Mrs D and I like good restaurants. Our second son, Patrick and Verity live within walking distance of the village of Bray in Berkshire which is home to Britain's top eating house, The Fat Duck, and also eighth on the list, The Waterside. (I am pleased that Heston Blumenthal has knocked the foul mouthed Gordon Ramsey off top spot.) I did expect to have been to a few of the top 40 in Britain, and was surprised that we have only been to one in the 2008 Good Food Guide Top 40, Mr Underhill's at Ludlow. I suppose that the top restaurants do tend to come and go.
But there is no excuse for us not having been to Tyddyn Llan, near Corwen in North Wales, which is the only Welsh restaurant in the list. I have tried to book us in on at least two occasions, without success. It is clearly the place to go for any Welshman who wants to promote good eating in Wales. We should be doing more to encourage a higher standard of Welsh cuisine. It really is a poor do that we only provide one of the top forty.