TripAdvisor unveils UK’s best fine dining restaurants

1. Restaurant Sat Bains, Nottingham

Named top in the UK, Sat Bains’ eponymous Nottingham-based restaurant has also been branded the fourth best restaurant in the world, according to TripAdvisor. The two-Michelin starred restaurant has topped the list for the first time having scored highly in previous years.

Commenting on the news, joint owners Sat and Amanda Bains, said: “We have always believed in our team and our location, and we feel both the kitchen brigade and front of house team we have currently are the strongest we have ever had. It’s very flattering to receive such high praise from our guests, and we are immensely proud to fly the flag, not just for our home city of Nottingham and the Midlands, but the UK too.

“To be among restaurants of such high calibre in the world ranking is extremely humbling. It’s an honour to be recognised and it will inspire us to keep pushing to deliver the ultimate in gastronomy. There will certainly be extra celebrations at our Christmas party this month!”

After winning the Roux Scholarship in 1999, Bains fulfilled his dream of becoming a head chef at a restaurant “not in Mayfair or Oxford” but in Nottingham. He quickly became a partner in the business, and within five years of joining, he and his wife Amanda bought the business out. Awarded his first star in 2003 with a second coming in 2012, Bains famously does not offer an a la carte menu, but rather a 10-course tasting menu (with a seven-course option) which is constantly evolving.

Dishes include: smoked eel, apple, turnip, seaweed and Manjimup truffle; ‘From the embers’: potato, kombu and caviar; chicken muesli; The crossover’: tomato and thyme ‘jammy dodger’ and ‘Lenton lane’ inspired by the rocky road.

Average TripAdvisor: 4.5 (excellent). Address: Restaurant Sat Bains with Rooms, Lenton Lane, Nottingham, NG7 2SA.

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