Restaurant Gordon Ramsay tops list of London’s best

Restaurant Gordon Ramsay has risen to the top to be named the greatest restaurant in England’s capital city.
 
After four years at the top, The Ledbury has lost its crown on the All In London Ultimate Restaurant List 2016 and has dropped down to third place behind the celebrity Chef’s eponymous eatery.
 
The list praised Ramsay’s former Head Chef Clare Smyth for the restaurant’s rise to the top, although Smyth has since left the group to open her own venture.
 
Receiving the prize, Matt Abé, the restaurant’s new Head Chef, said: “We have an excellent team here working extremely hard at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, and we are all thrilled to have been awarded the Ultimate Restaurant Award. We always have, and will continue to focus on our guests, making sure they have a memorable experience that will stay with them for a long time.”
 
Taking second place on the list, which combines various local and global awards and accolades to ascertain a restaurant’s overall quality, was a brand new entry from Hopper - a restaurant and takeaway from the team behind Gymkhana and Trishna that serves dishes inspired by Sri Lanka and Tamil Nadu cuisine.
 
In fourth place was another relative newcomer with Sushi Tetsu taking a place among the elite London restaurants after entering the list for the first time last year.
 
Also scoring highly were big names such as Hibiscus (fifth), Le Gavroche (sixth) and Dinner By Heston Blumenthal (seventh) with the rest of the top ten consisting of Sketch (eighth), Lyle’s (ninth), and The Square (tenth).
 
Looking ahead, All In London’s tips for next year include Jason Atherton’s Japanese restaurant Sosharu, Tom Sellars' Ours, Robin Gill’s Paradise Garage, Greg Marchand’s Frenchie and Ben Murphy’s The Woodford.
 
The new restaurants will be looking to take advantage of the latest figures from the Visa UK Consumer Spending Index, showing that hotels, restaurant and bars saw an 8.9 per cent increase in spending in July, following a 3.4 per cent rise in June.
 
By Owen Mckeon
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