Best restaurant in Manchester is crowned at the British Restaurant Awards

By Ben Arnold | 8 September 2023

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The best restaurant in Manchester has been named at the fifth annual British Restaurant Awards.

20 Stories, known for its modern British menu, upscale cocktails and skyline views, beat competition from the likes of Adam Reid at The French, mana, Wood, Peter Street Kitchen and Ancoats favourite Esrt, and was crowned following a public vote.

Natasha Davies, senior marketing manager at D&D London, which owns 20 Stories, said: “Manchester’s restaurant scene is one of the fiercest in the country, so we are absolutely over the moon to have won this award.  

“The accolade is testament to the hard work and dedication of every one of our employees and we dedicate the trophy to them. 

“We’d like take this opportunity to thank those who voted for us and of course our valued customer base, many of whom have been with us since we started back in 2018. 

“It’s honestly a pleasure to work at such a landmark venue and the award will be taking pride of place behind our unique bar.” 

Daniel Scott, executive chef at 20 Stories, said: “It’s an honour to win this award, considering the calibre of restaurants that were alongside us.  

“The team of chefs at 20 Stories work incredibly hard to deliver such a high quality dining experience for our guests and we couldn’t be prouder to see this be recognised.” 

Here are all the nationwide winners in full:

Best New Restaurant 2023: Bleú Steakhouse

Best Chef 2023: Gordon Ramsay

Best Food Ordering Company 2023: UberEats

Best Luxury Restaurant 2023: Bocconcino, London

Restaurant of The Year 2023: 8 By Andrew Sheridan, Liverpool

Best Hospitality Team 2023: Thai Square Restaurant

Best Restaurant in Leicester 2023: Maurizio’s

Best Restaurant Chain 2023: Gaucho

Best Takeaway Restaurant 2023: Chamisse, London

Best Culinary Experience 2023: Happy Bar & Grill, London

Best Restaurant in Manchester 2023: 20 Stories

Best Restaurant in London 2023: Happy Bar & Grill – London

Best Restaurant in Liverpool 2023: 8 By Andrew Sheridan

Best Restaurant in Wales 2023: Heaney’s – Cardiff

Best Restaurant in Surrey 2023: Positano

Best Restaurant in Essex 2023: The Blue Strawberry Bistrot

Best Restaurant in Newcastle 2023: Victors Newcastle

Best Restaurant in Sheffield 2023: Carluccios

Best Restaurant in Bradford 2023: Café J’adore

Best Restaurant in Bristol 2023: Namak

Best Restaurant in Brighton 2023: The Salt Room Restaurant

Best Restaurant in Leeds 2023: Lala’s Restaurant

Best Restaurant in Birmingham 2023: Qavali

Best Restaurant in Southampton 2023: Figurati

Best Restaurant in Cambridge 2023: Mina Steakhouse

Best Young Chef 2023: Luke Selby

Best Bar 2023: Lab 22, Cardiff

Best International Cuisine 2023: Thai Square

Best Vegan-Friendly Restaurant 2023: Down the Hatch, Liverpool