|Michelin star dining at Maze|
At first glance there appears to be little change this year in the Michelin ranks. There are no new three Michelin star restaurants in the UK and all restaurants from last year have retained their stars. Where it gets interesting is at the one star and two star level with a few new and exciting additions and a couple of restaurants which have been dropped.
The big news is the inclusion of Heston Blumenthal’s Dinner and Jason Atherton’s Pollen Street Social both in their opening years. I was a huge fan of both restaurants this year and if you have not been I would suggest getting your skates on before the prices go up!
|Some of Brett Graham’s team at The Ledbury|
There was some disappointment for Pied a Terre and Tom Aikens which both lost stars in this years guide*, although after a meal at Pied a Terre this year which I felt “lacked the wow factor” I was not totally surprised by the downgrade. Personally, I would have loved to see Brett Graham at The Ledbury get a third star as I think his food is in that realm, maybe next year…
I’ve reproduced the full list below including links to the restaurants where I have reviewed them. It’s only a handful as lets face it eating at Michelin star restaurants is an expensive pastime, but I am always interested in the Bib Michelin guide which is the cheaper alternative and highlighted some stonking new places this year including the much loved Koya, da Polpo, Brawn and Opera Tavern all as new additions. The full Bib Michelin and UK wide Michelin star list is available on Chef Hermes blog.
2012 Michelin Guide
Three Michelin star restaurants in the UK
Alain Ducasse at The Dorcester, Mayfair
The Fat Duck, Bray, Berkshire
Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, Royal Hospital Road, London
The Waterside Inn, Bray, Berkshire
One Michelin star restaurants in London
Hakkasan Hanway Place
Pied à Terre
Rhodes Twenty Four
North Road (New 2011)
Petersham Nurseries Café
Galvin La Chapelle
Apsleys (at Lanesborough Hotel)
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
Galvin at Windows (at London Hilton Hotel)
Hakkasan Mayfair (New 2011)
Nobu (at The Metropolitan Hotel)
Nobu Berkeley St
Pollen Street Social (New 2011)
Sketch (The Lecture Room and Library)
Seven Park Place (at St James’s Hotel and Club)
*It has been pointed out to me by PhilD (who is always a wealth of knowledge on Chowhound) that Tom Aikens has lost a star as the restaurant in question has closed.