National Restaurant Awards 2021

Two of Brighton’s best loved restaurants, Duncan Ray’s The Little Fish Market, and etch. by Steven Edwards, have retained a position in the National Restaurant Awards top 100 UK restaurants.

Photo montage from the National Restaurant Awards 2021
photo credit: National Restaurant Awards, Twitter

After a year’s break, The National Restaurant Awards gala celebration returned this August to London’s exclusive Hurlingham Club. Now in its 13 year, The National Restaurant Awards ceremony marks the beginning of a series of events that pepper the industry calendar, including networking, meals and samplings.

Hurlingham Club, venue of National Restaurant Awards
Photo Credit Herry Lawford, flickr

The awards celebrate a diverse range of eateries, from Michelin Star restaurants to more casual dining rooms that never the less showcase the best of the nation.

Brighton’s best

Brighton can hold its head up high with The Little Fish Market retaining a position in the awards since 2017 and etch. since 2019 (there were no awards in 2020 due to covid-19).

Steven Edwards, who is currently resident at The Pass at South Lodge Hotel until the end of August while his Hove restaurant undergoes major renovations, said:

Me and the team are thrilled to be in the National Restaurant Awards Top 100 for the second time. It means even more to us after the last 18 months and to get national recognition for all the hard work the team has put in.

Chef Steven Edwards in front of the West Pier
Steven Edwards – Master Chef Winner 2013

On retaining a position in the awards, Duncan Ray of The Little Fish Market said:

We are absolutely delighted to be placed 94 in the National Top 100 Restaurants, having been included in the list for four consecutive years, it’s a wonderful recognition for the team at Little Fish.

Chef Duncan Ray in the door of his restaurant, The Little Fish Market
Photo credit: Xavi Buendia

Chef Douglas McMaster originally opened his restaurant, Silo, in Brighton before relocating to Hackney in 2019. This year the high-end zero waste restaurant was awarded the NRA Sustainable restaurant award.

See the BRAVO 2020 most sustainable restaurant winners.

In previous years The Chilli Pickle and 64 Degrees have also made the UT Top 100 list.

See the BRAVO 2020 best restaurant winners

Highlights from The National Restaurant Awards 2021

Retaining their top position for the second year in a row is Mark Birchall’s restaurants Moor Hall in Aughton, Lancashire. Opening in 2016, Moor Hall, which is set in a Grade II listed building and five acres of grounds earned two Michelin stars within the first two years of opening. The restaurant serves a tasting menu only with six to 12 courses available at lunch and 12 at dinner.

In second place is The Angel at Hetton, North Yorkshire, earning high praise for a gastropub with a long and esteemed history. As well as the a la carte menu, The Angel at Hetton has a tasting menu and even offers a ‘mini gastro’ menu for children in whom families wish to foster a foodie fanaticism.

Chef Tom Kerridge earned the Lifetime Achievement Award for his work during the 2020-21 lockdowns. Meals From Marlow was set up in response to a tweet from Wexham Park hospital calling for food supplies for staff who were working during the covid pandemic. Meals for Marlow has since provided over 100,000 meals for NHS staff, keyworkers and people in need and has since gone on to become a permanent charity. Kerridge also joined forces with footballer Marcus Rashford to launch the Full Time campaign to end child poverty.