Michelin Bib Gourmands rise to 129

06 October 2011 by
Michelin Bib Gourmands rise to 129

A total of 28 establishments have won a new Bib Gourmand in the Michelin Guide 2012, including Russell Norman's new London restaurant da Polpo, as well as sister Indian restaurants Chai St and Mint and Mustard in Cardiff.

Meanwhile, three businesses which won Bib Gourmand status in January have lost the accolade just nine month's later. The unfortunate trio were the Carpenters Arms in Burford, Oxfordshire, the Crown in Burchett's Green, Maidenhead, and La Locanda in Gisburn, Lancashire.

Russell Norman now has two Bib Gourmand operations, with Da Polpo joining his first site, Polpo. He said: "I'm delighted that the Michelin Guide has recognised da Polpo for its commitment to simple tasty food and great value. It's a real pat on the back to the whole team and their hard work since opening just 4 months ago."

Dominic Harman, co-owner of Flinty Red in Bristol which won a Bib Gourmand for the first time, said: "We were hopeful but it's obviously a nice bonus and a pleasant surprise. It's a product of hard work and perseverance. We're very happy with the space we've created and the restaurant we've built up in the past two years.

"We've done a lot of training with our staff who have great product knowledge. Meanwhile, the menu is changed daily so there's constant evolvement, while the wine list is changed regularly, too. We like to think we offer something a little bit different."

The Salt Yard group of London tapas restaurants saw Dehesa and Salt Yard retain their Bib Gourmand status and scooped a hat-trick with sister restaurant Opera Tavern gaining recognition, too. A shocked Simon Mullins, director, said: "Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant. It's fantastic news and we couldn't be happier. It's testament to Ben Tish, who has overall control of the group's kitchens, and Jamie Thicket, Opera Tavern's head chef."

Other new Bib Gourmands include Brawn in Bethnal Green, London, Stravaigin in Glasgow and the Joiners in Bruntingthorpe, Leicestershire.

Bib Gourmands are awarded to establishments that offer good food at a moderate price at £28 (€40 in the Republic of Ireland) for three courses excluding drinks.


Flinty Red, Bristol
The Joiners, Bruntingthorpe, Leicestershire
Red Lion, East Haddon, Northamptonshire
Swan, Ingham Norfolk, Ingham
Anchor, Oxford, Oxfordshire
Untitled by Robert Wright, Penzance, Cornwall
Three Tuns, Romsey, Hampshire
Owens, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire
Berkeley Arms, Wymondham, Leicestershire

Stravaigin, Glasgow, Glasgow City

Felin Fach Griffin, Brecon, Powys
chai st, Cardiff
Mint & Mustard, Cardiff

Northern Ireland
Fontana, Holywood, North Down

Republic of Ireland
Box Tree, Stepaside, Dublin

Sushi Say, Willesden Green, Brent
Azou, Hammersmith Hammersmith & Fulham,
Fox & Grapes, Wimbledon
José, Bermondsey, Southwark
Brawn, Bethnal Green
St John Bread and Wine, Spitalfields
Triphal, Southfields, Wandsworth
Kateh, Bayswater & Maida Vale
Trishna, Regent's Park & Marylebone
Barrafina, Soho
Koya, Soho
da Polpo, Strand & Covent Garden
Opera Tavern, Strand & Covent Garden


England The Oak Tree Inn, Barnard Castle/Hutton Magna, Durham
Carpenters Arms, Burford, Oxfordshire
Masons Arms, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire
La Locanda, Gisburn, Lancashire
The Kingham Plough, Kingham, Oxfordshire
Crown, Maidenhead/Burchett's Green, Windsor & Maidenhead
The Druid Inn, Matlock/Birchover, Derbyshire
Malbec Petit Bistro, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire
The Bee, Windlesham, Surrey

The Hardwick, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire

Republic of Ireland Café Hans, Cashel, Tipperary
La Maison, Dublin
Rosso, Dundalk, Louth

