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Wednesday, October 25, 2006

UK Best Dishes Awards 2006


The spotlight swings from London to Belfast, up to Scotland and down to Dartmoor.

On Monday 23rd October, Restaurant Magazine announces the winners of the UK Best Dishes Awards 2006. The diverse shortlist of restaurants ranges from star-studded London establishments of international repute to lesser lauded local secrets.

The awards are broken down into 15 categories: Burger, Cheese, Cooked Breakfast, Curry, Dim Sum, Fish & Chips, Pie, Pasta, Pudding, Roast Beef, Sausage & Mash, Soup, Steak & Chips, Sushi and Tapas. The awards have been judged by Restaurant Magazine in partnership with the Craft Guild of Chefs who together have examined over 500 entries and visited all of the restaurants 45-strong shortlist.

Although the categories are based on the dishes that are the staples of eating out in the UK today, many of the winning dishes are about creativity and innovation. The Cinnamon Club’s (Best Curry) Roast Saddle of Red Deer with Pickling Spices certainly outshines the usual curry staples whilst the Courgette Flowers dipped in Beetroot Tempura & stuffed with Buffala Mozzarella & Ortiz Anchovies from newcomer L restaurant (Best Tapas) shows a vivid imagination.

With winning dishes from Dartmoor to the Scottish Highlands, the awards help showcase the ample and often less recognised cooking talent that’s operating outside London.

“The UK Best Dishes Awards are about what’s on the plate and nothing but the plate,” explains Joe Warwick, Restaurant Magazine’s Editor. “Restaurants’ reputations or lack thereof were never taken into consideration, with the shortlist of finalists drawn from dish descriptions, ingredients used and recipes - with all references to restaurants’ names and locations removed. This meant that when it came to the dishes entered, the humble country pub was put on an equal footing with flash London operations. Think of the awards as a culinary FA Cup, where the little guys can take on the big guys and triumph.”

For further details, images or to interview any of the winners or Restaurant Magazine’s Editor Joe Warwick, please contact:
Sarah Canet or Odette Lester, Spoon PR
Telephone: 020 7610 9821
Mobile: 07780 911630
sarah@spoon-pr.com odette@spoon-pr.com Winners list attached.

Editors’ notes:
Categories, winners & finalists

The Mole Inn, Oxford
Runners Up
The Fence Gate Inn, Burnley, Lancashire
Pick more Daisies, London

The Lecture Room at Sketch, London
Runners Up
The Fence Gate Inn, Burnley, Lancashire
The Newbridge, Tredunnock, Monmouthshire

Cooked Breakfast
The Dartmoor Inn, Okehampton, Devonshire
Runners Up
Fifteen, Watergate Bay, Cornwall
The Gun, London

The Cinnamon Club, London
Runners up
Kasturi, London
Champor Champor, London

Dim Sum
Yauatcha, London
Runners Up
Chino Latino, Nottingham
Kai Mayfair, London

Fish & Chips
The Longridge, Lancashire
Runners Up
60 Hope Street, Liverpool
Rushmore’s Restaurant Kings Lynn, Norfolk

James Street South, Belfast
Runners Up
The Harrow at Little Bedwyn, Wiltshire
The Moathouse Hotel & Restaurant, Staffordshire

The Greyhound, London
Runners Up
Fence Gate Inn, Burnley, Lancashire
The Coastguard, Kent

The Royalist Hotel, Stow on the Wold, Gloucestershire
Runners Up
The Captain’s Table, Woodbridge, Suffolk
The Naked Turtle, Richmond, Surrey

Roast Beef
The Marquess Tavern, London
Runners up
Gordons Restaurant, Inverkeilor, Scotland
Mews of Mayfair, London

Sausage & Mash
Boisdale of Belgravia
Runners up
Selkirk Arms Hotel, Kirkcudbright, Scotland
The Quality Chop House, London

Loch Torridon Country House Hotel, Wester Ross, Scotland
Runners up
Stanneylands Hotel, Wilmslow, Cheshire
Babylon at the Roof Gardens, London

Steak and Chips
Wallett’s Court Country House Hotel, Kent
Runners up
Hoste Arms, Kings Lynn, Norfolk
J. Bakers Bistro Moderne, York

Saki Bar & Food Emporium, London
Runners up
Cocoon, London
Geisha , Nottingham

L Restaurant, London
Runners up
Kwizeen Restaurant, Blackpool, Lancashire
Salt Yard , London

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Bill Granger London Book Signings October 2006

Every Day
Published by Murdoch Books on 23 October, £19.99

A stunning new cook book, come and meet its unpretentious author:

Monday 23 October

West End

2.30 pm – Waterstones, Piccadilly

3.00 pm – Foyles, Charing Cross Road

3.30 pm – Borders, Charing Cross Road

4.15 pm – Borders, Oxford Street

5.00 pm – Waterstones, Oxford Street

Tuesday 24 London

Kensington & Chelsea

10.30 am – Books for Cooks, Notting Hill

11.15 am – Waterstones, Harrods

12.00 pm – Conran Shop, Sloane Avenue

Wednesday 25 October

South West London

10.30 am - Waterstones Putney

11.15 am - Waterstones Wimbledon

12.00 pm - Waterstones Kingston

12.30 pm - Borders Kingston

1.30 pm - Waterstones Richmond

Thursday 26 October

Islington & Canary Wharf

10.30 am - Borders Islington

3.00 pm - Borders Canary Wharf

3.45 pm - Borders Jubilee Place

Saturday 28 October

Last stop before returning to Australia

Early Afternoon - time TBC - Harvey Nichols

To contact Bill in London, speak to Sarah Canet, Spoon PR, 07780 911630 or email sarah@spoon-pr.com

For more information on Bill please visit www.bills.com.au