Now that’s not a headline you would associate with Britain but yet another wide preconception has been challenged this week.

In a worldwide competititon, a small resturant in a town outside London has been named the best in the world. Four out of the top 10 and fourteen out of the top 50 are in Britain,
These are extracts from the Guardian article.

The Fat Duck, the pioneering British restaurant that introduced the world to delicacies such as sardine on toast sorbet and bacon and egg ice cream, has been declared the world’s best place to eat.

Chef Heston Blumenthal’s restaurant in the Berkshire village of Bray topped a list of the world’s 50 best restaurants which was unveiled in London last night.

Fourteen British restaurants were included on the list chosen by a panel of more than 600 chefs, food critics and restaurateurs, who considered culinary excellence, service and the overall dining experience.

The Fat Duck’s success pushed last year’s top restaurant, The French Laundry in California, into third position behind Spain’s legendary El Bulli. Only six New York restaurants made the Top 50 including Thomas Keller’s Per Se in seventh place and Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Jean Georges in ninth.

The strong showing by British restaurants was endorsed by John Willoughby, the executive editor of New York-based Gourmet magazine. “Our position is that London is the best city in the world to eat in right now,” he said. “Everyone here is amazed at the quality and the breadth of the restaurants.”

Top 50 places to eat

1 The Fat Duck Bray, Berkshire

2 El Bulli Montjoi, Spain

3 The French Laundry Yountville, California

4 Tetsuya’s Sydney

5 Gordon Ramsay London

6 Pierre Gagnaire Paris

7 Per Se New York

8 Tom Aikens London

9 Jean Georges New York

10 St John London

11 Michel Bras Laguiole, France

12 Le Louis XV Monte Carlo

13 Chez Panisse Berkeley, California

14 Charlie Trotter Chicago

15 Gramercy Tavern New York

16 Guy Savoy Paris

17 Restaurant Alain Ducasse Paris

18 The Gallery at Sketch London

19 The Waterside Inn Bray, Berkshire

20 Nobu London

21 Restaurante Arzak San Sebastián, Spain

22 El Raco de Can Fabes San Celoni, Spain

23 Checcino dal 1887 Rome

24 Le Meurice Paris

25 L’Hotel de Ville Crissier, Switzerland

26 L’Arpège Paris

27 Angela Hartnett at the Connaught London

28 Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons Oxford

29 Le Cinq Paris

30 Hakkasan London

31 Cal Pep Barcelona

32 Masa New York

33 Flower Drum Melbourne

34 WD50 New York

35 Le Quartier Francais Franschhoek, South Africa

36 Spice Market New York

37 Auberge de l’Ill Illhaeusern, Alsace

38 Manresa California

39 Restaurant Dieter Muller Begisch Gladbach, Germany

40 La Maison Troisgros Roanne, France

41 The Wolseley London

42 Rockpool Sydney

43 Yauatcha London

44 The Ivy London

45 Gambero Rosso San Vincenzo, Italy

46 The Cliff St James, Barbados

47 Le Gavroche London

48 Enoteca Pinchiorri Florence

49 Felix Hong Kong

50 La Tupina Bordeaux

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