Simon Rogan's restaurant L'Enclume in Cartmel has been crowned the best in the UK for the fourth year running, after securing a perfect 10 score in the 2017 Good Food Guide.
Judges praised the "soaring sophistication of Mr Rogan's cooking".
Fresh ingredients grown at the restaurant's own 12-acre farm and groundbreaking flavour combinations and presentation set the popular Cartmel eatery apart from everywhere else.
The Good Food Guide noted the 17-course tasting menu, saying it offered "clever elements of technical wizardry to keep the 'oohs' and 'aahs' going."
Mr Rogan said: "It's amazing news to be number one for the fourth year running.
"I'm really grateful to the Good Food Guide for their faith in awarding us top spot once more, and appreciative for the enormous effect it has on our business.
"It's a huge achievement but could not happen without a massive team effort. For me, it's a privilege to lead this outstanding group of people.
"There's no doubt that L’Enclume is approaching the most creative period in its history, and achieving the quality I dreamed of when I first opened its doors."
Thank you for all the kind wishes, we're very proud of what we’ve achieved and couldn’t have done it without our amazing team! #GFG2017— L'Enclume (@lenclume) 25 August 2016
Forest Side in Grasmere was ranked 37th on the influential list, the highest new entry, and was joined in the top 50 by Lake Road Kitchen in Ambleside at 49th.
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