As the most important restaurant guide for the UK and Ireland, Michelin unveiled the best spots for 2017 /

After the new guide was announced, revealing who has gained and retained stars, here are ten of the best Michelin starred restaurants to visit in the coming year

For the first time ever, the Michelin Guide held a huge event in the centre of London to unveil this year’s group of Michelin star restaurants in the UK and Ireland. Still considered as the most important guide to eating out in the world, Michelin inspectors have spent the last twelve months dining in the places that encapsulate everything incredible about the world of food and drink.

There were seventeen new one-star entries this year, with The Raby Hunt in County Durham the only establishment to gain a second.

The Fat Duck regained its three stars after moving to Melbourne last year, bringing the total number of three-starred restaurants in the UK back to four.

2016 has seen quite a few Michelin star restaurants lose their chefs or close and, as a result, their stars. Legends like Phil Howard parted ways with The Square to open his new venture Elystan Street; Michael Wignall left The Latymer for Gidleigh Park to take over from Michael Caines and retained two stars and Matt Gillan moved on from The Pass in West Sussex.

Claude Bosi also closed his Michelin star restaurant Hibiscus just two days before the results were revealed, meaning the number of two-star restaurants in the UK has decreased by two to twenty-one.

There were also some new special recognition awards presented at the beginning of the ceremony – Clare Smyth took home the title of Michelin Female Chef 2017, while the front of house team at Peel’s at Hampton Manor (which was also awarded a Michelin star) were given the Michelin Welcome Service Award 2017.

It was a good result for the north of England, as restaurants such as Kevin Tickle’s Forest Side and Gilpin Hotel and Lake House in Cumbria earned their first stars. Hackney in London also gained its first star, with Ellory making the cut.

Michelin-starred restaurants that closed and therefore lost their stars include Brasserie Chavot and Arbutus in London, Mr Underhill’s at Dinham Weir in Shropshire and Sangster’s in Fife. Other restaurants that have lost their Michelin stars this year are London’s Wild Honey, Launceston Place and L’Autre Pied; Paris House in Woburn; Drake’s in Surrey; Ockenden Manor in West Sussex; The Terrace at Montagu Arms Hotel and Thackeray’s in Kent.

 

Ten restaurants to vist in 2017: 

Restaurant James Sommerin – Cardiff 

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Known as one of Wale’s greatest chefs, James Sommerin opens his first solo venture in Penarth 

Forest Side - Cumbria 

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Set in Grasmere, Forest Side is a new entry this year

Raby Hunt (2*) – Darlington

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Raby Hunt was the only venue to gain a second star this year 

 

Gilpin House and Lake Hotel – Windermere

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The Giplin restaurant serves up local specialities from the Cumbrian cuisine

 

The Wild Rabbit – Oxfordshire

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The Wild Rabbit uses homegrown produce from its own garden where possible

Peel's at Hampton Manor – Solihul

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Peel's also won the Michelin Welcome Service Award 2017

Sosban and the Old Butchers – Wales

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Sosban opened in 2013 nad is run by husband and wife team, Stephen and Bethan Stevens

Thomas Carr @ The Olive Room – Devon 

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Dishes at the Olive Room are all made from just four or five ingredients

The Crown – Berkshire

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Found in Maidenhead, The Crown has been awarded one star 

Tudor Room at Great Fosters – Surrey

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The Tudor Room is Egham is another new entry this year

This article originally appeared on The Great British Chefs website. For the full list, visit greatbritishchefs.com/michelin-guide-results

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