A new survey of food writers, bloggers and enthusiasts has revealed the UK’s top 100 restaurants and 21 are in Northern England.
Website and restaurant guide Squaremeal.co.uk, gathered the opinions of thousands of food fanatics around the country to compile the list of the country’s best eateries outside of London. From the sun-kissed Channel Islands to the rugged Scottish Highlands, the survey picked out culinary highlights the length and breadth of the country.
Topped ranked in the North was The Man Behind The Curtain, in Leeds, which came in at 36 in the national list.
The North of England was one of the only regions to increase its tally, up three restaurants from 2015 with 18, to 21 this year.
Other highlights for the region are Winteringham Fields, Scunthorpe, The Raby Hunt, in Darlington, and Crafthouse, also in Leeds.
Nationwide, The Fat Duck in Bray, owned by celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal, topped the list, with Cumbria’s L’Enclume in second and Midsummer House in Cambridge in third.
The South East of England is the big winner in 2016, with nine more restaurants in the top 100 this year than 2015.
Edinburgh is the city most popular with Squaremeal readers, with seven restaurants in the top 100, followed by Manchester, with four restaurants, and Birmingham and Brighton, with three each.