Best All-Round Restaurant – London
Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley
Does anyone now recall that Marcus Wareing used to be mainly celebrated at number two to another famous chef? Well, those days are now all behind him, and Marcus Wareing, winner of the Rémy Martin XO Award for the second consecutive year, is now very definitely his own man, and his grand Knightsbridge dining room is now unassailably the capital’s top all-round dining destination.
Best All-Round Restaurant – Rest of UK
Gidleigh Park, Chagford
Runner-up last year, this grand country house may have an idyllic location on the fringe of Dartmoor, but it’s Michael Caines’s cooking that has really put it on the map. Michael is a ‘local boy’, trained in Exeter, and subsequently worked with some of the greats – including Raymond Blanc at Great Milton, and the late Bernard Loiseau in Saulieu – before become head chef at Gidleigh in 1994. He has subsequently gone into partnership with Andrew Brownsord (originally of greeting card fame) to establish the ABode hotel chain, each of whose outposts has a Michael Caines restaurant. 2011 Rémy Martin Restaurant Awards 2011 sees a new structure to the Restaurant Rémys. The Rémy Martin VSOP Award for the Best-Rated Newcomer remains the industry’s most coveted recognition of up and coming restaurants and Rémy Martin is once again proud to be associated with the development of such a dynamic category. New to the line up is the Coeur de Cognac Award for Best Dessert – a much overlooked, yet sublime aspect to a complete dining experience. Also new is the Rémy Martin XO Excellence Award for the Best All-Round Restaurant. This award is the result of painstaking analysis of the survey results to identify the true crème de la crème in the UK’s ever more competitive restaurant world