Great Gonerby restaurant is in top 10 UK eateries

Harry and Caroline Hallam at Harry's Place in Great Gonerby. Photo: 0271A
Harry and Caroline Hallam at Harry's Place in Great Gonerby. Photo: 0271A

A couple who run a restaurant from the dining room of their own home are celebrating after it was named among the best 10 in the country in a prestigious survey.

Harry and Caroline Hallam, who are both 66, were overjoyed to learn that their eaterie - Harry’s Place - has been ranked eighth in The Sunday Times Top 100 Restaurants, published at the weekend.

The Great Gonerby restaurant beat off competition from esteemed establishments such as Michel Roux junior’s Le Gavroche in London, which came in 16th, and Heston Blumenthal’s celebrated The Fat Duck, in Berkshire, which languishes down in 29th spot.

Harry said: “Making the Sunday Times top 10 has taken us into the stratosphere. Business has been good but this has taken us to the next level. We took 16 bookings within a few days of the list being published on Sunday.”

The achievement of Harry’s Place, which is in High Street, is all the more remarkable considering the scale of the research carried out by food guide publisher, Harden’s, which sifted through 65,000 reports from diners across the UK to arrive at the final top 100 listings.

The Hallams, who have run their unusual restaurant from their home for more than a quarter of a century after previously managing an eaterie in Castlegate in Grantham, have space for just three tables and cater for around 10 diners at each sitting.

They pride themselves on giving customers a personal touch and source quality local produce.

There are always two starters on Harry’s handwritten menu - usually soup and a shellfish - meat or fish for the main course and a choice from a couple of desserts.

“We have daily fish deliveries, we use local meats and vegetables and this week we served Yorkshire grouse from our game supplier in Spalding,” added Caroline.

A reviewer on the online restaurant review site, Trip Advisor, commented: “You eat in a beautiful, relaxing room with only 10 covers. Where else could you enjoy this type of intimate experience outside a chef’s table in a top London restaurant.”