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Waiting times for the best Michelin starred restaurants in the UK revealed

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Dinner by Heston Blumenthal has the longest waiting time of any Michelin starred restaurant in the UK – with diners having to sit it out for 3-4 months before getting a table.

Restaurant Gordon Ramsay and Core by Clare Smyth are joint second, with wait times of 2-3 months each.

The Ledbury, with a wait time of 1-2 months, and The Fat Duck, at 2-3 weeks, complete the top five.

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Diners are faced with even longer waiting times in Europe.

Three Michelin starred De Librije in the Netherlands has a waiting time of more than six months, while El Celler de Can Roca in Spain has a reservation backlog of 4-5  months.

Maaemo in Norway and Osteria Francescana in Italy both have average wait times of 3-4 months.

Despite the long waits for tables at the most prestigious restaurants, more than half of Europe’s two and three Michelin starred restaurants – 175 to be exact – can be reserved within just two days.

The UK and Ireland boasts 28 two and three star restaurants. The Hand and Flowers, in Marlow, Buckinghamshire, and Raymond Blanc’s Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, are the easiest places to secure a booking, with wait times of 1-2 days.

The research was carried out by Celebrity Cruises, which said the data proved that the world’s best restaurants were “more accessible” than people may think.

Top 15 Michelin starred restaurants in Europe with the longest waiting times for a reservation

1. De Librije|2019 star rating 3*|Zwolle, Netherlands|6+ months

2. El Celler de Can Roca|2019 star rating 3*|Girona, Spain|4-5 months

3. Maaemo|2019 star rating 2*|Oslo, Norway|3-4 months

4. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal|2020 star rating 2*|London, UK|3-4 months

5. Osteria Francescana|2019 star rating 3*|Modena, Italy|3-4 months

6. CORE by Clare Smyth|2020 star rating 2*|London, UK|2-3 months

7. Gordon Ramsey|2020 star rating 3*|London, UK|2-3 months

8. Aimsir|2020 star rating 2*|Celbridge, County Kildare, Ireland, UK|2-3 months

9. Le Clos des Sens|2019 star rating 3*|Chagny, France|2-3 months

10. René et Maxime Meilleur|2019 star rating 3*|Saint-Martin-de-Belleville, France|2-3 months

11. La Chèvre d’Or|2019 star rating 2*|Èze, France|2-3 months

12. Hostellerie Jérôme|2019 star rating 2*|La Turbie, France|2-3 months

13. Michel Sarran|2019 star rating 2*|Toulouse, France|2-3 months

14. Schwarzwaldstube|2019 star rating 3*|Baiersbronn-Tonbach, Germany|2-3 months

15. Faviken Magasinet|2019 star rating 2*|Jarpen, Sweden|impossible to get a reservation before it closes in December 2019

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