Only two Manchester restaurants make the UK Top 100 at National Restaurant Awards 2023

Fifteen restaurants in the North of England have been honoured with just one in Liverpool and Leeds and two in Manchester

By Kelly Bishop | 13 June 2023

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Ynyshir in Wales was once again crowned best restaurant in the UK at the Estrella Damm National Restaurant Awards this year. Moor Hall in Ormskirk came second and was given the kudos of best restaurant in England. 

The awards are overseen by Restaurant magazine (formerly Big Hospitality) and are seen as a reliable barometer of hot kitchens UK-wide. Only 15 of the Top 100 are in the North of England with the highest entry after Moor Hall being Pine in Northumberland.

Higher Ground shot straight into the list at 51. Image: Manchester’s Finest

While Manchester restaurants Higher Ground and Climat were both nominated for the best new opening category, that gong was taken home by Bouchon Racine in London. 

However, Higher Ground was the highest rated Manchester restaurant on the whole list, hotfooting it in after barely six months in business at number 51. That’s 20 places higher than the Michelin starred mana, which is the second highest Manchester restaurant at number 71. No other Manchester restaurants made the list – which might come as a surprise to fans of Climat and the many other fantastic Manchester restaurants.

Higher Ground is the second restaurant from Joseph Otway, Richard Cossins and Daniel Craig Martin who also run Flawd at Islington Marina. Its true nose to tail menu punctuated by lush produce from their own Cinderwood Market Garden has been impressing critics and diners ever since it opened. Its place on this list is well deserved sitting alongside the likes of Brat, Kiln and St John.

The Awards said the following about Higher Ground: “Impeccable sourcing, creative cooking and low intervention wines come together at this modern and thoughtful Manchester bistro.”

They had this to say about mana: “Simon Martin’s high-reaching restaurant won Manchester its first Michelin star in 42 years, and with good reason.”

Simon Martin’s Mana is at 71 in the list. Image: Mana

Kenny Atkinson from Newcastle’s House of Tides was awarded Chef of the Year while Parkers Arms in Newton in Bowland – still on a high after being named the UK’s number one Gastropub at the Top 50 Gastropub awards – took home the award for Gastropub of the Year. 

The list of National Restaurant Awards 2023 winners in full is below

(North of England restaurants are highlighted in bold) 

1 Ynyshir

2 Moor Hall

3. Daterra

4. The Ledbury

5. Bouchon Racine

6. Restaurant Pine Northumberland

7. The Ritz

8. Core by Clare Smyth

9. Frog by Adam Handling

10. Kol

11. Kitchen Table

12. The Parkers Arms

13. Sabor

14. Alex Dilling at Hotel Café Royal

15. The Sportsman Kent

16. Claude Bosi at Bibendum

17. Solstice by Kenny Atkinson

18. A Wong

19. Brat

20. Kiln Soho

21. Ikoyi

22. Alchemilla 

23. House of Tides

24. Ospi

25. Roots York

26. Fallow

27. Angel at Hetton

28. Seahorse Dartmouth

29. Bibi

30. L’Enclume

31. French House Soho

32. Noble Rot Soho

33. Paul Ainsworth at No 6 Padstow

34. Trinity Clapham

35. The Clove CLub

36. The Glenturret Lalique

37. The Fordwich Arms

38. Endo at the Rotunda

39. Benares

40. Sola Soho

41. The Palmerston

42. Chez Bruce

43. Maison Francois

44. The Black Swan at Oldstead

45. Quality Chop

46. Dorian Notting Hill

47. Hide

48. Luca

49. Allegra

50. Humble Chicken

51. Higher Ground

52. The Man Behind the Curtain 

53. Opheem

54. Brawn

55. Wilson’s Bristol

56. Launceston Place

57. The Speedboat

58. 40 Maltby Street

59. Restaurant Gordon Ramsay

60. The Forest Side

61. Cafe Cecilia

62. Angelas of Margate

63. Hjem

64. Humo

65. Restaurant Sat Bains

66. The Smoking Goat 

67. Apricity

68. Northcote

69. Manteca

70. Rochelle Canteen

71. Mana

72.Session Arts Club

73. Singburi

74. St John

75. Grace and Savour

76. River Cafe

77. The Unruly Pig

78. Updown Farmhouse

79. The Ox, Belfast

80. Inver

81. Aizle

82. The Raby Hunt

83. Quo Vadis

84. Carters of Moseley

85. LIsboeta

86. Lyle’s

87. Mangal 2

88. Restaurant 22 Cambridge 

89. Etch

90. Strakers

91. Upstairs by Tom Shepherd

92. Joro

93. The Kitchin

94. Frenchie

95. Dew Drop Hurley

96. SY23

97. The Pem

98.The Tamil Prince

99. Cafe Deco Bloomsbury

100. Manifest Liverpool