It’s new stars in their eyes for 14 UK restaurants

Michelin stars can make or break a career. To win one is an accolade most chefs can only dream of, while losing one can be disastrous.

The latest edition of the annual Michelin Guide has awarded new stars to 14 restaurants from across the UK ... the best bit? They're not all fine dining posh places. Hurrah!


Rebecca Burr, Editor of the Michelin Guide, said: “The 14 new stars highlight the enormous richness and variety of the UK’s restaurant scene.


"They range from country pubs to hipster hangouts, from counter restaurants to classic dining rooms.”


Has that tasty news whetted your appetitite? It has ours. Read on to find your nearest Michelin star eaterie.

Fera, London

Where: Mayfair, London
Head chef: Simon Rogan
The food: if you can stomach the hefty price tag, this fancy food is faultless
Michelin says: “Rogan has put Claridge’s on the culinary map”
We say: Claridge's is no longer just for afternoon tea

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City Social, London

Where: The City, London
Head chef: Paul Walsh
The food: pig's trotter and ham hock, roasted French quail and Lincolnshire rabbit saddle
Jason Atherton says: "A Michelin star is an incredible accomplishment and I am so proud of all my teams. There is no doubt that we will be opening a few bottles of Champagne at the restaurants tonight"
We say: the views from Tower 42 are as good as the food

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Gymkhana, London

Where: Park Lane, London
Head chef: Karam Sethi
The food: contemporary Indian dishes made with seasonal British ingredients
Gymkhana says“Congrats to our team … Extremely happy to have received our first star!”
We say: the tandoor-led food is so authentic that it wouldn’t look out of place in a restaurant in India

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Barrafina, London

Where: Soho, London
Head chef: Alfredo Taboada
The food: contemporary Spanish tapas
Michelin say: “Barrafina has just got better and better over the years and even when a second branch was being planned and subsequently opened, we still experience the same high standard of cooking”
We say: it’s worth the queue

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The Treby Arms, Devon

Where: Plympton
Head chef: former MasterChef winner Anton Piotrowski
The food: fine dining gastro-pub
Michelin says: “The public’s knowledge and interest in food gets greater every year and it won’t just be fans of the cookery show who will be planning trips to Devon to the Treby Arms”
We say: this is not your average pub grub

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Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen, Cornwall

Where: Port Isaac, Cornwall
Head chef: Nathan Outlaw
The food: fresh seafood platters
Outlaw's says: “Wow …thanks!”
We say: you have to try the smoked haddock scotch egg

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Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen

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Crown at Whitebrook

Where: Whitebrook, Wales
Head chef: Chris Harrod
The food: the emphasis is on fresh, seasonal dishes
The Crown says"It has been a long, hard slog and to have achieved this in under a year is a credit to the team"
We say: the food alone will make a trip to this beautiful Welsh hillside worthwhile

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Kitchen Table at Bubbledogs, London

Where: West End, London
Head chef: James Knappett
The food: a set menu of 12-14 dishes
Kitchen Tables says: “We couldn’t be prouder of our team and all of those who have supported us along the way”
We say: housed at the back of Bubbledogs, the decor is beyond your average chef’s table with a horseshoe bar and elevated seating. Walking past the lengthy queue of those waiting for a hot dog is quite satisfying

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Ynyshir Hall, Wales

Where: Machynlleth, Wales
Head chef: Gareth Ward
The food: fresh, local ingredients and seafood from Cardigan Bay
Ward says“We are so proud of them all (our staff), and of our star!”
We say: this is the most handsome of Welsh hideaways

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Three Chimneys, Scotland

Where: Isle of Skye
Head chef: Michael Smith
The food: a pioneer of Scottish ingredients, diners can expect a saddle of venison with roots or Black Isle beef with a tattie scone
Smith says: “We’ve been awarded a Michelin star. Congratulations deserved to @KiltKuisine and all our brilliant team”
We say: this is where Scottish foodies go

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The Clove Club

Where:  Shoreditch, London
Head chef: Isaac McHale
The food: it’s a no-choice menu but you won’t be disappointed
Michelin says: “The Clove Club shows that there is no shortage of talented young chefs coming through”
We say: McHale has a real way with vegetables. They're the star of the show

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The Cross at Kenilworth

Where: Warwickshire
Head chef: Adam Bennett
The food: hearty dishes of beef cheek, pork belly and fish and chips (maybe not how your local would serve them)
Bennett says: "It has been a tough year, we’ve had a very young team and we’ve had to really work hard together to get to where I want us to be"
We say: it’s nudged away from its pub roots to high-end restaurant

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Isle of Eriska, Argyll

Where: the west coast of Scotland
Head chef: Ross Stovold
The food: local Scottish ingredients such as partridge tart and terrine of rabbit
Stovold says: "The Isle of Eriska deserves to stand next to the best establishments in the industry and we have spent the last year striving to create a food identity that matches our wonderful natural environment"
We say: their cheese trolley holds around 40 different varieties

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The Star Inn, North Yorkshire

Where: near Helmsley
Head chef: Andrew Pern
The food: it's all about posh Yorkshire grub
Penn says: “Well done to everyone at The Star Inn, we have it back! Our beloved Michelin man can smile again. 1 star awarded today!”
We say: if you've got an occasion to celebrate, this is the place to go

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The Star Inn

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