National Restaurant Awards 2019

It’s proving to be a very good year for Steven Edwards and etch. the tasting menu restaurant is only two year’s old but making big waves on the national food scene landing 66th place in this year’s Estrella Damm National Restaurant Awards. The former Masterchef winner also took first place in this year’s Brighton Restaurant Awards, showing the voting public in the city know their stuff.

chef, kitchen, Hove, restaurant, Etch

Steven Edwards told us just how delighted he and his team are with their achievement:

We are thrilled to be included in this year’s NRA top 100. Not only is it testament to the hard work put in from the team but also highlighting and putting Brighton & Hove on the foodie map along with the Little Fish Market. I want to thank our guests for their continued support and our suppliers for their amazing produce. To finish 66th is a massive achievement for our team and to sit along side two of my favourite restaurants Dinner by Heston and Le Manoir makes it even more special

Duncan Ray’s Little Fish Market made it into the top 100 for the third year running. On receiving the award Duncan told Restaurants Brighton”

Being in the top 100 means so much to us; to have the restaurant recognised on a national level and putting the Brighton and Hove food scene on the map. This is our third year in the top 100 and for us to still be there is a mega achievement for a tiny restaurant like The Little Fish Market

The National Restaurant Awards ceremony is the largest coming together of the UK’s top chefs and restauranteurs, as voted for by industry leaders.

Little Fish Market, Hove, Brighton Restaurant
The Little Fish Market in Hove makes 90th place in the NRA Top 100 Restaurants

Set in the 42 emerald acres of London’s world renown Hurlingham Club, the awards are something of a who’s who of the dining scene. 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.

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

Now in its eleventh year, the National Restaurant Awards ceremony itself marks the beginning of a series of events that pepper the industry calendar throughout the year including networking, meals and samplings.

Return to simplicity dominates 2019’s Top Three

An entirely new top three make their way onto the National Restaurant Awards leader board but with a clear message behind what makes for the winning ingredients. First place winner Moor Hall in Lancashire places production at the heart of its endeavour, with a walk-in cheese room for guests to make their own selection, Moor Hall makes its own charcuterie and plans to add a dairy, bakery and brewery, getting as close to self sufficient and with absolute control over produce as possible.

Modelled on the family-run restaurants of Northern Spain, Brat of Shoreditch comes in second place in this year’s awards. Very much meat based, Brat is about simple ingredients cooked in iron pots on open fires, for smoke infused flavours.

In third place is Cornerstone, Hackney Wick. Chef Tom Brown comes from a background specialising in low-intervention wine; something that translates elegantly into modern, casual, small plate dining.

Little Fish Market - Best Restaurant Brighton. Brighton Restaurant Awards
Duncan Ray, The Little Fish Market

Brighton’s best

Brighton and Hove can hold it’s head high with its fine food offering previously being represented by 64 Degrees, The Little Fish Market, Silo and The Chilli Pickle.

64 Degrees -2019 is the third year at the top of the BRAVOs for Micheal Bremner's 64 degrees proving the Great British Menu winner as firmly cemented in the heart of Brighton foodies. The produce led menu, the intimate 20 seater venue and open pass kitchen all contribute to making 64 degrees one of the most consistently awarded best restaurants in Brighton.
Michael Bremner, 64 degrees