The Michelin Guide to Great Britain and Ireland 2018 has been unveiled, with the big news that The Araki in London's Mayfair is the region's newest three Michelin star restaurant.
The restaurant, which has just 10 covers and serves a set omakase sushi menu, has held two stars since 2016, but this year joins the elite group of restaurants in the Guide, all located in England, to hold three Michelin stars. This includes Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, which retains its three star status following the departure of Clare Smyth(whose Core restaurant opened too late for eligibility). The Araki is the first Japanese restaurant to receive Michelin's highest honour in the region.
Other notable awards saw chef Claude Bosi go straight in at two stars at Bibendum, having closed the two Michelin star Hibiscus in 2016, while Elystan Street, the new restaurant from Phil Howard, formerly of The Square, picked up a star.
Anne-Sophie Pic'sLe Dame de Pic, the French chef's first foray onto UK soil picked up one star, as did the London outpost of Aquavit. Scotland and Ireland both gained a new one star restaurant (in the latter's case the first pub in the country to receive a star).
Overall, Great Britain and Ireland now has five three star restaurants, 20 two stars and 150 one star restaurants. See below for all the new stars and see the full list here.
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