Michelin’s guide for Great Britain and Ireland has awarded its top accolade of three stars to French celebrity chef Alain Ducasse’s eponymous restaurant at London’s Dorchester hotel.
It is the first time since 2004 that Michelin has handed three new stars to a UK restaurant and brings the total of restaurants holding three stars to four including Gordon Ramsay’s flagship restaurant on Royal Hospital Road in London, Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck and the Roux’s Waterside Inn, both in Bray, Buckinghamshire.
The Ledbury in London is the only restaurant in this year’s Michelin guide to have been raised to two-star-status, while 18 establishments have been awarded their first star.
This brings the total of Michelin-starred restaurants in Great Britain and Ireland to 140, the highest number in the guide’s 36-year history.
Among the new one-star restaurants is the Harwood Arms in London, which sees Ledbury and Harwood Arms chef Brett Graham as the big winner in this year’s guide being awarded a total of three stars at his two restaurants.
Other restaurants celebrating their first Michelin star are: Galvin at Windows, Apsleys A Heinz Beck Restaurant at the Lanesborough, and Texture, all in London, as well as the Samling in Ambleside, Cumbria, The Goose in Britwell Salome, Oxfordshire, and Paul Kitching’s 21212 in Edinburgh.
Fifteen restaurants have lost their stars in the 2010 Michelin guide for Great Britain and Ireland, with the most high profile loss being Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s in London. The Capital in London, and the Vineyard at Stockcross in Berkshire have both been demoted from their respective two-Michelin-star status, following the departure of their respective head chefs Eric Chavot and John Campbell last summer.
Michelin has identified four restaurants as rising stars including Simon Radley at the Chester Grosvenor in Cheshire, who has been tipped as a future two-star establishment.
The Marquis at Alkham, Kent, the Black Swan at Oldstead, North Yorkshire, and Rosel and Co in Padstow, Cornwall, have named as rising one stars.
The 2010 Michelin Guide for Great Britain and Ireland has named 28 new restaurants as Bib Gourmands, a move reflecting a continued trend within the UK dining market towards competitive pricing.
The Bib Gourmand status is awarded to a restaurant offering “good food at moderate prices” at £28 or less for three courses (€40 in Ireland). The 28 new Bib Gourmands bring the total to 31.