The most anticipated Industry Awards in the business…
On Monday 27th June the Restaurant Industry gathered at the The Hurlingham Club in London to hear who had made it into the top 100 restaurants in the UK. The Michelin-starred pub restaurant in Kent, The Sportsman was named the UK’s best restaurant in the 2016 National Restaurant Awards, swapping places with last year’s best restaurant – Barrafina Adelaide Street.
It was exciting to see that three Brighton restaurants were named in the top 100, here’s the lowdown of who came where…
Heating up the top 20 – 64 Degrees
Brighton’s favourite, 64 Degrees have done it again, this time moving up six places to come in at no.16 on the Top 100 list. What an achievement! The Restaurant has been going from strength to strength this year, being voted Brighton’s Best Restaurant in local awards held in February 2016 and Head Chef and Founder, Michael Bremner has recently been announced as a competitor in this year’s Great British Menu which airs in September. Michael say’s, “All of us at 64 Degrees are absolutely thrilled with the result at the Restaurant Awards. There are so many amazing restaurants on the list so to be on there three years running, and to climb higher each year is an incredible feeling. It was great to be there representing Brighton with Dawn and Alun from The Chilli Pickle and Doug from Silo too.”
Variety is the spice of life at The Chilli Pickle
The Chilli Pickle was named for the sixth year running at the awards, keeping their title as one of the most famous and popular Indian restaurants in the UK. Owners, Dawn and Alun went along to the Awards and were thrilled with their mention; with Dawn commenting, “To have been recognised by The National Restaurant Awards for the last 6 years is a fantastic achievement and we are extremely proud to still get recognition from our peers and the NRAs. The NRAs is always a great celebration of the industry and also a great evening to catch up with people in hospitality. Also congratulations to Silo for making the list and 64 degrees for ranking so highly. Brighton was well represented again this year”.
Bringing the message home – Silo
Silo has proved that the hype around their food is justified with a well deserved spot in the Top 100. Head Chef and Founder, Doug McMaster was named Britain‘s Most Irreverent Young Chef at the Young British Foodies in London in 2012 and also won BBC Young Chef of the Year 2009 before going on to open Silo in Melbourne and then in 2015, Brighton. The concept could not have fitted our city better, with Brightonians and beyond flocking to try out their simple but perfectly executed menu centred around local produce with a zero-waste policy.
The best of the rest…
London was as always well represented at the Awards, with The River Cafe cinching the best Italian Restaurant and new kid on the block, Som Saa, (bar/restaurant in former fabric warehouse serving old-style Thai cuisine) winning ‘One to watch’. Silo narrowly missed out on ‘Sustainable Restaurant of the Year’ which went to Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons.
Well done to all who were nominated and of course to our Brighton winners!
No. 16 – 64 Degrees
No. 89 – The Chilli Pickle
No. 94 – Silo