The 2019 Michelin Guide for Great Britain and Ireland has been revealed.
At an awards ceremony in Waterloo’s BFI IMAX cinema, chefs from across the country gathered to find out if their restaurants had made this year’s guide, which will be officially published on 5 October.
Dubbed “the Oscars of the food industry”, the coveted stars are seen as the ultimate accolade, setting the standard for discerning diners everywhere.
This year, the top spot remained unaffected with five restaurants learning they managed to retain their stars: The Araki, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay and Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester were the London establishments to hold on their accolades, as did Heston Blumenthal's Fat Duck and Alain Roux's Waterside Inn, both in Bray.
However, the biggest win of 2019 was Core by Clare Smyth, which jumped straight into the guide at two-star level.
The restaurant, which opened to widespread acclaim in 2017, was too late for inclusion in the 2018 guide and is the latest achievement for Smyth, who won the “Best Female Chef” award from The World’s 50 Best organisation in April.
Smyth, a protégé of Gordon Ramsay, also catered for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s evening wedding reception on 19 May, and was made an MBE in 2013 for services to the hospitality industry.
Upon receiving the award from her former boss, she told the audience: “It makes it obviously even more special that Gordon’s handing it to me … It’s been a hell of a year. We’ve achieved what we really set out to achieve.”
Two other restaurants were newly awarded two stars. James Knappett’s Kitchen Table at Bubbledogs received its second Michelin star after having won its first a year after opening in the 2015 guide.
Mark Birchall, a protégé of chef Simon Rogan, was also awarded a second star for Moor Hall, while chef Marcus Wareing lost his second star for Marcus restaurant, at the Berkeley hotel.
In all, an impressive 21 restaurants were newly awarded one star this year.
Notable new entries to the red guide include London-based Brat (Shoreditch), Hide (Mayfair), Ikoyi (St James’s), Leroy (Shoreditch), Roganic (Marylebone) and Sabor (Mayfair).
Those based outside of London are Blackbird, Bulrush, Chestnut, Fordwich Arms, Gidleigh Park, Ichiho Ichie, Mews, Olive Tree, Oxford Kitchen, Rogan & Co, Salt, Sorrel, Tim Allen’s Flitch of Bacon, White Swan, Winteringham Fields.
At this year's ceremony the Michelin Guide also collaborated with the World Avocado Organisation (WAO) to celebrate the brunch staple in all its glory, which is the first time the guide has worked with a fruit.
The iconic book hopes to encourage people to think past smashed avocado on toast with guests at the event dining on white miso tofu filled with avocado mousse, topped with caviar and a warm roast chicken broth; and avocado macarons, filled with white chocolate and avocado ganache and raspberry.
The Michelin Guide 2019 full list
Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester
Restaurant Gordon Ramsay
Claude Bosi at Bibendum
Core by Clare Smyth new
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
Hélène Darroze at The Connaught
Kitchen Table at Bubble Dogs new
Sketch (The Lecture Room & Library)
Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles
Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons
Hand and Flowers
Moor Hall new
Restaurant Nathan Outlaw
Restaurant Sat Bains
Alyn Williams at The Westbury
Dining Room at the Goring
Fera at Claridge’s
Galvin at Windows
Galvin La Chapelle
Hakkasan Hanway Place
La Dame de Pic
L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon
Pied à Terre
Pollen Street Social
Seven Park Place
Social Eating House
Bybrook at Manor House Hotel
Carters of Moseley
Cross at Kenilworth
Fischer’s at Baslow Hall
Fordwich Arms new
Gidleigh Park new
Gilpin Hotel & Lake House
Heron & Grey
House at Cliff House Hotel
House of Tides
Ichigo Ichie new
Lady Helen at Mount Juliet Hotel
Matt Worswick at the Latymer
Olive Tree new
Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen
Oxford Kitchen new
Paul Ainsworth at No.6
Peel’s at Hampton Manor Hotel
Pipe and Glass Inn
Pony & Trap
Red Lion Freehouse
Restaurant Hywel Jones by Lucknam Park
Rogan & Co new
Simon Radley at Chester Grosvenor
Sosban & The Old Butchers
The Clock House Restaurant
The Dining Room at Whatley Manor Hotel
The Man Behind the Curtain
The Peat Inn
Thomas Carr @ The Olive Room
Tim Allen’s Flitch of Bacon new
Tudor Room at Great Fosters Hotel
White Swan new
Wild Honey Inn
Winteringham Fields new
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