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The best British restaurants for 2013

Top places to eat in 2013

The Kitchin, Edinburgh

Rhubarb and Crowdie

Mike Docherty

What are the must-try restaurants for 2013? You’ll find a mouth-watering selection of newly opened places to eat, not to mention a few old favourites that remain among Britain’s best. There are plenty of Michelin stars here, leading chefs, exciting concepts and responsibly sourced food:...

The Kitchin, Edinburgh, Scotland

The Kitchin (run by Tom and Michaela Kitchin) continues to be a leading light of Scottish dining. It takes fresh, responsibly sourced and seasonal Scottish produce to create its own innovative cuisine with a distinctive French style.

It’s clearly pretty good at it too, as it won a Michelin star within six months of opening and has been named Best Restaurant in the UK. The restaurant itself is a converted whisky distillery on Edinburgh’s historic Leith waterfront, so you’re well placed for an after dinner stroll, too.

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The Clove Club, London

The Clove Club began as a private dining club, but has now set up a permanent, public presence in East London’s lavish Shoreditch Town Hall. Thanks to chefs Isaac McHale, Daniel Willis and Johnny Smith you can enjoy fine British cuisine within the hall’s grand Victorian interior and imagine you’re in a Dickens novel (as one of the more fortunate characters).

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Gleneagles, Perthshire, Scotland

A long-established luxury hotel, Gleneagles is the home kitchen of Scotland’s only chef to have won 2 Michelin stars, Andrew Fairlie. Thanks to his handiwork, the restaurant came top of the Sunday Times’ Food List in 2012 and continues to amaze visitors with its mix of Scottish and French cooking. Be sure to try Andrew’s signature dish: lobster smoked for 12 hours over whisky barrels.

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Midland Hotel, Manchester, England

One of the oldest and most magnificent hotels in Manchester, The Midland’s two restaurants will be run by Michelin-starred chef Simon Rogan as of 2013. One in particular, The French, stands out as a centrepiece of elegance, and its Old European grandeur feels like you’ve stepped into a Regency-era dining room.

Rogan, who sources his ingredients from his very own farm, is aiming to start a new trend for luxury dining in Manchester, and might even earn the city its first Michelin star. If you’re looking for top-notch eating in the city, this is the place to go.

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Halkin Hotel, London

Get ready for a taste of the best Basque cuisine you’re likely to find in London. Father and daughter team Juan Mari and Elena Arzak will open a branch of their three-Michelin-starred Arzak restaurant in London’s Halkin Hotel in 2013. Expect traditional Spanish dishes elevated to the level of world class cuisine by Elena Arzak, who’ll head the new restaurant. She was voted Veuve Clicquot World’s Best Female Chef in 2012, so you’ll be in safe hands.

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Caledonian Hotel, Edinburgh, Scotland

The newly revamped Caledonian Hotel is an icon among Scottish hotels, and The Pompadour is one of the city’s oldest and grandest eateries. Opened in 1925, it was named after Louis XV’s chief mistress. Since 2012 it and the hotel’s second restaurant, Galvin Brasserie de Luxe have been run by acclaimed London chef siblings, the Galvin brothers. Expect plenty of delicious Scottish ingredients prepared in a French classic style.

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The Fat Duck, Bray, England

The Fat Duck is one of Britain’s most famous restaurants. Known for chef Heston Blumenthal’s unique creations, which include outlandish delicacies like scrambled egg and bacon ice cream and snail porridge, it’s still at the forefront of British cooking.

Mixing a bit of theatre with inspired food design, the Fat Duck plays with its diners’ perceptions to deliver unexpected taste experiences: we can safely say you’ve never had a dinner like this.

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L’Enclume, Cumbria, England

Set in an 800-year-old former smithy in a lush corner of the Lake District, L’Enclume is rated consistently as one of Britain’s top fine-dining restaurants. Don’t let the relaxed atmosphere fool you; owner-chef Simon Rogan’s approach is meticulous, innovative and scientific.

Be wowed by dishes like beef shortrib cooked for 72 hours and deep-fried croquette of smoked eel with apple purée. Many of the ingredients come from L’Enclume’s own farm and the menu changes daily.

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