uk and ireland Michelin restaurant guide 2021

the best places to eat across the country

 
 

Still considered to be the most important guide to eating out in the United Kingdom and across the world, Michelin inspectors have spent a vast amount of time dining in the places that encapsulate everything incredible about the world of food and drink.. This years list comes complete with a new professional distinction: The MICHELIN Green Star. The MICHELIN Green Star highlights restaurants at the forefront of the industry when it comes to their sustainable practices and who act as role models to us all.

 

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RATED THREE MICHELIN STARS

 

the best restaurant in the world

Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester
mayfair, london

Coco Chanel once opined that “Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury”, and at Alain Ducasse’s elegant London outpost, the charming and professional team patently understand that what is of utmost importance is making the diner feel at ease. Although many of the much-loved Ducasse signatures are still in evidence, head chef Jean-Philippe Blondet has put his own stamp on the menu, so you’ll find French classics like ‘sauté gourmand’ of lobster alongside more original dishes such as fermented cabbage with caviar and juniper berries. The kitchen sources the very best of British produce and dishes are visually striking with bold, generous flavours. Sauces are a highlight – and it’s hard to resist the signature Rum Baba.

 

Awards:

Three MICHELIN Stars: Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey!

Four COMFORT AND QUALITY Fork and Spoon: Luxurious restaurant; one of the most delightful places.

 

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Restaurant Gordon Ramsay
cHELSEA, LONDON

He may be one of the most famous chefs on the planet but Gordon Ramsay remains fiercely committed to maintaining the highest of standards at his flagship restaurant. The charming Jean-Claude, who has run the restaurant since day one, oversees a team who get the service just right: yes, it’s polished and professional, but it also has personality. The menu features plenty of dishes which might be called ‘classic Ramsay’ like the lobster ravioli, navarin of lamb and lemonade parfait, but there are newer dishes too, such as roast sweetbread with Jerusalem artichokes, courtesy of head chef, Matt Abé. Cooking is elegant, balanced and full of flavour; executed not only with great confidence, but also with an extraordinary lightness of touch.

 

Awards:

Three MICHELIN Stars: Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey!

Four COMFORT AND QUALITY Fork and Spoon: Luxurious restaurant; one of the most delightful places.

 

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Sketch (The Lecture Room & Library)
MAYFAIR, LONDON

There are few more joyously colourful and lavishly decorated restaurants in London than The Lecture Room & Library. As you’re whisked past the braided rope and up the stairs to the first floor of Mourad Mazouz and Pierre Gagnaire’s 18C house of fun, you’ll feel your expectations rise with every step. Once seated in your eminently comfortable armchair, a team of unfailingly attentive and professional staff are on hand to ensure that all those expectations are met. The highly organised kitchen team do an extraordinary job in executing dishes bearing all the Pierre Gagnaire hallmarks: the main ‘plate’ comes surrounded by a number of complementary dishes and before long your table is covered with an assortment of vessels. Each element excels in terms of structure, composition, elegance and, above all, flavour. This is cooking that is original and immaculately rendered but also generous.

 

Awards:

Three MICHELIN Stars: Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey!

Four COMFORT AND QUALITY Fork and Spoon: Luxurious restaurant; one of the most delightful places.

 

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The Fat Duck
Bray, berkshire

Tables at this iconic restaurant are released several months in advance, so you’ll need to plan ahead if you have a special date in mind. Once you arrive, a dedicated Story Teller will guide you through your journey, from “breakfast” through to “dinner”. Heston’s aim is to evoke memories of childhood and to recreate the child-like anticipation and excitement felt in your formative years. Both the décor and the table settings are understated, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the theatrical, multi-sensory experience. The innovative cooking is detailed, playful and perfectly judged, and the textures and flavours are harmonious. Elaborate, interactive presentation and a truly engaging service team further heighten the experience and every dish will leave you eagerly anticipating the next.

 

Awards:

Three MICHELIN Stars: Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey!