London Metrogusto, Islington
Malabar, Kensington and Chelsea

Bib Gourmand list in full

England Lighthouse, Aldeburgh, Suffolk
The Wizard, Alderley Edge, Cheshire
New Inn, Backwell, Bristol
Jolly Cricketers, Beaconsfield / Seer Green, Buckinghamshire
Whites, Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire
Twelve, Blackpool / Thornton, Lancashire
Hinds Head, Bray, Windsor & Maidenhead
Chilli Pickle, Brighton and Hove, West Sussex
Ginger Pig, Brighton and Hove, West Sussex
Meadow, Brighton and Hove, West Sussex
Flinty Red, Bristol
Greens' Dining Room, Bristol
The Joiners, Bruntingthorpe, Leicestershire
Somerset At The Chapel, Bruton
Hoste Arms, Burnham Market, Norfolk
Waggon, Bury, Greater Manchester
Pea Porridge, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
Hole in the Wall, Cambridge / Little Wilbraham, Cambridgeshire
Freemasons, Clitheroe/Wiswell, Lancashire
Durham Bay Horse, Darlington / Hurworth-on-Tees
Bakers Arms, Droxford, Hampshire
Bistro 21, Durham
Red Lion Freehouse, East Chisenbury, Wiltshire
Red Lion, East Haddon, Northamptonshire
Jack in the Green Inn, Exeter / Rockbeare, Devon
Pavilion, Guernsey / St Saviour, Channel Islands
St Clements, Hastings and St Leonards, East Sussex
The Ginger Fox, Henfield, West Sussex
Ingham Swan, Ingham, Norfolk
Walpole Arms, Itteringham, Norfolk
George and Dragon, Kelvedon, Essex
General Tarleton Inn, Knaresborough / Ferrensby, North Yorkshire
Piazza by Anthony, Leeds, West Yorkshire
Vennell's, Masham, North Yorkshire
Red Lion Inn, Melton Mowbray / Stathern, Leicestershire
Cornwall View, Millbrook / Freathy
Wildebeest Arms, Norwich / Stoke Holy Cross, Norfolk
White Hart Inn, Oldham, Greater Manchester
Anchor, Oxford, Oxfordshire
Magdalen Arms, Oxford, Oxfordshire
Mole Inn, Oxford / Toot Baldon, Oxfordshire
Rick Stein's Café, Padstow, Cornwall
Untitled by Robert Wright, Penzance, Cornwall
Purefoy Arms, Preston Candover, Hampshire
Age and Sons, Ramsgate, Kent
Three Tuns, Romsey, Hampshire
Black Rock, St Ives, Cornwall
Artisan, Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Jim's Yard, Stamford, Lincolnshire
Leaping Hare,Stanton, uffolk
Peat Spade Inn, Stockbridge / Longstock, Hampshire
Old Butchers, Stow-on-the Wold, Gloucestershire
Rose & Crown, Sutton-on-the-Forest, North Yorkshire
Gumstool Inn, Tetbury, Gloucestershire
Owens, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire
Old Spot, Wells, Somerset
Cat Inn, West Hoathly, West Sussex
Bull Inn, Wimborne St Giles, Dorset
Butchers Arms, Woolhope, Herefordshire
Berkeley Arms, Wymondham, Leicestershire

Dogs, Edinburgh
Stravaigin, Glasgow
Kilberry Inn, Kintyre / Kilberry, Argyll & Bute
Osso, Peebles, Borders
Sorn Inn, Sorn, East Ayrshire

Wales Felin Fach Griffin, Brecon, Powys
chai st, Cardiff, Cardiff
Mint & Mustard, Cardiff, Cardiff

Northern Ireland Oregano, Ballyclare, Antrim
Cayenne, Belfast, Antrim
Fontana, Holywood, North Down
Restaurant 23, Warrenpoint, Down

Republic of Ireland White Sage, Adare, Limerick
Sha Roe Bistro, Clonegall, Carlow
Chart House, Dingle, Kerry
Pichet, Dublin, Dublin
Pig's Ear, Dublin, Dublin
Aldridge Lodge, Duncannon, Wexford
Good Things Café, Durrus, Cork
Fishy Fishy Café, Kinsale, Cork
Wild Honey Inn, Lisdoonvarna, Clare
O'Brien Chop House, Lismore, Waterford
O'Dowds, Roundstone, Galway
Box Tree, Stepaside, Dublin

London Sushi Say, Willesden, Green Brent
Giaconda Dining Room, Bloomsbury, Camden
Salt Yard, Bloomsbury, Camden
Market, Camden Town, Camden
Great Queen Street, Holborn, Camden
Bradley's, Swiss Cottage, Camden
Trullo, Canonbury, Canonbury
Goldfish City, City of London, City of London
28°-50°, City of London, City of London
Azou, Hammersmith, Hammersmith & Fulham
Charlotte's Bistro Chiswick, Hounslow
500, Archway, Islington
Comptoir Gascon, Clerkenwell, Islington
Medcalf, Finsbury, Islington
Morito, Finsbury, Islington
Drapers Arms, Islington, Islington
Canton Arms, Stockwell, Lambeth
Chapters, Blackheath, Lewisham
Fox and Grapes, Wimbledon, Merton
Brown Dog, Barnes, Richmond-Upon-Thames
Mango and Silk, East Sheen, Richmond-Upon-Thames
Simply Thai, Teddington, Richmond-Upon-Thames
José, Bermondsey, Southwark
Zucca, Bermondsey, Southwark
Anchor and Hope, Southwark, Southwark
Brawn, Bethnal Green, Tower Hamlets
Galvin Café a Vin, Spitalfields, Tower Hamlets
St John Bread and Wine, Spitalfields, Tower Hamlets
Cafe Spice Namaste, Whitechapel, Tower Hamlets
Triphal, Southfields, Wandsworth
Hereford Road, Bayswater & Maida Vale, Westminster (City of)
Kateh, Bayswater & Maida Vale, Westminster (City of)
Trattoria Semplice, Mayfair, Westminster (City of) Bar
Iberica, Regent's Park & Marylebone, Westminster (City of)
Trishna, Regent's Park & Marylebone, Westminster (City of)
Al Duca, St James's, Westminster (City of)
Barrafina, Soho, Westminster (City of)
Benja Bangkok Table, Soho, Westminster (City of)
Bocca di Lupo, Soho, Westminster (City of)
Koya, Soho, Westminster (City of)
Polpo, Soho, Westminster (City of)
Dehesa, Soho, Westminster (City of)
da Polpo, Strand & Covent Garden, Westminster (City of)
Opera Tavern, Strand & Covent Garden, Westminster (City of)
Terroirs, Strand & Covent Garden, Westminster (City of)

By James Stagg

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