The publishing of the Michelin Guide to Great Britain & Ireland 2017 sees some of Gloucestershire’s best restaurants once again awarded a fresh constellation of coveted Michelin Stars.
The world famous gastronomic guide to the UK’s top restaurants has recognised four Gloucestershire eateries with Michelin Stars in its new 2017 edition.
The guide was officially published on Thursday 6 October 2016, and is on sale now from amazon.co.uk.
Nationally, there were 18 new one-star entries, The Raby Hunt in County Durham was the only restaurant to gain a second, and Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck regained its three stars after a sojourn in Australia.
Gloucestershire’s own Le Champignon Sauvage unsurprisingly featured on the coveted list once again, while Gloucester-born chef Tom Kerridge's pub, The Hand and Flowers, in Marlow also maintained its impressive two star rating.
The Michelin Guide to Great Britain & Ireland 2017 says that three Michelin Stars indicates ‘exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey.’ This year, four restaurants in the UK were awarded three Michelin Stars. Unfortunately, discerning diners will have to travel outside of Gloucestershire to experience any of these restaurants.
The Michelin Guide to Great Britain & Ireland 2017 says two Michelin Stars indicates ‘excellent cooking, worth a detour’. Once again, 21 restaurants in the UK and Ireland were awarded two Stars – including Le Champignon Sauvage in Cheltenham, and Whatley Manor, which is located just over the border in Wiltshire.
Le Champignon Sauvage has remained one of Cheltenham and Gloucestershire’s finest restaurants since it was opened in 1987 by chef David Everitt-Matthias and his wife Helen. Serving modern French food made from the finest ingredients, Le Champignon Sauvage has become both a favourite with Gloucestershire foodies, as well as gastronomes travelling to the county especially to dine at the renowned restaurant in The Suffolks area of Cheltenham.
A sample menu includes: dived scallops with baby squid, crown prince pumpkin purée and squid ink sauce for starter; roasted cod, confit of chicken wings, chicken juices, salsify and woodruff for main course; and chocolate delice, milk ice-cream, buerre noisette and butterscotch for dessert.
The Michelin Guide to Great Britain & Ireland 2017 says one Michelin Star indicates ‘a very good restaurant in its category’. This year 147 restaurants in the UK and Ireland were awarded one star – including 5 North Street in Winchcombe, Lords of the Manor Restaurant in Upper Slaughter, The Butchers Arms in Eldersfield, and The Wild Rabbit in Kingham, Oxfordshire.
5 North Street, owned and run by chef Marcus Ashenford and his wife Kate, has become a destination restaurant since first opening its doors in 2003. More than a decade later, the restaurant’s great value menu of refined modern British and European dishes has ensured that the cosy Winchcombe restaurant has remained a popular choice both for locals and those from further afield.
A sample menu includes: sugar-cured sea trout, goat’s cheese cake, tomato chutney, with pickled radish, beetroot and dill, and horseradish for starter; breast and slow-cooked leg of poussin, smoked bacon jam, vanilla baked plums, watercress and a thyme reduction for main course; with dark chocolate delice, fennel sorbet, poppy tuille and orange and bay leaf jelly for dessert.
Lords of the Manor, under the watchful eye of executive head chef Richard Picard-Edwards, offers acclaimed fine-dining in one of Gloucestershire’s most beautiful hotels in Upper Slaughter, near Bourton-on-the-Water. The menu offers sumptuous, seasonal British food influenced by French cuisine, with prices to match. This is the 10th year that Lords of the Manor has been awarded its very well deserved one Michelin Star.
A sample menu includes: braised chicken wing, glazed veal sweetbread, parsnip, pickled trompette mushroom, baby leek and poultry jus for starter; braised fillet of halibut with boudin noir, mushroom and winter greens for main course; with dessert such as mascarpone mousse and parfait with amoretti biscuits and coffee bean ice-cream.
The small village of Eldersfield, bordering Gloucestershire and Worcestershire, near Corse, is home to the husband-and-wife-run The Butchers Arms, which champions real ales and maintains its cosy country pub atmosphere while serving exceptionally good seasonal cuisine – much of which is homemade.
A sample menu includes: grilled octopus with pork dumpling, honey roasted pork belly, ginger and coriander dressing for starter; aged rib of Longhorn beef with mini oxtail pie, butternut squash purée and butter spinach for main course; with Seville orange marmalade pudding with Drambuie custard for dessert.
As well as awarding the famous Michelin Stars, since 1997 the Michelin guides have also included Bib Gourmand awards in recognition of establishments offering ‘good food at moderate prices’. At these establishments diners can enjoy three quality courses for less than £28.
In the 2017 guide, 143 restaurants and gastropubs were awarded a Bib Gourmand, three of which fall within the Gloucestershire borders –with The Gumstool Inn in Tetbury losing its Bib Gourmand status this year.
Made by Bob in Cirencester’s Corn Hall is a relaxed, top quality restaurant-come-deli, opened by James ‘Bob’ Parkinson in 2008. Serving fresh, seasonal and expertly cooked breakfasts, lunches and dinners, as well as deli options, it is unsurprising this popular eatery has bagged a Bib Gourmand for the third year in the 2017 guide.
The Horse & Groom in Bourton-on-the-Hill is run by brothers Will and Tom Greenstock and has been awarded its fifth Bib Gourmand in 2017. Expect a lively atmosphere, great views and an innovative menu of European favourites on the daily changing blackboard menu.
The Tavern in Cheltenham has maintained an excellent local reputation since opening, and has maintained its Bib Gourmand for a fourth year in the 2017 guide. Following a revamp of its offering, diners can expect plenty of burgers, inventive salads, decadent sides, and a tempting ‘under the counter’ menu featuring a selection of regularly changing specials.
By Michelle Fyrne
Wednesday 26 April 2017
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