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Features 2 minutes 11 February 2021

Michelin Guide 2021: New Awards in Wales

Which Welsh Restaurants were recognised in this year’s Michelin Guide?

2021 Awards Wales

The Michelin Guide Great Britain and Ireland 2021 was launched on 25th January. This year, for the first time, the guide is being published in a digital format only: download the iOS app here.

Michelin were delighted to recognise various Welsh restaurants in this year’s Michelin Guide, including one new Green Star (a brand new award for 2021) and four new Michelin Plates.

Here’s a summary of all the new awards as well as the existing awards in Wales.

Ynyshir, Machynlleth
Ynyshir, Machynlleth

New Awards for 2021

Green Star
This year’s Michelin Guide saw the introduction of the new Michelin ‘Green Star’ distinction which highlights restaurants that are at the forefront of the industry when it comes to their sustainable practices. Over the whole of the UK and Ireland, 23 restaurants won this new award – and one of these is in Wales.

Henry Robertson – Palé Hall, Llandderfel
This elegant restaurant is situated in Palé Hall Hotel, with a lovely view of its garden. Menus reflect the seasons, and the local larder is very much to the fore in the tasty dishes – including organic herbs, fruits and vegetables grown in their own walled garden. They have an on-site hydro-electric plant, which provides carbon-neutral energy to power the entire hotel and also run an incentive scheme for innovative contributions to reduce their carbon footprint.

Michelin Plate

The Gaff, Abergavenny
This bright, fun restaurant is set in three converted sheds hidden away in the centre of town. Daily changing menus list an appealing selection of well-priced small plates, which range from a scotch egg or duck burger to pork schnitzel or some local game.

Black Bear Inn, Bettws Newydd
This charming inn sits in a rural spot, close to the Victorian market town of Usk and is personally run by a husband and wife team. The constantly evolving menu is formed around top quality local produce, and dishes like gurnard with lentils and kale or duck breast, onion marmalade and carrots are full of flavour.

Nook, Cardiff
This homely, simply styled neighbourhood bistro is located opposite the famous Victoria Park, and bottles of natural and low-intervention wines line its walls. The frequently changing menu lists 10 or so very tasty small plates; perhaps creamed cod pie with dill or chocolate mousse with honeycomb.

Thomas, Cardiff
Having spent time in London, the eponymous Thomas Simmons is back in his homeland, at this elegant bar and restaurant. Prime local ingredients are delivered with restraint in dishes like BBQ hispi cabbage or fillet of Welsh beef with celeriac, black garlic and bone marrow; the Muscovado tart is a must.

Coast, Saundersfoot
Coast, Saundersfoot

Existing Awards

One Michelin Star

Walnut Tree, Llanddewi Skirrid
Ynyshir, Machynlleth
Sosban & The Old Butchers, Menai Bridge
Beach House, Oxwich
The Whitebrook, Whitebrook

Bib Gourmand

Hare & Hounds, Aberthin
Bryn Williams at Porth Eirias, Colwyn Bay

Michelin Plate

Harbourmaster, Aberaeron
Felin Fach Griffin, Brecon
Park House, Cardiff
Asador 44, Cardiff
Heaneys, Cardiff
Purple Poppadom, Cardiff
'Bully's, Cardiff
La Cuina, Cardiff
Heathcock, Cardiff
Potted Pig, Cardiff
Signatures, Conwy
Arboreal, Cowbridge
1861, Abergavenny
Castle Cottage, Harlech
Old Grocery, Hawarden
Glynne Arms, Hawarden
Leicester's, Laleston
Hand at Llanarmon, Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog
Henry Robertson (at Palé Hall), Llandderfel
Tyddyn Llan, Llandrillo
Seeds, Llanfyllin
Stonemill, Monmouth
Y Polyn, Capel Dewi
Fernery, Narberth
The Daffodil Inn, Penrhiwllan
Coast, Saundersfoot
Bell at Skenfrith, Skenfrith
Slice, Swansea
Rhosyn, Penally
Parva Farmhouse, Tintern
Newbridge on Usk, Tredunnock
Y Talbot, Tregaron

This year, the guide is being published in a digital format only, both on our website (UK and Republic of Ireland) and via the iOS app.

Quick links to:
All Michelin Bib Gourmands in the UK / Republic of Ireland
All Michelin Stars in the UK / Republic of Ireland
All Michelin Plates in the UK / Republic of Ireland
All Green Stars in Great Britain and Ireland

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