Michelin Stars awarded in the annual Michelin Red Guide continue to be the international measure of the very best restaurants, and for over a decade Le Champignon Sauvage in Cheltenham has been one of just a handful of restaurants in the UK to hold two Michelin Stars – until now.
There are big changes in the anticipated new 2019 guide, published Tuesday 2 October 2019, which has downgraded Cheltenham’s most famous restaurant in The Suffolks from a two- to one-Star ranking.
While two Michelin Stars are given to establishments with ‘excellent cooking, worth a detour’, one Star is bestowed on venues described as ‘a very good restaurant in its category.’
Following the news, David and Helen Everitt-Matthias said: ‘Our lives have revolved around Le Champignon Sauvage since we opened over 31 years ago, and whilst we are hugely disappointed at losing a Michelin star, we ultimately cook for ourselves and our guests.
‘Our bookings have always been very healthy and repeat business consistently high, and so it is to our loyal customers, friends, chefs and industry colleagues that we extend a very heartfelt thanks for their loyal and continued support.’
Le Champignon Sauvage isn’t the only local restaurant to receive disappointing news in the new Michelin Guide to Great Britain & Ireland 2019, as adding further disappointment is the revelations that The Butcher’s Arms in Eldersfield, on the Gloucestershire-Worcestershire border, also lost its one Michelin Star rating.
Gloucestershire foodies will also remember that 5 North Street in Winchcombe, Lords of the Manor Restaurant in Upper Slaughter and The Wild Rabbit in Kingham all lost their Michelin Stars in 2018’s edition.
Le Champignon Sauvage has remained one of Cheltenham and Gloucestershire’s finest restaurants since it was opened in 1987 by David Everitt-Matthias and his wife Helen. It will no doubt continue to entice gastronomes from across Gloucestershire and beyond with its modern French food made from the finest ingredients.
Now Gloucestershire’s only Michelin-starred eatery, and offering some of the most exquisite food the SoGlos restaurant reviewers have ever enjoyed, Le Champignon Sauvage may now be keener than ever to prove its worth – and we can’t think of a better time to give this local restaurant a try…
See Gloucestershire Michelin Star restaurants guide for more information.