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Last Updated: Wednesday, 30 April, 2003, 08:19 GMT 09:19 UK
Global recognition for Devon restaurant
Gidleigh Park Hotel and Restaurant
Gidleigh Park is set in 45 acres of gardens and woodland on Dartmoor

A South West restaurant is celebrating after being ranked as one of the world's top eating establishments.

Michael Caines' Gidleigh Park has taken 19th position in the recent Restaurant Magazine ranking of the top 50 restaurants worldwide.

Restaurant Magazine asked a number of the best qualified reviewers and restaurateurs to nominate their favourite places to eat - a combination of fine food, service, location and general atmosphere.

Gidleigh, which is set in Dartmoor, was one of only three UK restaurants to make it into the top 20.

Top 20 tables across the world
French Laundry, California
El Bulli, Barcelona
Le Louis XV, Alain Ducasse, Monaco
Jean Georges, New York
Gordon Ramsay, London
L'Arpege, Paris
Comme chez Soi, Brussels
Rockpool, Sydney
L'Ambroisie, Paris
Gramercy Tavern, New York
Michel Bras, Laguiole, France
Chez Panisse, California
Pierre Gagnaire, Paris
The Merchant House, Ludlow
Bocca, Tallinn, Estonia
Jiro, Tokyo, Japan
Felix, Hong Kong
L'Auberge de L'ill, France
Gidleigh Park, Devon
Bukhara, New Delhi

Gordon Ramsay's flagship London eaterie is judged the fifth best place in the world to eat.

Other British restaurants appearing in the Top 50 are The Merchant House, Ludlow (14); Nobu, London (26); Raymond Blanc's Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons, Oxfordshire (29); celebrity hang-out The Ivy, London (31); the much acclaimed Three Chimneys, on the Isle of Skye (32); Petrus, another Ramsay restaurant, (33); The Square, London (43); River Cafe, London (47); and St John, London (49).

"The British are getting used to the idea of eating out," said Michael Caines.

"As a nation we are getting more of a restaurant culture and are becoming more adventurous.

"The countryside offers independent chefs the chance to start doing something for themselves where they don't have to spend so much money," he said.

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