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PRESS RELEASE

The Gordon Ramsay group restaurant Murano – presided over by Angela Hartnett – is London’s best new restaurant. That is the conclusion of the survey of over 8,000 restaurant-goers conducted for the new edition of Harden’s London Restaurants, which is published today in association with Rémy Martin. Murano accordingly receives the Rémy Martin VSOP Award for London’s Best Newcomer of the year.

The award provides a ray of light in an otherwise grey year for Gordon Ramsay, which has seen his Chelsea flagship – until just two years ago unchallenged as London’s best top-end restaurant for nearly a decade – experience an “unprecedented slide” in survey reporters’ approval. Criticism of his pubs has also intensified.

Guide co-editor Peter Harden notes: “Angela Hartnett is to be congratulated, and Murano’s success shows the Ramsay group still ‘has what it takes’. The year’s survey results, though, confirm there are some very deep-seated problems in the group, and we have to hope that Murano’s success marks a real ‘turning point’. All eyes will now turn to Pétrus – Ramsay’s forthcoming fine dining restaurant shortly to be reborn in Belgravia. An undoubted success there would really confirm that the green shoots of a true Ramsay recovery were starting to show through.”

Ramsay’s former protégé Marcus Wareing’s restaurant at the Berkeley Hotel has maintained its position as London’s undoubted best top restaurant (first gained last year). As such, Marcus Wareing at the Berkeley receives the Rémy Martin XO Excellence Award.

OTHER SURVEY RESULTS

• For the 5th consecutive year, Bruce Poole’s Wandsworth restaurant Chez Bruce was voted Londoners’ favourite restaurant

• For the 7th consecutive year, J Sheekey was the restaurant which attracted Most survey commentary. The big ‘riser’ was Mayfair celebrity-magnet Scott’s – now third most-mentioned, up from 7th last year. Rag trade millionaire-turned-restaurateur Richard Caring is now, therefore, patron of two of the three most talked-about restaurants in town. Among recently-opened restaurants, those which most caught survey reporters’ attention were Corrigan’s Mayfair (35th), Bocca Di Lupo (36th) and Murano (40th)

• The Wolseley was again the top survey nomination as Best for business, with City duo the Bleeding Heart and The Don again taking second and third places

• To no one’s surprise, La Poule au Pot, in Pimlico, was voted London’s Most romantic restaurant…for the 14th consecutive year

• Gordon Ramsay group restaurants were particularly represented in nominations for Most disappointing cooking (accounting for four of the top ten positions) and Most overpriced restaurant (accounting three out of the ten, including number one position for the flagship Chelsea restaurant). Oxo Tower maintained its traditional market-leading position as top nomination in the Most disappointing cooking category.

Full details of the top survey nominations are set out in Appendix II.

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For further information please contact Richard or Peter Harden on 020 7839 4763, or Victoria Elms at Peretti Communications (email: victoria.e@peretti.com or tel 020 7915 4777). Richard and Peter Harden are available for interview.

Notes for Editors

1. The Harden’s nationwide survey is based on some 85,000 reports from over 8,000 ‘reporters’, and is conducted in association with Rémy Martin Fine Champagne Cognac. The out-of-town results for the Harden’s survey will be published on the launch of the new edition of Harden’s UK Restaurant Guide 2010, in association with Rémy Martin Fine Champagne Cognac, in October

2. Harden’s London Restaurants 2010 (£11.99) is available from all good bookshops (including branches of Waterstone’s nationwide) or from www.hardens.com

3. Rémy Martin, the world’s largest producer of Fine Champagne Cognac, are proud to continue their association with Harden’s which has now lasted eight years. The relationship continues to evolve, and this year has seen the introduction of three new awards to be announced on the publication of Harden’s London Restaurants, which are set out on in Appendix I.

APPENDIX I – REMY MARTIN AWARD-WINNERS (AND RUNNERS–UP)

Rémy Martin XO Award for best all-round restaurant

Winner

1. Marcus Wareing at the Berkeley

Runners –up

2. Chez Bruce

3. Le Gavroche

4. The Ledbury

5. La Trompette

6. The Landau

7. L’Aventure

8. Clos Maggiore

9. J Sheekey

10. Barrafina

Remy Martin VSOP Award for best-rated newcomer

Winner

1. Murano

Runners-up

2. Min Jiang

3. Soseki

4. Bull & Last

5. Trishna

Rémy Martin Coeur de Cognac award for Best Dessert

Winner

1. Marcus Wareing at the Berkeley (custard tart)

Runners-up

2. The Ivy (Iced berries with hot white chocolate sauce)

3. Chez Bruce (Cheeseboard)

4. The Wolseley (Victoria sandwich)

5. L’Atelier de Joe Robuchon (Le chocolat tendance)

APPENDIX II

Survey rankings by number of reporters’ nominations

(Last year’s ranking in brackets)

Best meal of the year

1. Marcus Wareing/Berkeley (3)

2. Chez Bruce (2)

3. Le Gavroche (4)

4. Gordon Ramsay (1)

5. La Trompette (5)

6. maze (9)

7. L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon (7)

8. The Ledbury (-)

9. The Square (-)

10. Murano (recent opening)

Favourite

1. Chez Bruce (1)

2. Le Caprice (2)

3. J Sheekey (3)

4=. The Wolseley (5)

4=. The Ivy (6)

6. La Trompette (4)

7. Galvin Bistrot de Luxe (9)

8. Scott’s (-)

9. Moro (7)

10. St John (-)

Best for business

1. The Wolseley (1)

2. Bleeding Heart (3)

3. The Don (2)

4. Coq d’Argent (6)

5. The Square (4)

6. L’Anima (recent opening) (9)

7. 1 Lombard Street (5)

8. Scott’s (-)

9. Galvin Bistrot de Luxe (9)

10. St Alban (-)

Best for romance

1. La Poule au Pot (1)

2. Andrew Edmunds (2)

3. Clos Maggiore (5)

4. Bleeding Heart (3)

5. Chez Bruce (4)

6. Le Caprice (6)

7. J Sheekey (10)

8. Marcus Wareing/Berkeley (8)

9. Galvin at Windows (-)

10. Le Gavroche (-)

Best breakfast/brunch

1. The Wolseley (1)

2. Smiths (Ground Floor) (2)

3. Roast (3)

4. Cecconi’s (5)

5. Simpsons-in-the-Strand (7)

6. Electric Brasserie (4)

7. High Road Brasserie (6)

8. Tom’s Kitchen (-)

9. Providores (Tapa Room) (8)

10. Automat (-)

Best bar/pub food

1. The Anchor & Hope (1)

2. Churchill Arms (9)

3. The Gun (2)

4=. The Eagle (6)

4=. The Thomas Cubitt (7)

6. The Narrow (3)

7. Harwood Arms (recent opening)

8. The Engineer (5)

9=. The Anglesea Arms (4)

9=. Bull & Last (recent opening)

Most disappointing cooking

1. Oxo Tower (1)

2. The Ivy (2)

3. Gordon Ramsay/Claridge’s (3)

4. Gordon Ramsay (7)

5. The Wolseley (4)

6. Corrigan’s Mayfair (rec. opening)

7. Cipriani (9)

8. Le Café Anglais (5)

9. The Warrington (-)

10. maze (-)

Most overpriced restaurant

1. Gordon Ramsay (3)

2. Oxo Tower (1)

3. Gordon Ramsay/Claridge’s (4)

4. Cipriani (2)

5. The River Café (5)

6. L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon (8)

7. Hakkasan (6)

8. The Ivy (7)

9. Sketch (Lecture Room) (9)

10. maze (-)

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