Whatley Manor

Just like a Michelin tyre, that time of the year when restaurants across Great Britain and Ireland are awarded Michelin stars rolled around again yesterday, and there was a lot for chefs across the country to celebrate at the special launch event that was held at The Hurlingham Club in London.

This year, one new three-star restaurant was announced, Sketch (The Lecture Room & Library), as well as four new two-star restaurants and 23 new one-star restaurants. In total, 187 restaurants are featured in the Michelin Guide Great Britain & Ireland 2020, but it wasn’t all great news.

Alyn Williams at The Westbury

16 restaurants in total lost a star, including The Araki, after head chef and sushi master Mitsuhiro Araki returned to Japan, and Gidleigh Park in Chagford, Devon, after the departure of head chef Chris Simpson. A number of London restaurants such as Bonhams, Fera at Claridges, Hedone, and L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon also lost their stars as a result of closure.

International Director of the Michelin guides, Gwendal Poullennec, had this to say about what was the highest accolade of the night:

“Despite the obvious challenges being faced by the industry here in the UK, we are thrilled that this has been such a stellar year, and we have seen many first ventures opening and rapidly rising to success.

With three Michelin stars, Sketch joins four other restaurants at this prestigious level. This Pierre Gagnaire restaurant won its first star in 2005 and its second in 2013. Our inspectors judge the cooking here to be wonderfully complex and highly original, with each element of the meal excelling in terms of structure, composition and, above all, flavour.”

Whatley Manor

Other highlights of the night worth mentioning include Aimsir in Celbridge, which entered the guide for the first time with two Michelin stars, as well as La Dame de Pic in London, The Dining Room at Whatley Manor in Malmesbury, and The Greenhouse in Dublin, which were all promoted from one star to two stars at last night’s launch event.

The winners of the three Michelin awards for 2020 were also announced at the launch event. The Welcome & Service Award 2020 went to Team Bonwick at The Crown at Burchetts Green, the Sustainability Award 2020 went to Loam in Galway, and the Sommelier Award 2020 went to Jurica Gojevic at Adare Manor in Country Limerick.

Read a full list of the restaurants awarded Michelin stars in this year’s Michelin Guide Great Britain & Ireland 2020:

3 stars

Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester – London

Restaurant Gordon Ramsey – London

Sketch (The Lecture Room & Library) – London

The Fat Duck – Bray, Berkshire

The Waterside Inn – Bray, Berkshire

2 stars

Aimsir – Kearneystown, Kildare

Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles – Auchterarder, Perthshire

Bibendum – London

CORE by Clare Smyth – London

Dinner by Heston – London

Greenhouse – Dublin (NEW TWO STAR)

Hélène Darroze at the Connaught – London

Kitchen Table at Bubbledogs – London

L’Enclume – Cartmel Nr Grange over Sands, Cumbria

La Dame de Pic – London (NEW TWO STAR)

Le Gavroche – London

Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons – Great Milton, Oxfordshire

Midsummer House – Cambridge

Moor Hall – Ormskirk, Lancashire

Restaurant Nathan Outlaw – Port Isaac, Cornwall

Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud – Dublin

Restaurant Sat Bain with Rooms – Nottingham

The Dining Room at Whatley Manor – Malmesbury, Wiltshire (NEW TWO STAR)

The Greenhouse – London

The Hand and Flowers – Marlow, Buckinghamshire

The Ledbury –London

The Raby Hunt – Summerhouse, Country Durham

Umu – London

1 star

A Wong – London

Adam’s – Birmingham

Alchemilla – Nottingham (New Entry)

Allium at Askham Hall – Askham, Cumbria (New Entry)

Alyn Williams at The Westbury – London

Amaya Belgravia – London

Angler – London

Aniar – Galway

Aquavit – London

Artichoke – Buckinghamshire (New Entry)

Barrafina Adelaide Street – London

Bastion – Kinsale, Cork (New Entry)

Beach House – Oxwich, Glamorganshire (New Entry)

Bohemia – St Helier, Jersey

Braidwoods – Dairy, North Ayrshire

Brat – London

Bulrush – Bristol

Campagne – Kilkenny, Country Kilkenny

Carters of Moseley – Birmingham

Casamia – Bristol

Céleste – London

Chapter One – Dublin

Chestnut – Bailydehob, Country Cork

Chez Bruce – London

City Social – London

Club Gascon – London

Condita – Edinburgh (New Entry)

Coworth Park – Ascot, Berkshire

Da Terra – London (New Entry)

Deanes Eipic – Belfast

Elystan Street – London

Endo at the Rotunda – London (New Entry)

