To celebrate the release of The Michelin Guide 2019 today, an annual prestigious publication that awards Britain and Ireland’s finest restaurants with the highest honours in the culinary world, here at Fed Up & Drunk and Food & Drink Guides, we want to say a big congratulations to those restaurants that appear in our regional guides that have been awarded one or more Michelin stars this year.
If you’re a Londoner or fancy taking a trip to the capital – perhaps for a bit of Christmas shopping in the coming months – then why not treat yourself and your loved ones to an unforgettable fine dining experience? -tis the season after all.
Retaining its Michelin star this year, Alyn Williams at The Westbury Hotel in London is driven by a chef whose creative style and forward-thinking attitude to food will astound you. Having worked with many of the country’s greatest chefs including Gordon Ramsey and Marcus Wareing, Alyn Williams’ exceptional menu, which always makes use of the highest quality seasonal produce available, consistently surprises and delights its diners.
When we visited this fine establishment to write our review, we savoured Salisbury Estate venison with salt-baked celeriac, juniper, blueberries and mostarda and were blown away by the dish’s delicious contrasting and complementing flavours. Stylish and flawlessly executed, every dish we sampled was truly unforgettable and all aspects of the dining experience proved to be a cut above the rest. This serene and exclusive restaurant truly deserves the many accolades it has received.
Awarded a Michelin star in this year’s Michelin Guide 2019, Ametsa, housed in COMO The Halkin, one of London’s leading luxury hotels, is a sophisticated and intimate Basque restaurant that effortlessly blends world-class cuisine with attentive service and a dynamic flair for presentation that can’t be beat. The interior of this restaurant is almost as impressive as the food. Dine on some of the most delicious dishes you’ll ever have savoured as you are enchanted by the restaurant’s wave-like ceiling above you, made from 7000 glass jars filled with spices.
When we visited Ametsa to write our review, the inventive dishes that were bursting with colour and texture simply took our breath away (or maybe that’s because we were stuffing our faces). A highlight of our visit were the tender, fluffy, and slightly crispy scallops served with hemp seed crackers and a creamy parsley sauce that simply melted in the mouth.
Just an hour’s drive or train journey from London, The Hind’s Head in Bray, Berkshire is without a doubt worth the trip. Located in a village world-renowned for its exceptional food scene and home to 2 of the 5 restaurants in the country with three Michelin stars – in fact the only location outside of the capital that has a restaurant with three stars – we’d recommend checking out the perhaps somewhat overlooked Michelin-starred The Hind’s Head.
Steeped in history, every corner of the restaurant has its own quirky charm. Both the interior and exterior have been lovingly restored in recent years yet still retain the character of its original 15th-century features such as the exposed masonry and wood-panelled walls. But it’s the food here which will really get your attention. Prepared with an exceptional level of skill, imagination, and attention to detail, the dishes on the menu are inspired by classic British dishes but given a creative, culinary twist.
An hour’s car or train journey from the capital, L’Ortolan, housed within a handsome former vicarage surrounded by simply gorgeous grounds, is the only Michelin-starred restaurant in Reading. This secluded culinary haven delivers everything you’d expect from a Michelin-starred establishment; polished and friendly service, a relaxing and immersive atmosphere, and delicious dishes that have all been presented with precise, artistic delicacy.
Having trained with Raymond Blanc, Jean-André Charial and Alan Murchison, head chef Tom Clarke brings influences from these masters along with his own unique creativity and flair to produce dreamy dishes that blend classical French flavours with modern techniques. Whether you’re enjoying starters such as confit salmon, horseradish and nasturtium or mains like Gressingham duck breast, fennel and apricot, a meal at L’Ortolan is one to remember.
An hour’s travelling distance from the city, Restaurant Coworth Park in Ascot, headed up by executive head chef Adam Smith and his talented team, retained its Michelin star in this year’s The Michelin Guide 2019. Lauded as one of the country’s finest chefs and billed by Michel Roux Senior as one to watch, you can expect top-notch service, an unrivalled setting, and a menu to die for when you dine within this relaxed and sophisticated restaurant.
Unwilling to settle for anything short of excellent dining, Adam’s menus focus on classic British flavour combinations and a commitment to quality, artisanal produce. As you step into the dining room, you’ll be charmed by the large French doors that bathe the restaurant in natural light and offer picturesque views of the Mansion House’s romantic rose terrace, croquet lawn, and the meadow and rolling estate grounds beyond.
As you would expect, the menu changes regularly to make use of the finest seasonal produce available, but expect dishes like sea scallop with pork belly, Dover sole with kale, kohlrabi and horseradish, and Waterford Farm salt-aged beef accompanied by oxtail mushroom and onion.
An hour and a half’s drive from London, The Nut Tree in Oxford may look like a traditional British pub, with its low beams, log-burning stoves and fully stocked bar, but it’s so much more than that. Having held a Michelin star for the past eight years, this characterful establishment has never let this get to its head, and despite the prestige it has earned over the years, remains a very down-to-earth and welcoming country inn.
Creating everything in-house using as much free-range, organic and wild produce as possible, chef Michael and his talented team guarantee a dining experience you’ll be dreaming about for weeks after your first visit – until your next visit that is. The Nut Inn also proudly cultivates its own ingredients, with pigs reared on site and vegetables grown in the pub’s garden.
With a frequently changing menu to make use of the best in-season produce, meals here may include a sumptuous main of slow-cooked belly of pork with purée, garden vegetables and apple gravy or desserts like their inventive hot cherry soufflé with bitter chocolate sorbet.
An hour and a half away by train, The Fordwich Arms in Fordwich, Canterbury is a new entry to The Michelin Guide this year, awarded a Michelin star for its exceptional commitment to culinary excellence. Housed in a gorgeous Georgian building in the heart of Britain’s smallest town with two log fireplaces, traditional and charming features, and a menu that will make your mouth water, escape the hustle and bustle of London and treat your loved ones to a dining experience they’ll treasure forever.
Celebrating the best of British cuisine, the menu changes regularly to allow head chef Dan Smith to create truly innovative dishes that make the most out of the freshest and finest seasonal produce available. From the likes of Stour Valley pheasant dumpling paired with roasted onion and a herb broth to Cornish scallops with bacon and shallot, each and every dish that features on this ever-changing menu is both intricately and attentively presented and bursting with flavour.
Although it may look like a simple country pub, The Fordwich Arms is far from your typical establishment. Proudly retaining its classic pub charms, its fine menu, attentive service, and warm and welcoming atmosphere is difficult to beat.