Straight from the horse's mouth, restaurants given the Bib symbol mean they're one of the Michelin Guide inspectors' favourites for good eats at even better prices
Restaurant klaxon: the all new and updated Michelin guide is out. There's the typical, non-moving, three-starred stalwarts (Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester and Gordon Ramsay's eponymous Chelsea restaurant) as well as some exciting newbies (season-focused Lyle's in Shoreditch, and The Man Behind The Curtain in Leeds).
One thing's for sure: a supper for two at any of the above will set you back a pretty penny. Or a few thousand pretty pennies.
But what about the guide's sexy little sister, the Bib Gourmand? Compiled by the Michelin team, it details eateries that 'serve good food at moderate prices' (like three courses for under £28) and it's a pretty good indicator of places serving up fabulous eats in a buzzing, more convivial atmosphere than any starched white-linen establishment.
Here are the newly crowned BG-approved joints to get on your hit list.
The Portuguese chef who opened Chiltern Firehouse – one of the most acclaimed celebrity spots, ever – is also the man behind this tapas offering in Old Spitalfields Market.
Cuttlefish and pig's trotters, wild garlic, asparagus and fennel migas: get a table full of this stuff and be very, very happy.
tabernamercado.co.uk, Old Spitalfields Market, 107B Commercial St, London E1 6BG
An eclectic menu that sees merry punters through from brunch to lunch to dinner, all the while celebrating the best of the Emerald Isle's produce. Take a seat at a midnight blue banquette and feel like never getting up again.
pigeonhouse.ie, 11B Vernon Ave, Dublin 3, Ireland
"Oli’s Thai lives up to the hype, and then some," says The Guardian. And it's true. Slow-cooked pork belly, confit duck panang: it's all fresh, zingy, sweet, sour flavours melding to sensational effect.
olisthai.com, 38 Magdalen Road, Oxford, OX4 1RB
The presence of a dedicated dessert bar with matching wines and cocktails should be enough to lure you here. But if it's not, how does the brill, charred lettuce heart, red wine, almond and tarragon butter sound?
nomansgrace.com, 6 Chandos Rd, Bristol BS6 6PE
Super seasonal, super local – head to this south Yorkshire (posh) gastropub for the Sunday Lunch of your dreams.
chadwicksinnmaltby.co.uk, High Lane, Maltby, Middlesbrough TS8 0BG
Slow-cooked lamb shoulder, farro, peas, rocket and pistachio pesto, or squid, chorizo and chickpea stew with saffron aioli … there's more than a few reasons to visit this all-day brasserie/ cocktail bar, beside's the gorgeous interior.
blixen.co.uk, 65A Brushfield St, London E1 6AA