The culinary movers and shakers who took home gold at last night's cermony
We love the London Restaurant Festival.
Why? Because in a city full of amazing eateries, it's good to take a moment to celebrate the whole scene, perhaps try somewhere new, and make a fuss about all that's great about the British culinary world.
Last night was the annual London Restaurant Festival awards – a reflection on the eateries who are exciting, innovating, or just doing what they do to total perfection.
Decisions were made by a panel of big foodie names: with Evening Standard restaurant reviewer Grace Dent, plus last year winning chefs – Nieves Barragán Mohacho and Isaac McHale of Barrafina and The Clove Club respectively – on board.
Hosted at Liverpool Street's Andaz Hotel, and with Michel Roux Jr in the crowd, it was all suitably swanky.
Here are the winners – plus, why you should be booking into them all ASAP.
1. Restaurant of the Year: Kitty Fisher's
Why go? Because it's the hottest restaurant opening in London this year, thank you very much. Drawback: getting a table is tricky. Checking its Twitter feed for when tables come up is your best bet.
What to eat? It's all about the grill here – ordering the calf liver with wild garlic and roscoff onions is a good place to start.
10 Shepherd Market, London W1J 7QF kittyfishers.com
2. Chef of the Year: James Lowe of Lyle's
Why go? There's been a whole load of buzz around this super-seasonal Shoreditch restaurant since it opened. Famed for pared-back edgy ideas, it's one to try if you're after something alternative.
What to eat? Dinner is a set tasting-menu of six courses (with a veggie version, too) so you'll be having that. Blood cake, smoked eel, and sheep cheese are likely to feature.
Tea Building, 56 Shoreditch High St, London E1 6JJ lyleslondon.com
3. Restaurant Interior Design of the Year: Dishoom Carnaby
Why go? Even if you've already visited another outpost of this Bombay-style Iranian cafe (there are restaurants in Shoreditch, Covent Garden and King's Cross, too) you should still venture here. The Soho spin (it's a little bit more jazzy) coupled with the divine Dishoom menu makes it a winner.
What to eat? Have the bacon naan roll at breakfast, and die happy.
Kingly St, London W1B 5QB dishoom.com
4. Maverick of the Year: The Cornwall Project
Why go? Hosted at The Newman Arms pub, this project – which focuses on sourcing and supplying the finest Cornish produce from farmers, fishermen and tradespeople – is a masterclass in simple food made from top notch ingredients.
What to eat? Head there on a Sunday for the best roast you've ever had.
23 Rathbone St, London W1T 1NG newmanarmspub.com
5. Londoner's choice: The Summerhouse
Why go? Fresh seafood and the vibe of a Venetian river cafe make this elegant joint a must-visit.
What to eat? Fish, naturally. Share the plate of shellfish with aioli for a taste of everything.
Opposite 60 Blomfield Road, London W9 2PA thesummerhouse.co