YNYSHIR in WALES is named UK’s best restaurant at THE ESTRELLA DAMM NATIONAL RESTAURANT AWARDS announced on Monday 13th June 2022 at London’s Hurlingham Club.
A restaurant with rooms on the west coast of Wales has been named as the best in the UK at The Estrella Damm National Restaurant Awards 2022.
Located in a traditional country house hotel, Ynyshir is not what diners might first expect. Overseen by chef-patron Gareth Ward, this singular restaurant provides a culinary experience like no other – combining a thumping soundtrack with a succession of tiny plates of punchy, Japan-influenced cuisine cooked over fire.
Produce is largely sourced locally and much of it is aged in-house and the chefs serve dishes directly to the diners’ tables.
It is the first time in the award’s 16-year history that a restaurant outside of England has claimed the top spot.
Second place goes to Moor Hall in Lancashire, ranked number one restaurant for the past two years. Third place is London’s Brat restaurant in Shoreditch while The Ritz, also in London, is ranked at number four.
The highest new entry at number five and winner of the Opening of the Year goes to high-end Indian restaurant Bibi in London’s Mayfair.
This year’s list shows a dominance of the capital’s restaurant scene, with a total of 60 restaurants from London in the top 100 list and only three restaurants in the top 10 located outside of London.
Simon Rogan, chef-patron of L’Enclume in Cumbria, has been named this year’s Chef of the Year, while The Ritz restaurant takes home The Service Award. Staying with The Ritz, the restaurant’s head chef Spencer Metzger was also winner of the Chef to Watch award.
Restaurateur of the Year goes to Dan and Natasha Smith from The Fordwich Arms and The Bridge Arms, both in Kent.
Lifetime Achievement Award goes to Ruth Rogers, the chef-owner of London’s The River Café.
“Ruth Rogers is one of those rare professional chefs that transcend the world of cooking and give it a more human, personal element,” adds Chomka. The River Café celebrates its 35th birthday this year and has played a pivotal role in bringing London’s culinary scene up from the doldrums to what it is today. Its influence cannot be overstated.”
For the first time in the history of the Estrella Damm National Restaurant Awards, the public was asked to vote on their favourite restaurant in the UK. The inaugural Food Lovers Award goes to Beach House in Oxwich.
The Sustainability Award goes to Stockport restaurant Where The Light Gets In.
Juliane Caillouette-Noble, managing director of The Sustainable Restaurant Association, which judged the award, says: “Chef-patron Sam Buckley exemplifies the fantastic steps many restaurants are taking not only to source and serve the finest ingredients with minimal impact on the environment, but he is also going a big step further by bringing together farmers, their customers and the wider community to find solutions to some of the most serious issues in our food system.”
The Estrella Damm National Restaurant Awards is Restaurant by BigHospitality’s annual countdown of the top 100 restaurants in the UK as voted for by the UK’s leading chefs, restaurateurs and food writers.
Estrella Damm’s long-standing support of gastronomy and the wider hospitality industry is underpinned by a high quality, sustainable, and natural approach to its own brewing process – using only 100% natural and locally sourced ingredients and partnering with only local Mediterranean farmers. Estrella Damm takes inspiration from its collaborative production process to partner with the most exceptional and innovative chefs, restaurants, and gastropubs to raise the profile of quality beer and food pairing in the UK.
James Healey, UK Country Manager for Estrella Damm, says: “This year’s list includes a huge pool of incredible talent that deserve this recognition for being the best in the UK. Estrella Damm has always been proud to support the hospitality industry, sponsoring these awards and the sustainability award. As the beer of Barcelona, we are honoured to share our passion for brewing with the best restaurants in the UK, who also have a devotion to quality and taste. We hope this list encourages everyone to get out and support the top restaurants while celebrating the success of the industry.”
The Full List of Awards:
- Estrella Damm National Restaurant of the Year: Ynyshir
- Best Restaurant in England: Moor Hall
- Best Restaurant in Northern Ireland: Ox
- Best Restaurant in Wales: Ynyshir
- Best Restaurant in Scotland: Inver
- Chef of the Year, sponsored by Ritter Courivaud: Simon Rogan, Umbel Restaurant Group
- Restaurateur of the Year, sponsored by Entegra: Dan and Natasha Smith, The Fordwich Arms and The Bridge Arms
- Chef to Watch, sponsored by Belazu Ingredient Co.: Spencer Metzger
- Opening of the Year, sponsored by OpenTable: BiBi
- One to Watch, sponsored by Woods Foodservice: Lisboeta
- The Sustainability Award, sponsored by Estrella Damm: Where The Light Gets In
- Gastropub of the Year, sponsored by Estrella Damm: The Angel at Hetton
- The Service Award, sponsored by Liberty Wines and Rathfinny Wine Estate: The Ritz
- Wine List of the Year, sponsored by Bibendum Wine: Noble Rot Soho
- Cocktail List of the Year, sponsored by Tito’s Handmade Vodka: KOL
- Food Lovers Award: The Beach House Restaurant, Oxwich
- Lifetime Achievement Award: Ruth Rogers, The River Café.
The full list of winners at the National Restaurant Awards:
- Moor Hall
- The Ritz
- The Ledbury
- A Wong
- Core by Clare Smyth
- The Angel at Hetton
- House of Tides
- The Fordwich Arms
- Da Terra
- Noble Rot Soho
- The River Café
- Tony Parkin at the Tudor Room
- Kitchen Table
- Claude Bosi at Bibendum
- Sessions Arts Club
- St John
- The Black Swan at Oldstead
- Chez Bruce
- Restaurant Story
- Mangal 2
- Restaurant Gordon Ramsay
- 40 Maltby Street
- Restaurant Sat Bains
- The French House
- The Guinea Grill
- Frog by Adam Handling
- Parker’s Arms
- Pollen Street Social
- The Sportsman
- Maison François
- Native at Browns
- Evelyn’s Table
- The Clove Club
- The Seahorse
- Elystan Street
- Trattoria Brutto
- The Man Behind the Curtain
- Hélène Darroze at The Connaught
- Midsummer House
- The Bridge Arms
- The Grill at The Dorchester
- Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill
- Raby Hunt
- The Quality Chop House
- Rochelle Canteen
- Café Deco
- Paul Ainsworth At No.6
- Carter’s of Mosley
- Cottage in the Woods
- The Old Stamp House
- The Little Chartroom
- Le Cochon Aveugle
- The Palmerston
- La Dame de Pi
- Endo at the Rotunda