6 New Road, Port Isaac, Cornwall, PL29
3SB; 01208 880896 £££££ 
Top fish on the Cornish coast
"Best fish ever"; "the most amazing
repertoire of top-class seafood cuisine"
- there's no doubting the USP at this
two-Michelin-starred gaff. Cornish catch
features on the daily eight-course tasting
menu, which is full of "staggering colours,
tastes and textures", such as cured brill
with preserved herring shavings, chilli,
bacon and onion crunch. Cornish cheeses,
desirable desserts and well-matched wines
also "hit the stellar heights".
11 Rose Mount, Oxton, Wirral,
Merseyside, CH43 5SG;
0151 652 2914 £££££ 
Sensational cuisine from a genius chef
"A fantasy journey through the medium
of food" is how one reader describes
Marc Wilkinson's "small but very
special" restaurant. �e "extraordinary"
six-course menu explores the fringes of
modern gastronomy. Art, theatre and
entertainment come together in utterly
sublime Michelin-starred creations such
as Gressingham duck with cocoa crisp and
kohlrabi, intriguingly titled 'fizzy grapes'.
�e whole experience is an "absolute treat".
LE MANOIR AUX
Church Road, Great Milton,
Oxfordshire, OX44 7PD;
01844 278881 £££££ 
A velvety escape with top French food
"Amazing food, amazing service, amazing
setting" - Raymond Blanc's immaculate
mansion is country-house luxe, famed
for its sleek service, patrician wines and
unfailingly impressive French-inspired
cooking. Blanc's vision of 'sustainable
harmony' is buoyed by produce from Le
Manoir's blissful grounds, and the result
is a raft of "innovative and classy" seasonal
dishes ranging from roast Goosnargh
duck breast with caramelised chicory,
clementine, yuzu and jasmine to milk
chocolate and Earl Grey crumble. Money
is no object, but Le Manoir "never fails".
TH T HE SPORTSMAN
Faversham Road, Seasalter, Kent,
CT5 4BP; 01227 273370 £££ 
Clever food in a dressed-down pub
Don't let "quirky" appearances put you
off: this shabby-chic boozer is "one of
the most delicious places to eat... and
so unpretentious". It's a bona fide pub,
but also a maverick Michelin-starred
eatery driven by chef Stephen Harris
- a champion of local sourcing and selfsufficiency.
�e star is the tasting menu
of "masterpieces": "unmistakably tangy"
native oysters; a mushroom and celeriac
tart with mushroom foam ("umami
brilliance"); a pear-and-ginger ice lolly.
Just add "lovely staff and a great wine list".
S TICKY WALNUT
11 Charles Street, Hoole,
Cheshire, CH2 3AZ; 01244 400400
Quirky bistro run by a funky young chef
Gary Usher has turned Sticky Walnut
into a "great local bistro", noted for its
"consistently fantastic" food and the
"wonderful staff". His sparky cooking
showcases "exceptional" ideas influenced
by the Med and beyond. Expect intriguing
dishes such as swordfish crudo with
rice-vinegar granita, rhubarb, asparagus
and taramasalata. Meat riffs are a tad
more conventional, while dessert might
be toasted porter ice cream with baked
treacle, peanuts and Armagnac prunes.
THE WATERSIDE INN
Ferry Road, Bray, Berkshire,
SL6 2AT; 01628 620691 £££££ 
Silky sophistication by the riverside
�e chocolate-box location is pure Wind
in the Willows, but everything else relating
1 Ben's Cornish Kitchen Cornwall 2 Le Champignon Sauvage Cheltenham 3 The Masons Arms Devon
4 The Pony & Trap Bristol 5 Whatley Manor Wiltshire ● from Squaremeal's 2016 reader survey
5 M ORE RE ADER FAVOU RIT E S / S O UTH W E ST
AIDEN BYRNE ,
THE FAT DUCK We are
very fortunate to have
Heston on our shores.
My recent meal there was
one of the best in my life.
L'ENCLUME As demonstrated by his Cumbria
restaurant's many achievements, Simon Rogan's
food really is amongst the best in the land.
I absolutely love his work.
RESTAURANT SAT BAINS Sat Bains' food
is so exciting and constantly evolving - it's
some of the most delicious, fantastic cooking
you will �nd in the UK.
"SMALL BUT VERY SPECIAL"
Ronald van Vliet on Fraiche
LE MANOIR AUX