The Good Food Guide Awards

Shortlist revealed for The Good Food Guide Awards 2024
Published 10 January 2024

Breaking away from ranked lists, The Good Food Guide Awards 2024 take in the extraordinary diversity and sheer brilliance of dining out today in Britain. Every one of our Exceptional and World Class restaurants is groundbreaking, but those on our shortlist of seven awards deserve to be recognised for their singular dedication to their craft and their unique take on hospitality.

Best New Restaurant

In a year of high-profile openings, these frontrunners have wowed the GFG editors and GFG readers with their innovative, imaginative seasonal menus and by offering good a la carte choice. Only the impressive Myse flies the flag for tasting menus. All are taking a credible part in pushing modern British dining forward.

Dorian, London

Higher Ground, Manchester

Lark, Suffolk

Mountain, London

Mýse, North Yorkshire

Noble Rot Mayfair, London

The Abbey Inn, North Yorkshire

Best Front Row Seat

This year, the best front row seats are all found in London. Rather than a chef’s table tucked into a restaurant, our shortlist is devoted to intimate counter dining experiences shaped by direct interaction with the chef in the style of a sushi or tapas bar. All of these places have upped the stakes to a new level of comfort and style of delivery.

Aulis London, London

Barrafina Dean Street, London

Behind, London

Harrods Dining Hall, London

The Sea, The Sea Chef’s Table, London

Best Farm to Table Restaurant

These days, the most innovative restaurants have a strong connection with where their produce comes from. These nominees are, in our opinion, at the top of their game. They have taken things a step further, embedding farming in their restaurant operations with one big benefit: their customers get a deeper understanding of seasonality and freshness.

Coombeshead Farm, Cornwall

Crocadon, Cornwall

Osip, Somerset

Our Farm, Cumbria

The Goods Shed, Kent

The Small Holding, Kent

Drinks List of the Year

If only all drinks lists looked this good. This highly competitive shortlist has one thing in common: their menus are all designed to encourage adventurous drinking. From superbly curated cellars that major in mature vintages to impeccably chosen listings of contemporary wines.

Allium at Askham Hall, Cumbria

Furna, Brighton

Noble Rot, London

The Kitchin, Edinburgh

Chef to Watch

The Good Food Guide’s long-running Chef to Watch award has always recognised young chefs for the confidence and clarity of their cooking - Gareth Ward and Peter Sanchez-Iglesias are notable alumni. This year’s shortlist reflects the concentration of top talent in small, independent neighbourhood restaurants. Each chef has their own distinctive style which is much appreciated by loyal regulars.

James Carn - Lark, Suffolk

Max Coen - Dorian, London

Kasia Piątkowska - Tropea, Birmingham

Rob Sachdev - Upstairs at Landrace, Bath

Wesley Smalley - Seasonality, Maidenhead

Jamie Smart - Cadet, London

Restaurant of the Year

From the old guard to the new, these restaurants have pulled to the front of an exceptional pack through constantly forging ahead and relentlessly inventing, whether it’s headline-grabbing DJs and disco balls or simply pushing ingredients to extract maximum flavour and interest.

L’Enclume, Cumbria

Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, Oxfordshire

Pine, Northumberland

The Sportsman, Kent

Ynyshir, Wales

Most Exciting Food Destination

In 2022, the title of Most Exciting Food Destination was awarded to Birmingham, a city well served by unique and frequently exceptional restaurants right across the price range. This year, we’re excited to highlight a spot that is quietly booming with destination worthy dining, beautiful landscapes and a rich larder for its chefs to draw upon.

All winners will be announced at The Good Food Guide Awards on Tuesday 30th January, alongside the restaurants that have achieved a rating of Exceptional or World Class for 2024.