Selecting the UK’s most famous restaurants immediately raises the question of with whom they are famous. For the general public, this is likely to be McDonald’s, Subway, KFC, and the like. Other restaurants, however, are more famous among such other types of restaurant-goers as serious international gourmets and every day, garden-variety foodies.
Three Stars and World Fame
Perhaps the UK’s most famous three-star dining experience is Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck in Bray, Berkshire, which is renowned for such creatively unlikely dishes as snail porridge, salmon poached with liquorice, and bacon and egg ice cream. The beetroot and orange jelly formerly on its menu used red blood oranges and orange paprika beetroots. It received its three-star rating in the Guide Michelin in 2004 and has retained it, and various publications have also selected it as best restaurant in the world. The UK’s other three-star restaurants are the Waterside Inn, also in Bray, and Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester and Gordon Ramsay in London.
As Seen On TV
Celebrity chefs on the telly have turned an enormous number of people on to the joys of eating better. It shouldn’t be surprising, then, that their own restaurants should be famous amongst lovers of food not available at a drive-thru. Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen restaurant is probably even more famous than Gordon Ramsay’s three-star one, or any of the other 11 that the chef with the colourful vocabulary has in the UK, due to the five-part TV documentary about its establishment as an incentive for disadvantaged youths that he trained to work there. He now also has a Fifteen in Cornwall, and his growing number of Jamie’s Italian restaurants around the UK are also well-known. Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant in Padstow, Cornwall draws diners from throughout the UK and overseas, as does Delia Smith’s Delia’s Restaurant and Bar at Norwich City Football Club.
Many restaurants specialising in ethnic dishes are famous amongst their own ethnic communities, of which the UK has many. If you have friends who are culturally distinct you may want to ask them what restaurants are popular with people in their ethnic groups.
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