If you want to dine with a British star, where is the place to go? To one of the 137 Michelin starred restaurants in the United Kingdom of course!
And so it happens that the centenary edition of the UK and Ireland Michelin Guide was announced on Tuesday – and good news, there are more stars than ever!
For 2011 there are a total of 137 Michelin starred establishments in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Yum, yum, I’m getting hungry now!
All the 12 new stars is for restaurants in England, but there are still 125 other restaurants in the whole of UK you could try out. There are a couple of new stars in the East End of London: notably Viajante, run by the acclaimed Portuguese chef Nuno Mendes, and Galvin La Chapelle in Spitalfields.
And one of my own favourites, the quirky Petersham Nurseries Café in Richmond …a perfect place for a day trip, in a calm and relaxing environment.
The new 1* restaurants:
England, outside London
The Curlew, Bodiam, Sussex
The Pony and Trap, Chew Magna, Somerset
Adam Simmonds at Danesfield House, Marlow, Buckinghamshire
The Black Rat, Winchester, Hampshire
Paris House, Woburn, Bedfordshire
Petersham Nurseries Cafe (Richmond, see image below)
Seven Park Place, at the St James Hotel and Club
The two new 2* restaurants: