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Cornish fish restaurant named best in the UK

Nathan Outlaw said it was phenomenal be named number one. Credit: Waitrose/PA

A Cornish fish restaurant has been named the best in the UK - knocking Cumbria's L'Enclume into second place after five years at the top.

Restaurant Nathan Outlaw - named after its founder - was praised by the Good Food Guide for its efforts to "educate and encourage the public appetite for fish".

Outlaw, 39, who has worked with TV chef Rick Stein, founded the two Michelin star eatery in 2007, and first made it on the list in 2009 at number 11.

He said it was "phenomenal" to be named number one.

"It just goes to show that if you stay true to yourself, get your head down, look after your customers and use the very best ingredients available to you, you'll make it to the top," Outlaw said.

Despite losing its top ranking, Simon Rogan's L'Enclume in the village of Cartmel retained its perfect 10 score.

Pollen Street Social in London, Restaurant Sat Bains in Nottinghamshire and Heston Blumenthal's The Fat Duck in Berkshire came in at third, fourth and fifth respectively, each with a score of nine.

The view from Cornish fish eatery Restaurant Nathan Outlaw. Credit: Waitrose/PA

The top 10 restaurants in the UK and their scores out of 10

  • 1) Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, Cornwall (10)
  • 2) L'Enclume, Cumbria (10)
  • 3) Pollen Street Social, London (9)
  • 4) Restaurant Sat Bains, Nottinghamshire (9)
  • 5) The Fat Duck, Berkshire (9)
  • 6) Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, London (9)
  • 7) Hedone, London (8)
  • 8) Restaurant Andrew Fairlie, Tayside (8)
  • 9) Claude Bosi at Bibendum, London (8)
  • 10) Casamia, Bristol (8)

Four new entrants on the list have set up shop under railway arches: Umezushi in Manchester; Hart's Bakery in Bristol; and Bala Baya and El Pastor, both in London.

Some of the more unusual restaurant locations include Leeds' Vice and Virtue in a former strip club and The Marram Grass Cafe, founded on an Anglesey caravan site.

Peter Sanchez-Iglesias was named chef of the year for the seasonal cuisine at Casamia in Bristol, while Ben Crittenden was named "chef to watch" for his tiny 12-seater restaurant Stark in Broadstairs, Kent.

Peter Sanchez-Iglesias, who was named chef of the year. Credit: Waitrose/PA