Every green Michelin star restaurant in the UK and Ireland

08 March 2023 by
Every green Michelin star restaurant in the UK and Ireland

Looking for a sustainable restaurant? Michelin awards green stars to those with the very best environmental practices

The Michelin guide has long been known for its three-tiered system to award restaurants of superior quality. Then in 2020 it launched a new award – the green star. This mark of environmental quality awards restaurants with sustainable gastronomy and is announced annually with each new edition of the Michelin guide.

But what does a green Michelin star mean? The Michelin guide gives green stars to restaurants which combine "culinary excellence with outstanding eco-friendly commitments". It awards those who hold themselves accountable when it comes to their environmental impact, and who make choices based on how green they are.

For example, a restaurant may choose local suppliers to cut down on their carbon emissions, forgo plastic, or use regenerative methods to farm their ingredients. It's not a box-ticking exercise, but rather a commitment to making a difference.

Restaurants may earn Michelin stars separately to the green star if the guide deems them worthy, or an already-starred establishment may pick up a green Michelin star for putting in the work to be sustainable.

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Restaurants with a green Michelin star in England

Marle, Heckfield

Set in Heckfield Place, a restored Georgian family home, Marle focuses on pared-back cooking to "to allow diners to experience the excitement and immediacy of food served straight from the earth". Produce is grown on the estate to create hyper-seasonal menus that reflect what is available on any given day. Culinary director Skye Gyngell follows the philosophy that fresh produce with the simplest preparation allows the true beauty of an ingredient to be revealed. This marries with the rooms of Heckfield Place that are plastic-free with locally-sourced natural materials, and bio-mass boilers that heat the water on the property.

Address: Heckfield, RG27 0LD

Website: www.heckfieldplace.com

Moor Hall, Aughton

As well as holding two Michelin stars, Moor Hall has a green Michelin star, awarded in 2022. Chef Mark Birchall launched the restaurant with rooms in 2017 in a former Grade II-listed gentry house with Tudor origins. Any ingredients that can't be produced on-site or grown in the gardens are sourced from West Lancashire suppliers to cut down on carbon emissions, and the kitchens take care not to waste food. Additionally Moor Hall was one of the first venues in Lancashire to introduce charging points for electric cars.

Address: Prescot Road, Aughton, L39 6RT

Website: moorhall.com

Oak, Bath

This vegetarian/vegan restaurant offers unpretentious food with sustainable intentions. 40% of the produce for its small-plates menu comes from the restaurant's chemical-free allotment – one of the big reasons why it was awarded a green Michelin star. Low intervention wines are served with the meals, and also sold in the grocery section to take home.

Address: 2 North Parade Passage, Bath, BA1 1NX

Website: www.oakrestaurant.co.uk

Pensons, Tenbury Wells

From farming ingredients to collecting rainwater, all aspects of sustainability are considered at Pensons on the Netherwood Estate. The daily-changing menu uses ingredients farmed on the Estate, where every effort is made to maintain soil health through ‘no dig' methods and fertilising the land with kitchen compost and waste cardboard from wine deliveries. The restaurant works with local artisans to create decorations and kit including crockery and lampshades. The Michelin guide praises Pensons for its chair coverings and napkins, which are woven on the estate.

Address: Pensons Yard, Netherwood Estate, Stoke Bliss, Tenbury Wells, WR15 8RT

Website: www.pensons.co.uk

Pine, East Wallhouses

Pine not only won a green Michelin star in the 2022 guide, but also a standard Michelin star, only eight months after opening. Owners Cal Byerley and Siân Buchan wanted to run a restaurant with a commitment to sustainability, so much so that nothing is sourced from further than 20 miles away (the distance to the coast). There are a range of sustainable initiatives, including the use of biomass, solar panels, no dig farming (to keep the carbon in the soil) and preserving food to last over winter.

Address: Vallum Farm, Military Road, East Wallhouses, NE18 0LL

Website: www.restaurantpine.co.uk

Terroir Tapas, Bournemouth

Through salting, vinegars, fermentation, cordials, pickles, dried items and more, Terroir Tapas is able to extend seasons and provide its customers with varied produce throughout the year without adding to its carbon footprint. It's all British produce, with the vast majority coming from Sopley and Badger farm 5.6 miles down the road, with foraged goods to add a tasty boost. The tasting menu varies from week to week and no menu is given to avoid unnecessary paper use. Former ‘World Bartender of the Year' James Fowler opened Terroir Tapas in 2017 and it won a green Michelin star in 2022.

Address: 4 Southbourne Grove, Bournemouth, BH6 3QX

Website: terroirtapas.com

Tillingham, Peasmarsh

Tillingham is set on an estate with a regeneratively-farmed biodynamic vineyard, which abides by methods such as cover-cropping, companion planting and no-dig to create sustainable produce. Dinner is an a la carte menu, changing weekly depending on what produce is available. The Michelin guide says: "Flavour-driven cooking focuses on pure, fresh tastes, with some produce coming from the estate."

Address: Dew Farm, Dew Lane, Peasmarsh, TN31 6XD

Website: tillingham.com

Wilsons, Bristol

Co-founded in 2016 by partners Jan Ostle and Mary Wilson, this bistro in Redland, Bristol pays homage to Mary's family restaurant that closed some years ago. It has its own market garden which provides much of the produce for the restaurant, informing much of the menu choices from day-to-day. The Michelin guide says: "Wilsons is one of those appealing neighbourhood places that works in pure harmony, with everyone from the chefs to the service team sharing the same ethos."

Address: 24 Chandos Road, City of Bristol, BS6 6PF

Website: www.wilsonsbristol.co.uk

Angela's, Margate

The menu at Angela's changes daily as it entirely depends on what the boats bring in on the morning catch. You won't find meat on the menu due to its carbon footprint, vegetables are organic or pesticide free, and the restaurant's supply chain is plastic free. The tables are made from compressed recycled plastic to furnish this bistro while minimising its impact on the planet. There is a sister restaurant, Dory's, around the corner which follows the same ethos with a small-plates seafood bar menu.

Address: 21 The Parade, Margate, CT9 1EX

Website: angelasofmargate.com

Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons, Great Milton

This renowned two-Michelin-starred restaurant was awarded a green star in the 2021 guide. Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons is run by chef-patron Raymond Blanc and has had a reputation for fine gastronomy since its opening in 1984. Less known, however, is its effort towards sustainability. A low-impact mindset has been adopted throughout the hotel, with eco-friendly cleaning products, low energy lightbulbs and discarded newspapers sent to animal sanctuary St Tiggywinkles to be used as animal bedding. Coffee grounds from the restaurant are composted, all bottles and corks are recycled, and no single-use plastic packaging is accepted from suppliers.

Address: Church Road, Great Milton, OX44 7PD

Website: www.belmond.com

Black Swan, Oldstead

The Banks family have lived and farmed on the land in Oldstead for centuries, a legacy which comes into the food still as the restaurant farms its own ingredients on two acres of growing beds and terraces adjoining the Black Swan. Additionally vegetation is foraged from the fields and hedgerows of Oldstead to be added to dishes and cocktails to create unique flavours. The Black Swan has one Michelin star alongside its green star, and there are nine bedrooms on the property.

Address: Oldstead, YO61 4BL

Website: www.blackswanoldstead.co.uk

Coombeshead Farm, Lewannick

Coombeshead Farm is a guesthouse and working farm with a green-Michelin-starred restaurant. Both regular and vegetarian menus are available, which change seasonally depending on what the farm is producing. The establishment aims to be responsible for as much of the offering as possible, rearing pigs, sheep, cows, chickens and ducks at the farm, along with the vegetables and fruit. There is an attached farm shop and café, selling cakes, pastries and a fresh vegetable offering on the weekend.

Address: Lewannick, PL15 7QQ

Website: coombesheadfarm.co.uk

Daylesford Organic Farm, Daylesford

From LED lights to smart design such as underfloor heating, Daylesford Organic Farm has taken every aspect of sustainability into account, tweaking its restaurant to create a smaller impact on the environment. There are over 2,000 solar panels which can generate enough electricity to power the entire operation. The main dining room, called the Trough looks like an elevated barn as a nod to the working farms which provide meat, fruit and vegetables.

Address: Daylesford, GL56 0YG

Website: www.daylesford.com

Hypha, Chester

This vegan green Michelin star-winning restaurant calls itself an "experimental dining experience" as every part of the vegetable is used to create the dishes and avoid waste. The kitchen team, lead by head chef László Nagy, ferment ingredients to extend their lifespan and provide a micro-seasonal tasting menu that changes daily depending on the harvest. Every hero ingredient has been grown in Chester or the surrounding areas. The restaurant itself is set on the city's historic walls and uses reclaimed wood décor.

