The UK Michelin Guide 2012

The 2012 Michelin guide to Great Britain and Ireland was announced last week, resulting in the usual flurry of commentary, nods of agreement and shouts of disdain.

Whatever your thoughts on the Michelin guide, it remains one of the best and most accurate guides to dining, despite its heavy focus on French haute cuisine, and it’s the one that restaurateurs and chefs most revere.

There are 151 Michelin starred restaurants in the UK today, the highest number ever, which is a great recognition for the quality of restaurants in the country.

There are no changes at the 3 star level, meaning that Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, Gordon Ramsay’s Royal Hospital Road, The Fat Duck and The Waterside Inn remain as the only 4 such establishments in the UK.

There are two additions at the 2 star level, namely Restaurant Sat Bains in Nottingham and Great British Menu winner Tom Kerridge’s Hand & Flowers in Marlow, Buckinghamshire, which has become the first two Michelin-starred pub in the country.

New 1 star restaurants in London include Dinner by Heston Blumenthal at the Mandarin Oriental; Jason Atherton’s Pollen Street Social; Hakkasan Mayfair; and North Road Restaurant in Clerkenwell.

London restaurant Pied à Terre has been demoted to 1 star following the departure of former head chef Shane Osborn earlier this year, while Tom Aikens has lost his star following the restaurant’s closure for a refurbishment.

Notable additions in the Bib Gourmand category (offering good food at moderate prices) include da Polpo, Opera Tavern, Trishna’s and Jose.

Read our guide to our favourite Michelin starred restaurants in London.

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