Caines tops Hardens guide

Posted on News Mar 2012 - by Tandoori Editor
Caines tops Hardens guide

One-armed chef Michael Caines has shown once again that it is possible to succeed in the restaurant business 'single-handedly', as his Gidleigh Park was named best all-round restaurant in the latest edition of Harden’s dining guide.

The survey, which judges restaurants on food, service and ambience, named the Roux family's Waterside Inn in Bray as the next best on the list of establishments outside London. Topping the London-only category was La Gavroche closely followed by last year’s award-grabbing bright star The Ledbury.

The survey, compiled from the recommendations of 8,000 contributors submitting some 85,000 reports, is promoted as being a more comprehensive guide to the nation’s restaurant scene.

Commenting on the results, co-editor Peter Harden said, “It was widely feared that difficult ongoing economic conditions would throw the development of the UK’s restaurant scene into reverse. While it is true that the rest of the country is not proving as resilient as the capital, it does seem that the UK-wide trend towards improving restaurants, evident over the last 5-10 years, is too strong to be easily derailed.”

He continued, “While the restaurants which attract the very most survey commentary are ‘known and usual suspects’ – with no fewer than three of the top 20 in the village of Bray, Berkshire – it is heartening that the great majority (14) of the top 20 places that incited most survey commentary are not in southeast England.”

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