Press release: Britain's 100 Best Local Restaurants 2023

The Good Food Guide has announced Britain’s 100 Best Local Restaurants with over 37,000 public nominations. All of the restaurants in the list have been inspected by Good Food Guide inspectors, travelling the length and breadth of England, Scotland and Wales, to compile the final list.

Tallow, a neighbourhood restaurant in Southborough, Royal Tunbridge Wells has been named the overall Best Local Restaurant by The Good Food Guide, topping a list of 100 local favourites across the country.

Regional winners include Les 2 Garçons in London, The Sparrows in the North West, Homestead Kitchen in the North East, The Kinneuchar Inn in Scotland, Seasonality in the South East, Wild Artichokes in the South West, Rocket & Rye in Wales and Tropea in Central and the East of England.

The Good Food Guide’s Editor, Elizabeth Carter said of the winner of Britain’s 100 Best Local Restaurants 2023; Tallow stood out, head and shoulders above what is a very strong list this year. For a chef of this quality to be so happily focused on running a neighbourhood restaurant is extraordinary. There's a level of commitment here that would sit happily in many top restaurants. Everything is beautifully thought through, from food you really want to eat - delicious, simple, seasonal - to the remarkably at-ease service and the care of customers.

The menu offers choice (à la carte or tasting) , is affordable, completely changes each month, including the bread and the snacks; regulars like to visit at least once a month in order to try it out. Most live close enough to walk or are a short taxi ride away. They are very lucky."

Tallow owner Donna Taylor said of the award; “What an unexpected and humbling acknowledgement for the whole team at Tallow, and such a privilege to be considered alongside restaurants we love and respect.

We’re incredibly proud to receive confirmation from our guests that Tallow has become what we had hoped, an accessible, relaxed dining experience that they wish to enjoy over and over again.”

The complete list includes city centre locations , as well as suburban and rural offerings. Typically, Best Local Restaurants have been geographically located in classic ‘neighbourhood’ locations, but The Good Food Guide’s team of inspectors found that connection to the community is far more important than the restaurant’s address. Les 2 Garçons in London and Higher Ground, a bistro in central Manchester both epitomise this.

A public nomination for Higher Ground read:“A friendly, welcoming local restaurant in the heart of the city centre, creating a much-needed link to the local food system. Using local produce from the restaurant’s partner farm, Cinderwood Market Garden, guests are able to connect with the seasons and the land. Many regulars and neighbours meet here and enjoy each other’s company, often bumping into other friends which creates a real sense of community”’

Britain’s 100 Best Local Restaurants will provide a huge boost to the hospitality industry across the country, highlighting those who often miss the spotlight whilst providing an excellent and vital service to their community.

Kate Nicholls, CEO of UKHospitality said of the awards; “Local restaurants are so often the heartbeat of communities; providing jobs, generating economic growth and, most importantly, providing fantastic food. It’s brilliant to see such huge support from the public for their local restaurants and is deserved recognition of their hard work. This sort of support is invaluable as venues face ever-rising costs and is essential in keeping valued businesses viable.”

Thom Hetherington, Co-founder of the Northern Bar and Restaurant Show said; “The Good Food Guide was a revelation to me as a fledgling foodie 25 years ago, and its authority and independence is as crucial to today’s diners as ever - not just highlighting big names, but shining a light on the sometimes hidden restaurant gems that locals love and others need to know about.”

The list was released at 1pm on Friday 7th July. It is now available to read here at 1pm on Friday 7th July.

The full list of restaurants can be found below, together with their Best Local Restaurant region. Regional winners are highlighted in bold type;

