Updated: 03/10/2013 14:30 | By Craig Butcher, senior editor, MSN Food

Michelin Red Guide 2014 restaurant stars revealed

The Michelin guide has announced the winners and losers in the 2014 star ratings.


The Oscars of the UK and Ireland restaurant world have just been revealed in London. The Michelin Guide Great Britain and Ireland 2014 has the power to make or break a restaurant as the 'Michelin stars' accolade is gifted or taken away.

Always the centre of controversy amid suggestions that the French-originating Michelin guide is out of step with British cuisine and the average diner, the star system used in the Michelin 'Red Guide' remains the key yardstick by which all UK restaurants are judged.

Click through our gallery of Michelin-starred restaurants

The Michelin guide is the Oscars of the foodie world, with stars being dished out to UK restaurants after extensive inspections.

Key highlights from the Michelin Guide Great Britain and Ireland 2014

  • Heston Blumenthal's Dinner received its second Michelin star
  • The UK's four three-star restaurants retained their stars, including Restaurant Gordon Ramsay
  • No new stars for Wales or Scotland, but two in Ireland

The 2014 Michelin guide reveals that 15 restaurants have gained their first star, including Tom Seller's Story and Jason Atherton's Social Eating House. Heston Blumenthal has come up trumps again with his London restaurant Dinner landing its second Michelin star this year. Meanwhile there were no new three star restaurants. All four of the UK's existing three-star restaurants, including Restaurant Gordon Ramsay and Heston Blumenthal's restaurant The Fat Duck, have retained their elite three-star status.

This year marks another intriguing year for the UK restaurant scene, which has shown a surprising resilience to tough economic times. The latest awards suggest that, while many of us have reined in our spending, there are still enough high-rollers to keep the British dining scene in pretty rude health.

Michelin Guide 2014 results announced (© Eddie Judd)

Heston Blumenthal and Ashley Palmer-Watts were awarded their second Michelin star for Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

Reaction from Heston Blumenthal

Speaking from Australia, Heston Blumenthal said of winning his second star for Dinner, "Absolutely brilliant – I am overjoyed. It’s great news for Ashley [Palmer-Watts, head chef] and the whole team. It’s been an incredible two and a half years for Dinner and this is just simply the highlight. As a Brit, I am very proud that a restaurant inspired by and celebrating hstoric British cooking has been recognised today".

The Michelin Guide 2014 also reflects our changing dining habits. “In the last year we’ve seen the rise of relaxed counter dining but also the opening of some big brasseries" said Michelin guide editor Rebecca Burr.

"Dining is becoming a less structured, less formal affair and opening times and menus are more flexible to reflect the way we live our lives. Single concept restaurants focusing on one or two dishes have also continued to open."

This year’s selection also sees 27 new Bib Gourmands – the award that recognises venues offering good food at affordable prices (the limit being £28 for three courses). The guide now has 143 ‘Bibs’ and this year’s newcomers stretch from Edinburgh (Galvin Brasserie de Luxe) and Belfast (Coppi and Home) to Ramsbottom (Hearth of the Ram) and Newlyn (Tolcarne Inn).

There are 15 new one-stars, bringing the total to 138 UK-wide. There are three new two-star restaurants, bringing the total to 20 UK-wide.

Michelin Guide Great Britain and Ireland 2014, front cover (© Michelin)

Michelin Guide Great Britain and Ireland 2014, front cover

Michelin Guide Great Britain and Ireland 2014 restaurant winners in full, with links to their website:

Three stars - "Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey"

Two stars - "Excellent cooking, worth a detour"

One star - "Very good cooking in its category"

