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This legendary restaurant has just been named the best in the UK

Food guide Harden’s has just dropped its annual ranking of the country’s finest places to eat

Written by
Caroline Whiteley

Looking for an extraordinary dining experience? Well, we’ve got just the trick. An annual ranking of the UK’s greatest restaurants has just been released – and the number-one spot looks well worth the schlep.

Andrew Fairlie, the world-renowned restaurant at The Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland, just claimed the top spot on food guide Harden’s annual ranking of the country’s best places to eat.

The only restaurant in Scotland with two Michelin stars was praised for its luxurious ingredients, masterful preparation and knowledgeable staff. The guide described it as ‘a memory to be treasured’ and lauded its ‘impeccable skill and creativity’.

Head chef Stephen McLaughlin, who has been at the helm of the restaurant since its founder Andrew Fairlie passed away in early 2019, said his team remains committed to maintaining ‘his incredible legacy’.

Several London establishments also made the Harden’s list. Evelyn’s Table, a snug 12-seater in Soho, came second, and others that ranked highly were Endo Kazutoshi’s exclusive spot in the rotunda of the former BBC Television Centre, and Notting Hill restaurant Core, run by three-Michelin-star chef Clare Smyth.

In Cornwall, fine-dining fans are apparently spoiled for choice: the county had the most entries in the top 500 overall. You can check out the full list here.

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