Best Local Restaurant Awards

From The Good Food Guide

About the Awards

The Good Food Guide’s Best Local Restaurant Awards is about uncovering the best local restaurants across Great Britain. Each year we curate a list of Britain's Best Local Restaurants and crown an overall winner as Britain's Best Local Restaurant, as well as eight regional winners across Central & East of England, London, North East England, North West England, Scotland, South East England, South West England and Wales.

There are so many places that fit the bill as a brilliant local, but we focus on those that are nominated by you, our readers. We receive tens of thousands of nominations annually ensuring no stone goes unturned in our quest to guide you to where to eat in your local area and beyond.

Our Good Food Guide editors and inspectors inspect every restaurant that makes in onto this list, following up new leads and checking in on longstanding favourites. Some inspectors have to cross the country to get to the hard-to-reach places, while others have small dining marathons to get the job done. Many more lend their intensive knowledge of their region to help decide who deserves to be included, and help make the Best Local Restaurants a reflection of our readers and communities around Britain.

100 BEST LOCAL RESTAURANTS 2024

Nominations for The Good Food Guide's 100 Best Local Restaurants 2024 are now open!

From 10 April until 22 May 2024 we are inviting the public to celebrate their favourite local restaurants by nominating them for The Good Food Guide’s 100 Best Local Restaurants 2024. And as a thank you, everyone who nominates will also be entered into a draw to win a £250 voucher to spend at their favourite local restaurant.

Best Local Restaurant 2024 - Nominate Now

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Eligibility

All restaurants shortlisted must meet the following criteria:

- Independently run; owned by the chef or a hands-on proprietor
- Offers regularly changing, seasonal menus at affordable prices
- Demonstrates strong relationships with local suppliers
- Rooted in the local community
- Offers at least two dinner services a week
- Gives customers a genuine, warm welcome

While previous winners of The Good Food Guide’s Best Local Restaurant Awards are not eligible to enter the competition, the competition is open to all restaurants across the country, whether they are featured in The Good Food Guide or not.

Judging

Once nominations close, a shortlist of restaurants from each region is drawn up based on public nominations.

The Good Food Guide’s editors then seek out the details from shortlisted restaurants, including but not limited to menus, images, supplier information and chef bios.

Shortlisted finalists are then visited anonymously by a Good Food Guide inspector.
An overall winner and regional winners are selected by editors of The Good Food Guide in consultation with our inspectors.



BRITAIN'S 100 BEST LOCAL RESTAURANTS 2023

Following 37,000 nominations and six weeks of Good Food Guide inspections, Britain’s 100 Best Local Restaurants of 2023 were announced on

As well as the full list, find out which restaurants have been crowned winners of their region, and who has claimed the overall title of Britain’s Best Local Restaurant.

Britain's 100 Best Local Restaurants 2023 | Read the full listRegional winners: Central & East of England | London | North East | North West | Scotland | South East | South West | Wales | Britain's 100 Best Local Restaurants

For press enquiries – see the full press release for Britain’s 100 Best Local Restaurants 2023 here.


Past winners of The Good Food Guide's Best Local Restaurant Awards

The Best Local Restaurant awards has been run by the Good Food Guide for many years. It was previously named Readers' Restaurant of the Year up until 2016 and Local Restaurant of the Year in 2017.

Read about some of the previous years incredible local restaurants below:

BRITAIN'S 100 BEST LOCAL RESTAURANTS 2023

BEST LOCAL RESTAURANT AWARDS 2019-2020

BEST LOCAL RESTAURANT AWARDS 2018

LOCAL RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR 2017

READERS' RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR 2016

READERS' RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR 2015



Why winning The Good Food Guide's Best Local Restaurant Awards matters

Read about previous winners, and how winning the The Good Food Guide's Best Local Restaurant Awards changed the lives of restaurants and restaurateurs alike:

Carters of Moseley | 2015 Winners

The Little Gloster | 2020 Winners


More reading about Best Local Restaurants:
Why go local? The Beauty of a Neighbourhood Restaurant
Carters of Moseley: The Best Local Restaurant Winner that Went Big
Chef Lloyd Morse on the Making of The Palmerston
Top Chefs Reveal Their Best Local Restaurants of 2023


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