2019’s Michelin winners
The best places to eat in Warwickshire and the Midlands from swanky restaurants to country pubs.
The judge’s scores are in for “the Oscars of the food industry” and this year sees a tasty 21 new Michelin stars awarded, including 1 star for chef Paul Foster’s crowdfunded restaurant Salt in Stratford-upon-Avon. For many chefs, earning a star represents the pinnacle of their career. Here are the winners in Warwickshire and the rest of the Midlands.
Salt, Stratford-upon-Avon – 1 star (NEW)
Coventry-born chef Paul Foster quit his job and launched a hugely successful crowdfunding campaign raising just over £100,000 to follow his dream and open his own restaurant. After a “few disappointments and bit of an emotional rollercoaster” he and wife Rhiain discovered a characterful 16th Century beamed building on historic Church Street in central Stratford. Salt, a relaxed fine dining restaurant opened in March 2017 and uses the season’s freshest ingredients. Enjoy great value lunches, tasting menus, Sunday lunch and there’s always a vegetarian choice menu. A former Observer Food Monthly ‘Young Chef of the Year Salt received an excellent review from food critic Jay Rayner in his first year. Michelin inspectors say: “Salt is already the shining star in Stratford’s food scene, and Paul’s cooking continues to evolve and delight”. Definitely worth all the anxiety and hard work!
The Cross at Kenilworth – 1 star
A Michelin-starred 19th century inn run by chef director Adam Bennett, previously head chef at Simpsons in Edgbaston. It offers stylish food, relaxed service and a down-to-earth approach to gourmet food without the stuffiness of ‘haute cuisine’. Cosy and attractive with a combination of deep red walls, exposed brickwork and wooden beams; outside there’s al-fresco dining in the summer. Kenilworth Castle and Abbey Fields are close by.
Adam’s – 1 star
Exquisite, innovative food by chef Adam Stokes. This larger reincarnation of his original pop-up restaurant gives him the ability to pursue a second Michelin star, which would be a first for Birmingham, but he still wants to maintain the small, cosy vibe his old venue was so well known for.
Carters of Moseley – 1 star
Brad Carter and Holly Jackson’s small neighbourhood restaurant is renowned for its exceptional friendliness, professionalism, value-for-money menu and intense, well-balanced dishes.
Peels at Hampton Manor, Hampton-in-Arden, Solihull – 1 star
A restaurant with boutique rooms, serving up cutting edge tasting menus and dinner in a casual country house, described as “a fun sanctuary” by The Times. Built at the birth of the arts and crafts era, the Manor was a celebration of craftsmanship and the beauty of nature owned by the Hill family.
Purnell’s, Cornwall Street
Chic, contemporary fine-dining occupying a Victorian redbrick building in one of Birmingham City Centre’s finest conservation areas, close to Colmore Row, run by chef Glynn Purnell.
A major refurbishment has resulted in a newly designed bright, modern dining space, three large en suites for guests and a cookery school. Chef director Luke Tipping says his cooking is inspired by the very best of what’s in season. His Chef’s Table in the new Eureka Kitchen provides an intimate setting for the ultimate evening gourmet dinner experience for 8-10 diners, who can watch chef prepare their meal while a sommelier is on hand to ensure they enjoy the very best food and wine pairings.
Restaurant Sat Bains with Rooms, Nottingham – 2 star
Sat and Amanda Bains’s run a modern restaurant with an urban kitchen garden and smart bedrooms. Lunch is served at the chef’s table and in the kitchen, while the main room comes alive at night. Cooking is highly technical, with good balance and a delicate style.
Fischer’s at Baslow Hall, Bakewell, Derbyshire – 1 star
Drive up the winding tree-lined drive to this Edwardian manor in the rolling Derbyshire hills to experience fine dining in two dining rooms with ornate ceilings for impeccable service, and award-winning cuisine. If you’re looking for a sleepover there are charming bedrooms too.