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The Good Food Guide 2018 praises “Foodie Hotspot” Bristol

17th August 2017

Categories: Latest News

The Good Food Guide has announced its top restaurants and award winners today. Alongside the finest dining establishments in the country, the guide, owned by Waitrose, celebrates quality eateries and discoveries in local areas. For Bristol this includes the number ten restaurant in the UK, six new entries to the guide and 28 entries in total. Bristol is also host to the highest number of new entries of any city outside of London.

The Good Food Guide is compiled by combining reader feedback on restaurants up and down the country with anonymous inspections by a team of industry experts.

Editors’ Awards

The Good Food Guide has announced that its Editors’ Award for Chef of the Year has been awarded to Peter Sanchez-Iglesias, who received a cooking score of 8 at restaurant Casamia in Bristol and climbed from no.27 last year to make it to no.10 in this year’s guide.

The Good Food Guide Editor, Elizabeth Carter, says of Peter Sanchez-Iglesias, “It seems fitting that such a vibrant foodie hotspot as Bristol should supply our latest chef of the year, though Peter Sanchez Iglesias is no stranger to Good Food Guide awards. With his brother Jonray, Peter picked up Best Up and Coming Chef(s) award in 2008 and they were joint Chef(s) of the Year in 2015, winning the award shortly before Jonray’s tragic death at the age of 32.

Now solo in the kitchen, Peter has emerged as a serious reputation maker in his own right – you could say against all odds – and the new look Casamia has won all our hearts. There is nothing complacent about this ultra-smooth-running operation, care and attention to detail are second to none, from the thrilling food to the staff who look genuinely pleased to see you.”

Commenting on his award, Peter Sanchez-Iglesias says, "The Good Food Guide is a British food institution. The year Jonray and I achieved this award was undoubtedly a highlight of our career together. When Elizabeth Carter phoned to tell me the incredible news, I was shocked. The team at Casamia has achieved so much since relocating to new premises back in January 2016. Everything we do we believe in 100%. The dedication and time commitment by the team is truly reflected in this incredible award. It has been a tough two years but I am so thankful to have such amazing people around me. I believe this award will fuel me and the team to achieve our full potential and presents the opportunity for more people to hear about a little restaurant in Bristol that defied all odds.

The Top 50 recognises the very best talent in the UK; a place on the list represents a huge achievement, with each position earned by its score in The Good Food Guide, editor appraisal and strength of reader feedback.

Bristol Entries

Bristol boasts 28 entries in this year’s Good Food Guide, six of which are new to the guide for 2018:

Casamia, Adelina Yard, Bell's Diner, Bellita, Birch, Bravas, Bulrush, Flour & Ash, Greens, Box-E (new), Hart's Bakery (new), Lido, Mesa, No Man's Grace, Paco Tapas (new), Pasta Loco (new), Prego, Sky Kong Kong, Spoke & Stringer, Pi Shop (new), Tare (new), The Cauldron, The Ox, The Pump House, The Spiny Lobster, Wallfish Bistro, Wilks, Wilsons.

Two Bristol eateries were picked out for their unusual locations

  • Box-E, Bristol: Housed in two converted shipping containers, since it opened in October 2016 Box-E has become one of Bristol's hottest new restaurants.
  • Hart's Bakery, Bristol: Located in a converted railway arch beneath Bristol's Temple Meads railway station, the fact that it’s hidden from view only adds to its reputation as one of the city's busiest foodie hubs.

The Good Food Guide is published by Waitrose on 4 September.  The 2018 edition is the fifth GFG to be published by the supermarket. RRP £17.99.



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