Today in London, Michelin has unveiled the 2018 list of restaurants that held, gained or lost the coveted stars in Great Britain and Ireland.
Many are the exciting new changes amongst the Michelin star chefs and we’ve put together the complete list and also placed them on an easy-to-use interactive map.
The big news is that there’s a new three-michelin-star-chef and establishment in London
The Araki, a 15-seat Japanese restaurant in Mayfair. Despite the departure of chef patron Clare Smyth, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay – the celebrity chef’s flagship restaurant – retained its three stars. Claude Bosi (Claude Bosi at Bibendum) and Phil Howard (Elystan Street) both gained stars (two and one respectively) after losing two due to the closure of their celebrated restaurants Hibiscus and The Square. Once again, two of favourite fine-dining restaurants, Marianne and Typing Room, are still not part of the Michelin star chefs. It’s interesting to notice that it was Howard the only British chef to win a star in London, all the others come from abroad.
Many of the new stars belong to restaurants part of luxury countryhouse hotel such as Coworth Park, Lympstone Manor, Whatley Manor Hotel and Pennyhill Park Country House Hotel.
Among the new entries, Moor Hall stood out as a modern, interesting dining destination; whereas as for the established restaurateurs, Tom Kerridge earned another star for The Coach, located in Marlow just like his main pub restaurant Hand & Flowers; Peter Sanchez-Iglesias won another star for Paco Tapas in Bristol (on top of the one for Casamia).
In Scotland there’s only one new star – Loch Bay – and in Ireland for the first time a pub won a michelin star with Wild Honey Inn.
2017 has seen quite a few Michelin star chefs open new restaurants, and their hard work was well rewarded.
Phil Howard and Michael Caines both won a star for their respective restaurants Elystan Street and Lympstone Manor. There was also a special recognition awards presented at the beginning of the ceremony. Indeed, the front of house team of Kitchen Table at Bubbledogs was given the Michelin Welcome Service Award 2018.
Other notable wins include A Wong in London, where head chef Andrew Wong won a star for his incredible Chinese cuisine. Mark Birchall also gained recognition for his ambitious project Moor Hall in Lancashire. While Fred Clapperton clinched a star for The Clock House (formerly Drakes), proving he was more than able to take over from previous chef-owner Steven Drake.
Michelin-starred Dabbous closed and therefore lost a stars. Other restaurants that have lost their Michelin stars this year are The Samling (Cumbria); Bath Priory (Somerset); Turners @ 69 (Birmingham); Lords of the Manor (Gloucestershire); Alimentum (Cambridge); Ocean at the Atlantic (Jersey); Sir Charles Napier (Buckinghamshire); The Wild Rabbit (Oxfordshire); The Treby Arms (Devon); 5 North St (Gloucestershire); Isle of Eriska (Scotland) and Kinloch Lodge (Isle of Skye).