The luck of the Irish held true last night, with the long-overlooked Emerald Isle gaining five new Michelin-starred restaurants. Ireland’s new one-star restaurants are The Oak Room at Adare Manor, Bastion, Variety Jones and The Muddlers Club. The biggest winners were Dublin’s Greenhouses – gaining a second star – and Aimsir, which was awarded two stars right off the bat, just four months after opening.
Mana brought home Manchester’s first Michelin star in over 40 years, ending decades of disappointment for the city’s culinary scene. In his acceptance speech, chef Simon Martin gave high praise to the formative training he received during his tutorship at Copenhagen’s fêted Noma and celebrated the influences of Gordon Ramsay on his own cooking style.
Following on from Manchester’s monumental win, Cumbria proved that it has serious culinary credentials, with Allium at Askham Hall, Cottage In The Wood and The Old Stamp House winning a coveted star. Turns out the Lake District isn’t all twee tearooms and walking boots after all.
Edinburgh’s Condita and the Isle Of Eriska on Scotland’s wild west coast were both awarded a Michelin star, while the team at Gleneagles were delighted to retain their two-star accolade, just ten months after the tragic death of chef-patron Andrew Fairlie.
The Angel at Hetton delivered another star for the region, joining Pipe And Glass at Dalton, the Star Inn at Harome, Black Swan at Oldstead and The Man Behind The Curtain in Leeds. God’s own country delivers gold once again.
The Michelin Guide has faced ongoing criticism for being too London-centric. Not this year, as the capital gained just four new entries in the guide. Controversially, award frontrunners Core By Clare Smyth, Claude Bosi at Bibendum, Kutir and Cornerstone were all overlooked. The four London restaurants to win their first star were Da Terra, Endo at the Rotunda, Mãos and The Dysart Petersham, while La Dame de Pic added a second star to its name. The biggest winner – and surprise – of the evening was The Lecture Room at Sketch, which gained three stars.
Johannes Nuding from Sketch’s The Lecture Room took home the evening’s only three-star title. The restaurant joins Restaurant Gordon Ramsay and Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester as the only restaurants in the capital with the top accolade.
Following his departure to Japan, Mitsuhiro Araki handed over the reins to his long-term protégé, Marty Lau. Unfortunately, the chef’s table restaurant – which charges £310 per cover – lost its three-star status in one fell swoop. Other London losers were Benares, Galvin at Windows and Yauatcha Soho, while Bonhams, Fera at Claridge's, L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon and Hedone lost stars as a result of closures.