152-154 Hills Road, Cambridge,
CB2 8PB; 01223 413000 ££ 
High-impact food in cool surrounds
With its glass frontage, wood oors, black
tables and red chandeliers, Alimentum brings
a touch of cosmopolitan cool to the fringes
of Cambridge. It's also a spot-on t for Mark
Poynton's con dent Michelin-starred cooking.
Bold ideas abound, from asparagus with duck
egg, wild garlic and morels to stone bass with
cauli ower, langoustine, goats' cheese and
Pedro Ximénez dressing. Desserts are often
mischievous takes on the classics, such as
Battenberg with apricot and Amaretto.
18 The Sportsman
Faversham Road, Seasalter, Kent,
CT5 4BP; 01227 273370 £ 
Serious food in a dressed-down boozer
The setting may be a shabby-chic boozer, but
"what a transformation inside!" said one fan
of this Michelin-starred eatery. Chef Stephen
Harris is zealous about local sourcing, but
this is no worthy New Age outpost. Brilliant
breads and home-churned butter set the
tone, while the menu delivers "incredible"
fresh avours in dishes such as slip sole grilled
in seaweed butter. Cheerful service and
"praiseworthy" wines seal the deal.
Lenton Lane, Nottingham, NG7 2SA;
0115 986 6566 ££ 
Original food and obtuse ¥ avours
Sat Bains' restaurant-with-rooms in
Nottingham's industrial wastelands delivers
startlingly original food and an "unforgettable
experience". Bains works to a series of
"masterful tasting menus" with each dish
given a colour-coded " avour pro le"
and big hits aplenty among the various
"obtuse" line-ups - from 'steak au poivre'
presented as a tartare with nasturtium leaves
"trembling like lily pads in a water garden" to
a "bonkers combo" of white chocolate, bee
pollen and camomile in the 'chocolate log'.
Amanda Bains oversees the sta , and guests
are smitten by the charming sommelier's
knowledge of the top- ight wine list.
20 Lake Road Kitchen
Lake Road, Ambleside, Cumbria,
LA22 0AD; 015394 22012 ££ NEW ENTRY
A surprising taste of the north
A restaurant run by a chef from worldbeating
Noma is the last thing you'd expect
to nd in touristy Ambleside, but Lake Road
Kitchen is doing a grand job of challenging
the stereotypes. 'If it doesn't grow in our
northern climate, it's not on the menu' says
the blurb, and James Cross is true to his
word. The Noma-esque dishes include raw
and cured Norwegian salmon tartare with
yoghurt, rye and wood sorrel. One to watch.
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21 Hambleton Hall
Hambleton, Oakham, Rutland,
LE15 8TH; 01572 756991 ££ NEW ENTRY
Quintessential country house grandeur
It may look like a petite French château, but
everything about this "absolute treasure"
is quintessentially English, with the kitchen
delivering top-class food in the "modern
classic style". The seasons rule, with rabbit
cooked three ways with carrot purée, pearl
barely risotto and liquorice jus the star of one
"super autumnal feast". Aristocratic wines too.
22 Porthminster Beach
Porthminster Beach, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 2EB;
01736 795352 £ NEW ENTRY
Eclectic food in a funky beach-side eatery
Seafood is a top call on the freewheeling
menu, which might run from wild sea bass
with crab fritter, nouc cham and fragrant
Manchester House Mr Cooper's House Garden
"EVERY LAST DROP IS
PACKED WITH FLAVOUR"
LAURA CAMPBELL ON MANCHESTER HOUSE