The Ledbury gains third Michelin star

The Ledbury has become the ninth UK restaurant to achieve a three-Michelin star rating.

At the annual Michelin Guide awards ceremony, this year held in Manchester for the first time, Brett Graham's London restaurant was the only new site to sit on the list of three-star establishments. 

However, six new restaurants were awarded two stars, while 18 businesses gained their first. Notably, the guide has its first ever two-star Indian restaurants in Birmingham’s Opheem and Gymkhana in London. 

Elsewhere in London, Trivet made the jump from one star to two thanks to the cooking of Jonny Lake and his team. Brooklands, inside the Peninsula Hotel and overseen by Claude Bosi, went straight into the guide with two stars.

In Crieff, The Glenturret Lalique became the second two-star restaurant in Scotland, while County Cork in Ireland has another two-star restaurant to add to its collection in the form of Terre.

Michelin in Manchester

With the 2024 ceremony being held at The Midland Hotel in Manchester, there had been much speculation that the city and its surrounding areas would increase its presence within the guide.

Such predictions didn't materliase, despite a further 18 UK restaurants gaining a new Michelin star.

London was the leading city when it came to new accolades, with 11 restaurants gaining their first stars. Akoko and Chishuru helped to put West African cuisine in the spotlight by both gaining a star, while London’s Japanese dining scene was represented with the classic omakase experience at Sushi Kanesaka and the creative Humble Chicken.

Elsewhere in London, one stars went to Humo, Aulis, Pavyllon, 1890 by Gordon Ramsay, Dorian, Ormer and Tomos Parry's Mountain. 

Outside of the capital, Cumbria picked up two new stars through Lake Road Kitchen and Cedar Tree by Hrishikesh Desai. On the other side of the Pennines, mýse now brings Michelin-star dining to the village of Hovingham. Further south, Crocadon in St Mellion has built on its Green star from last year by being awarded one star for its cooking this year. 

The Republic of Ireland had three restaurants gaining one star, including Homestead Cottage, The Bishop’s Buttery and D’Olier Street.

When it came to Green stars, six more were awarded, including ANNWN, Narberth; Exmoor Forest Inn, Simonsbath; Forge, Middleton Tyas; Interlude, Lower Beeding; St. Barts, London; and The Whitebrook, Whitebrook.

"The dining scene in Great Britain & Ireland continues to be both innovative and impressive," says Gwendal Poullennec, international director of The Michelin Guide. "With a new Three Michelin Star and six new Two Star restaurants, the selection’s global standing has grown even further. Among all of the newly awarded stars, both the quality and variety of the dining experiences are wonderful to see. There are enormously talented chefs turning their hands to anything from wood-fired sharing plates to finely tuned sushi. To have so much positive news to share with the industry, at a time when restaurants are facing so many challenges, gives me great pride and is proof of the continued vitality within British and Irish dining. That this has happened in the 50th year of the Great Britain & Ireland Guide is proof of how much gastronomy has grown and evolved in that time."

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