Four Edinburgh eateries have been ranked as among the best places to eat in Britain, appearing in an influential list of the country’s top 100 restaurants.
The Kitchin, 21212 and Wedgwood have all been rated in the top 100, with Michelin-starred Restaurant Martin Wishart on The Shore in Leith making it into the top ten for the first time.
Restaurants from the Capital made up half of Scotland’s eight entrants on the list of The Sunday Times Top 100 Restaurants.
The awards, in association with restaurant guide Harden’s, are based on 63,000 reviews from almost 7000 diners.
The Highlands are home to two other restaurants in the list – The Three Chimneys in Dunvegan and new entry Applecross Inn, in Applecross, which also has the accolade of being the least expensive restaurant on the list.
Scotland’s final two entries in the ranking are The Peat Inn, in Cupar and Andrew Fairlie, Gleneagles Hotel, which has risen to a place in the top 20.
Martin Wishart said: “This is great news and we are delighted to hear we are in the top ten. It’s great news for our young team working in the kitchen and front of house.”
His fine-dining restaurant was also listed in the top ten of Trip Advisor’s 2015 Travellers’ Choice Awards for the first time last month, reaching number nine.
The awards honour travellers’ favourite fine-dining establishments worldwide based on the millions of reviews and opinions on TripAdvisor.
Tom Kitchin said: “It’s great to be recognised alongside some of the best restaurants and chefs in the UK and is testament to the hard work, passion and creativity of our entire team – from our front of house staff to all of our chefs in the kitchen.
“Personally, I think there should be more Scottish restaurants in the top 100. Our natural larder is the best in the world and we have some incredibly talented chefs here showcasing just how great Scottish produce is.”
The full top 100, including rankings and an overall score will be revealed on Sunday.
Editor of The Sunday Times Top 100 Restaurants, Karen Robinson, said: “Basing it on the ratings of everyday restaurant-goers, who are paying their own money, means it is an honest reflection of the nation’s tastes, so chefs and restaurants should be truly proud to make the list.”