Best Local Restaurant Awards

From The Good Food Guide

**Britain's 100 Best Local Restaurants 2023 | Click here to see the full list**

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.


Following 37,000 nominations and six weeks of Good Food Guide inspections, we’re delighted to announce Britain’s 100 Best Local Restaurants of 2023.

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.

See the full list - Britain's 100 Best Local Restaurants 2023 from The Good Food GuideExplore the list: 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

See the latest reviews here of a selection of our past winners from over the years, some of which have gone on to secure a coveted 'Exceptional' rating in the Guide. The Good Food Guide is continuously updated in response to our discerning reader’s tip-offs and suggestions (you can submit your feedback here), coupled with regular expert assessment by our inspectors on the food, hospitality and whether it's worth making a trip for. By becoming a member of The Good Food Guide trusted reviews are at your fingertips and always up to date.

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

The Good Food Guide's Best Local Restaurant Awards over the years

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:







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.


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.

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The Good Food Guide Best Local Restaurants in Wales are Y Polyn in Nantgaredig, Rocket & Rye in Cowbridge, The Warren in Carmarthen, Heathcock in Cardiff, Paternoster Farm in Pembroke, The Black Bear Inn in Bettws Newydd and Yr Hen Printworks in Cardigan. The Good Food Guide Best Local Restaurants in the South West are Pythouse Kitchen Garden in West Hatch, Wild Artichokes in Kingsbridge, The Exmoor Forest Inn in Simonsbath, The Greenhouse in St Keverne, The Halfway at Kineton in Guiting Power, Art Sushi in Bournemouth, Bank in Bristol, Andria in Dartmouth, Little Hollows Pasta in Bristol, The Cotley Inn in Wambrook, Iford Manor Cafe & Kitchen in Freshford, Caper and Cure in Cotham, Brassica in Beaminster, Beckford Canteen in Bath, Littlefrench in Westbury Park, Sonny Stores in Bristol and The Rocket Store in Boscastle. The Good Food Guide Best Local Restaurant Awards winners: Overall winner: Tallow in Southborough. Central and East of England regional winner: Tropea in Birmingham. London regional winner: Les 2 Garçons in Crouch End. North East regional winner: Homestead Kitchen in Goathland. North West regional winner: The Spärrows in Manchester. Scotland regional winner: The Kinneuchar Inn in Kilconquhar. South East regional winner: Seasonality in Maidenhead. South West regional winner: Wild Artichokes in Kingsbridge. Wales regional winner: Rocket & Rye in Cowbridge.