L'Enclume restaurant in Cartmel tops Good Food Guide

Simon Rogan Simon Rogan's restaurant is housed in a former forge

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A restaurant in the Lake District has been crowned the best in the UK by the Good Food Guide.

L'Enclume in Cartmel took the top spot for the first time, beating Heston Blumenthal's The Fat Duck in Berkshire into second place.

The guide's consultant editor Elizabeth Carter said L'Enclume's dishes were a "joyful celebration" of Cumbria's "magnificent diversity".

Chef Simon Rogan said the title was something he had always dreamed of.

"We have received this accolade because of our focus on both the food product and the customer, keeping it natural and fresh in the kitchen, and friendly but professional in the dining room," he said.

The Good Food Guide 2014 top 10

1. L'Enclume - Cumbria

2. The Fat Duck - Berkshire

3. Nathan Outlaw - Cornwall

4. Sat Bains - Nottingham

5. Restaurant Gordon Ramsay - London

6. Pollen Street Social - London

7. Hibiscus - London

8. The Square - London

9. The Ledbury - London

10. Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons - Oxford

'Seasonal ingredients'

L'Enclume and The Fat Duck both achieved a perfect 10 cooking score.

Ms Carter said: "Rogan rightfully takes his place as leader of the pack when it comes to modern British cooking.

"His fantastic way with seasonal ingredients from the Cumbrian land and coast brings dishes that are a joyful celebration of this county's magnificent diversity."

The 2014 edition of the guide sees the same names as 2013 in the top 10, with Cornwall's Nathan Outlaw rising to number three.

Restaurant Sat Bains in Nottingham and Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in London are in fourth and fifth place respectively.

The guide was first published in 1951 and uses independent inspectors to secretly review restaurants.

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