Harden's survey result
For 25 years we've been curating reviews of the UK's most notable restaurant. This year diners have submitted over 60,000 reviews to create the most authoritative restaurant guide in the UK.
“Stratospheric prices are justified” at Andrew Fairlie’s “cocoon-like” dining room, whose position deep within this famous Scottish bastion creates “an intimate bubble” which “adds to the lovely experience”. “If you would like to have a once-in-a-lifetime gastronomic blow-out this is an excellent place to do so”. The cuisine is “Scotland’s best” – “a truly remarkable adventure in fine dining” from tasting menus with “outstanding” wine pairings that provide a series of “incomparable and memorable dishes”. One former fan who has accused it of “resting on its laurels” in recent surveys, found it “back to its best” this year. Top Menu Tip – “the lobster infused with whisky – if I was on death row, this would be my final meal!”
Andrew Fairlie’s “romantic” dining room in this famous Scottish bastion won particularly strong ratings this year, with top billing going to his “pretty much perfect” cuisine. “Sumptuous dishes” feature on a “perfectly balanced tasting menu which flows splendidly, and lets the amazing ingredients sing”, and come with “an accompanying wine flight that’s impeccably matched and presented with great aplomb by the sommelier”. It’s a windowless space, but fans “like that it’s closed off” – it’s “like stepping through a door into another world….”
“Nothing disappoints at this bastion of excellence in Scotland”. Perhaps “it’s a shame it’s located in a windowless ground floor room”, but all-in-all the setting is “magnificent”, the service is “impeccable”, the cuisine – “firmly rooted in the French classical tradition” – “outstanding”, and the wine “superb”. Top Menu Tip – “surely the finest lobster dish on the planet”.
“Without a doubt, one of Britain’s best restaurants”; this renowned dining room “spells luxury from the moment you enter its fashionably muted and spacious interior”, and its cuisine is “truly outstanding” – it is also “frighteningly expensive”, though, and there were a couple of “anticlimactic” reports this year.
Auchterarder, PH3 1NF
dinner 6.30 pm - 10 pm
Last orders: 10 pm