National Restaurant Awards 2024: The Ledbury named UK’s best restaurant

Brett Graham’s three-Michelin-starred restaurant first won the accolade from 2010 to 2012  (PA/Getty)
Brett Graham’s three-Michelin-starred restaurant first won the accolade from 2010 to 2012 (PA/Getty)

The Ledbury in Notting Hill has been crowned the UK’s best restaurant at the prestigious National Restaurant Awards (NRAs), reclaiming the top spot for the fourth time in its history. Chef Brett Graham’s three-Michelin-starred establishment first won the accolade consecutively from 2010 to 2012.

Held last night at Magazine London, the annual ceremony recognised the finest in the UK’s dining scene, with votes cast by over 200 top chefs, restaurateurs, food writers and critics. The Ledbury’s comeback is particularly noteworthy, having closed in 2020 before reopening in 2022 with a refreshed approach. Known for its precise and technically brilliant dishes, The Ledbury continues to offer an exceptional fine dining experience.

Stefan Chomka, editor of Restaurant magazine, which organises the awards, praised Graham’s leadership and the restaurant’s ethos, stating: “Brett Graham leads by example in the kitchen and is one of the hardest working chefs cooking at this level in the country. The Ledbury is revered for its produce-led dishes that arrive strikingly plated but also for the refreshing down-to-earth nature of its cooking, with the team always prioritising deliciousness over culinary showboating. It’s an outstanding restaurant, one that fully deserves to be recognised as the best in the UK.”

London dominated the awards, with 53 out of the top 100 restaurants located in the capital. Notable among these was Tomos Parry’s Mountain, which claimed the number two spot barely a year after its opening. Parry’s other venture, Brat, also made the list at number 47.

Other high-ranking London establishments include Bouchon Racine (4), Kiln (6), Da Terra (7), The Devonshire (9), and Ikoyi (10). The Devonshire, notable for being the first pub to win Opening of the Year, was also named Gastropub of the Year.

Outside London, Moor Hall in Lancashire secured the third spot, while last year’s winner, Ynyshir, dropped to fifth place. The awards also highlighted new entries like Claude Bosi’s Josephine Bouchon (24) and Brooklands (34), and Adejoké Bakare’s Chishuru (31), with Bakare winning Chef of the Year.

Michel Roux Jr was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award, recognising his contributions to the culinary landscape through Le Gavroche, which closed in January after 57 years of service. Other special awards included the Estrella Damm Sustainability Award for The Bull Inn in Totnes, Chef to Watch for Ayo Adeyemi of Akoko, and the Service Award for Stuart Raiston’s Lyla in Edinburgh.

The NRAs, organised by Restaurant magazine, celebrate the best in the UK’s dining industry, showcasing both established and emerging talents. This year’s awards highlighted the resilience and innovation within the industry, particularly in the wake of the challenges posed by the pandemic.

The top 100 restaurants in the UK 2024

  1. The Ledbury, London

  2. Mountain, London

  3. Moor Hall, Lancashire

  4. Bouchon Racine, London

  5. Ynyshir, Wales

  6. Kiln, London

  7. Da Terra, London

  8. Opheem, Birmingham

  9. The Devonshire, London

  10. Ikoyi, London

  11. The Glenturret Lalique, Scotland

  12. Restaurant Pine, Northumberland

  13. The Ritz, London

  14. Mana, Manchester

  15. Endo at the Rotunda, London

  16. Higher Ground, Manchester

  17. Myse, York

  18. Kitchen Table, London

  19. A Wong, London

  20. L’Enclume, Cumbria

  21. Dorian, London

  22. Paul Ainsworth at No.6, Padstow

  23. Akoko, London

  24. Josephine Bouchon, London

  25. Sabor, London

  26. Solstice, Newcastle Upon Tyne

  27. Kolae, London

  28. Lyla, Edinburgh

  29. The Sportsman, Kent

  30. Hjem, Northumberland

  31. Chishuru, London

  32. Core By Clare Smyth, London

  33. Trinity, London

  34. Brooklands by Claude Bosi, London

  35. BiBi, London

  36. Sollip, London

  37. The Angel at Hetton, North Yorkshire

  38. Woven by Adam Smith, Sunningdale

  39. SOLA, London

  40. Frog by Adam Handling, London

  41. The Black Swan at Oldstead, North Yorkshire

  42. Inver, Scotland

  43. Fallow, London

  44. Luca, London

  45. The Little Chartroom, Edinburgh

  46. Upstairs by Tom Shepherd, Sheffield

  47. Brat, London

  48. Cycene, London

  49. Kol, London

  50. Erst, Manchester

  51. Parkers Arms, Lancashire

  52. Solo, Aughton

  53. Morchella, London

  54. The French House, London

  55. Ugly Butterfly, St Ives

  56. The Unruly Pig, Woodbridge

  57. Heft, High Newton

  58. The Midland Grand Dining Room, London

  59. Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, London

  60. Lumiere, Cheltenham

  61. Crocadon Farm, St Mellion

  62. The Fordwich Arms, London

  63. Manteca, London

  64. Osip, Bruton, Somerset

  65. The Cedar Tree, Brampton

  66. Grace and Savour, West Midlands

  67. Annwn, Narbeth

  68. The Clove Club, London

  69. Restaurant Sat Bains, Nottingham

  70. Chez Bruce, London

  71. Singburi, London

  72. Wilson’s, Bristol

  73. Hide, London

  74. Northcote, Lancashire

  75. Forest Side, Grasmere, Ambleside

  76. Lyle’s, London

  77. St John, London

  78. Restaurant 22, Cambridge

  79. Lisboeta, London

  80. The Harwood Arms, London

  81. The Muddlers Club, Belfast

  82. Aulis by Simon Rogan, London

  83. Interlude, Horsham

  84. Manifest, Liverpool

  85. Maison François, London

  86. Le Manoir aux Quat Saisons, Oxfordshire

  87. Sune, London

  88. Smoking Goat, London

  89. Evelyn’s Table, London

  90. Trivet, London

  91. Etch, Hove, East Sussex

  92. The Grill by Tom Botoon, London

  93. Gymkhana, London

  94. The Palmerston, Edinburgh

  95. The Quality Chop House, London

  96. Updown Farmhouse, Deal

  97. Planque, London

  98. The Seahorse, Dartmouth, Devon

  99. Sette, London

  100. Camille, London

And the special awards were:

  • Chef of the Year: Adejoké Bakare (Chishuru)

  • Restaurateur of The Year: Joshua and Victoria Overington (Myse)

  • Opening of The Year: The Devonshire, London

  • Chef to Watch: Ayo Adeyemi (Akoko)

  • One to Watch: Skof, Manchester

  • The Sustainability Award: The Bull Inn, Totnes

  • Gastropub of the Year: The Devonshire, London

  • The Service Award: Lyla, Edinburgh

  • Wine List of the Year: Trivet, London

  • Cocktail list of the Year: The Dover, London

  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Michel Roux

For more on the awards, head over to the official site.