Three COMFORT AND QUALITY Fork and Spoon: Very comfortable restaurant; one of our most delightful places.

 

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The waterside inn
BRAY, BERKSHIRE

This illustrious restaurant sits in a glorious spot on a bank of the River Thames. It was opened in 1972 by brothers Michel and Albert Roux and is now in the hands of Michel’s son Alain. It remains the longest-standing Starred restaurant in the UK, having been awarded One Star in 1974, Two Stars in 1977 and Three Stars in 1985. Michel set the bar high and luxury is at every turn. Tables are superbly laid with the finest crockery and glassware, an abundance of staff cater for guests' every whim, and menus are packed with top quality ingredients. Carefully considered classical French menus are a calendar for the seasons and dishes arrive in perfectly judged, sophisticated combinations. The lobster and rabbit are specialities, the Challandais duck for 2 is a seminal dish and the cheese trolley and the soufflé of the day are not to be missed. Bedrooms are fittingly chic and sumptuous.

 

Awards:

Three MICHELIN Stars: Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey!

Four COMFORT AND QUALITY Fork and Spoon: Luxurious restaurant; one of the most delightful places.

Core By Clare Smyth

new three star
CORE BY CLARE SMYTH
NOTTINGHILL, LONDON

The moment you step inside Clare Smyth’s Notting Hill restaurant you know you’re in for an unforgettable experience. It has a reassuringly welcoming atmosphere that puts all diners at ease and that’s largely down to her warm and engaging service team. Secondly, it’s decorated in a bright, yet understated way that makes for a truly comforting feel. Purity and elegance are the hallmarks of Clare’s cooking. There are no elements of 'look at me' bravado – just beautifully balanced dishes that reflect her heritage, professional experience and personality. A typical dish to illustrate just how skilled this kitchen is must surely be the Charlotte potato with dulse beurre blanc and roe, a nod to her Northern Irish upbringing; here a seemingly simple ingredient is elevated to something extraordinary and shows the real depth of the cooking.

 

Awards:

Two MICHELIN Stars: Excellent cooking, worth a detour!

Four COMFORT AND QUALITY Fork and Spoon: Luxurious restaurant; one of the most delightful places.

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New Three Star
HÉLÈNE DARROZE AT THE CONNAUGHT
MAYFAIR, LONDON

Its location within the iconic Connaught Hotel heightens expectations; take your seat in what must be one of the most elegant rooms in the capital and you will be handed a Solitaire board featuring 16 marbles. Each bears the name of a single ingredient; from these, you choose 5 or 7 – and the corresponding courses are delivered in any order you wish. Cooking is largely informed by Darroze’s homeland but she is not averse to using the occasional unexpected flavour. The visually appealing dishes are built around one high quality main ingredient and are bold, feminine and full of finesse. The wine list offers an impressive choice, and the service team also add to the experience with their professionalism, lack of pretension and personality.

 

Awards:

Two MICHELIN Stars: Excellent cooking, worth a detour!

Four COMFORT AND QUALITY Fork and Spoon: Luxurious restaurant; one of the most delightful places.

 

RATED two MICHELIN STARS

 

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Aimsir
celbridge, republic of ireland

Start with a drink in the cocktail lounge overlooking the garden then head past hanging meats and colourful jars of foraged produce into the elegant dining room. Jordan Bailey calmly leads the chefs in the open kitchen, while his wife heads the delightful service team – and their infectious pride radiates through all who work for them. Originally from Cornwall, Jordan worked at the Elephant and Sat Bains, before heading off to Norway, where he quickly rose through the ranks to become head chef at Three-Starred Maaemo. He brings with him overwhelming passion, a great understanding of flavours, and supreme craftsmanship, resulting in superbly balanced, original dishes with real depth of flavour. The 18+ labour-intensive courses are all very different and make good use of preserved and fermented ingredients sourced from around Ireland.

 

Awards:

Two MICHELIN Stars: Excellent cooking, worth a detour!

Three COMFORT AND QUALITY Fork and Spoon: Very comfortable restaurant; one of our most delightful places.

