Michelin has released its 2012 guide for Great Britain and Ireland and has promoted the Hand & Flowers and Restaurant Sat Bains to two-star-status.
The new guide, out today, marks the second release for Michelin this year after the guide brought forward its publication date from January to October.
Michelin awarded a total of 11 restaurants in London and England with their first stars, as well as three in Scotland and one in Wales. There were no new additions in Ireland and eight establishments lost stars.
The results bring the total of Michelin-starred restaurants in Great Britain and Ireland to a record 151, the highest number in the guide’s 38-year history of awarding stars.
A total of 28 new restaurants were named Bib Gourmands offering good food at moderate prices.
Great British Menu winner Tom Kerridge’s Hand & Flowers in Marlow, Buckinghamshire, has been named the first two-Michelin-starred pub in the country.  
Michelin’s new editor Rebecca Burr said: “This is a good news story for the British pub industry and confirms our view that pubs serving good food are the ones that continue to thrive.”
Meanwhile Restaurant Sat Bains with Rooms has finally reached its second star after years of the industry calling on Michelin to recognise the Nottingham restaurant.
Among those operators celebrating their first star are newcomers including Heston Blumenthal’s first London restaurant Dinner at the Mandarin Oriental hotel, as well as Jason Atherton’s first solo venture since leaving Gordon Ramsay Holdings, Pollen Street Social, and Chinese restaurant Hakkasan’s second outpost in Mayfair.
In England Restaurant John Campbell at Coworth Park near Ascot has been awarded a star, as well as Matt Gillan’s the Pass at South Lodge near Horsham, Sussex, and the Black Swan in Oldstead in Yorkshire.
Tassili at the Grand Hotel on Jersey has become the third Michelin-starred restaurant in the Channel Islands, while the Checkers in Montgomery won a fourth star for Wales.
In Scotland, Martin Wishart was awarded a star at his restaurant at Loch Lomond, his second after his eponymous restaurant in Edinburgh, while Dominic Jack at the Castle Terrace in the Scottish capital converted the rising star he won in January and Adam Stokes at Glenapp Castle won his first star.
London restaurant Pied à Terre has lost one of its two Michelin-stars following the departure of former head chef Shane Osborn earlier this year, while Tom Aikens has lost his star following his restaurant’s three-month closure for a refurbishment.
New two star restaurants:
Restaurant Sat Bains, Nottingham
The Hand & Flowers, Marlow, Buckinghamshire
New one star restaurants:

North Road, Clerkenwell
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Knightsbridge
Hakkasan, Mayfair
Pollen Street Social, Mayfair
Coworth Park, Ascot, Berkshire
Sir Charles Napier, Chinnor, Buckinghamshire
Butchers Arms, Eldersfield, Worcestershire
The Pass, Horsham West Sussex
Tassili at the Grand Hotel, St. Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands
The Black Swan, Oldstead, North Yorkshire
Driftwood, Portscatho, Cornwall
The Checkers, Montgomery, Monmouthshire
Castle Terrace, Edinburgh
Glenapp Castle, Ballantrae, South Ayrshire
Martin Wishart at Loch Lomond, Balloch West, Dunbartonshire

Two stars to one star:
Pied à Terre, Fitzrovia
One star to no stars:
Tom Aikens, Chelsea Kensington
Bingham Restaurant at Bingham the Hotel, Richmond
The Samling, Ambleside, Cumbria
La Bécasse, Ludlow, Shropshire
Ynyshir Hall, Machynlleth, Powys
Plumed Horse, Leith, Edinburgh
Champany Inn, Linlithgow West, Lothian
New Bib Gourmands:
Sushi Say, Willesden
Azou, Hammersmith
Fox & Grapes, Wimbledon
José, Bermondsey
Brawn, Bethnal Green
St John Bread and Wine, Spitalfields
Triphal, Southfields
Kateh, Bayswater & Maida Vale
Trishna, Regent’s Park & Marylebone
Barrafina, Soho
Koya, Soho
da Polpo, Strand & Covent Garden
Opera Tavern, Strand & Covent Garden
Flinty Red, Bristol
The Joiners, Bruntingthorpe, Leicestershire
Red Lion, East Haddon, Northamptonshire
Ingham Swan, Ingham, Norfolk
Anchor, Oxford, Oxfordshire
Untitled by Robert Wright, Penzance, Cornwall
Three Tuns, Romsey, Hampshire
Owens, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire
Berkeley Arms, Wymondham, Leicestershire
Stravaigin, Glasgow
Felin Fach Griffin, Brecon, Powys
Chai St, Cardiff
Mint & Mustard, Cardiff
Northern Ireland
Fontana, Holywood, North Down
Republic of Ireland
Box Tree, Stepaside, Dublin


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By Kerstin Kühn

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