Windsor Road, Chobham, Surrey,
GU24 8QS; 020 3589 9950 ££ 
Ambitious out-of-town eatery
Go-getting Fernando and Kirsty Stovell come
with big-city pedigree, and have given this
Tudor farmhouse a brand-new look that
blends clean-lined modernity with ancient
beams and timbers. There's bags of culinary
ambition, too, and we particularly like what
one reader called "the foraging angle" - think
a trio of wild rabbit with fermented turnips,
pistachio, yarrow and alliums. Kirsty's pastry
work is a wonder to behold - so be sure to
save space for the astonishing dessert trolley.
"Amazingly friendly service", too.
18 The Plumed Horse
50-54 Henderson Street, Edinburgh,
EH6 6DE; 0131 554 5556 ££ NEW ENTRY
Personally run waterfront thoroughbred
Stabled within the gritty environs of Leith's
waterside development, chef/proprietor Tony
Borthwick's Plumed Horse wins friends with
its personal, "unstu y" feel. The kitchen deals
in strong, clear avours, absorbing lots of
di erent themes in its search for impact: how
about a "truly original" dish of roast monk sh
wrapped in bacon with smoked eel, white
bean cassoulet, parsley and tru¥ e sauce.
Brilliant service isn't out to "squeeze every last
penny from customers", notes a fan.
19 Restaurant Sat Bains
Lenton Lane, Nottingham, NG7 2SA;
0115 986 6566 ££ 
Startlingly original food from a star chef
A barn conversion holed up in Nottingham's
industrial wastelands is the unlikely setting for
Sat Bains' classy restaurant-with-rooms - a
"ground-breaking" eatery with wondrous,
two-Michelin-starred food. Who else would
name an amazing amalgamation of locally
gleaned pickings after the venue's postcode?
Otherwise, there are big hits galore, all
colour-coded according to the ve primary
'tastes' - from chicken 'muesli' or 'black and
white' scallops to roe deer with mushrooms,
pine and lichen. Amanda Bains and her team
provide "insightful" service - especially when
it comes to the clever, top- ight wine list.
11 Rose Mount, Oxton, Merseyside,
CH43 5SG; 0151 652 2914 ££ 
Extreme cuisine from a single-minded chef
Pint-sized Fraiche quietly concentrates on the
details - from the bespoke sculptures in the
dining room to chef/patron Marc Wilkinson's
highly idiosyncratic, single-minded cuisine.
Working alone endows him with "high kudos",
and he pulls o all manner of Michelin-starred
triumphs across a six-course tasting menu.
21 The Pompadour
The Caledonian, Edinburgh, EH1 2AB;
0131 268 0576 ££ NEW ENTRY
A Scottish triumph for the Galvins
Edinburgh's most famous restaurant in
the legendary Caledonian hotel has been
revitalised by Chris and Je Galvin. French
technique meets Scottish ingredients - think
Orkney scallops with pig's trotter and veal
sweetbreads - while service is "fantastic".
22 Michael Wignall at
Pennyhill Park Hotel, Bagshot, Surrey,
GU19 5EU; 01276 471774 ££ 
Gasp-inducing gastronomic creations
Pennyhill Park is home to Michael Wignall's
two-Michelin-starred Latymer Restaurant.
He's on stupendous form at the moment,
treating diners to Loire Valley rabbit with
con t egg yolk, Monmouthshire ham, morels
and cabbage 'glass' or lightly salted cod with
roasted scallop, Ibérico lardo, textures of
cauli ower, scallop and charcoal emulsion.
"Sit back, relax and enjoy the journey."
23 The Pipe & Glass Inn
West End, South Dalton, Beverley,
Yorkshire, HU17 7PN; 01430 810246 £ 
Boozy virtues and thumping regional food
"Superbly appointed" and done out in the
best possible taste, this cracking boozer uses
"the best of Yorkshire produce" in Michelinstarred
dishes with strong regional overtones.
"AMAZING" KAREN FEWELL
ON RESTAURANT SAT BAINS
1 The Broad Chare Newcastle 2 Freemasons Wiswell, Lancashire
3 Holbeck Ghyll Windermere, Cumbria 4 Lord Clyde Macclesfield, Cheshire
5 Simon Radley at the Chester Grosvenor Chester
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THE NORTH from Square Meal's 2014 reader survey
Michael Wignall at The Latymer