The Restaurants That Have Just Won a Michelin Star
Yesterday was one of the most important days in the restaurant industry, the day that the results of the UK and Ireland Michelin Guide were announced, a day that Gordon Ramsay labelled “the Oscars of the food industry,” and a very exciting one for us at The Handbook. Whilst no London restaurants took home the three stars this year, sweeping up the two stars were Core by Clare Smyth and Kitchen Table, cementing the fact that it is famously hard to obtain the commendation and so big congratulations go to all the chefs and restaurants who have scooped up one (or two!) this year. It’s time to update our restaurant bucket list…
Core by Clare Smyth
It’s without a doubt that Clare Smyth should have a smile as big as the one picture above, as her restaurant, Core, sweeps up two Michelin Stars at this years’ awards. She was the caterer for Harry and Meghan’s evening wedding reception and now she’s got two stars shining brightly by the name of her first solo career, which has been open just over one year. Gordon Ramsay has labelled his ex-chef the “Margaret Thatcher of cooking,” for her restaurant that serves up seasonal British fine dining.
Where: Notting Hill Brasserie, 92 Kensington Park Road, W11 2PN
This 19-seat U-shaped table around a cooking station has swooped up not one but two Michelin Stars this year. The Fitzrovia restaurant won its second Michelin star at the awards last night, with the first being awarded in 2015 just a year after opening. The restaurant specialises in small European dishes located at the back of Bubbledogs in Fitzrovia.
Where: 70 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 4QQ
Roganic first opened in 2011 in Marylebone as a two-year pop-up now has a Michelin star – impressive! Simon Rogan’s restaurant serves up foraged ingredients and mirrors the original pop-up, Roganic is all about informal dining and imaginative, innovative menu which uses the finest ingredients from around the country, including Simon’s ‘Our Farm’ in the Lake District. They also bring back many of the original Roganic team to run the restaurant, with the kitchen run by Head Chef Oliver Marlow, who has worked his way up through Simon’s kitchen.
The pop-up originally received high-acclaim and now its set to do just the same this time round… except this time you don’t have to panic about not getting a seat, as it’s here to stay.
Where: 5-7 Blandford Street, Marylebone, W1U 3DB
Leroy only opened up this year – and now the East London restaurant has grabbed enough attention to take home a Michelin star. Leroy is a new Parisian-style wine bar and bistro probably with a huge smile on its face after winning the star.
Where: 18 Phipp Street, EC2A 4NU
Nieves Barragan and José Etura’s restaurant Sabor also made it onto the Michelin Guide, taking home its first Michelin star just months after opening. Sabor (meaning flavour in Spanish) takes you on a journey from the tapas bars of Andalucía through to the asadors of Castile and the seafood restaurants of Galicia.
Where: 35-37 Heddon St, Mayfair, W1B 4BR
Ikoyi have been awarded their first Michelin star! Their first location opened up in July 2017, and Head Chef Jeremy Chan says: “We’ve had some fantastic feedback from customers, critics and guides about the food at Ikoyi but, to be perfectly honest, I didn’t think we would receive this accolade so soon – we’ve only been open for 14 months.” Well, you’ve done it Ikoyi! The cuisine promotes a modern twist on authentic West African flavours.
Where: 1 St. James’s Market, SW1Y 4AH
If achieving a Michelin Star wasn’t already impressive, Brat in Hackney has strikingly only been open for six months, making it a real newcomer to the restaurant scene. The new barbecue restaurant from Chef Tomos Parry features strong Basque influences on the menu with an open wood fire grill.
Where: Redchurch Street, Shoreditch, E1 6JJ,
Last year’s event saw 19 restaurants win a Michelin Star
Other winners this year outside of London included:
Two Michelin Star
Moor Hall, Lancashire
One Michelin star
Olive Tree, Bath
Fordwich Arms, Kent,
Rogan & Co, Cumbria
Gidleigh Park, Devon
White Swan, Lancashire
Tim Allen’s Flitch of Bacon, Essex
Blackbird, West Berkshire
Oxford Kitchen, Oxfordshire
Winteringham Fields, North Lincolnshire
Ichigo Ichie, Cork
Click here to see the restaurant that won a Michelin star last year