ANDREW Fairlie, Martin Wishart and Tom Kitchin are among the chefs whose restaurants have been ranked the best in Britain by an influential guide.

Simon Rogan's eaterie L'Enclume was named by the Good Food Guide as the best for the second year running. The Cumbrian eatery won a perfect 10 cooking score alongside Heston Blumenthal's The Fat Duck and Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, the first time in 15 years that the Good Food Guide to Britain's top restaurants awarded three full marks simultaneously.

In another first, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay chef proprietor Clare Smyth became the first female chef since 1999 to be awarded a perfect 10 score by the guide.

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Scotland has four in the top 50, with Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles scoring eight out of 10 to reach 11th spot. The Kitchin, Restaurant Martin Wishart in Edinburgh and The Peat Inn all scored seven.

The Fat Duck, ranked second, has scored a perfect 10 for seven years in a row.

Restaurant Gordon Ramsay achieved third place, up two places from last year.

The guide's consultant editor Elizabeth Carter said: "After a break of a decade, Gordon Ramsay's Chelsea flagship has once again been awarded a perfect 10.

"Now the domain of Clare Smyth, this most impressive of London's premier restaurants is back in that elite club. "

The guide, published by Waitrose, is compiled by experts on public recommendations.