The Michelin Guide has announced the winners of its 2017 star awards in the UK. See below for some of the new entrants and two and three-star winners.
Michelin released its 2017 Guide for UK and Ireland at a live ceremony in London yesterday (3 October).
Judges awarded 18 new one-star awards, as well as one new restaurant in each of the two-star and three-star categories.
They assessed 2,144 restaurants in 12 months.
The two-star newcomer was The Raby Hunt in Darlington, led by self-taught chef James Closer. It was praised by Michelin for its ‘unfussy, modern dishes’.
Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck proved itself to be none the worse for its six-month stint in Melbourne last year.
It was restored to three-star status for the success of its immersive ‘Journey’ menu. It takes four hours to eat through the menu and costs £255.
‘Our inspectors had many meals here during the course of the year and found the restaurant invigorated, rejuvenated and unquestionably worthy of being rewarded our highest accolade,’ said Rebecca Burr, editor of the Guide.
The Ritz Restaurant gained a star, alongside Veeraswamy, reputedly the oldest Indian restaurant in London.
‘These establishments have long and illustrious histories, but the cooking at both has never been better than it is today,’ said Burr.
Less predictably, Ellory in Hackney and The Old Butchers on the Isle of Anglesey were added to the Michelin star list – a first from those areas in the history of the Guide.
Two pubs joined the Michelin star rankings: the The Wild Rabbit in Oxfordshire and the family-run Crown in Berkshire. See them on the map below.
In 2016, the number of two-starred Michelin restaurants has fallen by two in the UK and Ireland. The Latymer was unable to compete without its previous chef Michael Wignall, and Claude Bosi’s Hibiscus closed just days before results were announced.
Michelin’s original guide for motorists was published in 1926, when it described a two-star restaurant as ‘excellent cooking, worth a detour’.
The Michelin Guide for the UK and Ireland 2017 is available to buy here.
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