Every Michelin-starred restaurant in the UK where you can dine for £30 or less

Bobbie Edsor
Saturday 14 October 2017 09:42 BST
A number of Michelin Star restaurants offer meals for less than £30
A number of Michelin Star restaurants offer meals for less than £30 (Flickr (Hotel de la Paix Genève))

The Michelin Guide associates itself with the very best of fine-dining across the world — often bearing a hefty price tag.

However, while some Michelin-starred tasting menus will set diners back hundreds of pounds per person, not all fine-dining experiences have to drain your wallet while they fill your stomach.

Business Insider has compiled a list of every restaurant in the UK where you don't have to fork out more than £30 for a Michelin-stared experience.

Although there aren't any two- or three-starred restaurants that fall in this price range, there are plenty of one-starred Michelin-starred spots scattered across the country suited for any occasion — including 11 restaurants newly awarded stars earlier this month.

Scroll on to discover every Michelin-starred restaurant in the UK where you can dine for £30 or less per person, ranked by price from most expensive to cheapest.

Barrafina: Soho, London — £30

Barrafina's small tapas-style plates offer plenty of options that make sure diners get a taste of everything the kitchen has to offer.

With plates ranging from £4 to £17 each, this varied menu has everything from seafood to vegetarian options to the finest cuts of meat — including this oozing prawn and mushroom tortilla.

Chez Bruce: Wandsworth, London — £30

Awarded the OpenTable Diners' Choice Award in 2017, Chez Bruce in Wandsworth boasts home-made charcuterie, slow-cooked braises, offal, warm and cold salads, and classical desserts and bread-making.

Enjoy a two-course lunch on a weekday starting at £30 a head.

La Trompette: Chiswick, London — £30

La Trompette in West London offers a two-course lunch plan for £30 a head, including drool-worthy dishes such as this roast shoulder of suckling pig with späetzle, black cabbage, hazelnuts, and apple.

Trinity: Clapham, London — £30

Since opening in 2006, Trinity has been plating up "seasonal, inspirational, and above all, delicious" food to Clapham diners.

Dive into their set lunch meal, offering plenty of choices and many sumptuous puddings, from £30 for two courses.

Coworth Park: Ascot, Berkshire — £30

Coworth Park in Ascot received its first Michelin star earlier in October thanks to its classic British flavours and stunning dining room that looks out over the hotel's rose terrace and croquet lawn.

Enjoy a two-course lunch with a glass of sparkling wine for £30 per person. Read about Coworth Park's recent award here.

The Sportsman: Seasalter, Kent — £29.90

The Sportsman in Seasalter was named 2017's National Restaurant of the Year in the National Restaurant Awards.

Once dubbed a "grotty boozer" by the owner, diners can now enjoy elegant and sophisticated mains from the A La Carte menu — like this "turbot in vin jaune" — from £18, as well as a selection of puddings from £8.95. And with the coast right there, it would be rude not to add an oyster course — order Whitstable native oysters, or rock oysters with hot chorizo, for £2.95 each.

Outlaw's at the Capital: Chelsea, London — £29

Outlaw's at the Capital in Chelsea serves up an ever-changing menu that makes the most of British caught seafood — particularly fish caught around Cornwall's coast — like this Cornish hake with roast chicken and mushroom dressing, smoked leeks, and tarragon.

Grab a taste of the coast with their two-course lunch menu for £29 a head.

The Woodspeen: Newbury, Berkshire — £29

Turning three years old in October, The Woodspeen in Newbury serves locally grown food — such as this wood pigeon, sweetcorn, turnip and malt entrée — with some components travelling no further than from the bottom of the restaurant's garden.

Enjoy the three-course lunch or early supper menu for £29.

Paul Ainsworth at No 6: Padstow, Cornwall — £29

Paul Ainsworth at No 6 on the north coast of Cornwall serves modern British food that favours the best of Cornish produce.

Dishes like this Jerusalem artichoke soup are available as part of the lunch menu, which offers three courses for £29.

The Whitebrook: Monmouth, Wales — £29

The Whitebrook's head chef, Chris Harrod, uses local and rare herbs in order to provide a luxurious and magical taste of the Welsh countryside — such as this delicate salad of summery tomatoes and wild herbs.

Set menus start at £29 a head.

Wilks: Bristol — £29

Wilks in Bristol offers modern, vibrant, and creative dishes that offer true Michelin-quality ingenuity without the high-end price tag.

Diners can experience Wilks' three-course lunch menu, featuring seasonal dishes making the most of the local produce such as this John Dory and asparagus plate, for just £29.

