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 pub in London, which sees Ledbury head chef and Harwood Arms owner Brett Graham as the big winner in this year's guide being awarded a total of three stars at his two restaurants.
The pub opened in October 2008 as a joint venture between Graham, rural celebrity chef Mike Robinson, and publican Edwin Vaux, with young chef Stephen Williams taking up the day-to-day role in the kitchen.
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 in 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.
New three star restaurants:
Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester, Mayfair
New two star restaurants:
The Ledbury, Kesington
New one star restaurants:
Bingham Restaurant (at Bingham Hotel) - Richmond-upon-Thames
Apsleys (at the Lanesborough Hotel) - Belgravia
Galvin at Windows (at London Hilton Hotel) - Mayfair
Tamarind - Mayfair
Texture - Regents Park
The Samling - Ambleside, Cumbria
The Pipe Glass & Inn - Beverley/ South Dalton, East Riding of Yorkshire
The Royal Oak - Bray-On-Thames, Windsor & Maidenhead
The Goose - Britwell Salone, Oxfordshire
Sienna - Dorchester, Dorset
Republic of Ireland
The House (at Cliff House Hotel) - Ardmore, Waterford
Rising two stars:
Simon Radley at the Chester Grosvenor - Chester, Cheshire
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
Republic of Ireland
Mint - Dublin, Ranelagh
By Kerstin KÁ¼hn
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