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Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles
Auchterarder, scotland

You’ll find this elegant restaurant concealed within the world-famous Gleneagles hotel. It may be windowless, but the classically dressed room is an intimate spot, with contemporary still-life paintings on the walls. Tables are immaculately laid and an air of comfort pervades the room, but that’s not to say the atmosphere is in any way stilted or solemn. Head Chef Stevie McLaughlin leads the way in honouring the memory of Andrew Fairlie. The kitchen works well with the seasons and when you’re in this part of the world you don’t lack for prime ingredients, whether that’s scallops from Mull, Highland lamb or local venison. These ingredients form the focus of the French-based menu and add a sense of luxury and indulgence. Great use is also made of the Victorian walled kitchen garden, which provides plenty of leaves, vegetables and fruits.

 

Awards:

Two MICHELIN Stars: Excellent cooking, worth a detour!

Four COMFORT AND QUALITY Fork and Spoon: Luxurious restaurant; one of the most delightful places.

 

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Bibendum
chelsea, london

Bibendum sits on the first floor of the historic art deco building which was built as Michelin’s London HQ in 1911 and its handsome interior cannot fail to impress. The iconic stained glass windows allow light to flood in – a fact best appreciated at lunch when the Michelin Man can be seen in all his glory; in fact, his presence is everywhere, from the butter dish to the salt and pepper pots. Claude Bosi’s cooking shows a man proud of his French heritage and confident of his abilities. His dishes are poised and well-balanced with bold, assured flavours. Choose the à la carte menu for classics like Brittany rabbit with langoustine and artichoke barigoule or turbot à la Grenobloise – and don’t miss the soufflé for dessert, particularly if it’s chocolate.

 

Awards:

Two MICHELIN Stars: Excellent cooking, worth a detour!

Three COMFORT AND QUALITY Fork and Spoon: Very comfortable restaurant; one of our most delightful places.

 

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NEW TWO STAR
Da terra
london, england

Da Terra sits within an impressive Victorian hotel and, in contrast to the grandeur of the exterior, has quite an understated, modern look. Kick the night off with a cocktail in the bar while you look forward to the memorable, multi-course surprise menu to come.

Chef Rafael Cagali hails from Brazil and his great grandfather was from Italy, and these influences, along with time spent working in Spain, come together in skilfully crafted, highly original dishes founded on Brazilian traditions. Colours burst through, presentation is striking, and the menu builds beautifully as you move from course to course, eagerly awaiting the next captivating combination of flavours. Dishes are delivered by the chefs with a detailed and passionate dialogue, and the wine matches are thoughtfully chosen, with admirable breadth and originality.

 

Awards:

Two MICHELIN Stars: Excellent cooking, worth a detour!

Two COMFORT AND QUALITY Fork and Spoon: Comfortable restaurant; one of our most delightful places.

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dinner by heston
knighstbridge, london

The fire that swept through the Mandarin Oriental hotel in 2018 mercifully left this restaurant largely untouched but, not a team to rest on their laurels, the chefs took the opportunity afforded by its closure to develop recipes and gain experience in other kitchens. Heston Blumenthal’s culinary quests led him to ‘The Forme of Cury’ – one of England’s oldest recipe books – and it is from this and other historical works that dishes such as ‘rice and flesh’ and ‘frumenty’ (c. 1390) come – although the latter’s ‘grilled octopus with spelt, smoked sea broth and pickled dulse’ wouldn’t sound out of place in any 21C restaurant. Obsessed with consistency, the kitchen works with intelligence, efficiency and attention to detail to produce dishes that look deceptively simple but taste sublime.

 

Awards:

Two MICHELIN Stars: Excellent cooking, worth a detour!

Three COMFORT AND QUALITY Fork and Spoon: Very comfortable restaurant; one of our most delightful places.

