The Michelin Guide dates back to 1911 and is still considered as the most important guide to eating out in the world. We take a look at some of the triumphs this year and celebrate some of the leading restaurants in the UK & Ireland.
This year the Michelin Guide held a huge event in the centre of London to unveil this year’s group of Michelin star restaurants in the UK and Ireland. The Michelin Guide started in 1911 and is still considered as the most important guide to eating out in the world. Michelin inspectors have spent the last twelve months dining in the places that encapsulate everything incredible about the world of food and drink.
There were eighteen new one-star entries this year, with The Raby Hunt in County Durham the only establishment to gain a second. The Fat Duck regained its three stars after moving to Melbourne last year, bringing their total number of three-starred restaurants in the UK back up to four.
2016 has seen quite a few Michelin star restaurants lose their chefs and, as a result, their stars. Some of these restaurants include London’s Wild Honey, Launceston Place and L’Autre Pied; Paris House in Woburn; Drake’s in Surrey; Ockenden Manor in West Sussex; The Terrace at Montagu Arms Hotel and Thackeray’s in Kent.
There were also some new special recognition awards presented at the beginning of the ceremony – Clare Smyth took home the title of Michelin Female Chef 2017, while the front of house team at Peel’s at Hampton Manor, which was also awarded a Michelin star, were given the Michelin Welcome Service Award 2017.
It was a good year for the north of England, as restaurants such as Kevin Tickle’s Forest Side and Gilpin Hotel and Lake House in Cumbria earned their first stars. Hackney in London also gained its first two stars, with Ellory and Pidgin making the cut.
Michelin-starred restaurants that closed and therefore lost their stars include Brasserie Chavot and Arbutus in London, Mr Underhill’s at Dinham Weir in Shropshire and Sangster’s in Fife.
Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester ***
Gordon Ramsay ***
The Fat Duck ***
Waterside Inn ***
Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles **
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal **
Gidleigh Park **
Hand and Flowers **
Hélène Darroze at the Connaught **
The Raby Hunt **
Summerhouse, County Durham
Sketch (The Lecture Room & Library) **
5 North Street *
Birmingham, West Midlands
Fera at Claridge’s *
Heron and Grey *
For the full list of winners click here.