England

  • (WAS TWO STAR) L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon, Mayfair
  • NEW Adam's, Birmingham
  • NEW The Samling, Ambleside, Cumbria
  • NEW Ormer by Shaun Rankin, Jersey/St Helier
  • NEW Wilks, Bristol
  • The Hind's Head, Bray
  • The Bath Priory, Bath
  • Alimentum, Cambridge
  • Red Lion Freehouse, East Chisenbury
  • Restaurant Tristan, Horsham
  • Paul Ainsworth at No 6, Padstow
  • Thackeray's, Royal Tunbridge Wells
  • Fischer's at Baslow Hall, Baslow
  • The Park (at Lucknam Park Hotel), Bath/Colerne
  • The Terrace (at Montagu Arms Hotel), Beaulieu
  • Pipe and Glass Inn, Beverley/South Dalton
  • West House, Biddenden
  • Fraiche, Birkenhead
  • Purnell's, Birmingham
  • Simpsons, Birmingham
  • Turners, Birmingham
  • Northcote, Blackburn/Langho
  • Morston Hall, Blakeney/Morston
  • Curlew, Bodiam
  • Lords of the Manor, Bourton-on-the-Water/Upper Slaughter
  • Royal Oak, Bray
  • Casamia, Bristol
  • Manor House H. and Golf Club, Castle Combe
  • Simon Radley at The Chester Grosvenor, Chester
  • Pony & Trap, Chew Magna
  • Sir Charles Napier, Chinnor / Sprigg's Alley
  • Apicius, Cranbrook
  • Ockenden Manor, Cuckfield
  • Sienna, Dorchester
  • Butchers Arms, Eldersfield
  • 36 on the Quay, Emsworth
  • The Pass (South Lodge Hotel), Horsham
  • The Neptune, Hunstanton
  • Box Tree, Ilkley
  • Bohemia (at Club Hotel and Spa), Jersey / St Helier
  • Tassili (at Grand Hotel), Jersey / St Helier
  • Ocean (at Atlantic Hotel), Jersey / St Helier
  • Mason's Arms, Knowstone
  • Mr Underhill's at Dinham Weir, Ludlow
  • Harrow at Little Bedwyn, Marlborough/Little Bedwyn
  • Adam Simmonds at Danesfield House, Marlow
  • Nut Tree, Murcott
  • Hambleton Hall, Oakham/Hambleton
  • Black Swan, Oldstead
  • Yorke Arms, Pateley Bridge/Ramsgill-in-Nidderdale
  • JSW, Petersfield
  • Driftwood, Portscatho
  • L'Ortolan, Reading/Shinfield
  • Drake's, Ripley
  • Old Vicarage, Sheffield
  • The Stagg Inn, Titley
  • Room in the Elephant, Torquay
  • The Sportsman, Whitstable/Seasalter
  • 5 North St, Winchcombe
  • The Black Rat, Winchester
  • Holbeck Ghyll, Windermere
  • Paris House, Woburn

Scotland

  • Glenapp Castle, Ballantrae
  • Martin Wishart at Loch Lomond, Balloch
  • Braidwoods, Dalry
  • Castle Terrace, Edinburgh
  • Number One (at Balmoral Hotel), Edinburgh
  • 21212, Edinburgh
  • Kitchin, Edinbugh/Leith
  • Martin Wishart, Edinburgh/Leith
  • Sangster's, Elie
  • Inverlochy Castle, Fort William
  • Albannach, Lochinver
  • Boath House, Nairn
  • Peat Inn, Fife
  • Knockinaam Lodge, Portpatrick
  • Kinloch Lodge, Skye (Isle of)/Sleat

Wales

  • Walnut Tree, Abergavenny/Llanddewi Skirrid
  • Tyddyn Llan, Llandrillo
  • The Checkers, Montgomery

Republic of Ireland

London

Lost their Michelin star:

  1. Burlington (Devonshire Arms Country House Hotel), Bolton Abbey
  2. Mallory Court (The Dining Room), Royal Leamington Spa
  3. Hamborough, Wight (Isle of)/Ventnor
  4. Crown at Whitebrook, Monmouth/Whitebrook
  5. Locks Brasserie, Dublin
  6. Rhodes Twenty Four, City of London (closed down)
  7. North Road, Clerkenwell (closed down)
  8. Petersham Nurseries Café, Richmond, London
  9. Rhodes W1 (Restaurant), Regent's Park & Marylebone, London (closed down)
  10. Semplice, Mayfair, London (closed down)
1Comment
18/07/2013 16:53
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Good to see L'Enclume still has 2 stars and Alimentum as a new entry. Here's why they are both worthy winners of their Michelin stars
http://www.myhiddengems.co.uk/2012/09/lenclume-simon-rogans-cumbrian-restaurant/
http://www.myhiddengems.co.uk/2013/04/alimentum-cambridge-restaurant-review/

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