 

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NEW TWO STAR
A. Wong
pimlico, london

Andrew Wong’s inspiration comes from his travels through the provinces of China and he presents his own unique interpretations of dishes from all its regions. He is also a chef who never stops refining his own creations and these now demonstrate extraordinary sophistication, creativity and depth of flavour. If you want to experience the full repertoire of this talented kitchen, then go for the ‘Taste of China’ menu which takes you on a 3-hour culinary voyage around the country. If you come at lunchtime for the great dim sum you’ll wonder why you ever go anywhere else at midday.

To get a closer look at how it’s all done, ask for a seat at the kitchen counter, or alternatively start with a drink downstairs in the Forbidden City. Clued up service adds to the overall experience, with dishes explained in full with obvious pride.

 

Awards:

Two MICHELIN Stars: Excellent cooking, worth a detour!

Two COMFORT AND QUALITY Fork and Spoon: Comfortable restaurant; one of our most delightful places.

 

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kitchen table at bubbledogs
bloomsbury, england

Ignore the throngs enjoying the curious combination of hotdogs with champagne and head for the curtain – behind it you’ll find a horseshoe-shaped counter and a look of expectation on the faces of your fellow diners. Chef-owner James Knappett and his team prepare a surprise menu of around 14 dishes; the produce is some of the best you can find and the small dishes come with a clever creative edge, without being overly complicated. With seating for just 19, the atmosphere is very convivial, especially if you’re a fully paid-up member of the foodie community. The chefs interact with their customers over the counter and offer comprehensive explanations of each dish; they are helped out by James’ wife Sandia, who is charm personified.

 

Awards:

Two MICHELIN Stars: Excellent cooking, worth a detour!

Two COMFORT AND QUALITY Fork and Spoon: Comfortable restaurant; one of our most delightful places.

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New PROFESSIONAL Distinction
l'enclume
knighstbridge, london

Opened in 2002 by Simon Rogan and his wife, L’Enclume has become as synonymous with this sleepy Lakeland village as sticky toffee pudding. Indeed, it’s been so successful, that the couple also opened the more relaxed Rogan & Co, as well as stylish bedrooms which are spread about the village. The characterful old building still displays evidence of its ‘smithy’ days and its location next to a brook makes it a truly charming spot on a warm summer’s evening. 16 or so courses make up the well-balanced, perfectly paced tasting menu and produce from their 12 acre farm guides the fiercely seasonal dishes, which are passionately prepared, innovative and full of interest. Flavours are natural and harmonious and an array of textures stimulates the palate. For those wanting to immerse themselves further, the development kitchen, Aulis, opens at weekends.

 

Awards:

Two MICHELIN Stars: Excellent cooking, worth a detour!

Three COMFORT AND QUALITY Fork and Spoon: Very comfortable restaurant; one of our most delightful places.

MICHELIN Green Star: New for 2021 the MICHELIN Green Star highlights restaurants at the forefront of the industry when it comes to their sustainable practices and who act as role models to us all.

 

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la dame de pic
mayfair, london

Anne-Sophie Pic’s London outpost is a charmingly run brasserie deluxe situated in the impressive Beaux-Arts style Four Seasons Hotel; an airy, high-ceilinged room with lots of white, plenty of light and some attractive modern art. Cooking is rooted in classic French techniques yet delivered in a light, modern manner and dishes are elegant, refined and original, with tremendous attention given to their finer details. The kitchen source excellent quality produce and the delicate combinations of these ingredients are exciting and intuitive, with no superfluous elements on the plate. The well-structured wine list highlights wines from the Rhône Valley – home of restaurant Maison Pic, the Valence institution owned by the Pic family.

 

Awards:

Two MICHELIN Stars: Excellent cooking, worth a detour!

Two COMFORT AND QUALITY Fork and Spoon: Comfortable restaurant; one of our most delightful places.

 

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moor hall
Ormskirk, engLAND

Charming grounds with a lake and a fountain lead up to this beautifully restored 16C country house, where you’ll be warmly welcomed by one of the slickest teams around. The Scandic-style restaurant is a truly striking space, with its blond wood tables, floor-to-ceiling windows and tempting cheese room – and the smoothness of the well-drilled chefs in the open kitchen is a sight to behold.

