Michelin has released its 2011 guide for Great Britain and Ireland and has awarded two stars to Cornwall-based chef Nathan Outlaw and French female chef Hélène Darroze.
The guide, which this year celebrates 100 years since its first publication in 1911, also awarded 12 restaurants in London and England with their first stars. There were no new additions in Scotland, Wales or Ireland and 10 establishments lost theirs stars. However, the results bring the total of Michelin-starred restaurants in Great Britain and Ireland to 143, the highest number in the guide’s 37-year history of awarding stars.
A total of 26 restaurants were named Bib Gourmands for offering good food at moderate prices.
Commenting on the results, new editor in chief Rebecca Burr, who has replaced outgoing editor Derek Bulmer, said: “There is no doubt that 2010 was a difficult year but those hotels and restaurants that represented value for money, at whatever price, were the ones best placed to weather the storm. We found 12 new one-star restaurants but also awarded 26 new Bib Gourmands, which our readers particularly appreciate for their moderate prices.”
Nathan Outlaw has debuted in the guide with two stars, having previously been tipped by Michelin as a rising two-star chef for two consecutive years in 2008 and 2009. He relocated his restaurant from the Marina Villa hotel in Fowey to the St Enodoc hotel in Rock last year, where he also runs a more casual Seafood and Grill restaurant.
Meanwhile, French chef Hélène Darroze has been awarded her second star having held one star since 2009 following the opening of her eponymous restaurant at London’s Connaught hotel in 2008. Last year, Darroze lost one of her two Michelin stars at her restaurant in Paris in the 2010 edition of the Michelin guide for France.
Among those operators celebrating their first star are newcomers including Nuno Mendes’s Viajante, Philip Howard and Rebecca Mascarenhas’s Kitchen W8 and Alexis Gauthier’s eponymous restaurant in London; as well as the 10 in 8 restaurant group’s Paris House in Woburn, Bedforshire.
Gordon Ramsay Holdings has gained a star at the relaunched Pétrus, which reopened last March a stone’s throw from the original, now occupied by Marcus Wareing at the Berkeley.
More established restaurants being awarded their first Michelin star include Petersham Nurseries in Richmond; the Curlew in Bodiam, East Sussex; and the Pony & Trap in Chew Magna, Somerset.
The Michelin guide for Great Britain and Ireland this year celebrates its centenary as it has been 100 years since the very first edition was published in 1911 (it was published from 1911-1930 and then returned in 1974).
New TWO-star restaurants
Hélène Darroze at the Connaught, Mayfair
Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, Rock, Cornwall
New one-star restaurants
Rising one stars
Drakes on the Pond, Abinger Hammer, Surrey
The Goose (closed), Britwell Salome, Oxon
West Stoke House (closed), Chichester/West Stoke, West Sussex
The New Angel (closed), Dartmouth, Devon
Harry’s Place, Grantham/Great Gonerby, Lincolnshire
The Star Inn, Helmsley/Harome, North Yorkshire
Summer Isles, Achiltibuie, Highland
Deanes, Belfast, Antrim
New Bib Gourmands
Goldfish City, City of London
28°-50°, City of London
Charlotte’s Bistro, Chiswick
Canton Arms, Stockwell
Simply Thai, Teddington
Galvin Café a Vin, Spitalfields
Iberica, Regent’s Park & Marylebone
The New Inn, Bristol, Backwell
The Jolly Cricketers, Beaconsfield / Seer Green, Buckinghamshire
Chilli Pickle, Brighton and Hove, West Sussex
Carpenters Arms, Burford, Oxon
Pea Porridge, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
Freemasons Country Inn, Clitheroe/Wiswell, Lancashire
La Locanda, Gisburn, Lancashire
Crown, Maidenhead/Burchett’s Green, Windsor & Maidenhead
The Magdalen Arms, Oxford, Oxforshire
Purefoy Arms, Preston Candover, Hampshire
Black Rock, St Ives, Cornwall
The Cat Inn, West Hoathly, West Sussex
The Bull Inn, Wimborne St Giles, Dorset
Osso, Peebles, Borders
Republic of Ireland
O’Dowd’s, Roundstone, Galway
By Kerstin Kühn
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