The Sportsman in Kent has been named the UK’s best restaurant in the 2017 National Restaurant Awards.

The Michelin-starred pub restaurant in Seasalter, swapped places with last year’s best restaurant – Barrafina Adelaide Street – to take up the number one spot at Restaurant magazine’s awards, held at The Hurlingham Club in London tonight (27 June).

Restaurant editor Stefan Chomka said: “Stephen Harris once described The Sportsman as a ‘grotty boozer by the sea’. But it’s certainly way more than that. The former history teacher is one of a handful of UK chefs to practice genuine terroir cooking down in the Kent estuary. A magnificent restaurant and a very worthy number one, congratulations to The Sportsman.”

London restaurants The Ledbury and Hedone took third and fourth places respectively while Restaurant Nathan Outlaw in Port Isaac, Cornwall, was fifth.

Allan Pickett and Andre Blais’s London restaurant Piquet, which opened last year, was awarded Highest New Entry (7th) while Lake Road Kitchen in Ambleside (7th) was named Highest Climber after climbing up 70 places from last year.

Other awards, for Service, Cocktail List of the Year and Wine List of the Year, were given to The Clove Club, Social Eating House and Noble Rot respectively.

Philip Howard, was awarded Chef’s Chef of the Year and Pierre Koffmann was given a Lifetime Achievement Award.

There was also the Best Italian Award, given to London’s The River Cafe and The One to Watch, awarded to Som Saa in London.

Votes from 150 industry experts from across the UK, including chefs, restaurateurs, food writers and critics, determine which restaurants make the top 100 list.

Each voter is given seven votes based on their best restaurant experiences from the last 12 months. Votes are listed in order of preference and must be for restaurants both in their ‘home’ region and outside it.

Once all votes are cast, they are added up by Restaurant magazine to create the list. In the event of a tied number of votes, the preference ‘weighting’ comes into play.

Special awards - Best Wine List, Service, Best Cocktail List and Lifetime Achievement - are voted for separately by the same academy of experts while The One To Watch Award is granted at the discretion of Restaurant magazine.

Top 100 UK Restaurants 2017:

The Sportsman, Kent

Barrafina Adelaide Street, London

The Ledbury, London

Hedone, London

Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, Port Isaac

The Clove Club, London

Piquet, London (Highest New Entry)

L’Enclume, Cartmel

Lyle’s, London

The River Café, London

The Walnut Tree, Abergavenny

Casamia, Bristol

The Dairy, London

Restaurant Sat Bains, Nottingham

Lake Road Kitchen, Ambleside

64 Degrees, Brighton

Hoppers, London

Le Gavroche, London

A Wong, London

Frenchie, London

Noble Rot, London

Restaurant Andrew Fairlie, Auchturader

The Waterside Inn, Bray

Black Axe Mangal, London

The Quality Chop House, London

Bells Diner and Bar Rooms, Bristol

The Man Behind the Curtain, Leeds

Fera, London

Duck & Waffle, London

40 Maltby Street, London

Hibiscus, London

The Elephant, Torquay

The Hand and Flowers, Marlow

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, London

Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, London

Hawksmoor Seven Dials, London

Birch, Bristol

Northcote, Blackburn

Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons

The Hardwick, Abergavenny

Portland, London

The Palomar, London

Midsummer House, Cambridge

Bao, London

Gymkhana, London

Pollen Street Social, London

The Seahorse, Dartmouth

Ellory, London

Alyn Williams at The Westbury, London

Manchester House, Manchester

Paul Ainsworth at Number 6, Padstow

Pitt Cue, London

Brawn, London

Otto’s, London

Smoking Goat, London

Simpsons, Birmingham

The Manor, London

Oldroyd, London

The Coach, Marlow

Ondine, Edinburgh

The Ninth, London

Bocca Di Lupo, London

Kitchen Table, London

Social Eating House, London

Fraiche, Oxton

Restaurant Story, London

Marcus, London

The Fat Duck, Bray

The Wolseley, London

Wright’s Food Emporium, Llanarthney

Chez Bruce, London

Lurra, London

Primeur, London

Sticky Walnut, Chester

The Kitchin, Edinburgh

Tyddyn Llan, Corwen

Colony Grill Room, London

Castle Terrace, Edinburgh

The French, Manchester

Darsham Nurseries, Darsham

El Gato Negro, Manchester

Snaps and Rye, London

Deanes EIPIC Restaurant, Belfast

The Wild Rabbit, Kingham

Ynyshir Hall, Machynlleth

Theo Randall at The InterContinental, London

Bentleys Oyster Bar & Grill, London

The Parkers Arms, Newton in Bowland

The Chilli Pickle, Brighton

The Pipe and Glass Inn, Beverley

Carters of Moseley, Moseley

The Flitch of Bacon, Dunmow

Silo, Brighton

MeatLiquor Marylebone, London

Sartoria, London

Wilks Restaurant, Bristol

Berners Tavern, London

Café Murano St James, London

House of Tides, Newcastle

Driftwood Hotel

Chef’s Chef of the Year – Philip Howard

Lifetime Achievement Award – Pierre Koffmann

One to Watch – Som Saa

Highest New Entry - Piquet

Highest Climber - Lake Road

The Service Award - The Clove Club

Cocktail List of the Year - Social Eating House

Wine List of the Year - Noble Rot

Best Italian - The River Café

Sustainable Restaurant of the Year - Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons

Best in UK/Gastropub - The Sportsman

Best in Scotland - Restaurant Andrew Fairlie

Best in Wales - The Walnut Tree

Best in Northern Ireland - Deanes EIPIC Restaurant