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UK is home to fourth best restaurant in the world
Nottingham’s Restaurant Sat Bains named fourth in world and the UK’s number one in 2018 Travellers’ Choice Restaurants Awards

LONDON, UK, 4 December, 2018 – Nottingham’s Restaurant Sat Bains has today been named fourth best-rated restaurant in the world, one of three UK restaurants to feature among the world top 25, according to the 2018 Travellers’ Choice awards, announced today by the world’s largest travel site, TripAdvisor.


As well as finishing up fourth in the world fine dining restaurants rankings, Restaurant Sat Bains tops the UK top ten in this year’s awards, ahead of Adam’s in Birmingham and Raymond Blanc’s Belmond Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons in New Milton, Oxfordshire which take second and third place respectively. Adam’s in Birmingham also places sixth in Europe and 11th in the world, while Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons claims eighth in Europe and 15th in the world.


Nottingham home to UK’s #1

It is the first time Sat Bains’ self-titled Nottingham restaurant has topped the UK rankings in the Travellers’ Choice Awards for Restaurants, having taken sixth place in 2014 and second place in 2015.


The restaurant which offers a seven or ten-course tasting menu, was awarded a Michelin star in 2003, becoming the first restaurant in Nottingham to win one. It has since received a second Michelin star. Dishes on the menu include baked potato smoked over embers with caviar, chicken royale with pain d'epices and popcorn and braised oxtail with truffle and beetroot.


“Based on millions of reviews posted over the past year, these awards are a true mark of excellence. With three UK restaurants named among the world fine dining top 25 this year, the UK continues to cement itself as one of the biggest players in the global gastronomy scene,” commented TripAdvisor spokesperson, Hayley Coleman. 


Strasbourg boasts the world #1

The coveted title of number one restaurant in the world goes to Au Crocodile in France. Located in the city of Strasbourg, the restaurant holds a Michelin star under its head chef, Franck Pelux. Dishes on the menu include roasted fillet of venison, beets and pepper sauce, pike perch poached, potato mousse and sauerkraut extraction and sea bream in a bread crust, candied celeriac and smoked beurre blanc.


The Travellers’ Choice Awards honour travellers' favourite dining establishments worldwide, based on the millions of valuable reviews and opinions on TripAdvisor. Award winners were determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews for restaurants around the world, gathered over a 12-month period.


NEW Everyday Dining category

For the first time ever in the Travellers’ Choice Awards for Restaurants 7 year history, in addition to the Fine Dining category, this year sees the introduction of Everyday Dining. This category awards restaurants that provide great meals for any occasion, designed to surface the UK’s best-rated restaurants to go with friends or family without breaking the bank.


Taking the UK’s top spot is Edinburgh’s Makars Gourmet Mash Bar (Mound), serving up variations of the ultimate comfort food – mash potato! Just a short stroll to Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile, Makars Mound is blessed with incredible views. Dishes on the menu include wild boar sausage with onion gravy and slow cooked beef skirt with mushrooms and rich dark gravy. There are no less than eight different mash options available, including Scottish cheddar and chive, creamed horseradish and black pudding.



In second and third place are London’s The Oystermen Seafood Bar & Kitchen and Iran Restaurant (Shepherd Market).


To view the full list of 2018 Travellers' Choice award-winning restaurants, visit:


Travellers’ Choice Favourite Fine Dining Restaurants UK:


  1. Restaurant Sat Bains, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
  2. Adam’s, Birmingham, Midlands
  3. Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, New Milton, Oxfordshire
  4. L’Enclume, Cartmel, Cumbria
  5. The Black Swan at Oldstead, Oldstead, North Yorkshire
  6. Waterside Inn, Bray on Thames, Berkshire
  7. Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, Port Isaac, Cornwall
  8. Aizle, Edinburgh
  9. Number One at The Balmoral, Edinburgh
  10. Restaurant Martin Wishart, Edinburgh


Travellers’ Choice Favourite Fine Dining Restaurants Europe:


  1. Au Crocodile, Strasbourg, France
  2. Martin Berasategui, Lasarte, Spain
  3. El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain
  4. Restaurant Sat Bains, Nottingham, United Kingdom
  5. Ristorante Villa Crespi, Orta San Giulio, Italy
  6. Adam’s, Birmingham, United Kingdom
  7. Restaurant Christopher Coutanceau, La Rochelle, France
  8. Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, New Milton, United Kingdom
  9. Ristorante Lido '84, Gardone Riviera, Italy
  10. Epicure, Paris, France


Travellers’ Choice Favourite Fine Dining Restaurants Worldwide:


  1. Au Crocodile, Strasbourg, France
  2. Martin Berasategui, Lasarte, Spain
  3. El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain
  4. Restaurant Sat Bains, Nottingham, United Kingdom
  5. Restaurante Benazuza, Cancun, Mexico
  6. La Colombe, Constantia, South Africa
  7. TRB Hutong, Beijing, China
  8. Ristorante Villa Crespi, Orta San Giulio, Italy
  9. The Grove, Auckland Central, New Zealand
  10. David's Kitchen, Chiang Mai, Thailand


Travellers’ Choice Everyday Dining Restaurants UK:


  1. Makars Gourmet Mash Bar (Mound), Edinburgh
  2. The Oystermen Seafood Bar & Kitchen, London
  3. Iran Restaurant (Shepherd Market), London
  4. Mother India's Café, Edinburgh
  5. Paesano (Miller St), Glasgow
  6. Lambs Restaurant, Stratford-upon-Avon
  7. Food for Friends, Brighton
  8. Sotto Sotto, Bath
  9. La Lanterna, Glasgow
  10. Holohans At The Barge, Belfast


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