Fifteen restaurants in the UK were today named as new recipients of Michelin stars, while two of the country’s finest restaurants were promoted to two-star status.
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, led by Head Chef Ashley Palmer-Watts, and The Greenhouse, which showcases Arnaud Bignon’s technically impressive and innovative cooking, were both upgraded from one to two Michelin stars.
The 15 new one-stars include Wilks, an unpretentious neighbourhood restaurant in Bristol, and Campagne, a contemporary Kilkenny restaurant run by a dedicated couple.
In London, Lima is the first Peruvian restaurant to gain a star and highlights the increasing popularity of South American cuisine.
There are two seafood restaurants awarded one star (Angler and Outlaw’s at The Capital), two Chinese restaurants (HKK and Bo London), a star for Social Eating House, another of Jason Atherton’s restaurants, and stars for Story in Bermondsey and Brasserie Chavot.
The producers of the 2014 Michelin guide said that there had been no end to the number of new restaurant openings this year, with London, in particular, cementing its reputation as one of the most exciting cities in the world for food.
The guide’s editor, Rebecca Burr, said: “In the last year we’ve seen the rise of relaxed counter dining but also the opening of some big brasseries. Dining is becoming a less structured, less formal affair and opening times and menus are more flexible to reflect the way we live our lives. Single concept restaurants focusing on one or two dishes have also continued to open.”
The 2014 Michelin Guide is officially available from bookshops from 4 October 2013.