Harden’s has today released the final shortlist for this year’s definitive London Restaurant Awards, which takes place on 10 September in the ballroom of The Langham, London.
Nominations for the awards are derived statistically from Harden’s 28-year-old annual survey of UK restaurant-goers. This year 8,500 people contributed 50,000 nominations within the categories specified by Harden’s. The awards shortlist reflects the number of nominations within each category, with two places in each category reserved for up-and-coming names that have opened in the last 2-3 years.
Vying for the Gusbourne award for Top Gastronomic Experience are Brett Graham’s renowned Notting Hill restaurant The Ledbury, together with Michel Roux’s celebrated Le Gavroche, the clandestine Aulis in Soho (they don’t reveal the exact location till you book), and the solo debut of ex-Gordon Ramsay chef, Clare Smyth at Core.
Meanwhile Shoreditch’s Brat, Russian-backed Hide, London sibling to Delhi’s Indian Accent, and Beck in Mayfair are all in the running to become London’s Top Newcomer.
With £20m of backing, Hide (backed by Mayfair’s Hedonism Wines and with Ollie Dabbous at the stoves); Noizé (set up by Mathieu Germond, former co-owner and manager of culinary leading light, Pied à Terre); and Boxcar Butcher & Grill (from Barry Hirst’s Cubitt House Group) are the only restaurants to be nominated in two separate categories. Hide and Boxcar highlight the wide spectrum of restaurants covered by the awards, with Boxcar offering main dishes from £10, and Hide offering its flagship tasting menu for just under £100.
Peter Harden, co-founder of Harden’s and host of the awards, commented:
“The London Restaurant Awards will celebrate the incredible robustness of London’s restaurant industry in 2018, during which some of the most exciting-ever debuts in the capital have occurred despite extremely challenging conditions in the restaurant trade. Street-food vendors will rub shoulders with London’s most famous chefs, restaurateurs and food journalists and influencers, as we recognise all types of restaurant – from the budget rising stars to veteran celebrity kitchens – all of which make London the world’s best restaurant city.”
The awards ceremony, presented by the BBC’s Nigel Barden, will take place for the first time amidst the luxurious surroundings of The Langham, London on 10 September 2018, starting at noon.
In addition to the awards based on the survey, a special Outstanding Achievement Award, sponsored by The Langham, London, will be presented to an industry figure whose ventures have performed exceptionally well in the Harden’s survey over many years. Last year this prestigious honour went to Christopher Corbin & Jeremy King, owners of that “marvellous metropolitan meeting point”, The Wolseley.
The Shortlist in Full
TOP GASTRONOMIC EXPERIENCE
Sponsor: Gusbourne English sparkling wine
Beck at Browns
TOP CHEAP EAT
Boxcar Butcher & Grill
Chick ’n’ Sours
BEST FOR BUSINESS
Sponsor: Exmoor Caviar
La Dame de Pic
BEST STEAKS & GRILLS
Boxcar Butcher & Grill
Flat Iron WC2
BEST STREET FOOD
The Duck Truck
WINE LIST OF THE YEAR
TOP BAR OR PUB
Anglesea Arms W6
The Coach EC1R
BEST FOR ROMANCE
Sponsor: Rock Rose Gin
BEST FOR BREAKFAST OR BRUNCH
St John Bread & Wine
TOP COFFEE HOUSE
Bean & Wheat
Kaffeine, Great Tichfield Street
BEST AFTERNOON TEA
Diamond Tea Rooms, Fortnum & Mason
Jean-Georges at the Connaught
Mirror Room, Rosewood
BEST FOR FISH & SEAFOOD
Sponsor: Exmoor Caviar
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Sponsor: The Langham, London
The ceremony will conclude with the recognition of exceptional achievement in the London restaurant scene, as judged by performance in the Harden’s survey over many years.
About the Awards
The Harden’s London Restaurant Awards comprises a total of 13 categories – with nominees taken from those who performed best in the annual Harden’s restaurant survey. This year, more than 8,500 foodies contributed 50,000 reviews.
Each category consists of four nominees, two selected purely on the strength of diners’ votes, and a further two selected on a similar basis, but solely from newer restaurant openings of the last 2-3 years. From the four candidates, the Harden’s editors pick the final winner, with a bias to recognising rising talent that possesses the potential to emerge as some of London’s very best in any given category.
The awards ceremony, presented by the BBC’s Nigel Barden, will take place at The Langham Hotel in London’s West End on 10 September 2018.
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