Shortlist announced for Harden’s London Restaurant Awards 2017
Harden’s today released the final shortlist for this year’s definitive
London Restaurant Awards, which takes place on 11 September at The Hippodrome Casino in Leicester Square.
Nominations for the awards are derived statistically from Harden’s 27-year-old annual survey of UK restaurant-goers. This year 8,500 people contributed 50,000 nominations within the categories specified by Harden’s. The awards shortlist reflects the number of nominations within each category, with two places in each category reserved for up-and-coming names that have opened in the last few years.
Vying for the Nyetimber award for Top Gastronomic Experience are Brett Graham’s renowned Notting Hill restaurant The Ledbury, together with Shoreditch’s now world-famous Clove Club, the tiny yet exceptional Marianne on the fringes of Notting Hill, and Phil Howard’s latest venture Elystan Street in Chelsea.
Last year the award went to London’s most expensive restaurant The Araki in Mayfair. Dining at the tiny but ‘peerless’ sushi spot is a ‘stunning, intimate, authentic, and completely unique experience’.
Meanwhile Notting Hill’s 108 Garage, pop-up-turned-permanent Kricket in Soho, Fitzrovia’s Honey & Smoke, and Jamavar in Mayfair are all in the running to become London’s Top Newcomer. In 2016 the honour went to Lee Tiernan’s ‘mind-glowingly good’ Black Axe Mangal on Highbury Corner â where strong spices meet heavy metal.
This year sees the addition of a brand new category, Best for Fish & Seafood, sponsored by Exmoor Caviar. On the shortlist: Richard Caring’s ‘so-classy’ Covent Garden institution J Sheekey, as well as his ‘sumptuous’ Mayfair star-magnet Scott’s, alongside Rick Stein’s London newcomer, Rick Stein, which occupies a picturesque riverside site in Barnes, and the West End’s glamorous Estiatorio Milos.
And City newcomers La Dame de Pic (from Anne-Sophie Pic, three-star chef from Maison Pic (est. 1889) in Valence, SE France) and Cabotte (from sommelier Xavier Rousset) are the only restaurants to be nominated in two separate categories. La Dame de Pic is shortlisted for both Best for Business and Best for Romance, while Cabotte is also in the running for Best for Business, as well as London’s Wine List of the Year
Peter Harden, co-founder of Harden’s and host of the awards, commented: “Street-food vendors will rub shoulders with London’s most famous chefs and restaurateurs, as we recognise all types of restaurant â from the budget rising stars to veteran celebrity kitchens â which make London the world’s most diverse, and increasingly its best, restaurant city.”
In addition to the awards based on the survey, a special Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by The Hippodrome Casino, will be presented to an industry figure whose ventures have performed exceptionally well in the Harden’s survey over many years. Last year this prestigious honour went to Bruce Poole, chef-patron of Balham’s ‘unfailingly outstanding’ neighbourhood classic, Chez Bruce.