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Features 2 minutes 07 May 2021

What is the Michelin Green Star and How Do You Earn One?

The new sustainability award for restaurants in England, Scotland, Wales & Ireland

Green Star Zero Waste Sustainability

What is the Michelin Green Star?   
The Green Star distinction is an annual award which highlights restaurants at the forefront of the industry when it comes to their sustainable practices. They hold themselves accountable for both their ethical and environmental standards, and work with sustainable producers and suppliers to avoid waste and reduce or even remove plastic and other non-recyclable materials from their supply chain.

What kind of things do Green Star restaurants do?
Many work directly with growers, farmers and fishermen; forage in hedgerows and woodlands; grow plants and rear animals; and use regenerative methods such as no-dig vegetable gardens and successional cover crop growing.

They also often go beyond environmental considerations to address the quality of life of their staff, as well as contributing to local, national or global charitable and educational projects.

Who is eligible for a Michelin Green Star?
Any restaurant in the Michelin Guide (UK/Republic of Ireland) is eligible, whether it holds a Michelin Plate, Bib Gourmand or a Michelin Star.

What are the Michelin Inspectors looking for when they award a Michelin Green Star?
There is no specific formula for awarding a Michelin Green Star, as every restaurant and its surrounding region has a unique set of conditions. The Inspectors are simply looking for those at the top of their game when it comes to sustainable practices, and take into account the following criteria:

Local and seasonal ingredient sourcing
Environmental footprint
Food waste
General waste disposal and recycling

When was the Michelin Green Star launched?
First revealed in 2020, the Michelin Green Star was introduced into several of the 2021 editions of the Michelin Guide across the world. Great Britain and Ireland saw the award celebrated for the first time at its Michelin Star Revelation launch event in January 2021.

How many restaurants were awarded a Michelin Green Star in its first year?
23 in total: 18 in England, 1 in Scotland, 1 in Wales and 3 in the Republic of Ireland.

Where can I find the list of Michelin Green Star restaurants?
For 2021, the guide is published in digital format only, both online (UK/Republic of Ireland) and via the iOS app. Click here for a quick link to all Michelin Green Stars in the UK/Republic of Ireland.

Top Tip: Green Star restaurant entries come with quotes from the chef about their practices – but keep an eye out too for the restaurants with one line descriptions of their green initiatives. These establishments have already started on a sustainable path and are ones to watch for the future.

Below are the full lists of both ‘Green Stars’ and ‘Initiatives’ in the Great Britain & Ireland Michelin Guide 2021. Click on each restaurant name to see further details – and keep an eye out for those with links to articles looking at their practices in more depth.

GREEN STAR ROLE MODELS

England
Angela's, Margate
Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons, Great Milton
Black Swan, Oldstead
Coombeshead Farm, Lewannick
Daylesford Organic Farm, Daylesford
Hypha, Chester
L'Enclume, Cartmel – See Article
New Yard, Trelowarren
Oxo Tower Brasserie, Southwark, London
Petersham Nurseries Café, Richmond, London – See Article
Restaurant Sat Bains, Nottingham
River Cottage Kitchen, Axminster – See Article
Silo, Hackney, London – See Article
The Dining Room - Whatley Manor, Malmesbury
The Ethicurean, Wrington
The Small Holding, Kilndown
Tredwells, Strand and Covent Garden, London
Where the Light Gets In, Stockport

Scotland
Inver, Strachur – See Article

Wales
Henry Robertson - Palé Hall, Llandderfel

Republic of Ireland
Inis Meáin Restaurant and Suites, Inishmaan, Aran Islands
Kai, Galway
Loam, Galway

UP-AND-COMING INITIATIVES

England
Coach House, Middleton Tyas
Curlew, Bodiam
Dysart Petersham, Richmond, London
Ebrington Arms, Ebrington
Fallow, Mayfair, London
Flat Three, North Kensington, London
Forest Side, Grasmere
Gravetye Manor, East Grinstead
Harborne Kitchen, Birmingham
Henrock, Bowness-on-Windermere
Hjem, Wall
Horto – Rudding Park, Harrogate
Killingworth Castle, Wootton
Leaping Hare, Stanton
Lumière, Cheltenham
Mana, Manchester
Moor Hall, Aughton
Oak, Bath
Orwells, Shiplake Row
Osip, Bruton
Ox Barn, Thyme Hotel, Southrop
Pensons, Tenbury Wells
Petersham, Strand and Covent Garden, London
Plaquemine Lock, Islington , London
Ritz Restaurant, St James's, London
Rogan & Co, Cartmel
Roots, York
Spring, Strand and Covent Garden, London
The Barn at Severn & Wye, Westbury-on-Severn
The Compasses Inn, Tisbury
The Pig, Brockenhurst
The Pig – at Combe, Honiton
The Pig – at Bridge Place, Canterbury
The Pig – Harlyn Bay, Padstow
The Pig – on the beach, Studland
The Pig – near Bath, Hunstrete
The Wild Rabbit, Kingham
Wellington Arms, Baughurst
Wilder, Nailsworth

Scotland
aizle, Edinburgh
Haar, St Andrews

Wales
Fernery, Narbeth

Republic of Ireland
Aimsir, Celbridge
Aniar, Galway
Gregans Castle, Ballyvaughan
Wild Honey Inn, Lisdoonvarna

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