The London restaurant, Core by Clare Smyth, has become the first new restaurant to score a perfect 10 since The Good Food Guide – the annual publication that ranks British restaurants – introduced the scores for cooking in 2008.

The London restaurant entered the Top 50 in The Good Food Guide 2019 at No 3. 

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Smyth opened her eponymous restaurant in Notting Hill, a vibrant, trendy area of the British capital, in August year and has already received several accolades.

She was formerly guardian of Gordon Ramsay’s three Michelin stars at his flagship establishment in Chelsea and will now be looking to the Michelin Guide UK & Ireland’s stars for 2019, which will be announced on October 1.

There is speculation that her restaurant might go straight to two stars.

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The Northern Ireland-born chef celebrates British ingredients at her informal fine-dining restaurant where her most famous dish is potato and roe, with dulse beurre blanc, herring and trout roe.

Smyth’s signature tasting menu costs £115 (US$148) and features dishes such as Isle of Mull scallop tartar. The three-course lunch menu is £65.

Smyth was named the world’s best female chef earlier this year in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards, while Core by Clare Smyth was ranked fourth in the UK National Restaurant Awards 2018. 

Smyth previously scored 10 out of 10 in the Good Food Guide 2015, but that was for Restaurant Gordon Ramsay.

Female chefs are achieving increasing prominence in Britain.

Among them is Lisa Goodwin-Allen, executive chef at Northcote, in the North of England. Most of the others are London-based, including Nieves Barragán (Sabor); Ravinder Bhogal (Jikoni); Skye Gyngell (Spring); Monica Galetti (Mere); Angela Hartnett (Murano); Thomasina Miers (Wahaca); and Ruth Rogers (River Café). 

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Restaurant Nathan Outlaw in Port Isaac, Cornwall, tops the Top 50 for the second year in a row in The Good Food Guide 2019 published by Waitrose & Partners, followed by L’Enclume (second) and Core, which is the top-ranked London establishment, third.

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Claude Bosi at Bibendum (sixth), Restaurant Gordon Ramsay (seventh) and Pollen Street Social (ninth) also make it into the Top 10.

The Restaurant of the Year award goes to A Wong, a Chinese establishment run by chef Andrew Wong (pictured below) in Victoria, London, which won a Michelin star last year.

Chef of the Year is Gareth Ward at Ynyshir restaurant in Powys, Wales.

Chef to Watch is Alex Bond from Alchemilla, Nottingham.

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The guide praised Outlaw’s confident cooking and his tasting menu, which it describes as “ingenious in its simplicity, yet continues to surprise”.

The six-course menu costs £130 and may include dishes such as raw scallops, peas and mint; and gurnard, kohlrabi and saffron.

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The Top 50 (with scores for cooking in parentheses):

1. Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, Cornwall (10); 2. L’Enclume, Cumbria (10); 3. Core by Clare Smyth London (10) New; 4. Restaurant Sat Bains, Nottinghamshire (9); 5. Ynyshir, Powys (9); 6. Claude Bosi at Bibendum, London (9); 7. Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, London (9); 8. Casamia, Bristol (9); 10. 9. Pollen Street Social, London (9); 10. The Fat Duck, Berkshire (8); 11. Moor Hall, Lancashire (8); 12. Restaurant Andrew Fairlie, Tayside (8); 13. Adam Reid at The French, Manchester (8); 14. Bohemia, Jersey (8); 15. Le Champignon Sauvage, Gloucestershire (8); 16. Restaurant Story, London (8); 17. André Garrett at Cliveden, Berkshire (8); 18. The Ledbury, London (8); 19. Fraiche, Merseyside (8); 20. Roganic, London (8) New; 21 . Midsummer House, Cambridgeshire (8); 22. Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester, London (8); 23. The Peat Inn, Fife (8); 24. Marcus, London (8); 25. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, London (8); 26. The Kitchin, Edinburgh (7); 27. Forest Side, Cumbria (7); 28. A. Wong, London (7) New; 29. Orwells, Oxfordshire (7); 30. Sketch, Lecture Room & Library, London (7); 31. Hedone, London (7); 32. The Ritz, London (7); 33. Castle Terrace, Edinburgh (7); 34. The Three Chimneys, Isle of Skye (7); 35. The Waterside Inn, Berkshire (7); 36. Simon Radley at the Chester Grosvenor, Cheshire (7) New; 37.   Restaurant James Sommerin, Glamorgan (7), 38. Whatley Manor, The Dining Room, Wiltshire (7); 39. Matt Worswick at the Latymer, Surrey (7) New; 40.   The Raby Hunt, County Durham (7); 41. The Greenhouse, London (7); 42. The Sportsman, Kent (7); 43. Restaurant Martin Wishart, Edinburgh (7); 44. Artichoke, Buckinghamshire (7); 45. Lake Road Kitchen, Cumbria (7) New; 46. Adam’s, Birmingham (7); 47. Morston Hall, Norfolk (7); New; 48. Le Gavroche, London (7); 49. The Whitebrook, Monmouthshire (7); 50. Hambleton Hall, Leicestershire and Rutland (7).

The Good Food Guide 2019, which costs £17.99 – which was published by Waitrose on Thursday – is the sixth to be published by the British supermarket.

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