Your meal commences with a tantalising array of snacks – the last served in the kitchen where you can chat with Head Chef Mark Birchall. His refined, highly original dishes feature some terrific English produce, including some lesser-known herbs and plants, and his versatility results in a range of cleverly blended flavours, textures and temperatures. The wine list will have oenophiles in raptures and contemporary bedrooms complete the package.

 

Awards:

Two MICHELIN Stars: Excellent cooking, worth a detour!

Three COMFORT AND QUALITY Fork and Spoon: Very comfortable restaurant; one of the most delightful places.

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new professional distinction
restaurant saint bans with rooms
nottingham, england

The location beneath a flyover on the fringes of the city might be a little incongruous but don’t let that put you off, as once at your table, the world outside will be forgotten. Flagged floors and deer skin covered tables blend with contemporary artwork and the atmosphere is smart yet casual.

At lunch a 7 course menu is offered in 3 intimate locations: the ‘Chef's Table’, the ‘Kitchen Bench’ or the development kitchen 'Nucleus'. In the latter, the Head Chef cooks for you personally, precisely preparing premium ingredients in dishes with plenty of originality; all the while answering your questions.

At night, the main room comes alive. 7 and 10 course tasting menus incorporate the five tastes – salt, sweet, sour, bitter and umami. Cooking is highly technical with good balance and a delicate style, and presentation is creative. Their urban kitchen garden provides many of the herbs and leaves.

 

Awards:

Two MICHELIN Stars: Excellent cooking, worth a detour!

Two COMFORT AND QUALITY Fork and Spoon: Very comfortable restaurant

MICHELIN Green Star: New for 2021 the MICHELIN Green Star highlights restaurants at the forefront of the industry when it comes to their sustainable practices and who act as role models to us all.

 

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restaurant patrick guilbaud
DUBLIN, IRELAND

Patrick Guilbaud is one of Ireland’s most celebrated chefs and his well-regarded restaurant is high on the list of any serious foodie. He has run a tight ship here for many years and has certainly earned his place in Irish culinary history.

Hidden within a Georgian townhouse, the restaurant oozes sophistication and luxury courtesy of features such as a gilt barrel ceiling and hand-crafted marquetry. Meanwhile, the ever-present owners work their way around the room, warmly welcoming every diner and making them feel special.

Accomplished, original cooking is rooted in the traditional French school but also introduces modern techniques. Bold flavours are superbly balanced, presentation is stunning, and luxurious Irish ingredients are always to the fore. Desserts are a highlight and both the wine cellar and the wine list are works of art.

 

Awards:

Two MICHELIN Stars: Excellent cooking, worth a detour!

Four COMFORT AND QUALITY Fork and Spoon: Extremely comfortable restaurant; one of the most delightful places.

 

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le gavroche
mayfair, london

Anyone with any interest in Britain’s post-war culinary history will be aware of this restaurant’s significance, not just because of its celebration of French cuisine but also because of the well-known chefs who have passed through its kitchen over the years. In an age of health-consciousness, there is something exhilarating about Michel Roux and head chef Rachel Humphrey’s unapologetically extravagant French dishes – and the ingredients are of the highest order, whether that’s the huge scallops or the succulent Goosnargh duck. Everyone has their favourite dish – be it soufflé Suissesse or omelette Rothschild – and the cheese board is one of London’s best. You’re guided through your meal by a charming team and the hum of satisfaction that pervades the room says it all.

 

Awards:

Two MICHELIN Stars: Excellent cooking, worth a detour!

Four COMFORT AND QUALITY Fork and Spoon: Luxurious restaurant; one of the most delightful places.

