Michelin has announced the entrants of the 2018 guide at a live event at The Brewery, near the Barbican, in east London. Making waves this year is The Araki, a 15-seat Japanese sushi bar in Mayfair, which jumps up from two stars to three, making it the U.K.’s first three-star Japanese restaurant. “With its nine-seater counter, The Araki has gone from strength to strength,” comments Michael Sllis, International Director in charge of the MICHELIN Guides. “When Mitsuhiro Araki moved to London from Tokyo in 2014 he set himself the challenge of using largely European fish and his sushi is now simply sublime.”
In other three-star news, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay retains its ranking despite the departure of chef Clare Smyth. Claude Bosi’s Bibendum—named after the Guide’s white mascot and situated in the Michelin House—leaps right into the red book with two stars.
French chef Anne-Sophie Pic’s first foray into London, Le Dame de Pic wins a star.
Other notable awards saw Anne-Sophie Pic’s first foray into London, Le Dame de Pic and Andrew Wong’s modern Chinese restaurant A.Wong pick up one star each. Elystan Street by Philip Howard (formerly of two-starred The Square) also received a star.
In Scotland, Loch Bay is the only new entrant with one star while Wild Honey Inn in Ireland’s County Clare takes the honor of being the first pub to win a Michelin star.
In all, Great Britain and Ireland now have a total of five three-star restaurants, 20 two-starred and 150 one-starred restaurants. Full list below:
Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey.
Our highest award is given for the superlative cooking of chefs at the peak of their profession. The ingredients are exemplary, the cooking is elevated to an art form and their dishes are often destined to become classics.
Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester
The Araki (New)
Excellent cooking, worth a detour. The personality and talent of the chef and their team is evident in the refined, expertly crafted dishes.
London Claude Bosi at Bibendum (New) Ledbury Marcus Dinner by Heston Blumenthal La Gavroche Hélène Darroze at The Connaught Sketch (The Lecture Room & Library) Umu Greenhouse
England Midsummer House Gidleigh Park Le Champignon Sauvage Raby Hunt L’Enclume Hand and Flowers Restaurant Sat Bains Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons Restaurant Nathon Outlaw Scotland Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles Republic of Ireland Patrick Guilbaud
High quality cooking, worth a stop!
Within their category, these establishments use quality ingredients and serve carefully prepared dishes with distinct flavors. London Hakkasan Hanway Place Kitchen Table at Bubbledogs The Ninth Pied à Terre City Social Club Gascon La Dame de Pic (New) Ellory Clove Club HKK Lyle’s Harwood Arms River Café Hedone La Trompette St John Angler Elystan St (New) Five Fields Outlaw’s at the Capital Vineet Bhatia London (New) Kitchen W8 Trinity The Glassshouse Story Galvin La Chapelle Chez Bruce Amaya Ametsa Céleste Pétrus Alyn Williams at The Westbury Benares Bonhams Fera at Claridge’s Galvin at Windows Gymkhana Hakkasan Mayfair Jamavar (New) Kai Murano Pollen Street Social The Square Tamarind Verraswamy Lima Fitzrovia Locanda Locatelli Portland Texture Trishna Aquavit (New) Ritz Restaurant Seven Park Place Barrafina Social Eating House Yauatcha SohoL’Atelier de Joël Robuchon A. Wong (New) Dining Room at the Goring Quilon England Coworth Park (New) Moor Hall (New) Matt Worswick at The Latymer (New) Fischer’s at Baslow Hall Restaurant Hywel Jones by Lucknam Park Pipe and Glass Inn West House Fraiche Adam’s Carters of Moseley Purnell’s Simpsons Northcote Morston Hall Hinds Head Royal Oak Casamia Paco Tapas (New) wilks Crown Bybrook (at Manor House Hotel) Bohemia Ormer by Shaun Rankin Simon Radley at Chester Grosvenor Pony & Trap Red Lion Freehouse Gravetye Manor Tudor Room (at Great Fosters Hotel) Butchers Arms Forest Side Peel’s Star Inn Restaurant Tristan The Neptune Thomas Carr @ The Olive Room Box Tree Cross at Kenilworth Masons Arms The Man Behind the Curtain John’s House Lympstone Manor (New) The Dining Room (at Whatley Manor) (New) Harrow at Little Bedwyn The Coach (New) Nut Tree Woodspeen House of Tides Hambleton Hall Black Swan Paul Ainsworth at No. 6 Yorke Arms JSW Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen Driftwood L’Ortolan Clock House (New) The Elephant The Sportsman Black Rat Hirishi (at Gilpin Hotel & Lake House)
Scotland The Cellar Martin Wilshart at Loch Lomond Braidwoods Number One 21212 Kitchin Martin Wilshart Albannach Boath House The Peat Inn Loch Bay (New) Wales Walnut Tree Sosban & The Old Butchers Tyddyn Llan Ynyshir The Whitebrook The Checkers James Sommerin Northern Ireland Eipic OX Republic of Ireland House Chapter One L’Ecrivain Greenhouse Heron & Grey Aniar Loam Campagne Wild Honey Inn (New) Lady Helen (at Mount Juliet Hotel)
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