Edinburgh named second best city for fine dining in Harden’s Best UK Restaurants 2020

Edinburgh regained its title as Britain’s No 2. restaurant city outside London with three Capital eateries making the top 100 list.

Thursday, 19th December 2019, 5:00 pm
Updated Thursday, 19th December 2019, 5:00 pm
21212 was named in the top 100 restaurants.
21212 was named in the top 100 restaurants.

Three fine dining destinations in Edinburgh have helped the Capital come out as the second best city in the UK for a slap up meal according to travel guide Harden’s.

The guide is over 29 years old and based on a curated survey of 50,000 reports from a national poll of 7,500 diners.

Edinburgh regained its title as Britain’s No.2 restaurant city outside London, judged both in terms of the total numbers of entries in the guide and in terms of the total top scoring entries for any single city.

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The three rated restaurants in the 2020 guide are: Restaurant Martin Wishart at 31, 21212 at 60 and Number One at The Balmoral at 75.

Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles was the top placed Scottish restaurant at 28.

Chef Paul Kitching of 21212 said: “As 2019 and our tenth year on Royal Terrace comes to a close we are delighted to end it on a high as we celebrate being named as one of the top restaurants in the UK!

“2019 has been a very busy year for us and full of anniversary celebrations so as we move into our eleventh year and 2020, we look forward to see what the next decade has in store for us.

“Thank you to everyone from Harden’s for including us on the list and congratulations to the other brilliant restaurants included in the list.”

Co-founder of Harden’s, Peter Harden commented: “This is an exciting time for the quality UK restaurant scene, with a feeling that expectations amongst diners continues to rise ever higher and a sense that the trade is rising to the challenge of meeting those expectations.”

Harden’s Best UK Restaurants 2020 (ISBN: 978-1916076112, price £16.99) is out now at most good book shops and available online.

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