Michellin Resturants Guide 2017
The best places to eat across the country
This years Michelin Guide has thrown up some surprises as well as some old names back in the fold. The notable winners were The Ritz and Veeraswamy, the London’s oldest Indian restaurant, which each were awarded a star. The Fat Duck has now regained its 3 stars after being taken off the list for 2016.
Six other London restaurants gained their first Michelin star: The Five Fields in Chelsea, Céleste at The Lanesborough in Knightsbridge, Ellory and Pidgin both in Hackney, The Ninth in Fitzrovia and Trinity in Clapham.
The Fat Duck
The High Street, Bray, SL6 2AQ
Heston Blumenthal’s restaurant The Fat Duck has regained its three Michelin stars to rejoin the elite club of world eateries.The maverick culinary inventor’s high-end venue lost the trio of stars in 2015 after he took it 10,000 miles to Melbourne, Australia, for a year.
Housed in a 16th-century building that had previously been the site of The Bell pub, the Fat Duck opened in 1995. Although it originally served food similar to that of a French bistro, it soon acquired a reputation for precision and invention, and has been at the forefront of many modern culinary developments, such as food pairing, flavour encapsulation and multi-sensory cooking.
Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester
53 Park Lane, Mayfair, London W1K 1QA
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The Ritz Restaurant
The Ritz London, 150 Piccadilly, St. James's, London W1J 9BR
The Ritz Restaurant is a magnificent bastion of the culture of classical service and a dining room of unadulterated opulence created in reverence to haute cuisine. Established by Auguste Escoffier, one of history’s most influential chefs, The Ritz Restaurant is considered by many to be the most beautiful dining room in the world and features towering marble columns, soaring floor to ceiling windows, vast kaleidoscopic ceiling frescoes, gilded neoclassical statues and a spectacular garland chandelier that envelops diners within a halo of light.
Victory House, 99 Regent St, Mayfair, London W1B 4EZ
High-end dining and luxurious Maharajah-inspired decor at London’s oldest Indian restaurant. It was opened in 1926 by Edward Palmer, a retired Indian Army officer and the great-grandson of an English general and an Indian princess. It is the oldest surviving Indian restaurant in the United Kingdom. In its early years, Veeraswamy served Anglo-Indian cuisine, but in recent decades, based on the popularity of authentic Indian food in the UK, has served a menu of regional Indian cuisine, including dishes from Punjab, Lucknow, Kashmir, and Goa.
The Five Fields
8-9 Blacklands Terrace, Chelsea, London SW3 2SP
Understated Modern British restaurant with fixed-price menu using rare herbs and seasonal produce. Chef Patron Taylor Bonnyman, working in collaboration with Head Chef Marguerite Keogh, offer elegant and playful modern British cooking with an emphasis on native British artisanal produce. Having worked in some of the finest kitchens in London, New York, and Paris the kitchen brings together its influences to create contemporary, seasonally focused, and ingredient led dishes. The food balances luxurious indulgence with delightfully fresh simplicity.
Céleste at The Lanesborough
The Lanesborough, Hyde Park Corner, Belgravia, London SW1X 7TA
A sensational, Michelin-starred restaurant in the heart of London – close to Knightsbridge, Hyde Park and Buckingham Palace, Céleste offers creative, modern food that’s as sensationally presented as it is flavoured. Conceptualised by Chef Eric Frechon with his protégé from Epicure in Paris, Executive Chef Florian Favario, the chefs now hold five Michelin Stars between them.
The setting at Céleste is superb – a richly decorated dining room, naturally illuminated during day by a domed glass roof, whilst seductively aglow under the softly lit chandeliers in the evening. It is a scene that transforms constantly throughout the day. As the light changes, so do the guests; from breakfast time to lunch to afternoon tea and dinner, it’s a beautiful and fascinating spectacle.
Westgate Sreett, London Fields, London E8 3R
Seasonal British dishes and old-world wine in a light, airy space that blends antique and modern. Ellory is a product of both Matthew Young and Jack Lewens’ passions, now open on the ground floor of Netil House, Hackney, the creative suite next to London Fields. Young’s artsy past is in the décor – Ellory is a pepped out bistro with reused woods, clean new polishes and hard stones. Intelligent design in which simple seasonal food is made. Harnessing his interest in décor, Young designs his dishes by how they’ll look first – then devises their ingredients. Carefully selected ingredients in early dishes will include turbot, chestnuts, anise, chicory and ginger ice cream. Lewens’ Old World wine list will suit a fluid eating style: a by-the-glass menu to share with a plate; or a full dining experience, the five-course tasting menu with pairings which’ll change daily.
52 Wilton Way, Hackney, London E8 1BS
Snug, simple space with wooden floorboards, for weekly changing, Asian-inspired, set 4-course menu. Pidgin is the permanent venture of James Ramsden and Sam Herlihy, the team behind supper club The Secret Larder. The tiny neighbourhood restaurant on Wilton Way, Hackney, serves a weekly-changing four course modern British menu and delicious cocktails.
The Ninth in Fitzrovia
22 Charlotte St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 2NB
Casual restaurant with romantic first-floor space, serving French-influenced Mediterranean cuisine. The Ninth is the latest restaurant by London-based chef Jun Tanaka. Located on Charlotte street in the heart of London’s buzzy Fitzrovia neighbourhood, the contemporary, yet warm and inviting 90-seater restaurant offers up simple but refined French Mediterranean-style dishes, all made for sharing.
The a la carte menu – available at lunch and dinner – focuses on the finest seasonal produce and vibrant, honest flavours. Specialties include house-cured meats and fish, robust French classics with Jun’s signature fresh twist, and lovingly thought-out vegetable dishes that are more than just ‘sides’.
Trinity in Clapham
4 The Polygon, London SW4 0JG
Ever-changing seasonal menus with modern influences served in a stylish monochrome dining room. Trinity is a privately-owned restaurant situated in Clapham Old Town. Launched in 2006, their self-set mission was to serve great food. It had to be seasonal, inspirational and, above all, delicious. Their priorities have not changed one single bit. They aim continuously to provide guests with a memorable gastronomic experience.