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New professional distinction
le manoir aux quat'saisons
great milton, england

Legendary French chef Raymond Blanc presides over this iconic restaurant in a quintessentially English country house. You cannot help but fall in love with the place: the setting is divine and a feeling of luxury envelops you. Enjoy a fine array of canapés in a sumptuous lounge then head through to the magical beamed restaurant comprising several interconnecting rooms; in summer, be sure to sit in the conservatory for views over the manicured gardens. Top quality seasonal ingredients and beautifully fresh produce from the kitchen garden underpin the skilfully executed cooking – which has a classical French base and a light, modern touch – and the main menu is fittingly entitled ‘Spécialités du Moment’. Flavours are intense, combinations are sophisticated and the presentation shows an eye for detail. Desserts are always a highlight and service is polished.

 

Awards:

wo MICHELIN Stars: Excellent cooking, worth a detour!

Four COMFORT AND QUALITY Fork and Spoon: Luxurious restaurant; one of the most delightful places.

MICHELIN Green Star: New for 2021 the MICHELIN Green Star highlights restaurants at the forefront of the industry when it comes to their sustainable practices and who act as role models to us all.

 

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midsummer house
CAMBRIDGE, englaND

A beautiful Victorian house with a lovely conservatory extension plays host to this stylish restaurant. It’s set in an idyllic location overlooking Midsummer Common and the delightful first floor lounge and terrace make the perfect spot for drinks, as they look out over the garden and the River Cam. Experienced chef-owner Daniel Clifford has run this restaurant for over 20 years and his experience shines through. Never a chef to rest on his laurels, his dishes continually evolve and, although they have a classic base, are packed full of personality and originality. Daniel’s travels inform many of his newer creations and the inventive vegetarian dishes are much more than just an afterthought. Flavours are measured, there’s an appealing range of different textures and many of the dishes are finished off at the table using modern techniques.

 

Awards:

Two MICHELIN Stars: Excellent cooking, worth a detour!

Three COMFORT AND QUALITY Fork and Spoon: Very comfortable restaurant; one of our most delightful places.

 

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new professional distinction
the dining room at whatley manor
malmesbury, engLAND

Twelve acres of formal gardens surround this charming Cotswold stone house, which dates back to 1802 and offers lovely views over the countryside. Head Chef Niall Keating oversees both the elegant brasserie and the intimate dining room; the latter is the best place to sample dishes packed full of his personality. Here, the room is neutral and serene, and that keeps the focus where it matters: firmly on the food.

Accomplished modern cooking has a well-measured originality and many Asian elements (inspired by Niall’s travels) feature on the appealing multi-course set menus. To start, you are invited into the kitchen for snacks. Service is charming and attentive, and the enthusiastic sommelier offers some creative suggestions, with organic, bio-dynamic and natural wines to the fore.

Luxurious modern bedrooms come with sumptuous bathrooms.

 

Awards:

Two MICHELIN Stars: Excellent cooking, worth a detour!

Four COMFORT AND QUALITY Fork and Spoon: Extremely comfortable restaurant; one of the most delightful places

MICHELIN Green Star: New for 2021 the MICHELIN Green Star highlights restaurants at the forefront of the industry when it comes to their sustainable practices and who act as role models to us all.

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raby hunt
mayfair, london

This former drovers’ inn in a pretty rural village was originally part of the Raby Estate and its name refers to it being a favourite finishing point for the old hunt. It’s owned by the Close family, with son James heading up the open kitchen, which looks out over the sleek, clean-lined dining room.

Self-taught chef James is full of passion and in his pursuit of perfection, has never missed a service. His enticing, highly original menu is a showcase of precision, from a selection of snacks that reflect his global travels to signature dishes such as a seasonal salad of 48-52 top-notch ingredients, presented in a beguiling array of textures and temperatures. To conclude, you’ll find some of the country’s most sublime desserts.

Chic, restful bedrooms complete the picture.

 

Awards:

wo MICHELIN Stars: Excellent cooking, worth a detour!

Two COMFORT AND QUALITY Fork and Spoon: Very comfortable restaurant

 

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the hand and flowers
marlow, england

Tom Kerridge’s flagship restaurant sits within this characterful beamed pub; now a world-renowned institution. Find a spot in the comfortable bar or out on the terrace and choose from a dazzling array of drinks – including their own light beer – then head through to the quirky dining room divided by period beams and pillars.