Central & East of England

Tropea, West Midlands

Watson and Walpole, Suffolk

Chapter, West Midlands

Brix & Bones, Norfolk

Stiffkey Red Lion, Norfolk

Fancett's Bistro, Cambridgeshire

The Kilpeck Inn, Herefordshire

Hitchen's Barn, Rutland

Lark, Suffolk

The Silver Cup, Hertfordshire


Les 2 Garçons, London

Copper & Ink, London

Sam's Riverside, London

The Holland, London

Giulia, London

Akub Restaurant, London

Hawthorn, London

Church Road, London

North East

Homestead Kitchen, North Yorkshire

The Hispanist, East Yorkshire

Hearth, East Yorkshire

Ophelia, Tyne & Wear

Coin, West Yorkshire

Brooks, West Yorkshire

Long Friday, Tyne & Wear

The Orange Bird, South Yorkshire

Bantam, North Yorkshire

Hinnies, Tyne & Wear

Tonco, South Yorkshire

Hern, West Yorkshire

The Kirkstyle Inn and Sportsman's Rest, Northumberland

North West

The Spärrows, Greater Manchester

Four & Twenty, Cumbria

Belzan, Merseyside

10 Tib Lane, Greater Manchester

The Yan, Cumbria

Edinburgh Castle, Greater Manchester

Another Hand, Greater Manchester

Covino, Cheshire

Parkers Arms, Lancashire

Bombay to Mumbai, Greater Manchester

The Nag's Head, Cheshire

The White Horse, Cheshire

Lily's Vegetarian Indian Cuisine, Greater Manchester

Kysty, Cumbria

Higher Ground, Greater Manchester


The Kinneuchar Inn, Fife

The Loveable Rogue, Strathclyde

Celentano's, Strathclyd

Bar Brett, Strathclyde

Eighty Eight, Strathclyde

The Palmerston, Lothians

L'Escargot Bleu, Lothians

Ga Ga Kitchen & Bar, Strathclyde


Eusebi Deli, Strathclyde

The Oystercatcher, Argyll & Bute

The Dory Bistro, Fife

The Galleon Bistro, Highlands & Islands

KORA by Tom Kitchin, Lothians

The Bothy, Moray

South East

Tallow, Kent - (Overall winner)

Seasonality, Berkshire (South East regional winner)

The Greyhound, Buckinghamshire

The Dew Drop Inn, Berkshire

Samphire, Kent

Five Little Pigs, Oxfordshire

Quince, Kent

The Victoria Oxshott, Surrey

The Pilgrim, Buckinghamshire

Palmito, East Sussex

The Purefoy Arms, Hampshire

Pompette, Oxfordshire

The Folkestone Wine Company, Kent

The Goods Shed, Kent

Fourth and Church, East Sussex

South West

Wild Artichokes, Devon

Sonny Stores, Bristol

Pythouse Kitchen Garden, Wiltshire

The Greenhouse, Cornwall

Art Sushi, Dorset

Bank, Bristol

Little Hollows Pasta, Bristol

The Cotley Inn, Somerset

Iford Manor Cafe & Kitchen, Wiltshire

Caper and Cure, Bristol

Brassica, Dorset

Littlefrench, Bristol

The Rocket Store, Cornwall

Andria, Devon

Beckford Canteen, Somerset

The Exmoor Forest Inn, Somerset

The Halfway at Kineton, Gloucestershire


Rocket & Rye, Glamorgan

Y Polyn, Carmarthenshire

The Warren, Carmarthenshire

Heathcock, Glamorgan

Paternoster Farm, Pembrokeshire

The Black Bear Inn, Monmouthshire

Yr Hen Printworks, Ceredigion



Additional images and quotes from regional winners are available on request.


The Good Food Guide was first compiled by Raymond Postgate in 1951. Appalled by the British post-war dining experience, Postgate recruited an army of volunteers to inspect restaurants anonymously and report back. His aims were simple; among them, ‘to raise the standard of cooking in Britain’ and ‘to do ourselves all a bit of good by making our holidays, travels and evenings out in due course more enjoyable’.

Much has changed since the very first edition of The Good Food Guide but the ethos of the the original book remains firmly in place. The Guide is about empowering diners, helping readers to find the very best places to eat and encouraging restaurants to offer the best possible food, service and experience.

Acquired by CODE Hospitality in 2021, The Good Food Guide is now a fully digital publication (desktop and app) featuring over 900 restaurants, pubs, cafes and wine bars across Britain. All reviews are conducted anonymously by a network of 30 inspectors and paid for in full. No establishment can buy their way into the Guide and the publication is one of the most trusted sources of where to eat well in Britain. Diners can pay for access to the Guide monthly or annually.




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