Hibiscus fails to keep its two-Michelin-starred status

23 January 2008 by
Hibiscus fails to keep its two-Michelin-starred status

One of the big shocks of the 2008 Michelin Guide to Great Britain and Ireland was Claude and Claire Bosi's relocated Hibiscus restaurant not retaining its two-star status.

The restaurant - a Caterer Adopted Business - has instead been awarded one star and is tipped as "one to watch" for the next level up in 2009.

The Bosis relocated the restaurant from Ludlow, where it received wide acclaim, to London in 2007.

They closed the Ludlow site in March and were scheduled to reopen in London's Maddox Street in August. However, building and planning delays meant that they didn't start trading until late October.

Speaking exclusively to Caterersearch, Claude was philosophical about the decision.

"If I'm honest, I didn't expect to get two stars. When Derek Bulmer editor of the Great Britain & Ireland and London guides] phoned to tell me that we were going in at one star ‘rising' I understood why," he said.

"We just opened too late - they only had two weeks to inspect the restaurant and I know that we were not where I wanted us to be in the first two weeks after opening. I think it was the right decision."

Bosi said his focus was on making sure that the restaurant is busy. "Don't get me wrong - recognition is nice but the bottom line is we just have to get on with what we're doing, keep our focus and make the restaurant a successful business."

The chef community was expecting Hibiscus to retain its two-star status, as Bosi's cooking is regarded by many to be worthy of attaining three stars in due course.

No top awards for restaurants in this year's Michelin guide >>

Read more news on Michelin here >>

Sausage rolls at Hibiscus wow food critic >>

Hibiscus: From Ludlow To London >>

By Joanna Wood

E-mail your comments to Joanna Wood here.

[The Caterer Blog](http://www.caterersearch.com/blogs/catering-news-blog/) Catch up with more news and gossip on the Caterer Blog here
[Newswire For the latest hospitality news, sign up for our e-mail news alerts.
The Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email

Start the working day with The Caterer’s free breakfast briefing email

Sign Up and manage your preferences below

Check mark icon
Thank you

You have successfully signed up for the Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email and will hear from us soon!

Jacobs Media is honoured to be the recipient of the 2020 Queen's Award for Enterprise.

The highest official awards for UK businesses since being established by royal warrant in 1965. Read more.


Ad Blocker detected

We have noticed you are using an adblocker and – although we support freedom of choice – we would like to ask you to enable ads on our site. They are an important revenue source which supports free access of our website's content, especially during the COVID-19 crisis.

trade tracker pixel tracking