Last night, Michelin announced which restaurants had made it into the Michelin Guide Great Britain & Ireland. Each year, Michelin’s team of anonymous restaurant inspectors award venues with one star (“high-quality cooking, worth a stop”), two stars (“excellent cooking, worth a detour”) or three stars (“exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey”).
There was one of the latter this year, as Brett Graham’s The Ledbury – which closed during the pandemic and returned to London with its original two stars last year – won a full three stars at last night’s ceremony. There was a handful of exciting two-star announcements too. In London, Claude Bosi’s newest opening – Brooklands at The Peninsula London – only opened in October 2023, but already has two stars to its name. Much-loved Gymkhana became London’s first Indian restaurant to have two Michelin stars and Trivet in Bermondsey also scored a double. Across the UK, Opheem became Birmingham’s first-ever two-starred establishment; Terre in County Cork gained another star; as did The Glenturret Lalique in Crieff, Scotland.
In total, 18 restaurants picked up their first star. London teams earning their first accolade include 2023’s most-hyped restaurant, Tomos Parry’s Mountain; 1890 by Gordon Ramsay at The Savoy; excellent West African restaurants Akoko and Chishuru; and SL favourites Dorian in Notting Hill and Humble Chicken in Soho. Across the rest of the UK and Ireland, there were wins for Crocadon in St Mellion and Mýse in Yorkshire.