Gordon Ramsay loses top spot on London restaurant scene

Gordon Ramsay stands accused of allowing his TV career to get in the way of his day job after losing his top spot on the London restaurant scene.

Having topped all three categories in the prestigious Harden’s London Restaurants guide for some seven years, Ramsay’s eponymous diner has this year only triumphed in one category: ‘top gastronomic experience’.

Instead, over 8,000 food lovers voted to give Marcus Wareing’s Petrus (which is part of the Ramsay group) London’s ‘highest overall rating’, while Chez Bruce was bestowed with the Best for Food award. Chez Bruce, which is situated in Wandsworth, was also celebrating after being named ‘Londoners’ favourite restaurant’ for the third year running.

Co-editor Richard Harden said yesterday: ‘Failing some major redirection of Gordon’s energies back to this London restaurants – and away from America, TV studios and pubs – this is beginning to look like the end of the era of Ramsay’s unchallenged dominance of the high-end culinary scene.’

Other awards in the annual culinary cook-off included Best for Romance, which went to La Poule au Pot, and Best Breakfast/Brunch, which was awarded to media favourite The Wolseley.

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