The Good Food Guide 2010 has grown from 40 to 50 in less than one year–not in age, but in the number of top restaurants it lists in its annual guide for consumers.

The decision to choose the Top 50 UK restaurants rather than the Top 40 for 2010 was based on the ever-growing number of new restaurants, and up-and-coming chefs that were preparing their food with style, flair and high quality, among other factors.

Editor of The Good Food Guide, Elizabeth Carter, said The Good Food Guide was expanded to include the Top 50 because so many restaurants in the UK and improving, even in the tough economic times and “hitting their stride at the moment”.

Newcomer, Fraiche of Merseyside, received 7/10 marks and is included in this year’s Guide. Other restaurants featured in the Guide include The Sportsman in Whitstable, scoring 6/10 in 37th place, as well as La Becasse in Ludlow, also scoring a 6/10 as number 50. The Sportsman is up from a 5/10 last year and Harris was also received the Editors’ Choice Award from The Good Food Guide 2010 for Best Chef.

The Fat Duck remains number one with a 10/10 for the second year in a row, with Gordon Ramsay in a close second and followed by chef Marcus Wareing at Berkeley in third and Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons in fourth.

However, The Good Food Guide warns that things could change due to new talent and a drive for perfection across the business. Nathan Outlaw, a restaurant in Cornwall made the Top 10 this year for the first time with a score of 8/10. They were followed closely by Maze in London and the in house chef, Jason Atherto; at number 11 with an 8/10.

10/10 scores are provided for consistently perfect dishes, while 9/10 scores are earned for high achievements, 8/10 are earned for a kitchen that is close to the top of its game, 7/10 for ambition and individuality and 6/10 for kitchens on the rise.

A complete list of the Top 50 UK Restaurants is available in The Good Food Guide 2010