2018’s Michelin Winners
Meet the Midlands' Michelin Star Winners
The judge’s scores are in, they’ve held up their Michelin paddleboards and Warwickshire’s one and only Michelin-starred restaurant has retained its star for the fourth year running. Dig out your elasticated waistbands, here’s where you need to eat across the rest of the Midlands. I’ve also included the Bib Gourmand – those high-quality restaurants and pubs with three courses under £28.
The Cross at Kenilworth – 1 star
A 19th century inn offering stylish food, relaxed service and gourmet food without the stuffiness of haute cuisine. Restaurateur Andreas Antona and ex-Simpsons Head Chef Adam Bennett are commended for their adventurous and original approach at this attractive gastropub. Bennett achieved Britain’s best ever finish in the 2013 Bocuse D’Or Championships, cementing his place at the top table of British chefs. Andreas, the restaurateur behind Michelin-starred Simpsons in Birmingham, was once described by The Sunday Times as ‘the godfather of modern Birmingham food’.
Peel’s at Hampton Manor Hotel, Hampton in Arden – 1 star
An elegant dining room situated within an impressive manor house and featuring beautiful plasterwork, oak panelling and hand-painted Chinoiserie wallpaper. Modern menus feature refined, original combinations. Service is pitched perfectly.
Adam’s original pop-up was awarded its Michelin star only 6 months after opening in 2013. It’s now inside a former insurance company office across three floors in Waterloo Street and the interior pays homage to the building’s art deco roots. Chef Adam Stokes’ dishes are full of flavour, presented in an imaginative way.
Glynn Purnell was one of the first Michelin chefs on the Birmingham food scene. His inventive, playful tasting menu has won countless wards and his most famous dish combines the flavours of smoked haddock, egg, cornflakes and curry – recreating his mum’s cooking in a Michelin-starred way.
Simpsons restaurant in Edgbaston and Carters of Moseley were the only two restaurants in Birmingham to be included in this year’s Sunday Times Top 100 restaurants. Simpsons has two of the region’s most distinguished chefs – executive chef Luke Tipping and head chef Nathan Eades. ‘Menus always feature supreme local produce handled with masterly care by Luke and Nathan. But what really sets this brigade apart is its ability to produce innovative flavour matches – think banana and foie gras or beef with snails and haggis.’
Lovely little neighbourhood restaurant with black ash tables and a glass-fronted wine cabinet running down one wall. The passionate young chef continually evolves his cooking and the team are friendly and engaging. Each dish is made up of three well-balanced key components and the flavours are intense. Also, Good Food Guide’s Restaurant of the Year.
Goodbye to: Turners @ 69 lost its Michelin star
Butcher’s Arms, Eldersfield – 1 star
Le Champignon Sauvage, Cheltenham – 2 stars
Le Champignon Sauvage may have become something of a culinary institution thanks to the imaginative cooking of its chef owner David Everitt-Matthias, but the atmosphere and tone of the restaurant remain refreshingly laid-back.
Goodbye to: Lords of the Manor (Gloucestershire) and 5 North St (Gloucestershire) lost their Michelin stars and the Horse & Groom in Bourton-on-the-Hill lost its Bib Gourmand.
Gifted Head Chef Rupert Rowley is renowned for his inventive modern British cuisine. His cooking style is rooted in classical French cuisine, and using those ingredients to produce exciting, innovative effects and flavours. An integral part of the new Fischer’s kitchen is the Tasting Bench -with front row seats in the centre of the kitchen, guests can enjoy a Taste of Britain tasting menu prepared in front of their eyes.
Iberico World Tapas, Derby – Bib Gourmand
Award-winning Spanish tapas in Derby’s cultural quarter located in a Grade II listed former Magistrates’ Court.
Not the most scenic setting in an industrial estate just outside Nottingham under pylons and a flyover. But inside is a temple to gastronomic brilliance, where head chef Sat Bains cooks contemporary tasting menus using the best of local produce. It’s a restaurant with 8 rooms to stay, with two tasting menus including dishes unlike you’ll find elsewhere with descriptions like NG7 2SA after the restaurant’s postcode.