All The New Michelin-Starred Restaurants In The UK & Ireland
Last night, Michelin announced which restaurants had made it into the Michelin Guide Great Britain & Ireland. Each year, Michelin’s team of anonymous restaurant inspectors award venues with one star (“high-quality cooking, worth a stop”), two stars (“excellent cooking, worth a detour”) or three stars (“exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey”).
Last year, the UK gained one of the latter for Simon Rogan’s L’Enclume in Cartmel, Cumbria, joining top restaurants The Lecture Room & Library at Sketch, Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, Core by Clare Smyth and Hélène Darroze at The Connaught in London, and Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck and Alain Roux’s Waterside Inn in Bray, Berkshire. And while there were no new three-star announcements this year, there were three two-star awards given to Alex Dilling at Hotel Café Royal, which only opened last year, Dede in Baltimore and The Ledbury, which won back its two stars at the first ceremony since the restaurant reopened, following its closure during the pandemic.
In total, 20 restaurants picked up their first star. London teams earning their first accolade include Italian restaurant Luca in Clerkenwell, St Barts in Smithfield, Cycene in Shoreditch and Taku in Mayfair. Across the rest of the UK and Ireland, Edinburgh picked up stars for Timberyard and Heron, Grace & Savour in Hampton in Arden won its first star, and there were wins for Restaurant Twenty-Two in Cambridge and Pentonbridge Inn in Penton, Cumbria.
In 2021, the guide added a Green star to its roster, which recognises sustainable gastronomy and distinguishes restaurants taking responsibility in the conversation of resources and the protection of biodiversity. Four were announced this year: Crocadon in St Mellion, Apricity in London, Osip in Bruton and Culture in Falmouth.
Last week, the Michelin Bib Gourmands were unveiled. Named after Bibendum – the Michelin Man – the Bib Gourmand distinction “highlights restaurants offering good food at competitive prices”. This year, 20 new restaurants have made it into the 2023 Great Britain & Ireland selection, including SL favourites The Flint House in Brighton, Thai hotspot Plaza Khao Gaeng in London and Notting Hill pub The Pelican.
The Michelin Guide Great Britain & Ireland Winners In Full…
New Two Star Restaurants
Alex Dilling at Hotel Café Royal, London
The Ledbury, London
New One Star Restaurants
Ben Wilkinson at The Pass, Horsham
Gidleigh Park, Chagford
Grace & Savour, Hampton in Arden
heft, Newton in Cartmel
Pentonbridge Inn, Penton
Restaurant Twenty-Two, Cambridge
SOLSTICE BY KENNY ATKINSON, Newcastle upon Tyne
St. Barts, London
Store, Stoke Holy Cross
The Samling, Ambleside
The Tudor Pass, Egham
New Green Star Restaurants
Crocadon, St Mellion
New Bib Gourmand Restaurants
Blaise Inn, Bristol
Flint House, Brighton
Plaza Khao Gaeng, London
Queen of Cups, Glastonbury
Root Wells, Wells
Saint Francis Provisions, Kinsale
Six Bells, Witham on the Hill
The Chequers, Bath
The Galley, Topsham
The Pelican, London
The Spärrows, Manchester
Yr Hen Printworks, Cardigan
Special Awards 2023
Chef Mentor – Michael Deane from Eipic in Belfast
Young Chef – Sarah Hayward from The Coach in Marlow
Welcome and Service – Declan Maxwell and the team from Spitalfields restaurant in Dublin
Sommelier – Tara Ozols from SO|LA in London
Exceptional Cocktail – Makis Kazakis and the bar team from Park Chinois in London
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