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Simon Rogan’s L’Enclume Returns to Good Food Guide Top Spot

Simon Rogan’s L’Enclume in Cartmel, Cumbria, has returned to the number one spot in the Good Food Guide’s Top 50 for its 2020 edition.

L’Enclume last headed the list in the 2017 edition of the guide, produced by supermarket firm Waitrose & Partners, but its four-year run was ended by Restaurant Nathan Outlaw in 2018. Restaurant Nathan Outlaw then retained the accolade again in the 2019 edition released last year.

Now L’Enclume has returned to the top, scoring 10/10 in the Guide, with Core by Clare Smyth in London in second place. Northern Irish chef Smyth opened Core in 2017, having served as chef patron of the three Michelin starred Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in London’s Chelsea between 2012 and 2016.

Restaurant Nathan Outlaw has moved to third place, still with a score of 10/10.

Elizabeth Carter, editor of the Good Food Guide, said: “There was very strong competition among the top-scoring restaurants this year, but there was no ignoring the fact that L’Enclume is a really extraordinary restaurant, once again topping the bill after a two-year sojourn in second place. It dazzles; not with glitter-ball ritz and razzmatazz, but with the understated glow that comes from being indisputably world class.”

Reacting to the news, Rogan said: “I couldn’t be happier with the news that L’Enclume has returned to the number one spot in The Good Food Guide. It is a huge achievement which we have worked exceedingly hard towards, and I am very proud of my team who have made it possible. I am privileged to work alongside such talented individuals, and making the number one spot again has only fuelled our collective determination to get better and better.”

There was one new entry into the top 10 – Moor Hall in Lancashire, which moved up from 11th place to 5th, scoring 9/10. Carter said: “It’s been a delight to watch Mark Birchall of Moor Hall making his way through the Guide’s ratings at such an electric pace, achieving a cooking score of nine. Moor Hall is, without doubt, one of the hottest restaurants in the UK.”

  1. The Top 50 in the 2020 edition of the Good Food Guide: (score out of 10 in brackets)

    L’Enclume, Cumbria (10)

  2. Core by Clare Smyth, London (10)
  3. Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, Cornwall (10)
  4. Ynyshir, Powys (9)
  5. Moor Hall, Lancashire (9)
  6. Claude Bosi at Bibendum, London (9)
  7. Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, London (9)
  8. Restaurant Sat Bains, Nottingham (9)
  9. Casamia, Bristol (9)
  10. Pollen Street Social, London (9)
  11. Adam Reid at The French, Manchester (8)
  12. Restaurant Story, London (8)
  13. The Raby Hunt, County Durham (8)
  14. Restaurant Andrew Fairlie, Tayside (8)
  15. The Greenhouse, London (8)
  16. The Ledbury, London (8)
  17. Marcus, London (8)
  18. The Fat Duck, Berkshire (8)
  19. Roganic, London (8)
  20. Fraiche, Merseyside (8)
  21. Bohemia, Jersey (8)
  22. Midsummer House, Cambridgeshire (8)
  23. The Peat Inn, Fife (8)
  24. Le Champignon Sauvage, Gloucestershire (8)
  25. The Kitchin, Edinburgh (7)
  26. Lake Road Kitchen, Cumbria (7)
  27. Forest Side, Cumbria (7)
  28. Orwells, Oxfordshire (7)
  29. A. Wong, London (7)
  30. Whatley Manor, The Dining Room, Wiltshire (7)
  31. Trinity, London (7) New
  32. Matt Worswick at the Latymer, Surrey (7)
  33. Inver, Argyll & Bute (7) New
  34. The Black Swan, Yorkshire (7) New
  35. Restaurant James Sommerin, Glamorgan (7)
  36. Winteringham Fields, Lincolnshire (7) New
  37. The Sportsman, Kent (7)
  38. The Whitebrook, Monmouthshire (7)
  39. The Man Behind The Curtain, Leeds (7) New
  40. Paul Ainsworth, Cornwall (7) New
  41. Alchemilla, Nottingham (7) New
  42. Wilks, Bristol (7) New
  43. Cail Bruich, Glasgow (7) New
  44. Where The Light Gets In, Greater Manchester (7) New
  45. Sosban & The Old Butcher’s, Anglesey (7) New
  46. Restaurant Martin Wishart, Edinburgh (7)
  47. Le Gavroche, London (7)
  48. Artichoke, Buckinghamshire (7)
  49. Adam’s, Birmingham (7)
  50. Castle Terrace, Edinburgh (7)


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