Kenny Atkinson named Chef of the Year in The Estrella Damm National Restaurant Awards

Newcastle’s Kenny Atkinson has been named Chef of the Year in the annual Estrella Damm National Restaurant Awards, as Ynyshir in Wales was named the UK’s best restaurant for a second year in a row.

The North East is well represented in the list of the UK’s best places to eat, with Pine leading the pack in sixth. Meanwhile, Kenny’s second Newcastle restaurant, Solstice, claimed 17th place with his first, House of Tides, in 23rd. This list also includes Hjem in 63rd place, and the region’s only two Michelin star restaurant, The Raby Hunt, in 82nd place.

The winners were announced on June 12 at a ceremony held at The Hurlingham Club in London. The full list of the UK’s Top 100 Restaurants can be found at

The Estrella Damm National Restaurant Awards is Restaurant’s annual countdown of the top 100 restaurants in the UK as voted for by the UK’s leading chefs, restaurateurs and food writers.

James Healey, UK head of on-trade for Estrella Damm, said: “Estrella Damm has always been proud to support the National Restaurant Awards and each year we are amazed at the array of incredible talent, who are all fully deserving of this recognition of being the very best in the UK. We are honoured to share our passion for brewing with the best restaurants in the UK, who also clearly share our devotion to quality and taste in all that they do. We hope this list encourages everyone to get out and support each and every one of these restaurants and join us in celebrating the success of the industry.”

The full list of awards
Estrella Damm National Restaurant of the Year: Ynyshir
Best Restaurant in England: Moor Hall
Best Restaurant in Northern Ireland: Ox
Best Restaurant in Wales: Ynyshir
Best Restaurant in Scotland: The Glenturret Lalique Restaurant
Chef of the Year: Kenny Atkinson
Restaurateur of the Year, sponsored by Entegra: Samyukta Nair
Chef to Watch, sponsored by Belazu Ingredient Co: April Lily Partridge
Opening of the Year, sponsored by Tripleseat: Bouchon Racine
One to Watch, sponsored by Woods Foodservice: The Midland Grand Dining Room
The Sustainability Award, sponsored by Estrella Damm: Pensons
Gastropub of the Year, sponsored by Estrella Damm: Parkers Arms
The Service Award, sponsored by Liberty Wines and Rathfinny Wine Estate: The Ledbury
Wine List of the Year: Maison Francois
Cocktail List of the Year, sponsored by Franklin & Sons: Roots
Innovator of the Year, sponsored by Sevenrooms: Apricity
Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by Nespresso: Fergus Henderson and Trevor Gulliver

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