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May: The Inspectors' Latest Additions to The MICHELIN Guide

Discover every restaurant newly added to the Great Britain & Ireland selection this month

The MICHELIN Guide Inspectors are on the road all year round, assessing existing restaurants as well as uncovering new ones worthy of recommendation in the Great Britain & Ireland selection. While The MICHELIN Guide distinctions – Stars, Green Stars and Bib Gourmands – are only revealed at the annual MICHELIN Guide Ceremony, the Inspectors add restaurants to the selection year round. These new restaurants are released on a monthly basis and are highlighted by a 'New' symbol; you can find them here on the MICHELIN Guide website and on the free mobile app (iOS/Android). Bookmark this page and check back monthly for the latest live additions!

May 2024

7 restaurants have been added to The MICHELIN Guide Great Britain & Ireland this month. The selected establishments showcase the wealth of quality and diversity of styles in British and Irish dining, from a traditional pub to excitingly modern openings. With the addition of Cuubo this month, the Birmingham restaurant scene continues to go from strength to strength, in particular the suburb of Harborne – whose residents now have three Michelin-recommended restaurants to choose from within a short walk of each other. Read on to discover all of our recently added establishments.

Duck on the Pond, South Newington

Traditional British

A duck pond to its rear is the inspiration behind the name of this historic mellow stone inn. Part pub and part restaurant, it’s an immaculately kept place where the best spots to sit are in the alcove or by the lovely inglenook fireplace. There’s an unfussy honesty to the cooking, which eschews pretension in favour of flavoursome local produce. The ‘local’ part is of particular importance to the team, who proudly source ingredients nearby and from their own small holding.

MAYA, Manchester

Modern Cuisine

After an 18-month renovation project, the Manchester dining scene has a new member. MAYA’s location is inextricably linked to the city’s nightlife; it sits just round the corner from the bustling Canal Street in the heart of the Gay Village – a core part of Manchester’s party scene – and occupies the basement of a building which was once home to the celebrity-laden Mash and Air nightclub, the rest of which has been converted into the Leven Hotel. The restaurant itself doesn’t disappoint, with skilful, classically based cooking that's sure to be a hit.

Thirteen, Poole

Modern Cuisine

This Dorset-based restaurant is a real family affair. Spearheaded by Chef Alex Naik, he is joined in this venture by his sister Frances, who runs the front of house, along with his parents Hem and Elisabeth. Unlike most people, the Naik family claim that 13 is their lucky number, and so it is proving with the success of their small but mighty restaurant. Alex’s cooking combines modern and traditional techniques, with a degree of creativity keeping the menu interesting.

Other May additions to The MICHELIN Guide Great Britain & Ireland include:

Boheme, Chester
Modern Cuisine
Cuubo, Birmingham
Modern British
NORD, Liverpool
Modern Cuisine
Sune, London
European Country

Hero Image: NORD

April 2024

Kinkally, London


Providing further proof of the glorious diversity of London’s dining scene, Kinkally offers a modern take on traditional Georgian dishes. Located on Fitzrovia’s Charlotte Street (home to many a good restaurant over the years), it’s fun, it’s cool and the food is a delight to eat. Among the Georgian small plates on offer are a choice of khinkali dumplings, from which the restaurant gets its moniker. In the basement, the cheekily named 'Bar Kinky' offers an appealing cocktail selection in equally trendy surroundings.

Montrose, Edinburgh

Modern Cuisine

The team behind Michelin-Starred Timberyard, also in Edinburgh, are responsible for this recent opening where big, bold flavours reign supreme and quality produce is key. It’s split into a ground floor bar – where the knowledgeable team serve an interesting wine selection accompanied by small plates like oysters and charcuterie – and the upstairs restaurant, where a set 4 course menu pushes seasonality to the fore. If you’re on a sightseeing tour of  the city, then The Palace of Holyroodhouse is nearby.

Rabbit, Birmingham

Modern Cuisine

Few restaurants have relocated quite as far as Rabbit. Now settled in the Birmingham suburb of Stirchley, Chef-Owner Ash Valenzuela-Heeger first started showcasing her punchy, globally influenced cooking in Cape Town, where she was raised. After moving to the UK with her wife Erin, the pair are now attracting plenty of buzz and a constant influx of diners at the latest incarnation of their restaurant – where Erin leads the genial service and Ash serves from behind the kitchen counter. To make things even better, Rabbit doesn’t cost the earth.

Other April additions to The MICHELIN Guide Great Britain & Ireland include:

1 York Place, Bristol
Bavette, Horsforth
Lasdun, London
Modern British
Osters, Newcastle upon Tyne
Six, Newcastle upon Tyne
Modern Cuisine

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