La Dame de Pic at the Four Seasons: Ten Trinity Square, London — £29

La Dame de Pic at the Four Seasons serves up elegant, French-influenced fine-dining for just £29 a head for a two-course lunch.

Its varied and creative menu includes plenty of sophisticated and stunning courses, such as this Brixham Dover sole entrée. The "vibrant destination for gourmands," as it refers to itself, gained its first Michelin star earlier this month.

Yauatcha: Soho, London — £28

Yauatcha in Soho serves up modern top-of-the-range Chinese cuisine, including hand-shaped dim-sum, dumplings, and desserts.

Dim-sum lunchtime prices from the à la carte menu start around £5 to £6 per plate and are best enjoyed when ordered shared among a group.

Kitchen W8: Kensington, London — £28

Kitchen W8 in Kensington offers a relaxed atmosphere perfect for special occasions and impromptu dinners alike.

A three-course set menu is available for only £28 and £29.50 at lunch and dinner respectively — including this sumptuous chicken main. Kitchen W8 also offers an informal 'bring your own' booze policy on Sundays with no corkage fee.

Braidwoods: Dalry, Scotland — £28

Located in the small Scottish town of Dalry, Braidwoods first gained its Michelin star in 2000 and has consistently updated the menu and techniques favoured throughout the years in order to keep up with the Guide's fast-paced evolution.

At £28 for two courses, Braidwoods' lunch menu features many dishes from the evening's a la carte service, including this parmesan tart starter — a favourite amongst critics and diners alike.

The Pony and Trap: Chew Magna, Somerset — £27.50

The Pony and Trap in Chew Magna, north east Somerset, is run by brother and sister duo Josh and Holly Eggleton.

Diners can sample Josh's ever-changing "field-to-fork" menu, including this cured mackerel with tomato and cucumber gazpachos, with a main and a dessert starting at £27.50.

Paco Tapas: City of Bristol, Bristol — £27.50

A sister restaurant of the renowned Casamia and Pi Shop, Paco Tapas serves up Spanish-inspired small plates in the heart of Bristol.

Expect to spend around £55 between two, which will get you around eight meat, fish, and side plates including bread.

Loch Bay: Stein, Isle of Skye — £27.50

Receiving its first Michelin star in the 2018 guide, Loch Bay serves up contemporary Scottish cooking with French influences.

Grab a three-course lunch for £27.50 per person.

Outlaw's Fish Kitchen: Port Isaac, Cornwall — £27

Outlaw's Fish Kitchen is one of Nathan Outlaw's many highly-acclaimed restaurants in the South West, serving tapas-style small plates of locally and sustainably caught seafood harbour-side in Port Isaac.

Dishes are kept simple in order to let the catch of the day sing — like these crispy ling bites fresh from the fryer — with prices starting at £6.50. Three seafood plates and a side of bread shared between two people — and a dessert each — will cost you around £27 per person.

Ormer: St Helier, Jersey — £27

Based in St Helier, Ormer by Shaun Rankin offers a three-course set lunch for only £27. Or, until November 11, diners can experience an entire three-course special menu including salmon tartare and pancetta-wrapped pork for just £20 as part of "Tennerfest."

5 North St: Winchcombe, Cotswolds — £27

Set in the charming, rural Cotswold town of Winchcombe, 5 North St serves up mouthwatering mains such as Longhorn sirloin of beef with Guinness bolognese, chestnuts, swede, and port.

Sample the lunch menu for just £27.

St John: Clerkenwell, London — £26.70

The brainchild of a friendship between a chef and a sommelier, St John in Clerkenwell offers clean plates of traditional flavour combinations, like this plate of squash and white beans in wine with bread and yoghurt.

Grab the hake and leek pie for two followed by the Eccles cake with Lancashire cheese and the salted chocolate and caramel tart for £53.40. Read about Trevor and Fergus' partnership here.

Social Eating House: Soho, London — £26.50

Social Eating House is another of the many Michelin-starred restaurants in London's bustling Soho district, known for its eclectic range of dining and socialising spots.

Diners can enjoy a three-course lunch for £26.50, or a two-course lunch and cocktail for £29.50.

The Royal Oak: Bray, Berkshire — £26

The Royal Oak in Bray offers a gourmet gastropub menu with main courses starting at £18. Why not finish off with this elegant baked chocolate mousse and honey ice cream for just £8, too?

The Elephant: Torquay, Devon — £26

The Elephant in Torquay offers an informal, harbour-side setting where guests can kick back while enjoying the impeccably prepared food.

Main courses start at £15.75 or enjoy the upcoming Christmas menu for £26 for three courses.

