West Wales
Families are really very welcome here with children especially well catered for – being offered crayons and their own menu.
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