Thai restaurant Kiln has been named the UK’s best restaurant in the 2018 Estrella Damm National Restaurant Awards, which were held at The Hurlingham Club in London (11 June).
The 50-cover Brewer Street restaurant has an open kitchen upstairs with a counter for walk-ins only, while the downstairs dining room does take bookings. The drinks list is focused on natural wines and unusual beers.
Recently opened Spanish restaurant Sabor, in Mayfair, was the highest new entry in this year’s list of the UK’s top 100 restaurants, ranking at number two (see below for the full run down). Michelin-starred Chinese restaurant A Wong placed third and Core by Clare Smyth, which opened last year, came in fourth. Smyth’s Notting Hill restaurant was also recognised for its front of house excellence, receiving The Service Award.
This year’s list again highlights the eclecticism of today’s restaurant scene with high-end venues rubbing shoulders with more affordable ones. The annual awards, which are now in their 11th year, are voted for top chefs, restaurateurs, food writers, critics and other food experts and gastronomes from across the UK.
2016 and 2017 winner The Sportsman, in Seasalter, Kent, was named Gastropub of the Year, while Bloomsbury’s Noble Rot and Soho’s Temper were given awards for the quality of their wine and cocktail offerings respectively.
Estrella Damm National Restaurant of the Year: Kiln, Soho
Source: National Restaurants Awards