After a devastating year for the hospitality industry and an unprecedented three-month delay in the Michelin Star announcements, the brand-new Michelin Guide Great Britain and Ireland 2021 has just been published on Monday 25 January 2021, in a new digital-only format.
While the publishing of the guide usually sees some of Gloucestershire’s best restaurants awarded a fresh constellation of coveted Michelin Stars, local foodies might be a little disappointed to see that not much has changed for the county in the 2021 edition of the world-famous gastronomic guide.
The new Michelin Guide saw two new Michelin Three Star restaurants, three new Two Star restaurants and 17 new One Star restaurants, with only one of these new entries even in the south west region, in Cornwall.
The one noteworthy local addition, however, was the introduction of brand-new Michelin Green Stars to celebrate sustainability – with a restaurant in the Cotswolds one of only 23 eateries recognised with the new Star in the UK.
As we patiently wait to enjoy restaurant dining once again, take a look at the Michelin Star restaurants in and around the county to add to your wish list…
Only one Gloucestershire restaurant has been awarded any Michelin Stars in the 2021 edition of the guide – with Le Champignon Sauvage in Cheltenham maintaining its one Michelin Star.
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. Le Champignon Sauvage is currently closed during the national lockdown.
For the first time in 2021, Michelin Green Stars have been introduced to celebrate sustainability in the hospitality industry – with Cotswolds destination Daylesford Organic one of the first in the UK to be recognised for its commitment to being green.
Daylesford chef Gavin Fuller said: ‘For 40 years we have promoted sustainable farming; growing produce and raising animals on our organic farm with the greatest consideration for the environment and animal welfare. Our mantra is to reduce, reuse, repair, recycle, rehome and rot.’
A further 46 restaurants have also been identified for their Green Initiatives and taking positive steps to work in a greener way, with a number of Gloucestershire eateries making this commendable list, these include Lumiere in Cheltenham, the Ebrington Arms near Chipping Campden, the Ox Barn at the Thyme Hotel in Southrop, The Barn at Severn & Wye in Westbury-on-Severn, The Wild Rabbit in Kingham and Wilder in Nailsworth.
While not within the county borders, famous Gloucester chef Tom Kerridge’s pub, The Hand and Flowers in Marlow, maintained its impressive two Michelin Star rating in 2021.
The Hand and Flowers is currently closed during the third national lockdown, but the celebrity chef has been offering ‘Tom Kerridge at Home’ boxes, with a delivery option to Gloucestershire postcodes.
For Gloucestershire locals happy to drive to destination restaurants, once restrictions are lifted, the nearest restaurants with Two Michelin Stars include The Dining Room in Malmesbury and Raymond Blanc’s legendary Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons in Oxfordshire.
The nearest restaurants to Gloucestershire with one Michelin Star, include The Whitebrook in the Wye Valley, near Monmouth; Bybrook in Castle Combe; The Royal Oak at Whatcote near Shipston on Stour; with Bulrush, Paco Tapas and Casamia in Bristol; and Adam’s, Opheem, Simpsons and Carters of Moseley in Birmingham.
Although Gloucestershire was formerly home to numerous affordable Bib Gourmands restaurants, there are no longer any of these eateries within the county borders.
Just some of the nearest Bib Gourmand restaurants for Gloucestershire foodies to visit, once restrictions are lifted, include The Inn at Welland in the nearby Malverns; Beckford Bottle Shop in Bath; with Root and Box-E in Bristol.
By Michelle Fyrne
Monday 21 June 2021
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