T’is the season to receive accolades, so the saying goes. Or at least it should be this autumn with the release of Michelin Guide Great Britain & Ireland, New York City, the AA Hospitality Awards and now The National Restaurant Awards which took place on Monday 7 October 2013 at London’s The Brewery. 

The night culminated in a series of celebrations and a few (subtle) commiserations, with Brett Graham’s two Michelin starred restaurant, The Ledbury, being knocked from first place – a position it has held in the annual awards for three consecutive years – by Marlow-based chef Tom Kerridge and his pub The Hand and Flowers, also two Michelin starred. It’s been a mind-blowing month for Kerridge who was also awarded the AA Chef’s Chef Award back in September and four AA rosettes. Elatedly, Tom and his wife Beth took to the stage at Monday’s awards to collect their accolade from guest chef Joan Roca of Spain’s El Cellar de Can Roca – the world’s best restaurant (San Pellegrino’s 50 Best Restaurants list) – who played host at the awards after visiting the 25th edition of The Restaurant Show earlier that the day. 

Now in its sixth year, Restaurant magazine’s National Restaurant Awards celebrates the 100 best places to eat out in the UK, voted by 150 industry experts. A few changes from last year’s awards included Brett Graham’s The Ledbury falling in the rankings by just one place, now sitting at second place and Jason Atherton’s Pollen Street Social also moving down the list to take third spot. With new restaurant concepts popping up all over London it came as no surprise that Jason appeared in the listings more than once. His latest London establishment, Social Eating House also featured on this year’s list at number 33 while Simon Rogan’s restaurant L’Enclume moved up seven places to number four. Like Tom, Simon has had several reasons to celebrate of late, being awarded 10 out of 10 in the 2014 Good Food Guide earlier in September. 

Additional accolades handed out throughout the course of the evening were given to Tom Kitchin’s The Kitchin which was named Best in Scotland; The Hardwick, Best in Wales; Shu, Best in Northern Ireland; 10 Greek Street, Best Wine List; Aiden Byrne’s Manchester House, One to Watch; Bruno Loubet’s Grain Store, Sustainable Restaurant of the Year. 

National Restaurant Awards 2013 list

1.    The Hand & Flowers - National Restaurant of the Year and Gastropub of the Year

2.    The Ledbury

3.    Pollen Street Social

4.    L'Enclume

5.    The Clove Club - Highest New Entry

6.    Restaurant Sat Bains

7.    The Sportsman - Chefs' Choice (Stephen Harris)

8.    The Square

9.    Grain Store - Sustainable Restaurant of the Year

10. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

11. Dabbous

12. The Fat Duck

13. The Kitchin - Best Restaurant in Scotland

14. Hedone

15. Bocca Di Lupo

16. Brasserie Chavot

17. Restaurant Andrew Fairlie

18. 10 Greek Street - Best Wine List

19. Le Gavroche

20. The Hardwick - Best Restaurant in Wales

21. Hibiscus

22. Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons

23. Quo Vadis

24. Restaurant Nathan Outlaw

25. Midsummer House

26. The Waterside Inn

27. The Quality Chop House

28. The Walnut Tree

29. HKK

30. L'Anima

31. The Seahorse Restaurant

32. Hawksmoor Air Street

33. Social Eating House

34. Chez Bruce

35. Paul Ainsworth at Number 6

36. The Elephant

37. Michael Wignall at The Latymer

38. Kitchen Table at Bubbledogs

39. Alyn Williams at The Westbury

40. Le Champignon Sauvage

41. Viajante

42. St John

43. Ondine

44. The River Café

45. The Royal Oak Paley Street

46. Barrafina

47. Polpo

48. Galvin La Chapelle

49. Zuma

50. The Chilli Pickle

51. Casamia

52. Koya

53. Bar Boulud

54. Timberyard

55. Zucca

56. Bistrot Bruno Loubet

57. The Pipe & Glass Inn

58. La Petite Maison

59. Locanda Locatelli

60. The Pig

61. Green Man & French Horn

62. Restaurant Gordon Ramsay

63. Jose

64. Arbutus

65. Tyddyn Llan

66. Bone Daddies

67. Loves Restaurant

68. Lima

69. Gidleigh Park

70. PittCue

71. Galvin At Windows

72. The Seafood Restaurant

73. Hix Soho

74. Restaurant Martin Wishart

75. Purnell's

76. Tom Aikens Restaurant

77. MeatLiquor

78. The Star at Harome

79. Balthazar

80. The Pass at South Lodge

81. Duck & Waffle

82. The Vineyard at Stockcross

83. Rocksalt

84. Drake's

85. Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester

86. Shu - Best Restaurant in N. Ireland

87. Hartnett Holder & Co

88. Hutong

89. Cinnamon Kitchen

90. Aumbry

91. Galvin Bistrot de Luxe

92. The Hinds Head

93. Goodman Mayfair

94. Hereford Road

95. Restaurant Story

96. Dinings

97. Newman Street Tavern

98. The Montagu Arms

99. Flinty Red

100. Roka

One To Watch (chosen by Restaurant magazine) - Manchester House.