The second most famous eating out guide in the country behind our regional guides of course (I kid), The Michelin Guide, which awards Great Britain and Ireland’s very best restaurants with up to 3 Michelin stars, revealed its picks for the country’s best restaurants at an awards ceremony held in Waterloo’s BFI IMAX cinema last night. Considered the Oscars of the food industry by many, Michelin stars are perhaps the most prestigious award a chef can gain, shooting some chefs and their restaurants into legendary status.
The country’s greatest chefs came together at the ceremony last night to find out which of their restaurants had lost, kept, or gained a Michelin star or two, which will be featured in the official guide releasing this Friday.
Michelin revealed that those few restaurants at the very top of the list with three stars remains unchanged this year, with no new restaurants gaining this ultimate prestigious honour but all five that were featured in the guide last year managing to retain them. Those restaurants include London’s Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, and The Araki, and two restaurants outside of London; Alain Roux’s Waterside Inn and Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck, both situated in Bray in Berkshire.
Perhaps the biggest achievement of the night, however, were the two stars won by a new entry to the guide, Core by Clare Smyth, a restaurant which opened in 2017 (unfortunately though too late to be included in last year’s guide) to widespread praise by fellow chefs and foodies alike. A protégé of Gordon Ramsay, who just so happened to be presenting this year’s awards, and recently catering Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding reception, Clare Smyth is a chef to watch, having already been named “Best Female Chef” by The World’s 50 Best organisation this April and having been awarded an MBE in 2013 for her services to the hospitality industry.
Other restaurants that newly received two stars this year, having previously been awarded just the one, include James Knappett’s Kitchen Table at Bubbledogs and Mark Birchall’s Moor Hall. In total, 21 restaurants were newly awarded a star at this year’s ceremony.
Here at Fed Up & Drunk and Food & Drunk Guides, we’d like to give a special shout out to the restaurants that feature in our guides that were awarded Michelin stars this year.
Fordwich Arms, Canterberry (a new entry on the Michelin guide this year)
Tim Allen’s Flitch of Bacon, Dunmow ( a new entry in the Michelin guide this year)
White Swan, Shawell (a new entry in the Michelin guide this year)
Click on the links above to read our reviews of these fantastic restaurants that feature in both Food & Drink Guides and The Michelin Guide 2019.