Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

River Cafe No Longer One of World's Top 50... but Five London Restaurants Are; Winners: Heston Blumenthal, Far Left, Was Voted No in the World for the Fat Duck, While Ferran Adria, Chef at El Bulli, Saw His Kitchen Voted No 1

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

River Cafe No Longer One of World's Top 50... but Five London Restaurants Are; Winners: Heston Blumenthal, Far Left, Was Voted No in the World for the Fat Duck, While Ferran Adria, Chef at El Bulli, Saw His Kitchen Voted No 1

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Byline: ELIZABETH HOPKIRK

THE River Cafe's 20-year reign at the top of London's gastronomichierarchy has come to an end.

The acclaimed Hammersmith restaurant, run by Rose Gray and Ruth Rogers, hasbeen dropped from an influential list of the world's top 50 restaurants for thefirst time.

However, five London restaurants have been named among the 50 best, accordingto the poll of 700 food critics.

The capital's reputation for dining out was bolstered by the success ofRestaurant Gordon Ramsay, the chef 's flagship establishment in Chelsea.

Last year it was ranked 24th. This year it has shot up the list to become thecapital's highest-placed entry at No 13.

The overall winner was El Bulli in northern Spain, named best restaurant in theworld.

Heston Blumenthal's The Fat Duck, in Bray, Berkshire, came second for the thirdyear running.

The World's 50 Best Restaurants list, produced annually by Restaurant magazine,is based on votes by experts from around the globe.

A total of six British restaurants make it onto the list this year.

The four other London restaurants in the top 50 are St John, EC1 (16th),Hakkasan, W1 (19th), Le Gavroche, W1 (22nd), and Nobu, W1 (30th).

A further six make it into the top 100.

They are Maze, W1 (57th), the River Cafe,W6 (58th), Zuma, SW7 (64th), TheSquare, W1 (67th) and L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon, WC2 (83rd). The only otherBritish entry is also in Bray Michel Roux's Waterside Inn, at No 70. …

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