Best Dessert – London
Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley (Custard Tart)
As a native Lancastrian – and having won recognition as London's top chef – it's particularly appropriate that Marcus Wareing should also carry off the prize for that most essential course in British cuisine: pudding. Marcus's skill for creating food that's both flawlessly presented and big on taste are showcased perfectly in his desserts. His best and this year's winner, his famed custard tart, owes much to his upbringing, having been the favourite dish of both his mother and his grandmother.
Best Dessert – Rest of UK
Lucy’s on a Plate
Given the Lake District's renown for tea and cakes, Lucy Nicholson’s acclaimed Ambleside venture is a fitting first winner of the Coeur de Cognac Best Dessert award. Starting with a specialist grocers in 1989, her empire has grown over the years to encompass a wine bar and outside catering business. It’s her café, though – which started life as tea rooms – that's still best known. Menus change daily, but what stays constant is the popularity of the homemade puddings: so much so that the restaurant runs a special 'Up the Duff Pudding Night' every month, when nothing but 'afters' is served.