This week, Michelin announced the UK establishments that have made next year’s Michelin Guide, which will be officially published on 5th October. Held at Waterloo’s BFI IMAX, the ceremony unveiled 24 newly decorated restaurants.
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”) – the latter of which there were no new entries this year.
In London, six new restaurants picked up a Michelin star – Core by Clare Smyth and James Knappett’s acclaimed Kitchen Table secured an impressive two stars. But the evening also proved to be great news for restaurants across the rest of the UK, with 15 establishments picking up their first star.
London eateries earning their first stars include Tomos Parry’s Brat in Hackney and wine bar Leroy over in Shoreditch (an unusual destination for the traditional Michelin guide). Michelin veterans Ollie Dabbous, Nieves Barragan Mohacho and Simon Rogan all won stars for their latest projects (Hide, Sabor and Roganic, respectively), while Ikoyi became the first West African restaurant in the capital to earn a star.
Clare Smyth, the chef who catered for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding, previously won three stars for Restaurant Gordon Ramsay. This time around, Smyth received the accolade for Core, her first solo venture which opened in Notting Hill last summer. Smyth served pork belly and wagyu beef burgers at the royal wedding in May, with guests such as Serena Williams and Sir Elton John later enjoying candy floss as a ‘midnight snack’. Smyth has used her position to promote equality in the industry, telling the Guardian: “It’s nice to be out there and doing it for female chefs.”
New two-Michelin-star winner – UK
Moor Hall, Lancashire
New one-Michelin-star winners – UK
Olive Tree, Bath
Fordwich Arms, Kent,
Rogan & Co, Cumbria
Gidleigh Park, Devon
White Swan, Lancashire
Tim Allen's Flitch of Bacon, Essex
Blackbird, West Berkshire
Oxford Kitchen, Oxfordshire
Winteringham Fields, North Lincolnshire
Ichigo Ichie, Cork