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5 Scottish restaurants among best in the UK in national awards

The 2023 Estrella Damm National Restaurant Awards winners have been announced, and five are in Scotland.

Published: June 13, 2023
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The winners of the 2023 Estrella Damm National Restaurant Awards were announced on Monday 12 June at a ceremony held at The Hurlingham Club in London by Restaurant.

The Estrella Damm National Restaurant Awards is Restaurant’s annual countdown of the top 100 restaurants in the UK as voted for by some of the UK’s leading chefs, restaurateurs and food writers.

James Healey, UK head of on-trade for Estrella Damm, ’the beer of Barcelona’, says: “Estrella Damm has always been proud to support the National Restaurant Awards and each year we are amazed at the array of incredible talent, who are all fully deserving of this recognition of being the very best in the UK.

"We are honoured to share our passion for brewing with the best restaurants in the UK, who also clearly share our devotion to quality and taste in all that they do.

"We hope this list encourages everyone to get out and support each and every one of these restaurants and join us in celebrating the success of the industry.”

The number one restaurant in the UK, according to the awards, is Ynyshir in Wales.

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Inver Restaurant

As in 2022, second place went to Moor Hall in Lancashire, while third place was awarded to Da Terra in east London, with a climb of eighteen places.

This year’s list shows the return of London's dominance in the restaurant scene, with a total of 54 restaurants from London in the top 100 list and only three in the top 10 located outside of the English capital.

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Estrella Damm National Restaurant Awards winners in Scotland

Five of the top 100 were in Scotland, and these are: The Glenturret Lalique at number 36, The Palmerston in Edinburgh at number 41, Inver at 80, Aizle in Edinburgh at 81 and The Kitchin at 93.

The full list of the UK’s Top 100 Restaurants can be found on the National Restaurant Awards website.

Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.

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