Tatler Restaurant Awards 2012

Hawksmoor Guildhall, winner of Best New Restaurant

Another day, another round of restaurant awards. Tatler magazine announced their own restaurant gongs last night in the beautiful Lancaster Room at The Savoy Hotel.

With the laser sharp Laurent-Perrier Ultra Brut being poured (a supermodel favourite with no added sugar to ruin the killer body), the assembled crowd of chefs, restaurateurs and industry professionals listened to Tatler’s Restaurant Editor Jeremy Wayne list the nominees and winners.

Restaurant of the Year went to newcomer The Delaunay, a very Tatler-esque kind of restaurant with its gorgeously designed sweeping room and a perfect match for Tatler readers – no cracks here.

Best New Restaurant was awarded to those purveyors of all things meat, Hawksmoor Guildhall, with CUT, 34, and Bread Street Kitchen among the nominees.

Ollie Dabbous got recognition for his whirlwind start at Fitzrovia newcomer Dabbous, and picked up the award for Best Kitchen. Watch the accolades keep coming for this talented young chef. He dashed back to his restaurant to cook for a packed house, containing a certain AA Gill.

The impeccably attired staff at Riding House Café were awarded Best Front Of House, with China Tang, The Ivy and The Ledbury among the runners up. Among the nominees was Seasons at the Four Seasons Hotel in Hampshire, the only non-London restaurant mentioned at the awards.

Best Young Chef went to Joe Mercer at the much lauded Medlar in Chelsea, and Ollie Dabbous featured again as one of the nominees.

Chez Bruce got recognition for their scrupulous wine selection with Best Wine List, with a notable mention for Zucca, one of the finest Italian wine lists in town.

There may be a few “IT” girls who religiously read Tatler, and they can now shake their stuff at Pollen Street Social if they choose, named Taste of London’s “IT” Room, an award to recognise restaurant rooms which have a “buzz” about them. Others mentioned were Quo Vadis, Aurelia, Novikov Italian and The Gallery at Sketch.

Shogun at The Millenium Hotel were awarded Test of Time for sticking around for an admirable time.

There was time for Michel Roux Jr to pick up a Laurent-Perrier Lifetime Achievement award before a few more glasses of Ultra Brut.

So another restaurant awards list and the pace of London restaurant openings shows no sign of slowing down. At this rate we’ll need more awards lists too.


Restaurant of the Year: The Delaunay

Best New Restaurant: Hawksmoor Guildhall

Best Front of House: Riding House Café

Best Kitchen: Dabbous

Best ‘It’ Room: Pollen Street Social

Best Wine List: Chez Bruce

Best Young Chef: Joe Mercer Nairne (Medlar)

Lifetime Achievement Award: Michel Roux Jr

Test Of Time Award: Shogun

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About Zeren Wilson

Zeren writes on restaurants and wine, having spent ten years in the wine trade, most recently as a wine supplier to many of London's top restaurants. You'll find him trawling the streets of London, hunting down the finest eating and drinking experiences London has to offer. He has his own restaurant review site, www.bittenandwritten.com, and can also be found on Twitter.

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