Now in its fifth year, the annual GQ Food & Drink Awards celebrates the very best in British hospitality. Alongside brand partners Veuve Cliquot & Belvedere (both available at VIP Bottles), the GQ judges were made up of some of the most experienced and legendary restaurateurs, chefs and sommeliers around.
So without further ado, let’s get into our recap of some of the best food and drink places around.
Belvedere Best Bar: Satan’s Whiskers
So we start with the most important of them all (obviously), the best bar in the land. This year, it was won by Bethnal Green’s Satan’s Whiskers.
Boasting a fine range of music, most commonly the OG 80’s Hip-Hop era and a crazy but somewhat quirky plethora of taxidermy across the walls – Satan’s Whiskers gives Londoners and those further afield a real reason to travel for their evening delights.
Beyond the (important) aesthetics of the place, it’s the ingenuity, creativity and bold changing cocktail menus that has really helped it a standout amongst a wide range of bars throughout East London. Whether it is a Salty Dog (Vodka, Grapefruit juice & pink salt) or the signature Satan’s Whiskers, you are not going to be disappointed for sure.
Best Pub: The Fordwich Arms
Fun fact, Fordwich is one of, if not, Britain’s smallest town but now home to Britain’s best pub, according to GQ and the panel of judges.
The pub manages to delicately balance the look and feel of a traditional local pub, built simply to serve the town’s residents and a Michelin star kitchen/menu that will attract some of the world’s biggest foodies.
The young but experienced team have truly helped to put Fordwich on the map with their 6 season menus boasting a variety of tastes and flavours that we have all come to adore.
Best Restaurant: Hide
Not only does Hide boast some brilliant food that earned the place a Michelin star just 6 months after opening, but the concept of the three-storey establishment is also something we all need to experience. The Ground floor is set at an all-day eatery, with the lower floor boasting a subterranean bar and the top floor is home to their fine-dining flagship establishment.
What makes this place special is that you are able to order any one of their 6500 bottles of wine from their boutique straight to your table, combining fine-dining and luxury wines effortlessly.
The brainchild of Ollie Dabbous and Hedonism Wines, Hide even has celebrity chefs like Isaac Carew gushing over what they have managed to create.
Best Breakthrough: Sabor
We love celebrating everything new and exciting and Sabre’s Best Breakthrough award is no different.
Opening in February 2018 to unanimous acclaim, Sabor was swiftly awarded a Michelin star, cementing previous GQ Food & Drink Award winner Barragan’s position as the best tapas chef in Britain.
Like Hide, Sabor is also split into three areas, but this time each area is dedicated to a region in Spain; Andalucía, Galicia and Castile. Having travelled these parts before, it is fair to say seafood and red meats take centre stage here alongside impeccable service.
A must try for all tapas lovers.