London’s Nobu loses Michelin star status

As Mayfair’s Nobu loses its Michelin star, 14 UK restaurants are celebrating achieving star status for the first time following the release of the 2015 Great Britain and Ireland Michelin Guide today.

the Clove Club

The Clove Club in London

Restaurants to receive stars this year include: –

  • Isle of Eriska, (Isle of Eriska) – Scotland
  • Three Chimneys & The House Over-By, (Isle of Skye) – Scotland
  • Ynyshir Hall, (Machynlleth) – Wales
  • Crown at Whitebrook, (Monmouth) – Wales
  • Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen, (Port Issac, Cornwall) – England
  • The Treby Arms, (Cornwall) – England
  • Barrafina, (London) – England
  • Kitchen Table at Bubbledogs, (London) – England
  • Gymkhana, (London) – England
  • City Social, (London) – England
  • Fera at Claridges, London – England
  • The Clove Club, (London) – England
  • Star Inn – England, (North Yorkshire) – England
  • Cross at Kenilworth, (Warwickshire) – England

Japanese fine dining restaurant Nobu, in London’s Mayfair, was among nine restaurants to have a star deleted this year losing its claim to Michelin-star status.

“The 14 new stars in our 2015 guide highlight the enormous richness and variety of the UK’s restaurant scene. They range from country pubs to hipster hangouts, from counter-restaurants to classic dining rooms”, said Rebecca Burr, editor of the Michelin guide.

“The public’s knowledge and interest in food gets greater every year and it won’t just be fans of cookery shows who will be planning trips to Devon to the Treby Arms. The Clove Club shows that there is no shortage of talented young chefs coming through.

“Barrafina has just got better and better over the years and even when a second branch was being planned and subsequently opened, we still experienced the same high standard of cooking”, she said.

City Social becomes Jason Atherton’s third Michelin starred restaurant, with Pollen Street Social retaining its one star for the third consecutive year, and Social Eating House retaining a star for the second year running.

Paul Walsh, head chef at London’s City Social, Jason Atherton’s fifth London restaurant, said: “I am totally over the moon, it is so great to get recognition for all the hard work and long hours we have put in to making City Social a success. A huge thanks to all my team for this incredible achievement.”

As well as 14 new stars, this year’s selection sees 26 establishments awarded Bib Gourmands status – an award that recognises establishments offering good food at affordable prices, the limit being £28 for three courses and €40 in Ireland.

“The Bib Gourmand awards also reflect the continuing trend for competitively priced, less structured and more flexible dining. These include Ibérico World Tapas in Derby, 64˚ in Brighton and Palomar in Soho; as well as The Gannet and Ox and Finch, both in Glasgow”, Burr said.

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