Mor Mu Dong, Phuket. – Andy Taylor

Captain Moonlight, Anglesea. This is one of the most under-rated restaurants in Australia and is so great on every level. Service, personal food and an incredible view of the Victorian coastline. – Ben Shewry


HIX seafood restaurant in Dorset. The restaurant is perched overlooking the sea and all the seafood is caught daily from local fishermen, it’s amazing. – Clodagh McKenna

The Fisherman’s Retreat, is a pub near my childhood home in Norden, on the outskirts of Rochdale. It was well hidden within the moors and it was never easy to get to but the food was always exquisite. It was always a special occasion trip – for their gammon, steak and leak pie, or just an elevated version of fish and chips. – Dhruv Mittal

Coombeshead Farm in Cornwall. Brilliant, understated food and similarly brilliant, understated (but classy) hospitality. – Ed Smith

The Gurnard’s Head in Zennor, Cornwall. 
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Troisgros in Ouches, French countryside not far from Lyon. – Greg Marchand

River Cottage HQ in Devon. It showed me what real food actually tastes like. – Ivan Tisdall-Downes

A toddy shop I ate at outside Kochi, a city in Kerala, India. It was one of the most exciting and unique dining experiences I have had and inspires what we do at Hoppers hugely. – Karan GokaniA restaurant that I love that isn’t in a city would have to be Dastaan in Epsom, it’s the best Indian restaurant in Surrey from the ex-head chefs of Gymkhana. – Kian Sumyani

I love very much a pub restaurant called The Gunton Arms in rural Norfolk. It’s in the middle of a gigantic deer park and is home to some very rare and beautiful artwork. The food is simple and unsurprisingly, there is a lot of venison on the menu which is cooked on an open hearth in the dining room. Last time I was there I had to leave early in the morning which meant the grounds were covered in a thick winter mist and all I could see were antlers sticking out. It was very special. – Merlin Labron-Johnson

Paul Ainsworth No 6. – Michael Carr

Apart from mine, I’d go for Kahuna in Newquay. Tucked away on a side street next to the mainline train station, it’s a Pan-Asian influenced restaurant run by Ryan and Kelly Mather.  They’ve quietly been building up their business and now offer amazing food and reasonable prices. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly and they do take away too. – Nathan Outlaw

I’ve not been yet but I am dying to get to Henne by Paul Cunningham. – Paul Ainsworth

The Sportsman in Seasalter, Kent is an obvious answer. Probably everyone’s answer and probably for a good reason. – Sam Buckley

Bell’ Italia in Cisternino Puglia. – Theo Randall

I’ve never been to this restaurant, but I really want to go to Inver on the west coast of Skye. It’s in the middle of nowhere with bothys to rent out for the night looking onto the loch. I follow everything they do with bizarre and foraged ingredients from the land. – Neil Campbell

Ibu Oka Warung, a restaurant tucked away in Ubud in Bali, Indonesia. It specialises in Babi Guling or suckling pig. The pigs are cooked over an open fire, rotated by hand for 6 hours whilst being basted with coconut water. There is no fuss just seriously good cooking in one of the most beautiful parts of the world. – Daniel Smith

Extebarri in Basque Country, Spain. – Robin Gill

There’s obviously quite a lot of up here, out in rural North Yorkshire, but I think my favourite, a good friend of mine has The Pony & Trap, Josh Eggleton in Chew Magna just south of Bristol. It’s in the Dew Valley there. It’s beautiful, kind of reminds me of home up in Oldstead, an area of outstanding national beauty, it’s the same down there where they are. He’s got a lovely pub which he owns with his family, so I’ve got a few connotations there. He cooks really hearty food that’s just delicious. – Tommy Banks

Robomart is the best fucking place. They’ve got like the best subs, tacos, ice cream. It’s a convenience store, bus stop, gas station and it’s owned by this amazing Indian couple, it’s pretty much under the Peace Bridge going into Buffalo, New York. Robomart is literally one of my favourite restaurants and it’s a fucking gas station. – Matty Matheson

Interview by Davey BRETT & Will HALBERT