Chiltern Firehouse, London

©Jami e Orlando Smith

‘The forecourt, home for many years to fire engines, is now an elegant garden’

The interiors of Restaurant Mark Greenaway
©Mark Greenaway

Restaurant Mark, Café St Honoré , The Scran & Scallie, Edinburgh

‘Too many of those wonderful ingredients ended up in French or Italian kitchens. Not today’

Duddell’s private dining room

The Boss, Duddell’s, Hong Kong

‘I became aware that it takes more than scurrying waiters to generate a good night out’

The interiors of Marchants Tavern
©Patricia Niven

Courses for courses

‘Do not assume that your waiter or waitress is a mind reader’

The Lockhart
©Patricia Niven

The Lockhart, London

‘It may be a long way from the Deep South but there’s certainly some southern warmth on offer’

Shiori restaurant, London
©Charlie Bibby

Shiori, London

‘A kaiseki chef strives every day to excel; every dish must be seasonal and stylishly presented’

An image of a young waiter holding food orders and walking towards the dining area
©Jim Wileman

West Country, England

‘The cashier at Chesil Beach said, “You’re lucky. Last Wednesday that table’s legs were under water”’

Chef proprietor Michel Roux Jr at Le Gavroche, London
©Rick Pushinsky

Le Gavroche, London

‘Roux is taking the interest in private dining to a new level by creating a room for six’

Bibendum Restaurant and Oyster Bar
©Jamie Mcgregor Smith

Bibendum Restaurant and Oyster Bar, London

‘The menu continues to tread an enticing path between comfort food and French classics’

Café Murano’s full-menu counter

Café Murano, London

‘For the first time in its history, this dining room has an air of jollity about it and the potential to please’

Min Jiang, London

‘The meal itself provided much pleasure and the dining room has extraordinary views over Kensington Gardens’

La Taskita, El Burgado, Terrazas del Sauzal, Tenerife, Spain

‘Our bill was €110 for four, and the food and wine were as memorable as the setting’

Astrance, Fish la Boissonnerie, Paris

‘This was a meal that could not have felt more French – nor, at €230 for the tasting menu, more expensive’

Jackson + Rye, London

‘Andy Bassadone believes the most important thing to get right is value for money’

Pisacco, Dry, Ristorante Berton, Magna Pars, Al Pont de Ferr, Milan

‘This conservative city will host Expo Milano in 2015. New buildings and restaurants are springing up everywhere’

Clarke’s, London

‘Bathed in natural light, the new Garden Room is a particularly enticing space in which to eat’

Festive family treats

‘Just stopping and looking is a delight, walking on by a great test of inner strength’

Best restaurants 2013

A growing willingness among restaurateurs, chefs and investors to stir things up marked another good year

Mirror Room, Berners Tavern, London

‘After a good Saturday lunch there is the prospect of a siesta, free of that Sunday evening anxiety…’

Danji, Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria and Maysville in New York

‘I managed to eat at three restaurants, travelling in a mere 60 blocks from Korea to Italy to Kentucky’


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