Chef Simon Rogan’s farm-to-table restaurant L’Enclume set in a medieval village in the bucolic English countryside has been named the best restaurant in the UK.
Editors of “The Good Food Guide” gave the restaurant in The Lake District’s Cartmel top honors in the 2014 edition of the restaurant review guide for using fresh, seasonal and organic ingredients plucked straight from its own six-acre farm.
“Rogan rightfully takes his place as leader of the pack when it comes to modern British cooking,” said consultant editor Elizabeth Carter in a statement.
“His fantastic way with seasonal ingredients from the Cumbrian land and coast brings dishes that are a joyful celebration of this county’s magnificent diversity. L’Enclume is truly deserving of the #1 spot.’
Since opening in 2002, the restaurant has earned two Michelin stars. Tasting menus change every day and hinge on the farm’s fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers which are harvested just hours before service to maintain as close a link as possible with the earth. The country inn also has 18 rooms.
The 2014 edition is the first released under the guide’s new publisher Waitrose, the upmarket grocery chain in the UK which took over the reins of the 63-year-old publication this year.
Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck, which has maintained a perfect 10 out of 10 score for the last six consecutive years, came in at a close second behind L’Enclume.
The top 10 list, meanwhile, remains relatively unchanged from last year, with addresses such as Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, Restaurant Sat Bains, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, Pollen Street Social, Hibiscus, The Square, The Ledbury and Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons all making the cut.
Copies of “The Good Food Guide 2014” will be made available in Waitrose shops and can also be purchased on Amazon.co.uk. The book retails for £18 (about US$28).