The latest edition of the Michelin Guide has once again bestowed three stars upon The Fat Duck after Heston Blumenthal brought his restaurant back from a six-month residency in Melbourne, Australia.
The Fat Duck joins its neighbour in Bray, the Waterside Inn, Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester and Restaurant Gordon Ramsay on the three star list. Dinner, another Blumenthal restaurant retained its two stars, as did Araki, Le Gavroche and The Ledbury. Northern Irish chef Clare Smyth was named best female chef in Great Britain and Ireland, a new award for the guide.
Meanwhile, 18 restaurants from across the across the UK and Ireland were newly awarded one star. Here’s our pick of them…
The Wild Rabbit
One of two pubs to be awarded a star (the other is The Crown at Burchetts Green in Berkshire), The Wild Rabbit in Oxfordshire is a retreat where visitors can eat, drink and sleep. The bedroom’s are, according to Michelin, ‘delightfully understated’, but the food offers ‘layers of flavour’. Dishes include Turbot with purple sprouting broccoli, roast chicken wing, brown shrimps and gentleman’s relish. Visit www.thewildrabbit.co.uk
Michelin has bestowed a star upon the oldest Indian restaurant in London. Veeraswamy, overlooking Regent Street, was founded in 1926, the year Queen Elizabeth II was born, by the great grandson of an English general and an Indian princess. Menu highlights include a Keralan-style venison and quail scotch egg and slow roasted duck with vindaloo masala. Visit www.veeraswamy.com.
Another, even grander London institution has also been given one star. The Ritz Restaurant, run by chef John Williams MBE, offers contemporary takes on classic French cuisine. In unveiling the new Michelin Guide, editor Rebecca Burr said that The Ritz and Veeraswamy ‘have long and illustrious histories, but the cooking at both has never been better than it is today.’ Visit www.theritzlondon.com
Gilpin Hotel and Lake House
The Gilpin Restaurant at the stunning Gilpin Hotel and Lake House in the Lake District has won a Michelin star for food that takes inspiration from Cumbria’s historic association with the spice trade. Executive chef Hrishikesh Desai, who previously cooked at Michelin-starred establishments including Les Maison de Bricourt and the French Laundry, brings an Asian twist to local produce such as Cumberland sausage. Visit thegilpin.co.uk/gilpin-restaurant/.
Sosban and the Old Butchers
‘Forget the menu, savour the experience’ is the strap line for this newly-starred Michelin restaurant which resides in an Anglesey butcher’s shop. Run by husband and wife Stephen and Bethan Stevens, the Michelin judges praised the restaurant’s ‘boldy flavoured food’ which is delivered via a 6-7 course surprise menu. Visit www.sosbanandtheoldbutchers.com
Stars go out for some…
The Michelin Guide removed stars from 16 restaurants including Wild Honey, in London, Thackeray’s, in Kent, and Bedfordshire’s Paris House.