Address: 5 City Walls, Chester, CH1 2JG

Website: www.hypha.uk

L'Enclume, Cartmel

After 20 years of operating, Simon Rogan's flagship restaurant won its third Michelin star in 2022. L'Enclume, French for ‘the anvil', serves modern British cuisine in a farm-to-table philosophy, cutting out unnecessary carbon emissions and non-renewable energy sources. The restaurant employs a full-time forager, who collects seasonal ingredients from the local area to supplement the supplies from L'Enclume's 12-acre farm just outside of Cartmel. The Michelin guide says: "Simon Rogan may have interests in other parts of the world, but his passion for his first restaurant remains undimmed."

Address: Cavendish Street, Cartmel, LA11 6PZ

Website: www.lenclume.co.uk

New Yard, Trelowarren

This green-Michelin-starred restaurant in Cornwall is based in a 17th century stable building on the Trelowarren estate. The restaurant holds what it calls "supper evenings" Wednesday through to Saturday with a daily-changing menu. Ingredients from each course are foraged from the estate, grown in the walled garden or ethically sourced from the local area. At 7pm, after a welcome drink, the chef talks through the menu and what to expect, and diners are encouraged to relax and enjoy the table for the whole evening.

Address: Trelowarren Estate, Trelowarren, TR12 6AF

Website: www.newyardrestaurant.co.uk

Restaurant Sat Bains, Nottingham

Restaurant Sat Bains worked with one of the UK's best growers, Ken Holland, to create an urban garden that produces around 40% of the plants, salads and herbs used within its flavour-driven tasting menu, with one of the courses served in its greenhouse. The restaurant also has beehives, which produce the honey used in the menu and it has launched a number of sustainable ventures.

Chef patron Sat Bains said: "We use a closed-loop composter to turn food waste into fertiliser for our urban kitchen garden. Honey comes from our own beehives, we collect rainwater, and solar panels provide us with power. Our team work a four day week."

Address: Lenton Lane, Nottingham, NG7 2SA

Website: www.restaurantsatbains.com

The Dining Room – Whatley Manor, Malmesbury

Sustainability has long been at the heart of the ethos of Whatley Manor and in the Dining Room this has seen the team, led by executive chef Ricki Weston, review all supply chains to ensure the food arriving on tables has had the least impact possible when it comes to carbon footprint.

Weston said: "Our kitchen is designed to be as efficient as possible, and we have four beehives and our own orchard. We use local, ethical producers in our supply chain and have negotiated with suppliers to reduce packaging. Our food waste is turned into methane gas."

Address: Easton Grey, Malmesbury, SN16 0RB

Website: www.whatleymanor.com

The Ethicurean, Wrington

The Ethicurean serves a responsibly sourced and thoughtfully presented tasting menu. Guests are met at the garden gate and taken on a tour of the beautifully restored Victorian walled garden exploring the produce grown. The restaurant is Living Wage registered and service charges are built into the price of the experience.

Co-owner Matthew Pennington said: "Every element of our menu is designed to reduce food waste, and we support pasture-reared meat and sustainable seafood projects. We are a registered Living Wage employer and challenge some existing practices within the restaurant industry."

Address: Barley Wood Walled Garden, Long Lane, Wrington, BS40 5SA

Website: theethicurean.com

The Small Holding, Kilndown

Opened in 2018, by brothers Will and Matt Devlin, the Small Holding restaurant and farm has a key focus on sustainability, with growing and foraging at the heart of what they do.

A set menu celebrates the best ingredients available in the region, emphasising the connection between the land and the dishes presented to the table.

Will said: "Growing our own produce is the most important part of what we do - managing our soil and starting to develop flavour in our food from the ground up. Our no-dig method is the most natural and sustainable way of producing food."

Address: Ranters Lane, Kilndown, TN17 2SG

Website: www.smallholdingrestaurant.com

Where the Light Gets In, Stockport

Founded by Sam Buckley, Where The Light Gets In is a kitchen-garden restaurant set on a rooftop in Stockport. The menu remains a surprise until the guests eat as the chefs work with ingredients foraged and farmed daily. The team places a spotlight on those working locally from soil to shore to deliver the ingredients on every plate. In the 30-cover open-plan space, guests are encouraged to listen to the narrative of the food and the environmental efforts that have gone into making it.

