The 2021 Michelin star winners in Warwickshire and beyond
Davina McCall hosted a virtual ceremony announcing the winners (and some are offering takeaway!) after an immeasurably tough year for hospitality. Take a look at the full line-up for Warwickshire, Brum and beyond.
A Michelin-starred 19th century inn run by restaurateur Andreas Antona – once described by The Sunday Times as ‘the godfather of modern Birmingham food’ – and executive chef Adam Bennett, previously head chef at Simpsons in Edgbaston. The Cross offers stylish food, relaxed service and a down-to-earth approach to gourmet food without the stuffiness of ‘haute cuisine’. After this year’s awards The Cross tweeted: “Congratulations to everyone recognised in the @MichelinGuideUK awards tonight after a difficult year for the industry. We are thrilled to retain our Michelin star for another year and want to thank our wonderful staff for all their hard work.”
Takeaway: together with Simpsons in Birmingham, they’re offering dine-in options delivered to your door with Antona at Home. There’s a new starter, main and dessert for each week of each month highlighting the season’s very best ingredients. New menus for February are now live. Order by midday on Tues for Fri or Saturday nationwide delivery, add-on’s include new wine selections.
Salt, Stratford-upon-Avon – ★
A former Observer Food Monthly ‘Young Chef of the Year’, Paul Foster and wife Rhiain opened their a characterful crowdfunded restaurant in a 16th Century beamed building on historic Church Street in central Stratford in 2017. Salt, a relaxed fine dining restaurant opened in March 2017. The Coventry-born chef’s restaurant “loves to take humble, underrated ingredients and use them to create beautiful plates of food.” Michelin inspectors say: “Salt is already the shining star in Stratford’s food scene.” Paul also runs a cookery school.
Takeaway: Salt at Home
The Royal Oak, Whatcote, near Shipston-on-Stour – ★
Awarded a Michelin stars in 2020, local village pub The Royal Oak retains its star but is currently closed due to the pandemic. Led by husband and wife team Richard and Solange Craven with “skilfully prepared” “unfussy” dishes it’s believed to be one of the oldest rural country pubs in the country with Oliver Cromwell rumoured to have stayed there before the Battle of Edgehill in 1642. Game is often ‘shot to order’ by local gamekeeper friends from the surrounding hills and estates. Sustainable fresh fish is sent up from Cornwall and New Wave Seafood in Gloucestershire, with veg from locally based Daylesford Organic Farm and Vegetable Matters in Ebrington mixed with their own foraged wild ingredients.
Peels at Hampton Manor, Hampton-in-Arden – ★
A restaurant with boutique rooms, serving up cutting edge tasting menus and supper clubs 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. The Michelin guide says: “Modern dishes come from a confident kitchen and feature refined, original combinations with some playful elements.”
Takeaway: the brilliantly named Peels on Wheels!
The city’s five Michelin star restaurants have each retained their stars in the 2021 Guide but new for 2021, Kray Treadwell, chef at Digbeth-based 670 Grams (see below), was crowned Best Young Chef of the Year!
670 Grams, The Custard Factory, 4 Gibb Street, Birmingham
Great British Menu star and former Purnell’s chef Kray, from Solihull, opened his own restaurant last year during the pandemic. Labelled ‘Modern Abstract Fine Dining’ this creative and playful eatery is named after the weight of Kray’s daughter when she was born prematurely, and comes with “an urban take-us-as-you-find-us vibe, pumping rap music and graffitied walls,” says the Michelin guide. It has a daily changing 10 course tasting menu. Currently closed.
Opheem, Summer Row, Birmingham
Opheem chef director Aktar Islam opened his solo restaurant in 2019. His progressive Indian cooking blends “traditional techniques with a modern outlook”. The Michelin guide said: “There’s no denying this large, modern Indian restaurant makes quite a statement – and not just in its bold decorative style. Aston-born chef-owner Aktar Islam uses recipes from across India as well as his own family’s favourites to produce visually arresting dishes with distinct, defined flavours”.
Takeaway: Aktar at Home cooked and delivered every Thurs and Fri.
Adam’s – ★
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. A la carte, weekday lunch and tasting menus are available, and a separate dining room for up to 16 guests. Currently closed.
Brad Carter and partner Holly Jackson’s small neighbourhood restaurant is renowned for its exceptional friendliness, professionalism, value-for-money menu and intense, well-balanced dishes.
Takeaway: Follow them on Social Media (Twitter @cartersmoseley; FB @cartersofmoseley; Insta @cartersofmoseley) to receive the most up-to-date information from the restaurant including release dates of their famous Fast Food Takeaway series #onestardönerbar.
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. Currently closed.
Takeaway: Check out their Social Media for @purnellsrestaurant (Insta) for Purnell’s at Home boxes delivered across the West Midlands. Drop them a line on firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel 0121 726 4358 to order.
Simpsons, Edgbaston – ★
Executive Chef Luke Tipping, whose father was also a chef, describes his style as “very natural, very seasonal and free flowing”. A professor of culinary arts, from University College Birmingham, he runs the restaurant with head chef Nathan Eades. The restaurateur behind Simpsons is Andreas Antona, who opened the first incarnation in Kenilworth, Warwickshire in 1993. It quickly built up a reputation as one of the best restaurants in the region. Michelin inspectors say: “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”.
Takeaway: Antona at Home
Alchemilla, Nottingham ★
Fine dining in the middle of Nottingham that really brings plant-based ingredients to the fore.
Restaurant Sat Bains with Rooms, Nottingham – ★★ & a new green ★
Sat and Amanda Bains’s run a modern restaurant is “next to an industrial estate in the shadow of a flyover” 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. It’s also one of the most sustainable restaurants in the UK and one of 23 new Michelin Green Star award winners in 2021.
Ibérico World Tapas, Nottingham – Bib Gourmand
A restaurant combining the simplicity of rustic Spanish dishes with world cooking hidden in the basement of the old city law courts and jail with a vaulted ceiling, bright Moorish tiles and ornate fretwork. Tapas-style sharing dishes are listed under ‘Nibbles’, ‘Meat’, ‘Fish’ and ‘Veg’. “Skilful cooking is full of flavour and displays some Japanese influences”, according to the Michelin guide.
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Daylesford Farm, Kingham, winner of a new Green ★
This organic farm, restaurant and shop has bagged one of Michelin’s 23 new Michelin Green Star awards in 2021 recognising sustainable practices, ethical and environmental standards. Search for Daylesford Organic Café on Deliveroo for a takeaway straight to your door, plus you can still click and collect too if you are local.
The Hand and Flowers, Marlow, Bucks ★★
Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Great Milton, Oxon ★★
Midsummer House, Cambridge ★★
The Coach, Marlow, Bucks ★
The Artichoke, Amersham, Bucks ★
The Nut Tree, Murcott, Oxon ★
John’s House, Mountsorrel, Leics ★
Le Champignon Sauvage, Cheltenham, Glos ★
Hambleton Hall, Oakham, Rutland ★
Oli’s Thai, Oxford – Bib Gourmand
The Bell Inn, Langford, Oxon – Bib Gourmand