The beginning of October brought with it the publication of the Michelin Guide Great Britain & Ireland 2017, showcasing both the newcomers and long-standing establishments to gain – and retain – those coveted Michelin stars. This year saw 18 eateries added to the guide for the first time, from London’s oldest Indian restaurant to an Oxfordshire pub and old butchers’ in Anglesey; these are the five you need to try (and book in advance).
The Wild Rabbit
A luxury take on the traditional English inn, The Wild Rabbit is set deep in the Cotswolds. The menu is British with the odd French influence, with all produce seasonal and locally-sourced; expect contemporary versions of Mackerel, black pudding and organic lamb. The neutral, rustic tones that make up the interior and surrounding extensive countryside create a serene backdrop to the impeccably-executed dishes. For more information, visit The Wild Rabbit website.
Adam Byatt’s Trinity has been a part of Clapham’s landscape since 2006. The menu is simple but incredibly refined (and stylish), offering old favourites such as sea bass and tuna carpaccio in an equally good-looking setting where service and attention to detail is key. Visit Trinity’s website for more information.
The Forest Side
The Forest Side takes inspiration from its Lake District location in everything it does. Situated in Grasmere, ingredients are locally sourced and inspired by the rugged local landscape while the light and airy restaurant is designed to blend outside with in, and offer unobstructed views across the countryside. If you’re lucky, you just might get a glimpse of the Lakeland Fells with your guinea hen and home cured bacon. For more information about The Forest Side, visit its website.
Restaurant James Sommerin
Located on the coast of Penarth just south of Cardiff, James Sommerin’s eponymous restaurant isn’t short of accolades. The menu is hearty and bold with a few playful elements inching through, and the panoramic views over the Severn Estuary are second-to-none. This is Welsh food but not as you know it – it’s modern and experimental – but the warm welcome is as traditional as it gets. Visit the RJS website to see more.
In London’s Fitzrovia sits chef Jun Tanaka’s latest venture: The Ninth. Newly opened in 2016, this spot has already racked up rave reviews – and now it has a Michelin star for its French Mediterranean-style dishes made for sharing. It’s simple, with a laidback interior and atmosphere designed for enjoying the food without any of that old-fashioned pomp. Go to The Ninth’s website for more information.
Words by Angharad Jones. Images property of each restaurant