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Britain’s best local restaurants named in Good Food Guide 2023

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Britain’s best local restaurants named in Good Food Guide 2023

The best local restaurants in the UK have been named in the Good Food Guide 2023. 

Among them are fine dining restaurants, cafes and cuisine from Italy, Germany, and France.

Taking the top spot for the whole country was Tallow, in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent.

Speaking about picking up the top gong, owner Donna Taylor said: ‘What an unexpected and humbling acknowledgement for the whole team at Tallow, and such a privilege to be considered alongside restaurants we love and respect. 

‘We’re incredibly proud to receive confirmation from our guests that Tallow has become what we had hoped, an accessible, relaxed dining experience that they wish to enjoy over and over again.’

OVERALL WINNER: Tallow, Tunbridge Wells, Kent 

The overall winner was Tallow, in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent - which also topped the Central & East of England category

The overall winner was Tallow, in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent – which also topped the Central & East of England category

The overall winner was Tallow, in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent – which also topped the Central & East of England category. 

The modern European fine diner was praised for its lack of formality and ‘down-to-earth, dress-how-you-want, genuinely friendly’ atmosphere.

Tallow’s menu is seasonal, but previous dishes have included spiced goat with pickled cabbage, pan fried stone bass with rosti potato and vanilla poached apple with tonka bean custard mousse.

The guide referred to the eatery as the ‘perfect neighbourhood restaurant’  with ‘delicious monthly menus’ and ‘excellence of the service’.

WEST MIDLANDS: Tropea, Birmingham 

Tropea is a 'true neighbourhood restaurant' in the UK's second city that offers delicious Italian food including lamb ragu, aubergine parmigiana and barbecued duck

Tropea is a ‘true neighbourhood restaurant’ in the UK’s second city that offers delicious Italian food including lamb ragu, aubergine parmigiana and barbecued duck

Tropea is a ‘true neighbourhood restaurant’ in the UK’s second city that offers delicious Italian food including lamb ragu, aubergine parmigiana and barbecued duck. 

The Good Food Guide praised the  ‘genuinely welcoming vibe’ and ‘excellent Italian cooking from a talented, locally trained chef’.

LONDON, Les 2 Garcons, Crouch End

Crouch End in north London is home to the best local restaurant in the capital, according to the Good Food Guide

Crouch End in north London is home to the best local restaurant in the capital, according to the Good Food Guide 

Crouch End in north London is home to the best local restaurant in the capital, according to the Good Food Guide.

The French bistro was praised for its ‘endearing Gallic hospitality’ and ‘authentic cooking’.

Diners can expect roast cod, butter beans & chorizo ragu, classic French onion soup and escargots

NORTH EAST: HOMESTEAD KITCHEN, Goathland, North Yorkshire

In picturesque North Yorkshire is Goathland, a pretty village that's home to Homestead Kitchen

In picturesque North Yorkshire is Goathland, a pretty village that’s home to Homestead Kitchen 

In picturesque North Yorkshire is Goathland, a pretty village that’s home to  Homestead Kitchen.

The restaurant focuses on British food with spiced confit duck, torched smoked eel and caramelised vanilla custard on the menu.

NORTH WEST: The Sparrows, Manchester  

Big portions of ravioli, burrata and tortellini are on the menu at Sparrow

Big portions of ravioli, burrata and tortellini are on the menu at Sparrow

Nordic decor and a menu that contains a fresh German pasta – The Sparrows certainly stands out in Manchester. 

Big portions of ravioli, burrata and tortellini are on the menu.  

SCOTLAND: The Kinneuchar Inn, Kilconquhar 

Described as a 'rare example of a genuine dining pub' the Good Food Guide say that Kinneuchar Inn is the best neighbourhood joint in Scotland

Described as a ‘rare example of a genuine dining pub’ the Good Food Guide say that Kinneuchar Inn is the best neighbourhood joint in Scotland

Described as a ‘rare example of a genuine dining pub’ the Good Food Guide say that Kinneuchar Inn is the best neighbourhood joint in Scotland.

The menu changes daily and is based on fresh ingredients.

One recent menu included polenta, braised chard, chanterelles & parmesan, mozzarella, braised beetroot tops & pangrattato and chocolate pot, boozy cherries & vanilla biscuit.

SOUTH EAST: SEASONALITY, Maidenhead, Berkshire 

Seasonality in Maidenhead, Berkshire was praised for being a 'beacon of local loveliness'

Seasonality in Maidenhead, Berkshire was praised for being a ‘beacon of local loveliness’

Seasonality in Maidenhead, Berkshire was praised for being a ‘beacon of local loveliness’.

It stood out among the other restaurants in Berkshire, which has become a huge foodie hub with dozens of Michelin stars.

The Good Food Guide said that the restaurant was a ‘godsend with its community feel’ and was ‘great value’. 

SOUTH WEST: WILD ARTICHOKES,  Kingsbridge, Devon

Wild Artichokes in Devon offers the likes of focaccia, arancini and many forms of artichoke are of course of the menu

Wild Artichokes in Devon offers the likes of focaccia, arancini and many forms of artichoke are of course of the menu

The Good Food Guide described this local restaurant as ‘magical’.

Wild Artichokes in Devon offers the likes of focaccia, arancini and many forms of artichoke are of course of the menu.

The guide praised the ‘fun-loving vibe and creative cooking make for a truly memorable experience’.

WALES: ROCKET & RYE Cowbridge, Glamorgan 

Not quite a cafe, not quite a restaurant but pitched somewhere between is Rocket & Rye in Glamorgan, named the best local in Wales

Not quite a cafe, not quite a restaurant but pitched somewhere between is Rocket & Rye in Glamorgan, named the best local in Wales

Not quite a cafe, not quite a restaurant but pitched somewhere between is Rocket & Rye in Glamorgan, named the best local in Wales.

Halloumi, stracciatella, and chicken wings are among the options for hungry guests. 

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