2013 was always going to struggle to compete for news after 2012, the year of the London Olympics and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.  We rose to the challenge however and did still manage a Royal Baby and a Wimbledon win at last. The Brits love affair with all things foodie also continued to march unabated. The year started with a slight wobble as we tried to rid ourselves of the spector of horse meat in everything but Paul Hollywood soon had the entire country in the palm of his hand during the Great British Bake-Off. The summer was a flurry of new restaurant openings and sadly some closures of old favourites also. The climax of the year had to be the incredible performance by Steven Edwards in Professional Master Chef, leaving us all emotionally exhausted and ready to be spoon fed turkey for the next two weeks while we recovered!

The big three guides (Michelin, AA and Good Food) all produced their new awards for 2013/2014 leaving a trail of delight, acclaim, confusion and bewilderment in equal measure.

2013 has been a bumper year for articles posted on the Design Restaurants blog – we’ve shared reviews, awards, news and general thoughts about the world of fine dining and other worlds connected to it. For our end of year review we have chosen to re-visit 10 blogs from the past year – we hope you enjoy our curation of your favourites and ours.

Thank you finally to you, our followers, (including all of our new friends) this year for your interest and support of this blog – Design Restaurants wishes you all a happy, prosperous and above all tasty 2014!

Design Restaurants Ten Favourite Blog Posts of 2013


1. Steven Edwards Wins Masterchef: The Professionals 2013

Winner Screen Grab

2. Should restaurants offer a ‘soft drink’ pairing along with their wine recommendations?



3. RESTAURANT REVIEW  Andre Garrett at Cliveden House Hotel

Cliveden sunset


4. SPECIAL REPORT – Masterpiece London 2013



5. 10 of the Best Chef’s Tables in the UK


6. Restaurant Awards and Dining Guides – Can They Be Trusted?



7. Good Food Guide 2014 Top 50 Restaurants in the UK

8. London’s Best Child Friendly Fine Dining Restaurants 


9. The full list of 2013 – 2014 Michelin star restaurants in the UK 


10. Horsey Couture Dining – The Barn at Coworth Park


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