This Leeds fine dining restaurant has been named the best in England

The restaurant team said they were ‘truly humbled’ to be ‘bringing it home for Leeds’

A fine dining restaurant in Leeds has been named the best in England this week as it was handed the prestigious gong at the Food Awards England 2022.

Run by former Masterchef finalist Jonathan ‘Jono’ Hawthorne, the New Briggate restaurant Chef Jono at V&V took home Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year at a glitzy awards ceremony.

Offering a modern British dining experience with a focus on seasonal produce and creative cooking, throughout the week it offers its signature tasting menu – an eleven course feast featuring the likes of ‘ramen broth’ with hen’s egg, seaweed and corn, Gressingham duck, and ‘mushroom tiramisu’.

Priced at £70, a matched wine pairing is available for another £70 on top.

San marzano tomatoes dressed in a tigers milk dressing and finished with some pistachio and salty cheese. / Image: Chef Jono at V&V

On Sundays, the restaurant serves a slightly different tasting menu geared towards everyone’s gravy-soaked favourite: Sunday lunch.

Priced at £40, this seven-course Sunday tasting menu starts with an amouse bouche, moves to a celeriac veloute with langoustine oil and fennell Pollen, then on to traditional(ish) starters, a main of roast aged beef with Yorkshire pudding and red wine sauce, followed by a pre-dessert, a dish of potato, rhubarb tarragon and, finally, cheese.

The beef and Yorkshire pudding main from the Sunday roast tasting menu at Chef Jono at V&V. / Image: Chef Jono at V&V

Sharing the news to its social media pages on Wednesday, the restaurant wrote of its delight at landing the title of Best Fine Dining restaurant in England.

It said: “Bringing it home for Leeds last night. Thank you to everyone that has supported us our guests, our supporters and of course, our team.

“We are truly humbled and proud of everything we have accomplished. Congratulations to all the winners last night.”

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Raw beef, smoked oyster custard, pickled wild garlic stems.. / Image: V&V

Chef ‘Jono’ Hawthorne trained at top restaurants in Denmark and Australia as well as at Ilkey’s Box Tree.

He appeared on Masterchef: The Professionals in 2020, and after making it to the finals made the decision to reopen Vice and Virtue using his own name.

Chef Jono at V&V was not the only Yorkshire restaurant to take home a gong, either.

Other local eateries to pick up awards in the regional section included Sheffield’s Amigos Mexican Kitchen (Best Mexican Establishment North), Ilkley’s The Box Tree (Restaurant of the Year Yorkshire) and Holmfirth’s Philomena Foggs (Café/Bistro of the Year Yorkshire).

In Halifax, Kiplings Restaurant took home Best Indian Establishment North and Best Indian Establishment Overall Winner.

The Food Awards said the awards “recognise the success of local professionals and establishments that continue delivering great flavours and experiences to their customers.”

Feature image – Chef Jono at V&V

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