The Clock House: Ripley, Surrey — £26

Nestled in picturesque Ripley, The Clock House was awarded its first Michelin star earlier this month.

After the previous owner ducked out in 2016, Fred Clapperton — who worked his way up through the Clock House's ranks from line cook — stepped forward to take the kitchen's reigns. The Clock House offers a two-course lunch menu for £26, or three courses for £30.

The Hind's Head: Bray, Berkshire — £25.25

The Hind's Head, one of Bray's multiple Michelin-starred gastro-offerings, serves classically British dishes on a menu that changes every four to six weeks.

Main lunch courses, like "Scallop Waldorf" salad, start at £17.25 on the current à la carte menu, with desserts starting at £8.

Gymkhana: Mayfair, London — £25

Situated in affluent Mayfair, Gymkhana serves tandoor-roasted meats, sigri charcoal grills, and seasonal curries in an elegant and regal dining room.

Set lunch menus start at £25 or £30 per person for two or three courses. View Gymkhana's website here.

The Cross: Kenilworth, Warwickshire — £25

The Cross at Kenilworth, a short drive south from Coventry, offers a stunning three-course set lunch menu for £25, featuring salmon rillette, crisp duck leg, and a caramel mousse.

This chicken liver parfait with beetroot is a favourite amongst customers and critics alike.

OX: Belfast, Northern Ireland — £25

OX in Belfast prides itself on its seasonal menus and extensive gin list.

Sample the three-course lunch menu for just £25 with the knowledge you'll be witnessing every ingredient in its seasonal prime.

Restaurant Tristan: Horsham, West Sussex — £25

Restaurant Tristan in Horsham, West Sussex, serves classic British cooking "with a French culinary edge" — and for just £25 for three courses during the week, too.

Finish off your meal with this stunning damson soufflé topped with chocolate, lavender, and almond.

West House: Biddenden, Kent — £25

Biddenden's West House fully embraces the saying that Kent is the "garden of England."

The Masons Arms: Knowstone, Devon — £25

The Masons Arms in Knowstone may look like your standard local from the outside, but this North Devon country pub has held a Michelin star for over a decade.

Sample the Mason Arms' lunch menu, including halibut with potato crust, for £25 for three courses.

The Crown: Burchetts Green, Berkshire — £25

The Crown in the rural village of Burchetts Green, a 10-minute drive from Maidenhead, is a family affair that produces clean-cut, distinctly traditional French cuisine.

Elegant and finessed mains, like this beef fillet "steamed on a string," cheek pie, and mash feature on the reasonably priced Prixe Fixe — three courses for £25.

Restaurant James Sommerin: Cardiff, Wales — £25

Restaurant James Sommerin in Cardiff focuses on using the finest, freshest, and most local produce possible in its tasting and à la carte menus.

Main courses, including wild sea bass with langoustine and cumin-spiced Welsh lamb, start at £25, or £18 for vegetarian options.

Ellory: Hackney, London — £25

Since being awarded a Michelin star in the 2017 guide, Ellory in Hackney has grown into a neighbourhood hotspot thanks to its European plates designed for sharing and an exclusively European wine list.

Visually simple but with depths of flavour, small dishes designed for sharing like this meatball and polenta combination start at £9 for vegetarian plates. Grab four to five plates between two, including the elegant Venison tartare with Jerusalem artichoke for £15, and expect to pay around £50 for food.

Bohemia: St Helier, Jersey — £24.95

Bohemia was named one of Waitrose Good Food Guide's best restaurants to visit in 2018. Diners can experience a full three-course lunch menu for £29.95 in the week, or just £24.95 on Saturdays.

The Ninth: Fitzrovia, London — £24.50

The Ninth in Fitzrovia serves French-influenced Mediterranean cuisine including this chargrilled sea bream with lemon confit and miso.

Main courses start at £16.50, and you can add a dessert for around £8.

Tamarind: Mayfair, London — £24.50

Tamarind in Mayfair serves north Indian food bursting with flavour while remaining refined.

Sophisticated flavour profiles, like this slow-cooked lamb shank bathed in turmeric, yoghurt, and freshly-ground spices, make up a large proportion of the menu.

The Walnut Tree Inn: Abergavenny, Wales — £24

The Walnut Tree Inn, located just outside of Abergavenny, offers multiple fine-dining set menus in a relaxed and intimate atmosphere.

Influenced by head chef Shaun Hill's favourite flavour combinations rather than traditions or regional cooking, set menus start at £24 or diners can opt for the à la carte where main courses start at £15.

Aquavit: Piccadilly, London — £24

Aquavit in St James's Market serves up contemporary Nordic dining at inarguable prices.

