The latest edition of the UK restaurant guide features four new entries housed under railway arches: Umezushi in Manchester; Hart’s Bakery in Bristol; and Bala Baya and El Pastor, both in London.
Also new to the Guide this year is Vice and Virtue: a Leeds restaurant located in a former strip club with an Art Deco style interior and three tasting menus with dishes including ‘perfect’ lobster ravioli and organic apple strudel.
Another in Devon you’ll find Ode & Co: a restaurant in a posh holiday park above the sea on the Teign Estuary. Run by husband and wife team Tim and Clare Bouget, this eatery has a strong focus on local ingredients, with pizzas cooked in a recycled oven made with organic Devon flour, topped with local cheese.
‘The Good Food Guide’ editor Elizabeth Carter said: “Once again, our readers have pointed us towards some brilliant eating in unexpected places.
“Whether it’s fine dining in a former strip club, sushi under a railway arch or a fish supper in a shipping container, we find and celebrate culinary flair in all its forms.
“‘The Good Food Guide’ continues in its mission to uncover great cooking whatever the venue, wherever the talent. We think that eating out should be fun – and that’s something these restaurants deliver in spades.”
‘The Good Food Guide’ is published by Waitrose on September 4 and will be available to buy at the supermarket for £17.99. The 2018 edition is the fifth to be published by the grocery retailer. It lists 50 restaurants which it recognises as the very best in the country.