Michelin names 18 new one-star restaurants

The Michelin Guide has handed out its awards for 2017 with 18 restaurants picking up stars for the first time, however once again there was no luck for Manchester.
Despite housing restaurants by the likes of Simon Rogan and Aiden Byrne, Manchester's wait for a Michelin star continues.
Instead, the guide chose to honour Gilpin Hotel & Lake House in Windemere, Tudor Room at Great Fosters Hotel in Surrey, Thomas Carr at The Olive Room in Devon, Crown at Burchetts Green in Berkshire, Forest Side in Grasmere and Wild Rabbit in Oxfordshire.
Also awarded one star were Peel's at Hampton Manor in Solihull, Sosban & the Old Butchers in Anglesey, James Sommerin in Penarth and Heron & Grey in Dublin.
Eight restaurants in London were also rewarded including The Ritz, The Ninth, Pidgin, Veeraswamy, Trinity, Five Fields, Ellory and Céleste at the Lanesborough Hotel.
The guide also handed two stars to Raby Hunt in Darlington, but no now three-star restaurants were named, although The Fat Duck regained its three stars that it held before temporarily relocating to Melbourne in Australia.
For the first time, the awards were handed out during a live ceremony at the Institution of Engineering and Technology in London, which also saw Gidleigh Park in Chagford, Devon, retain its two Michelin stars despite the departure of its Executive Chef Michael Caines earlier this year.
Celebrating the award, new Executive Chef Michael Wignall said “We’re delighted to have been awarded two stars by Michelin, arguably the most revered restaurant guide among chefs, restaurant critics and our guests. Since arriving at Gidleigh Park in January this year, the team has worked tirelessly and it’s great to see their efforts recognised with two stars from the Michelin Guide.”
However, the news was not so good for the Square in London and Michael Wignall at The Latymer which both lost their two-star status, while the list of restaurants to no longer hold one Michelin star includes Wild Honey, Launceston Place and L’Autre Pied in London, Drake’s in Surrey, Thackeray’s in Royal Tunbridge Wells and Ockenden Manor in West Sussex.
By Owen Mckeon
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