Gordon Ramsay Holdings (GRH) has lost its Michelin star at its eponymous restaurant at London’s Claridge’s hotel.
The restaurant is the most high profile of 15 establishments to have lost their stars in this year’s Michelin guide to Great Britain and Ireland.
Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s first gained its Michelin star in 2002 under the leadership of former head chef Mark Sargeant, who left his position at the restaurant at the beginning of last year. He consequently left GRH last November.
A spokeswoman for GRH said the group was “very disappointed” to have lost the Michelin star but added that it plans to work “harder than ever to try to earn it back” next year.
“Last year was a very tough one for everyone. To suit the mood of the times we simplified our offering at Claridge’s, perhaps this explains the change in the restaurant’s Michelin status,” she said.
“The inspections that led to this change took place many months ago and things today at the restaurant are very different. We have an incredibly strong team in the kitchen and front of house and with consumer confidence returning , we believe we’re better placed than ever to recover and retain the status that we believe the restaurant deserves.”
Other restaurants to have lost their stars in the 2010 Michelin guide for Great Britain and Ireland include the Capital in London and the Vineyard at Stockcross in Berkshire, which have both been demoted from their two-Michelin-star status, following the departure of their respective head chefs Eric Chavot and John Campbell last summer.
Michelin star deletions:
The Capital – Kensington & Chelsea, Chelsea
Aubergine – Kensington & Chelsea, Chelsea
Ambassade de L’Ille – South Kensington
Assaggi – City of Westminster, Bayswater & Maida Vale
Foliage (at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park Hotel) – Hyde Park & Knightsbridge
Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s – Mayfair
Richard Corrigan at Lindsay House – Soho
The Vineyard at Stockcross – Newbury, Berkshire
Bath Priory – Bath, Bath & North East Somerset
Le Poussin at Whitley Ridge – Brockenhurst, Hampshire
Christophe – Channel Islands, Guernsey/Fermain Bay
Nathan Outlaw – Fowey, Cornwall
Seaham Hall – Seaham, Durham
Ballachullish House – Ballachullish, Highland
Republic of Ireland
Mint – Dublin, Ranelagh
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By Kerstin Kühn
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