Food is based around pub classics but those classics are elevated to new heights and are among the best in the UK. The sourcing of ingredients is given due reverence and execution is skilful and confident, while the dishes themselves are characterised by rich, powerful flavours – and the presentation is first-rate. Desserts are a real highlight and you’ll always find a soufflé on the list.

For those who want to make a night of it, luxurious bedrooms are dotted about the town.

 

Awards:

Two MICHELIN Stars: Excellent cooking, worth a detour!

Four COMFORT AND QUALITY Fork and Spoon: Extremely comfortable restaurant; one of the most delightful places.

 

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umu
mayfair, london

The kaiseki menu is the best way to experience chef Yoshinori Ishii’s cuisine – he trained at Kitcho in Kyoto; a bastion of tradition where the philosophy of kaiseki is preserved and celebrated. Due consideration is given to the provenance of the ingredients; the vegetables for the tempura are grown in Kent by a Japanese national, who imports the seeds from her home country, while fish comes courtesy of Cornish and Scottish fishermen to whom Yoshinori has taught the ikejime method of killing fish, in order to best preserve their quality.

The elegantly dressed and dimly lit restaurant offers a chic backdrop for the eye-catching and occasionally playful food; quiet corners providing intimacy, and the sushi counter, plenty of chatter and excitement.

 

Awards:

Two MICHELIN Stars: Excellent cooking, worth a detour!

Three COMFORT AND QUALITY Fork and Spoon: Very comfortable restaurant; one of our most delightful places.

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NEW TWO STAR
Story
london, england

The setting – on an island in the middle of two roads – may be slightly unusual but that’s all part of the experience and, once seated, you’ll enjoy being ensconced in your own little bubble watching the world go by.

Tom Sellers’ menus take on a tasting format and the visually impressive dishes are crafted with care and precision; ingredients are at the luxurious end of the scale and modern techniques bring out the best in every item. Imaginative, playful touches come through in dishes such as the bread and dripping, where your candle melts to provide the dip; the ‘Storeo’ – a savoury version of an Oreo; and the ‘Paddington Bear’ pre-dessert of pain perdu and citrus marmalade.

In the evening, the menu is tailored so that returning guests receive a different experience from first-timers, so do ask if there’s something you want to have again.

 

Awards:

Two MICHELIN Stars: Excellent cooking, worth a detour!

Three COMFORT AND QUALITY Fork and Spoon: Very comfortable restaurant; one of our most delightful places.

 
 

Michelin guide 2021: special recognition awards

 

 Four special awards were announced at the unveiling of the Michelin Guide Great Britain & Ireland 2021.

 

Welcome and Service Michelin Award

Welcome and service award
noble
holywood, northern ireland

Nestled above a health food shop is this compact little restaurant, where the service is warm and genuine and the room has a happy buzz. Good value dishes showcase carefully handled local ingredients in unfussy combinations that exceed expectations. For dessert, have the chocolate délice.

 

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sommelier award
karine canevet - maison bleue
Bury St Edmunds, england

A converted 17C house plays host to this passionately run town centre restaurant complete with an open kitchen. Cooking is classically French at heart but has modern and Asian touches. Seafood is a strength and you must try the excellent French cheeses – accompanied by some fine wines by the glass.

 

Core By Clare Smyth

young chef award
kray treadwell - 670 grams
birmingham, england

The urban-style monochrome palette and graffiti-covered walls tick all the zeitgeist boxes; ask for a spot on the mezzanine level opposite the open kitchen. The daily tasting menu offers creative, playful dishes with intriguing flavour combinations and contrasts in textures and temperatures.

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mentor chef award
Ross Lewis - Chapter one
London, england

This long-standing restaurant has many regulars; its wide-ranging menus offering keenly priced, carefully prepared modern European dishes. Cooking is light and delicate, mixing classic and modern flavours. The property dates from the 1930s and there are subtle references to this period in the elegant décor.