No three Michelin stars for UK and Ireland

19 January 2006
No three Michelin stars for UK and Ireland

Michelin revealed today that there are no new three-star holders in its latest UK and Ireland guide.

Instead, this year's winners include 17 new one-star holders and one new two-star restaurant.

This year's only new two-star award went to Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles, Auchterarder. It is the first Scottish restaurant to win a coveted two stars in five years.

In London, new one-star awards were given to Amaya, Rasoi Vineet Bhatia, Nobu Berkeley, Maze and The Ledbury.

Pubs have also now firmly proved their culinary rise with eight now making the one-star grade. This year two new pubs won a new star, The Hand & Flowers in Marlow and The Masons Arms at Knowstone near South Molton.

Commenting on his award, Tom Kerridge, chef-patron of The Hand & Flowers said: "It shows that you don't need a French maitre d' wearing a bad suit to win one."

New in this year's guide are restaurants tipped to improve their ratings next year. Both The Vineyard in Newbury, Berkshire and The Greenhouse in London have been tipped for two stars next year.

Going down in the Michelin stakes was Thornton's at the Fitzwilliam hotel in Dublin which dropped from two stars to one. Winteringham Fields in Lincolnshire also lost its second star.

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By Jessica Gunn

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