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17 Aug 2017

The Good Food Guide 2018 reveals its best restaurants in South West

Good Food Guide 2018 - Nathan Outlaw, GFG No.1, Restaurant Nathan Outlaw - photo credit Kate Whitaker

The Good Food Guide has announced its top restaurants and award winners today.  Alongside the finest dining establishments in the country, the guide, owned by Waitrose, celebrates quality eateries and discoveries in local areas. For the South West this includes the number one restaurant in the UK, seven restaurants in the Top 50, with two of these in the Top 10, and 15 new entries to the guide. Bristol is also host to the highest number of new entries of any city outside of London.

The Good Food Guide is compiled by combining reader feedback on restaurants up and down the country with anonymous inspections by a team of industry experts.

Best restaurant in the South West

Restaurants from across the region that have made it into the 'UK’s Top 50 Restaurants' have been unveiled, with the top-scoring eatery in the South West also being announced as the number one restaurant in the UK. 

Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, situated in the picturesque village of Port Isaac, Cornwall has been awarded the top spot by The Good Food Guide, with a cooking score of 10. This is the second year in a row the restaurant has been given a ‘perfect 10’, with the restaurant reaching no.2 in last year’s guide. 

The Good Food Guide has awarded the restaurant top billing thanks to its “air of individuality and modesty” where “Cornish seafood remains paramount”. It notes that “Mr Outlaw’s food is characterised by absolute freshness of ingredients and by a clear sense of purpose - he follows no fads, copies no recipes, joins no schools.”

Nathan Outlaw comments, “I’m absolutely over the moon to hear that Restaurant Nathan Outlaw has made it to the top spot in The Good Food Guide 2018. We’ve always been proud to have a place in the listings, but to hear that Restaurant Nathan Outlaw has made it to No 1 is phenomenal.  I’d say the award has come due to the hard work and dedication of our team who have now been working together for a decade.  It just goes to show that if you stay true to yourself, get your head down, look after your customers and use the very best ingredients available to you, you’ll make it to the top. It was great to be scored 10/10 for cooking, but now to be placed at the no.1 spot in the eyes of the Waitrose Good Food Guide and their readers makes me extremely proud.”

The Good Food Guide Editor Elizabeth Carter praises Nathan Outlaw’s seafood restaurant, saying, “It may seem a little odd that Britain’s best restaurant is the most modest: with no car park, reception desk or bar it’s the antithesis of a grand restaurant. Yet it is, in fact, the whole package, from the cooking that seems like an essay on the sea’s varied yield, to the relaxed dining room and impeccable service. 

“Nathan Outlaw has done an enormous amount to educate and encourage the public appetite for fish, driven by his supply of impeccably fine ingredients, and a special talent for creating unique and thrilling fish dishes. Moreover, nobody seems to leave Nathan Outlaw’s service – they just go and work in another one of his restaurants. They obviously think he’s a pretty good boss as well as a fine chef.” 

Editors’ Awards

The Good Food Guide has announced that its Editors’ Award for Chef of the Year has been awarded to Peter Sanchez-Iglesias, who received a cooking score of 8 at restaurant Casamia in Bristol and climbed from no.27 last year to make it to no.10 in this year’s guide.

Elizabeth Carter says of Peter Sanchez-Iglesias, “It seems fitting that such a vibrant foodie hotspot as Bristol should supply our latest chef of the year, though Peter Sanchez Iglesias is no stranger to Good Food Guide awards. With his brother Jonray, Peter picked up Best Up and Coming Chef(s) award in 2008 and they were joint Chef(s) of the Year in 2015, winning the award shortly before Jonray’s tragic death at the age of 32. 

“Now solo in the kitchen, Peter has emerged as a serious reputation maker in his own right – you could say against all odds – and the new look Casamia has won all our hearts. There is nothing complacent about this ultra smooth-running operation, care and attention to detail are second to none, from the thrilling food to the staff who look genuinely pleased to see you.”

Commenting on his award, Peter Sanchez-Iglesias says, "The Good Food Guide is a British food institution. The year Jonray and I achieved this award was undoubtedly a highlight of our career together. When Elizabeth Carter phoned to tell me the incredible news, I was shocked. The team at Casamia has achieved so much since relocating to new premises back in January 2016. Everything we do we believe in 100%. The dedication and time commitment by the team is truly reflected in this incredible award. It has been a tough two years but I am so thankful to have such amazing people around me. I believe this award will fuel me and the team to achieve our full potential and presents the opportunity for more people to hear about a little restaurant in Bristol that defied all odds.”

Restaurants in the South West appearing in The Good Food Guide’s Top 50

The Top 50 recognises the very best talent in the UK; a place on the list represents a huge achievement, with each position earned by its score in The Good Food Guide, editor appraisal and strength of reader feedback.

Other notably high scoring restaurants in the region also featuring in the Top 50, alongside Restaurant Nathan Outlaw and Casamia, include:

• Bohemia in St Helier, Jersey, no.11 with a cooking score of 8

• Le Champignon Sauvage in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, no.16 with a cooking score of 8

• Paul Ainsworth at No. 6 in Padstow, Cornwall, no.32 with a cooking score of 7

• Whatley Manor, The Dining Room in Easton Grey, Wiltshire, no.38 with a cooking score of 7

• Gidleigh Park in Chagford, Devon, no.45 with a cooking score of 7

Unusual eateries in the South West

• Box-E, Bristol: Housed in two converted shipping containers, since it opened in October 2016 Box-E has become one of Bristol's hottest new restaurants.

• Hart's Bakery, Bristol: Located in a converted railway arch beneath Bristol's Temple Meads railway station, the fact that it’s hidden from view only adds to its reputation as the city's busiest foodie hub.

• Coombeshead Farm, Lewannick: part-owned by celebrity chef April Bloomfield, this 18th Century farmstead takes a  farm-to-table, sustainable approach: diners share a communal table for 12 to dine on ‘waste’ ingredients – potato skin, lard, turnip tops, weeds, whey – all backed up by the in-house curing of pork and excellent, organically reared meats.

• In Devon you'll find Ode & Co in a posh holiday park above the sea on the Teign Estuary. Run by husband and wife team Tim and Clare Bouget, this eatery has a real focus on local ingredients, with their pizzas cooked in a recycled oven and made with organic Devon flour, topped with local cheese. The GFG has celebrated fine food in a holiday park before. The Marram Grass Cafe found on a caravan site in Anglesey, was featured two years ago. 

New Entries

The South West boasts 15 new entries in this year’s Good Food Guide, which are:

• Coombeshead Farm in Lewannick, Cornwall

• Lympstone Manor in Lympstone, Devon

• Ode & Co. in Shaldon, Devon

• The Old Library in Ashburton, Devon

• Urban Reef in Boscombe, Dorset

• Box-E in Bristol, Gloucestershire & Bristol

• Hart's Bakery in Bristol, Gloucestershire & Bristol

• Paco Tapas in Bristol, Gloucestershire & Bristol

• Pasta Loco in Bristol, Gloucestershire & Bristol

• Pi Shop in Bristol, Gloucestershire & Bristol

• Tare in Bristol, Gloucestershire & Bristol

• The Churchill Arms in Paxford, Gloucestershire & Bristol

• Chez Dominique in Bath, Somerset

• Grey's Brasserie in Easton Grey, Wiltshire

• Koj in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire & Bristol

Notes to Editors

The Good Food Guide is published by Waitrose on 4 September.  The 2018 edition is the fifth GFG to be published by the supermarket. RRP £17.99. 



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