Winners announced

8 November 2013

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The Smith Hotel awards:Showcasing the world's
most stylish stays

Best Hotel Restaurant

Best Hotel Restaurant

Seafood linguine overlooking the Amalfi Coast; beach barbecues in a tropical limestone grotto; sushi in Soho; your first sip of that great gutsy Rioja… holiday memories are fed by such moments.

At Smith, we don't do star ratings – and the Best Hotel Restaurant is not only a culinary star: it's an experience to savour. It's part and parcel of your stay, possibly even the highlight of your trip. Wine-matched tasting menus are all very well, but if they're fancy for the sake of it, we'll take the local chalkboard specials any day.


Winner La Bastide de Moustiers

Provence, France

 Winner Smith Hotel Awards 2013 La Bastide de Moustiers

Given that the owner of this romantic Provençal inn, Alain Ducasse, holds more Michelin stars than any other chef in the world, it’s hardly surprising that the food is show-stopping. The restaurant is a love poem to the surrounding area, a gastronome’s daydream that showcases the finest local produce in a daily changing menu of delectably inventive dishes. There’s no frippery or unnecessary extras; just simple, seasonal ingredients, intelligently prepared and served in a truly beautiful place.


Runner up Lake House

Daylesford, Australia

 Runner up Smith Hotel Awards 2013 Lake House

'Long-running yet on-trend, with great home-grown produce and home-cured meats, superb service, and outstanding wine. Ambitious but right in tune with its peaceful rural location'
Food and travel writer Sophie Dening


Runner up Bells at Killcare

Central Coast, Australia

 Runner up Smith Hotel Awards 2013 Bells at Killcare

'Combining local and seasonal Australian ingredients with traditional Italian flair'
Juliet Kinsman, Editor-in-chief, Mr & Mrs Smith

Top ten


Destination dining

The Best Hotel Restaurant is one you'd make a detour for (even if you weren't staying at the hotel): this exceptional eatery serves up a meal memorable enough to recall long after you leave.

Thought for food

We respect a chef who cares where his ingredients come from. Whether your meal includes freshly foraged fruit, Fair Trade cocoa, kitchen-garden herbs or locally landed fish, it should be selected with due diligence.


Hushed tones and bland dining rooms, begone! The Best Hotel Restaurant understands that visuals count as much as victuals; the mood and setting matter.

Outstanding cuisine

Is there a celebrated chef or a star in the making in the kitchen? Is their cooking Michelin-quality? Did you want second helpings?  

Imaginative menus

Does this restaurant give you something you can't get anywhere else? An unusual take on local cuisine, an exceptional focus on seasonality, a mouthwatering fusion menu? And don't forget the drinks: is the wine list award-winning? Are regional specialities celebrated?

Stellar service

Does the sommelier know his stuff? Is the maître d' the consummate host? Bowing and scraping isn't necessary – but personable, knowledgable staff who prioritise your enjoyment are essential.

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  • Sophie Dening

    Sophie Dening