For December, we are pleased to share twenty-five new additions to the MICHELIN Guide Great Britain & Ireland, ahead of the annual launch ceremony when the Michelin Stars, Bib Gourmands and Green Stars will be unveiled.
These newly added restaurants appear on both our website and the iOS and Android apps and are highlighted with a ‘New’ symbol for easy identification.
Chef's Table, Bristol
An intimate, popular, buzzy spot near Bristol’s famous docks: go for the tasting menu and enjoy intricate, eye-catching dishes, which come with touches of originality and plenty of flavour.
The Silver Cup, Harpenden
It’s well worth going for the 7-course set menu at this traditionally furnished Victorian pub, which is keenly run by a young team. Dishes like Sutton Hoo chicken with watercress, winter truffle and chicken fat mash are precisely cooked and full of flavour.
Matt Healy, of ‘MasterChef: The Professionals’ fame, is a Horsforth local, and he runs the place with an enthusiastic, hands-on style. Appetising Mediterranean-influenced small plates offer fresh, distinct flavours and are good value for money.
Honey & Co, Bloomsbury - London
Fans of the original Honey & Co will be delighted to know it has been reborn, with a calming, Mediterranean style interior, in a brighter, larger location. Breakfast is a feature, but look out for all the old favourites, which offer the flavours of the Middle East and are designed for sharing.
Cord, City of London - London
This smart spot is brought to us from the people behind Cordon Bleu; see the chefs in their monogrammed whites at work in the glass-fronted kitchen. Cooking comes in generous portions and naturally has a classical bent.
Planque, Dalston - London
Tucked away off Kingsland Road, this lovely restaurant sits under two railway arches, with a large communal table at its hub. Sit at the kitchen end to see the chefs at work; their dishes are modern in style and full of vibrant textures and tastes.
Amethyst, Mayfair - London
A 12-course surprise menu takes diners on a ‘journey’ inspired by the chef’s international travels, so expect flavours originating anywhere from North Africa to Japan. The striking, zigzag-shaped central counter allows both privacy and a sense of community, with all 21 seats facing the kitchen.
Cavita, Regent’s Park and Marylebone - London
Eponymous chef-owner Adriana Cavita has an impressive CV, with time spent behind the stoves at El Bulli, Pujol and Aska – and her satisfying Mexican dishes, with plenty of punchy flavours, hit the spot at this friendly restaurant.
Ochre, St James’s - London
The National Gallery’s newest addition marries the building’s original features with smart, bistro deluxe styling. The menu lists small and large plates, with sharing in mind; dishes come with international influences and plenty of vivid flavours.
The Fox, Lower Oddington
Bought by Lady Bamford, and given an attractive makeover, this characterful, neighbourhood pub serves up great quality produce from the Daylesford estate in unfussy, generously sized dishes, including pizzas from the wood-fired oven.
La Popote, Marton
A farm has stood here since the 16th century – and this restaurant sits within the converted, red-brick barn, with its characterful brick floors and exposed beams. Food has a strong French influence; close your eyes and you could be dining by the banks of the Seine.
Nest, Newcastle Upon Tyne
This fun, relaxing restaurant – owned by two friends – is set in the suburbs of Newcastle. The five course, fixed price menu offers simple dishes with playful names, which are carefully cooked, fresh and full of flavour.
Solstice by Kenny Atkinson, Newcastle Upon Tyne
Around the corner from Michelin-Starred House of Tides, in place of the erstwhile Violets, comes this intimate dining experience, where the eponymous chef cooks a multi-course menu of intricate, modern dishes for a maximum of 14 lucky diners.
Rebel, Newcastle Upon Tyne
Our third addition in Newcastle this month is this intimate, very personally run restaurant serving a tasting menu of modern small plates, accompanied by some interesting organic and biodynamic wines.
White Bull, Oswaldtwistle
Set in the Lancashire town affectionally referred to as 'Ossie', this traditionally furnished neighbourhood pub overlooks the church, and offers everything from Sunday breakfasts to afternoon tea. Don’t miss the Lancashire cheese, onion and ale pie!
The grounds of beautifully restored country house, Grantley Hall, are the setting for this super-stylish Asian restaurant; grab a cocktail and head to one of the booths. Must-tries include the char siu of Yorkshire pork belly and the exotic fruit rum baba.
The Star Inn, Sparsholt
Following a full refurbishment, the sister to The Woodspeen has a sleek, Scandic look. Modern dishes come with Mediterranean influences – and bedrooms in a converted barn mean you can make a night of it.
Little Seeds, Stone
Owned and run by a young couple, this neighbourhood restaurant is pitched just right for the area, offering appealing, modern British cooking which not only looks good on the plate, but tastes great too.
Two alumni of The Goods Shed in Canterbury opened this smart, modern bistro back in May and it’s proving a hit with locals and visitors alike. Expect unfussy seasonal dishes with plenty of flavour and a rustic edge.
White Hart Inn, West Mersea
The friendly young team run this modernised coastal pub in a relaxed, informal manner; pop in for a pint and a snack or enjoy a meal of boldly flavoured modern dishes – you can even book a room and make a night of it.
The Rose Inn, Wickhambreaux
This lovely, cosy 14C pub is run by a friendly, welcoming team, who serve up sharing plates in the summer and hearty, satisfying dishes in the winter – carefully prepared and full of flavour all year round.
Republic of Ireland
The Old Bank, Dungarvan
An impressive, beautifully restored former bank with a sleek cocktail lounge, a buzzy bistro and a more formal upstairs restaurant, which serves a tasting menu at weekends. Refined, detailed cooking hits the spot.
Garden Café, Nairn
Formerly the Kale Yard Café, this is a beautiful, bohemian spot within a 400-year old walled garden, where unfussy, pared-back dishes come with European influences and feature their own, homegrown produce.
Sheeps and Leeks, Caernarfon
You’re greeted by the chefs in the ground floor kitchen as you enter, then taken down to the basement where there are only six tables. Staff bring in produce from their own gardens, and dishes on the set menu are interesting and imaginative.
Sorting Room, Cardiff
The Parkgate Hotel is an elegant new addition to the Welsh capital – and the Sorting Room is its smart brasserie, where service comes with a smile. Dishes like pan-roasted chicken breast or beef Wellington are carefully cooked and well-presented.