Address: 7 Rostron Brow, Stockport, SK1 7JY

Website: www.wtlgi.co

Restaurants with a green Michelin star in London

Oxo Tower Brasserie, Southwark, London

On the banks of the Thames sits the iconic Oxo Tower, where this green Michelin star restaurant resides. The casual Brasserie serves modern cuisine, championing local and seasonal produce. Staff have the opportunity to get involved with litter picking by the river, and food waste is carefully monitored to see where it could be reduced. Michelin noted the incredible view when assessing Oxo Tower Brasserie, as its large windows on the eighth floor look out across the city.

Address: Oxo Tower Wharf, Barge House Street, London, SE1 9PH

Website: oxotowerrestaurant.com/brasserie

Petersham Nurseries Café, Richmond, London

Along with being a favourite amongst London's celebrities, Petersham Nurseries is a plant-lover's paradise. Every corner of the property is filled with lush green, thanks to its functioning as a garden centre. Guests are seated in a large greenhouse amongst the plants and rustic furnishings. The restaurant claims to be a purveyor of organic farming and menus are based on a "slow food ethos" – meaning food miles are kept to a minimum and cooks will wait for ingredients to become available seasonally.

Address: Church Lane, London, TW10 7AG

Website: petershamnurseries.com

Silo, Hackney, London

Silo always has the bin in mind. It began in Australia with Joost Bakker who proposed the idea of not having a bin. Waste is cut down to zero as chefs work with suppliers and farmers with the same ethos, and any food scraps leftover are composted, ready to fertilise the next generation of plants. Silo's website states: "We churn our own butter, make our own oat milk, roll our own oats and support a nose to tail ideology". There is an onsite brewery to make fermented drinks and a flourmill to grind ancient varieties of wheat.

Address: Unit 7, Queens Yard, London, E9 5EN

Website: silolondon.com

Restaurants with a green Michelin star in Scotland

Inver, Strachur

As it sits on the shores of Loch Fyne, Inver is primed to receive the very best fish and game – and it does so with the planet in mind. It is run by head chef Pamela Brunton and her partner Rob Latimer, who both took over the property in 2015 and created the kind of place where they would like to spend time. The result is a cosy establishment with a menu which aims to provide a contemporary take on forgotten Scottish dishes.

Address: Strathlachlan, Strachur, PA27 8BU

Website: inverrestaurant.co.uk

Restaurants with a green Michelin star in Wales

Henry Robertson - Palé Hall, Llandderfel

The Henry Robertson Dining Room is the fine dining restaurant at Palé Hall. Organic herbs, fruit and vegetables are grown from the kitchen's own compost, team uniforms are made from recycled plastic and the property is powered by carbon-neutral electricity from its hydro-electric plant. Michelin says: "Take in lovely views over the garden as you dine on one of two tasting menus, where attractively presented dishes reflect the seasons and keep the local larder to the fore."

Address: Palé Estate, Llandderfel, LL23 7PS

Website: www.palehall.co.uk

Chapters, Hay-on-Wye

In a town renowned for its books and bookshops sits Chapters, a sustainable restaurant which opened in 2019. Owners Mark McHugo and Charmaine Blatchford aimed to not only be as green as possible in all their processes, but also wanted to create a restaurant that helped to support the people of the town. Local produce used in the kitchen feeds money back into the community, and the restaurant works with the annual Hay Festival with a special menu to feed the global visitors. Chapters became the second establishment in Wales to win a green Michelin star in 2022.

Address: Lion Street, Hay-on-Wye, HR3 5AA

Website: chaptershayonwye.co.uk

Restaurants with a green Michelin star in Ireland

Kai, Galway

Based in Galway's Westend, Kai is a Bib Gourmand restaurant known for cozy, bohemian all-day dining. It received its Green Michelin star for using local, organic ingredients to create a constantly changing, hyper-seasonal menu. Three quarters of its waste is recycled, while the remaining quarter is used to produce energy. It also works closely with Food Cloud, a zero waste community. Sample dishes include Clare crab, celeriac and pumpkin seeds; friendly farmer chicken noodle bowl, rice noodles, toasted peanuts, soy pickled egg, sweet and spicy satay, green chilli, mayo; and dark chocolate and almond pud with burnt butter ice cream.

Address: 22 Sea Road, Galway, H91 DX47

Website: www.kairestaurant.ie

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