Five Fields – London

Forest Side – Grasmere, Cumbria

Glavin La Chapelle – London

Gymkhana – London

Hakkasan Hanway Place – London

Hakkasan Mayfair – London

Hambleton Hall – Oakham

Harwood Arms – London

Heron and Grey – Dublin

Hide – London

House (at Cliff House Hotel) – Ardmore, Ireland

House of Tides – Newcastle

HRiSHi at Gilpin Hotel and Lake House – Windermere, Cumbria

Ichigo Ichie – Cork

Ikoyi – London

Interlude – Lower Beeding, Sussex (New Entry)

Isle of Eriska – Oban, Scotland (New Entry)

John’s House – Mountsorrel, Leicestershire

Kai – London

Kitchen W8 – London

La Trompette – London

Lady Helen at Mount Juliet Hotel – Thomastown, Country Kilkenny

Le Champignon Sauvage – Cheltenham

L’Ecrivain – Dublin

Lerory – London

Loam – Galway

Locanda Locatelli – London

Loch Bay – Stein, Isle of Skye

L’Ortolan – Reading

Lyle’s – London

Lympstone Manor – Exmouth

Mana – Manchester (New Entry)

Mãos – London (New Entry)

Marcus – London

Mews – Baltimore, County Cork

Morston Hall – Holt, Norfolk

Murana – London

Northcote – Langho, Blackburn

Number One (at Balmoral Hotel) – Edinburgh

Nut Tree – Oxfordshire

Old Stamp House – Ambleside, Cumbria (New Entry)

Olive Tree – Bath

Opheem – Birmingham (New Entry)

Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen – Cornwall

Ox Belfast – Belfast

Oxford Kitchen – Oxford

Paco Tapas – Bristol

Paul Ainsworth at Number 6 – Padstow

Peel’s at Hampton Manor – Birmingham

Pensons – Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire (New Entry)

Pétrus – London

Pied à Terre – London

Pollen Street Social – London

Portland – London

Purnell’s – Birmingham

Quilon – London

Restaurant Hywel Jones by Luckham Park – Chippenham, Wiltshire

Restaurant James Sommerin – Penarth

Restaurant Martin Wishart – Edinburgh

Restaurant Story – London

Restaurant Tristan – Horsham, West Sussex

Ritz Restaurant – London

River Café – London

Rogan & Co – Cumbria

Roganic – London

Sabor – London

Salt – Warwickshire

Seven Park Place – London

Simon Radley at The Chester Grosvenor – Chester, Cheshire

Simpsons – Birmingham

Social Eating House – London

Sorrel – Surrey

Sosban and The Old Butchers – Anglesey, Wales

St. John – London

Stark – Broadstairs, Kent (New Entry)

Texture – London

The Angel at Hetton – Hetton, Yorkshire (New Entry)

The Black Rat – Winchester, Hampshire

The Black Swan at Oldstead – York

The Blackbird – Newbury, Berkshire

The Bybrook at The Manor – Chippenham, Wiltshire

The Cellar – Anstruther, Fife

The Clock House – Ripley, Surrey

The Clove Club – London

The Coach – Marlow, Buckinghamshire

The Cottage in the Wood – Braithwaite, Cumbria (New Entry)

The Cross at Kenilworth – Kenilworth

The Crown – Maidenhead, Berkshire

The Dysart Petersham – London

The Elephant – Devon

The Fordwich Arms – Canterbury, Kent

The Glasshouse – London

The Goring – London

The Hind’s Head – Berkshire

The Kitchen – Edinburgh

The Latymer – Bagshot, Surrey

The Man Behind The Curtain – Leeds

The Masons Arms – Devon

The Muddlers Club – Belfast (New Entry)

The Neptune – Norfolk

The Ninth – London

The Oak Room – Adare, Limerick (New Entry)

The Peat Inn – Scotland

The Pipe and Glass – Beverley

The Pony and Trap – Bristol, Avon

The Red Lion Free House – East Chisenbury, Wiltshire

The Royal Oak – Whatcote, Warwickshire (New Entry)

The Sportsman – Whitstable, Kent

The Square – London

The Star Inn – York

The Tudor Room at Great Fosters – Egham, Surrey

The Walnut Tree Inn – Abergavenny

The Whitebrook – Monmouth

The Woodspeen – Newbury, Berkshire

Thomas Carr @ The Olive Room – Devon

Tim Allen’s Flitch of Bacon – Dunmow

Trinity – London

Trishna – London

Variety Jones – Dublin (New Entry)

Veeraswamy – London

White Swan – Fence, Lancashire

Wild Honey Inn – Lisdoonvarna, Country Clare

Wilks – Bristol

Winteringham Fields – North Lincolnshire

Yauatcha Soho – London

Ynyshir – Powys

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