So, what is the MICHELIN Green Star?
The Green Star was introduced to the MICHELIN Guide Great Britain & Ireland in January 2021. It highlights restaurants at the forefront of the industry when it comes to their sustainable practices. These restaurants offer dining experiences that combine culinary excellence with outstanding eco-friendly commitments, and are a source of inspiration both for keen foodies and the hospitality industry as a whole. Last year, 23 restaurants received the accolade; for 2022, that number has grown to 31.
What kind of things do Green Star restaurants do?
Every Green Star restaurant is different and works in its own unique way – but all make a difference to the world around them and act as role models to us all. 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 issues related to ethics and wellbeing, as well as contributing to local, national or global charitable and educational projects.
What are the MICHELIN Inspectors looking for when they award a Green Star?
There is no specific formula for awarding a 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 their sustainable practices. They consider things such as: the provenance of the ingredients; the use of seasonal produce; the restaurant’s environmental footprint; food waste systems; general waste disposal and recycling; resource management; and the communication between the team and the guests about the restaurant’s sustainable approach.
RESTAURANTS NEWLY AWARDED A MICHELIN GREEN STAR FOR 2022
• CHAPTERS, Hay-on-Wye, Powys, Wales (Mark McHugo)
• Marle, Heckfield, Hampshire, England (Michael Chapman)
• Moor Hall, Aughton, Lancashire, England (Mark Birchall)
• Oak, Bath, Somerset, England (Pete Ellis)
• Pensons, Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire, England (Chris Simpson)
• Pine, East Wallhouses, Northumberland, England (Cal Byerley)
• Terroir Tapas, Bournemouth, Dorset, England (Jesse Wells)
• Tillingham, Peasmarsh, East Sussex, England (Tom Ryalls)
• Wilsons, Bristol, England (Jan Ostle)
THESE JOIN 22 RESTAURANTS WHICH RETAIN THEIR MICHELIN GREEN STAR FROM LAST YEAR
Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons, Great Milton
Black Swan, Oldstead
Coombeshead Farm, Lewannick
Daylesford Organic Farm, Daylesford
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 (Edit March 2022: Now Closed)
Silo, Hackney, London – See Article
The Dining Room - Whatley Manor, Malmesbury
The Ethicurean, Wrington
The Small Holding, Kilndown
Where the Light Gets In, Stockport
Inver, Strachur – See Article
Henry Robertson - Palé Hall, Llandderfel
Republic of Ireland
Inis Meáin Restaurant and Suites, Inishmaan, Aran Islands
Where can I find the full online listings for the MICHELIN Green Star restaurants?
Click here for the quick links 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.