These Swedish meatballs with lingonberries and pickled cucumber cost £16. Aquavit also offers a set lunch menu, with two courses for £24 or three for £28.50.

Northcote: Whalley, Lancashire — £24

Nestled in Ribble Valley, a short drive north of Blackburn, Northcote's fine-dining extravaganza fuses creativity with classic British flavour profiles — just like this elegant and intriguing apple cheesecake camouflaged as a regular apple.

Northcote's seasonal lunch menu prices main courses at £17.50, and you can grab a starter and a dessert for only £7 and £6.50 respectively.

Fischer's at Baslow Hall: Baslow, Derbyshire — £23

Fischer's at Baslow Hall makes the most of the local areas produce, even using hand-thrown pottery and plates made in Baslow and Sheffield.

Guests can currently enjoy the "Celebratory Autumn" lunch menu featuring maple syrup-braised pork and tomato tarte tatin for just £23 for two courses, or £30 for three.

The Peat Inn: Cupar, Scotland — £22

Chefs at The Peat Inn, a 15-minute drive from St Andrews, are known for their seasonal takes on all-time classics such as their rhubarb, amaretto, and lemon balm tiramisu. This oyster panna cotta is a signature starter.

A three-course lunch starts at £22 a head.

Jamavar: Mayfair, London — £22

Receiving its first Michelin star in time for the 2018 guide, Jamavar in Mayfair offers fine Indian cuisine with modern influences.

This Dal Chawal Aur Achaar is one of the most popular dishes, composed of crisp lentil and rice dumplings with green chutney and heritage carrot pickle.

The Pipe and Glass Inn: South Dalton, East Yorkshire — £21

The Pipe and Glass Inn's classic Yorkshire pub environment, partnered with delectably balanced menus, makes for the perfect homely yet civilised pub lunch.

Try the lunch menu, where you can sample a starter and a main from £21.

Trishna: Marylebone, London — £20

Marylebone's Trishna restaurant has maintained its Michelin star since 2012 by offering southwest Indian fine dining in a relaxed atmosphere.

Sample Trishna's multi-course lunch menu from £20 a head.

Red Lion Freehouse: East Chisenbury, Wiltshire — £20

Red Lion Freehouse in East Chisenbury offers a value "Prix Fixe" menu, starting at £20 for two courses, as well as an ever-changing à la carte list.

With artistic plating and complex flavours, the Red Lion Freehouse is known for its contemporary and elegant dishes, such as this chicken broth and grouse heart starter.

A. Wong: Victoria, London — £20

A. Wong in Victoria serves up Chinese food which attempts to acknowledge and show gratitude towards every region and influence in Chinese cooking.

With lengthy, separate menus for lunch and dinner and plenty of dishes perfect for sharing, expect to spend around £20 a head.

The Coach: Marlow, Buckinghamshire — £20

The Coach in Marlow, five miles north of Maidenhead, offers a relaxed, non-bookable pub affair with main dishes ranging from around £6 to £16.50.

Try the black pudding and smoked haddock Scotch egg with moilee sauce, followed by the venison chilli with red wine, chocolate, and toasted rice cream for a hearty, Michelin-starred pub meal that will only set you back £20.

The Nut Tree Inn: Murcott, Oxfordshire — £20

Murcott's Nut Tree Inn serves contemporary and innovative British cooking under a 15th century thatched roof. This Oxfordshire village tavern offers traditional pub garden food for around £12 a head, including fish and chips and steak sandwiches, as well as the pricier fine-dining menus — main dishes from the à la carte start at £24.

Whichever way you go, make sure you save room for one of the stunning desserts - such as this pink praline tart — starting at £8 each.

Lima: Fitzrovia, London — £19

Lima, Fitzrovia serves contemporary Peruvian cuisine with plenty of seafood dishes and intriguing ingredients across the menu, such as this "Cobia fish tiradito" with black tiger's milk.

Sample the lunch and pre-theatre menus at £19 for two courses or £24 for three.

Lyle's: Shoreditch, London — £19

Lyle's offers clean-cut, minimalistic plates of food and conceptual set menus that embody the fashion element of the food industry.

If you want to experience trendy fine dining but don't want to shell out hundreds per head, Lyle's in Shoreditch offers main plates for around £11.50 at lunchtime, and desserts for £7.50 each.

The Star Inn: Harome, Yorkshire — £17

Also in Yorkshire, Harome's Star Inn reportedly has a history cooking for the local people that goes back to the 14th century.

Sunday roasts here are an absolute steal, starting at £17, with plenty of puddings on offer such as roly poly with custard.

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