The biggest date on the culinary calendar is back. On 1 October 2018, The Michelin Guide unveiled the latest list of Michelin star restaurants in the UK and Ireland for the next twelve months. Still considered as the most important guide to eating out in the world, Michelin inspectors have spent a huge amount of time dining in the places that encapsulate everything incredible about the world of food and drink. Take a look at the Michelin Guide results for 2019 below.
This year saw a whopping twenty-one new Michelin stars awarded, with three restaurants receiving two stars. There were well-deserved stars for Tomos Parry at Brat, Jeremy Chan at Ikoyi and Paul Foster at Salt, as well as a welcome return to the guide for Ollie Dabbous at his new restaurant, Hide. Meanwhile, Simon Rogan had not one but two new entries into the guide, with both Roganic and Rogan & Co receiving a star each, whilst Colin McGurran received a long-awaited star at Winteringham Fields in Lincolnshire.
Core by Clare Smyth received two stars off the bat from the Michelin inspectors, whilst Kitchen Table at Bubbledogs and Mark Birchall at Moor Hall joined her, both building on previous achievements with a second Michelin star.
Three restaurants lost their two-star status this year – Marcus (Westminster) went from two stars to one star, as did Le Champignon Sauvage (Cheltenham). Gidleigh Park (Chagford) went from two to lost one of its two stars due to chef Michael Wignall’s departure. He was succeeded by Nathan Outlaw protégée Chris Simpson – this is the chef’s first star.
Ellory (Hackney); HKK (Hackney); Tamarind (London); Albannach (Lochinver) and Martin Wishart at Loch Lomond (Balloch) all closed their doors this year, and so lost their stars.
The other restaurants that lost their stars this year are Outlaw’s at the Capital (Chelsea); Ametsa (Belgravia); Jamavar (Mayfair); Lima Fitzrovia (Fitzrovia); Royal Oak (Bray); Butchers Arms (Eldersfield); Harrow at Little Bedwyn (Marlborough); JSW (Petersfield); Box Tree (West Yorkshire) and Boath House (Nairn).