The best UK restaurants
October 2013 saw the release of the Michelin Red Guide for 2014 which rates restaurants in terms of their overall appeal. Only four restaurants in the UK achieved the acclaimed three star rating. Two of these, The Fat Duck and Waterside are to be found in the Thames side town of Bray. The other two, Restaurant Gordon Ramsey Chelsea and Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester are both located in London.
The Fat Duck
Opened 18 years ago by Heston Blumenthal The Fat Duck has a legendary reputation. Based on the chef’s love of exploring the science of cooking the menu is one full of fun and flavour. Blumenthal has explored the idea of, “Molecular Gastronomy” and famous dishes include snail porridge and bacon and egg ice cream. The tasting menu costs £195 per person.
Founded by the celebrated Roux family over 40 years ago today the Waterside is led by Alain Roux the son of Michel Senior. As you may expect the cuisine is unashamedly French. Alain is famous like his father for his desserts. The tasting menu of six courses costs £153 per person.
Restaurant Gordon Ramsey Chelsea
Established in 1998 by the world renowned Gordon Ramsey the restaurant gained it’s three stars in 2001 and has held them ever since. The Chef Patron Clare Smith MBE is the only female chef to hold three stars in the UK. Her food is based on elegant modern French cuisine. The menu prestige costs £135 per person.
Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester
Situated in the heart of Mayfair this restaurant found within the Dorchester Hotel provides a menu inspired by Alain Ducasse, a chef with more honours than almost any other chef. Executive chef Jocelyn Herland creates contemporary French cuisine. The lunch time tasting menu of seven courses costs £120.
For those looking for restaurants in the UK outside of the south east of England should look no further than L’Eclume in Cartmel, Cumbria Which has been voted best UK restaurant of 2014 by the Good Food Guide. This two star Michelin restaurant is the work of chef Simon Rogan and features local and seasonal produce. The dinner menu is priced at £120 per person