A total of 20 new Michelin-Starred restaurants were unveiled at the first-ever live launch of the Michelin Guide Great Britain and Ireland yesterday.
Taking place at the Institution of Engineering and Technology on the banks of the Thames, the event saw leading industry stars such as Heston Blumenthal, Raymond Blanc and Marcus Wareing out in force to learn which restaurants were joining the culinary elite.
The 2017 edition of the guide includes a new Two Michelin Star restaurant: Raby Hunt at Summerhouse, near Darlington, where self-taught chef James Close cooks unfussy, modern dishes.
Meanwhile, Blumenthal’s Fat Duck returns to the guide with Three Michelin Stars. The restaurant offers a truly memorable and visceral multi-sensory experience which is informed by a clever narrative.
18 new One Michelin Star establishments were revealed, including two pubs: The Wild Rabbit in Oxfordshire with Tim Allen in the kitchen; and the Crown at Burchetts Green in Berkshire, run by Simon Bonwick and his family.
The Lake District has two new Michelin Stars: Forest Side and Gilpin Hotel, while Dublin has another Michelin Star in Heron & Grey.
In Wales, Sosban & The Old Butchers in Anglesey has gained a Michelin Star, as has James Sommerin in Penarth.
Rebecca Burr, editor of the Michelin Guide Great Britain and Ireland 2017, said: “London’s great variety of establishments, its history, but also its dynamism and vitality are illuminated by the capital’s new Michelin Stars.
“The Ritz Restaurant and Veeraswamy, London’s oldest Indian restaurant, both receive One Michelin Star. These establishments have long and illustrious histories, but the cooking at both has never been better than it is today.”
Newcomers to the London dining scene awarded a Michelin Star include Ellory and The Ninth.
Establishments which have retained their Michelin Stars under new chefs include Gary Foulkes at Angler, Tom Brown at Outlaws at the Capital Hotel and Robert Potter at Bybrook Restaurant at the Manor House Hotel.
At the live launch, attended by FEJ, special congratulations were given to Michael Wignall, who made a very successful move from Surrey to Devon and retained the Two Michelin Stars at Gidleigh Park.
Burr added: “Our inspectors had many meals here during the course of the year and found the restaurant invigorated, rejuvenated and unquestionably worthy of being re-awarded our highest accolade.”
This edition of the guide also marks the 20th anniversary of the Bib Gourmand – Michelin’s award for good value, good quality cooking. This year the guide includes more than 140 ‘Bibs’, of which 24 are new.