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red wine sauce. Readers love the "cosy
feel", the value for money and the chef's
"personal, welcoming touch".
AT NO 6
6 Middle Street, Padstow, Cornwall,
PL28 8AP; 01841 532093
Making culinary waves in Padstow
Padstow might feel like Rick Stein's patch,
but No 6 is the real deal, from its elegant
interior to its Michelin-starred cooking.
Inspired dishes promise a carnival of
flavours: consider crisp Porthilly oysters
with cured pork, green apple and fennel.
To finish, the Great British Menu-winning
dessert is a "showstopper". �e staff and
the man himself are "very welcoming".
152-154 Hills Road, Cambridge,
Cambridgeshire, CB2 8PB;
01223 413000 £££ 
Big-city cool and high-impact food
All polished wood floors, black tables
and funky red chandeliers, Alimentum
is a spot-on setting for zesty cocktails,
fascinating wines and Mark Poynton's
confident "affordable" Michelin-starred
cooking. Bold ideas shine, from smoked
eel with buttermilk, grapes and almond to
Anjou squab with squash, ginger and IP8
beer vinegar. In short, "fine dining heaven".
Lenton Lane, Nottingham,
Nottinghamshire, NG7 2SA;
0115 986 6566 £££££ 
Original cuisine in an unlikely setting
"Ignore the strange location and make
the trip", advises a fan of this restaurantwith-rooms
marooned in Nottingham's
industrial wastelands. Unrelentingly
"clever cooking" (at frighteningly high
prices) brings hit after hit, from 'blue
mountain' hare with Stilton and chocolate
to mind-blowing strawberry, tomato, olive
oil and vanilla. Service is "fantastic".
Cliveden House, Taplow, Maidenhead,
Berkshire, SL6 0JF; 01628 668561
Upmarket French food in country pile
A fine fit for Cliveden's flamboyantly
Italianate glamour, chef André Garrett's
sumptuous dining room is an aristocratic
prospect with its billowing drapes and
ostentatious chandeliers. �e chef's
contemporary French cuisine promises
rich seasonal rewards, from salt-cured foie
gras with notes of plum and saké alongside
a "truly memorable" roast-duck jelly.
Clever amuse-bouches and petits fours
also yield "layer upon layer of flavour".
FORE ST SIDE
Wildsmith Hotel, Keswick Road,
Grasmere, Cumbria, LA22 9RN;
01539 435250 £££ NEW ENTRY
Foraged gems and home-grown delights
Ex-L'Enclume chef Kevin Tickle is
blowing 'em away at this fairy-tale
gothic mansion with extraordinary
dishes of foraged and home-grown
ingredients. Try the 10-course 'Grand
'Un' tasting menu for maximum thrills
- think venison pastrami with smoked
juniper, yoghurt, swede and pickled
allium flowers. "Incredible creativity".
20 Highfield Road, Edgbaston,
Birmingham, B15 3DU; 0121 454 3434
£££ NEW ENTRY
New look for Birmingham star
�e gardens are as lovely as ever, but a
refurb has made this Michelin-starred
veteran a "brighter, less formal experience".
Whether the set lunch or the "sublime"
tasting menu, innovative contemporary
cooking is guaranteed, as in cod with
broccoli, mussels, seaweed and sunflower.
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5 Hipping Hall Cumbria ● from Squaremeal's 2016 reader survey
5 M ORE RE ADER FAVOU RIT E S / N ORT H
RESTAURANT SAT BAINS
ROJANO'S IN THE
SQUARE I love it here,
it's casual and relaxed but
such great-tasting food.
Try and get a space on the
little upstairs terrace.
ANDREW FAIRLIE AT GLENEAGLES Andrew's
food is phenomenal; his dishes showcase what
must be some of the best ingredients in the
world. And the countryside is breathtaking.
THE FAT DUCK A mind-blowing experience:
the food, the service and the wine is fantastic.
It's a world-class restaurant.
THE FRENCH BY