Firstly of note, there were no new restaurants awarded the prestigious 3 Michelin Stars, but also no losses in this area, meaning the total remains at 4; Gordon Ramsay’s Royal Hospital Road, Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester, The Fat Duck and The Waterside Inn.
There were 2 restaurants who managed to move up from one to two stars, The Greenhouse in London’s Mayfair and also Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, a great accolade for the head chef there, Ashley Palmer Watts. The only opened there doors in 2010, so have risen up the ranks pretty quickly. There was also one 2* restaurant to lose one of its stars and that was L’atelier de Joel Robouchon in London. Maybe this reflects the continuously growing and improving standards in London. We ate there about 4 years ago now and really enjoyed it, but out of all the starred places we have eaten, and the list is now getting pretty long, it was nearer the bottom than the top. I really wish I’d thought of starting a blog when we first started eating at places like this about 6 years ago, as I sometimes struggle now to remember what we ate and what it was like, the blog is great for my poor memory!
Moving on to the realms of 1 Michelin star; there were a few losers, a total of 5 places lost their star altogether, including; The Hamborough on the Isle of Wight, Burlington in North Yorkshire, Petersham Nurseries Cafe in London, Locks Brasserie in Dublin and nearer to home, The Dining Room at Mallory Court in Leamington Spa.
There were 15 newly crowned One Star Restaurants in the UK; 9 for London, 4 for the rest of England and 2 in Ireland. For me the most important and exciting was the star for Adams in Birmingham. It’s only been open 5 months and when we ate there less than 1 month ago it was spectacular. Read my review here. Others included Wilks in Bristol and The Samling in Cumbria. In London the new appointments included Social Eating House, from Jason Atherton’s rapidly expanding empire, Lima, Story in Bermondsey, Nathan Outlaws venture Outlaws’ at the capital and Ametza with Arzak Instruction, bought to us courtesy of the minds behind Arzak in Spain, somewhere I’m dying to go!
Some people would say that there were a few surprises in this years awards, and I’m sure there are chefs around the country disappointed as well. For me I was expecting to the see the name of Colin McGurran and Winteringham Fields in Lincolnshire on the new 1* list, but there’s always next year!
Have a look at the full list of new additions below;
Dinner by Heston, London
The Greenhouse, London
The Samling, Ambleside, Cumbria
Ormer by Shaun Rankin, Jersey/St Helier
HKK, Shoreditch, Hackney
Angler, Islington, London
Outlaw’s at the Capital (Capital Hotel), Chelsea
Story, Bermondsey, London
Ametsa with Arzak Instruction, Belgravia, London
Brasserie Chavot, Mayfair, London
Bo London, Mayfair, London
Lima, Regent’s Park and Marylebone, London
Social Eating House, Soho, London
Republic of Ireland
Lady Helen, Thomastown, Kilkenny
The 2014 UK guide will be available to buy next week!