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Michelin to publish 2021 guide in January

08 September 2020 by

Michelin will hold its 2021 guide revelation event on 25 January 2021 at the Dorchester hotel in London.

Delaying the publication of the guide from its usual October date will allow for a "full and comprehensive" edition to be published, Michelin has said. The publisher of the guide added that it would continue to review how access to the event, both physical and digital, can be managed, with a further announcement to be made in due course.

Announcing the publication date of what will be a digital-only guide, Gwendal Poullennec, international director of the Michelin Guides, said: "Our inspectors are eating out and supporting the industry across Great Britain and Ireland. Moving the event to January and launching a digital-only guide gives us the time we need to be fair to restaurateurs and to ensure the consistent, expert advice our customers demand.

"Restaurants have been through challenges we previously couldn't even have imagined – and I want to applaud chefs and owners for the passion, ingenuity and entrepreneurship they have shown this year."

Michelin had hoped the unveiling of the Michelin Guide Great Britain and Ireland 2021 would see the event undergo a 'rock star' makeover with the public invited to a two-day launch at the Camden Roundhouse, but the Covid-19 pandemic has made that unfeasible.

Instead, January's event will highlight the "resilience, quality and potential of the industry across the UK and Ireland", the authors of the little red book have said.

Poullennec added: "Our inspectors have been out and about for some weeks now, eating twice a day in restaurants and pubs. They all love being back out there and have been busy sharing their joy and posting about their experiences on our social media platforms. We hope this has enticed many customers back into eating out and supporting their local restaurants and the restaurant industry at large.

"The future may look different but our goal remains constant: to connect customers to the best restaurants around the country, whatever the occasion, and to celebrate this most magnificent of industries – one that brings so much joy to so many."

Last month The Caterer asked What's the future for restaurant guides following the Covid-19 pandemic?

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