Michelin Guide Great Britain & Ireland 2013

This year’s guide sees 18 restaurants awarded a Michelin star and three restaurants have been promoted from one star to two stars.

Sketch, in Mayfair, opened in 2002 and received its first Michelin star in 2005; L’Enclume, in Cartmel also opened in 2002 and was awarded its first Michelin star three years later; while Michael Wignall at the Latymer, Bagshot, opened in 2007 and won its first Michelin star in 2009.

Editor, Rebecca Burr said: “These are three equally worthy recipients of our two star award but each restaurant is very different in nature. Michael Wignall‟s cooking offers a distinct sense of sophistication; Jean Denis Le Bras at Sketch has a much more ambitious style; and Simon Rogan‟s cooking has steadily evolved and is now much more aligned with nature”.

Eighteen restaurants have been awarded one Michelin star. The furthest north is James Close‟s Raby Hunt in Summerhouse, Darlington, while the furthest south is Paul Ainsworth at No.6 in Padstow, Cornwall. There are eight new one star establishments in London – including this year’s hottest new opening, Dabbous in Fitzrovia. The other debutants are the St John Hotel on Leicester Square, The Westbury in Mayfair, Trishna in Marylebone, Medlar in Chelsea, Launceston Place in Kensington and Hedone in Chiswıck.

“I am very pleased to reveal that there are two further pubs included in this year‟s star awards”, commentedi Editor  Rebecca Burr. Heston Blumenthal‟s Hinds Head in Bray, and Guy and Britt Manning‟s Red Lion Freehouse in East Chisenbury have received this distinction.

“There are also two one star additions in Ireland – Locks Brasserie in Dublin and Aniar in Galway. Like the pubs, these two offer fairly simple surroundings and focus their attention where it really matters: on excellent quality food.”

There are 39 new Bib Gourmands, 11 of which are in London. The Bib Gourmand recognises restaurants offering particularly good value for money – the current limit being £28 for three courses (€40 in Ireland).

In total, 346 restaurants and 138 hotels have been added to the guide this year; the “New‟ (N) symbol has been introduced to highlight these establishments.

Also published next Friday is the Michelin Guide London 2013, priced at £10.99 (€12.99 in Ireland). This provides extended text on London‟s restaurants, with additional photographs and information on all starred establishments. It also includes a selection of London‟s best hotels, across all categories of comfort.

The Michelin Guide Great Britain & Ireland 2013 will be available in bookshops from Friday 5 October 2012, priced at £15.99 (€18.99 in Ireland).

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