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The UK's 10 best restaurants have been revealed
Posted on 23/10/2019

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TripAdvisor has ranked the UK's best fine dining restaurants for its 2019 Travellers' Choice Awards

Calling all foodies! TripAdvisor has released the results of its annual Travellers' Choice Awards, decided by analysing the quantity and quality of the reviews left on its site in the past year. Now, with the help of this list, you can find the perfect high-end restaurant for that special occasion you have coming up so you can celebrate in style!

Adam's, Birmingham

Topping the list for the UK is Adam's in Birmingham. It's the restaurant's sixth consecutive year on the list, having won the accolade previously in 2015. This year, the restaurant brought the wow factor with its mouth-watering dishes and has rightfully earned 10th spot in the world ranking. The restaurant's chic and contemporary decor is the perfect match for its exciting and innovative British tasting menus that change with the seasons. Adam's is now the UK's most-sought-after table so advance booking is recommended!

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The Black Swan at Oldstead, Oldstead

Tommy Banks - Masterchef and Great British Menu star - runs this Michelin-starred restaurant on the edge of the North York Moors with his family. Surrounded by the stunning heather moorland, The Black Swan at Oldstead also houses nine stylish guest rooms, a cosy bar and a three acre kitchen garden from which the restaurant's are sourced. By farming, foraging and growing their own produce in and around Oldstead, the restaurant can carefully curate all of their dishes using only the freshest of ingredients.

L'Enclume, Cartmel

L'Enclume, hidden away in the Cumbrian countryside, prides itself on sourcing and hand-picking the best seasonal and local ingredients. Boasting two Michelin stars, the riverside restaurant grows its own organic vegetables, herbs, fruits and flowers and according to its website, aims to give customers a truly traceable dining experience from farm to plate. L'Enclume also has 16 elegant bedrooms dotted around the historic village of Cartmel for those wanting to prolong their stay.

Paul Ainsworth at No. 6, Padstow

Inside of a postcard perfect Georgian townhouse sits the renowned Paul Ainsworth at No. 6, a Michelin-starred restaurant serving modern British food with a focus on locally sourced Cornish ingredients. Tables are in high demand all year around and bookings must be made three months in advance but it's worth the wait to sample the high quality cooking in a stylish yet relaxed and unfussy place to dine. Vegetarian and vegan taster menus are also on offer to satisfy any kind of palette.

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Aizle, Edinburgh

Aizle (an old Scots word for 'a burning coal', 'a glowing hot ember' or 'spark') in the Scottish capital comes in fifth. There's no menu here for you to select your own meal, but rather a six-course tasting menu for you to indulge in that constantly changes by season and is dictated by what can be sourced and harvested locally. Everything in the restaurant is made in house and even the butter that is churned every day by hand. Every dish is presented beautifully - it is like a work of art on a plate!

Maison Bleue Restaurant, Bury St. Edmunds

A stylish fine dining spot in Bury St. Edmunds, Maison Bleue is an award-winning modern French restaurant. Best known for its delicious and innovative seafood dishes, hungry diners can order a plateau de fruits de mer piled staggeringly high with the freshest lobster, crab, langoustines, oysters, mussels and tiger prawns. What's more, for a fine dining restaurant, the prices are fairly reasonable, starting at 26 for a three course lunch.

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The Old Stamp House Restaurant, Ambleside

This quirky bistro sits in the cellar of the building where William Wordsworth used to work as a distributor of stamps, and showcases the finest Cumbrian produce, most of it raised, harvested or caught from the surrounding woodlands, forests, mountains and coastline. The dessert menu is sure to satisfy any sweet tooth with quintessentially English classics with a twist. Expect to find spiced Cumbrian gingerbread and perfectly ripe hand-picked blackberries curated into a refreshing sorbet. Cured trout, mallard duck and Cumbrian partridge also make it onto the menu.

Alyn Williams at the Westbury, London

Perhaps surprisingly, London only has one of its many restaurants in TripAdvisor's top ten. Located in Westbury hotel, Alyn Williams brings a luxury dining experience to Mayfair with an emphasis on delicious Modern European food. Diners can choose to eat their meal in the main restaurant or in the privacy of the Wine Room with its towering display of 600 bottles of wine. The larger Aspen Room with its delicate hand-blown glass fixtures is also available for dining and seats 20 guests. The restaurant's tantalising seven-course vegetarian tasting menu is also a huge draw for veggie-eating Londoners.

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Castle Terrace Restaurant, Edinburgh

Lying beneath Edinburgh Castle Mound is the bright and stylish Castle Terrace Restaurant, championing local produce ranging from Inverurie lamb, roe deer from nearby Stobo Estate and North sea cod and monkfish. The restaurant expertly mixes these Scottish ingredients with refined Parisian cooking techniques to create the perfect elegant and balanced dish. It's clear when dining here that the restaurant's philosophy - From Nature to Plate - permeates their cooking.

Restaurant Sat Bains, Nottingham

This award-winning, two Michelin-starred restaurant offers guests a unique dining experience. Alongside the usual six and seven course flavour-driven tasting menu, The Chef's Table gives guests an insight into what goes on behind the scenes as diners can watch the chefs prepare their meals in front of their very eyes. The Kitchen Bench within the main body of the pastry kitchen also seats four guests and allows those dining to see service from all angles and be personally served by the chefs. The chefs' passion for food and for cooking clearly shines through every dish that they make here at this Nottingham based restaurant.

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