The Michelin Guide for Great Britain and Ireland 2017 has been released with the big news being that Raby Hunt in Darlington was awarded two stars and The Fat Duck in Bray regained its three star status after closing for refurbishments.
The likes of Heston Blumenthal, Michel Roux, Marcus Wareing and Tom Kerridge were in attendance in London for the first ever live launch, as the sun shone on the Institution of Engineering and Technology, overlooking the River Thames.
In total, the Michelin Guide for Great Britain and Ireland 2017 features one new two–starred restaurant and 18 new one–star restaurants, among them Adam Byatt's Trinity and the Ritz Restaurant in London, as well as Peel's at the Hampton Manor Hotel, in Arden, Greater Birmingham. Peel's Head Chef Rob Palmer expressed his joy at winning his first Michelin Star, which came swiftly after Peel's won four AA Rosettes. "It's incredible. A great achievement after just two years as head chef and six years as a chef. But now we want more and we're going to push on."
Michelin also announced some special recognition awards: a specific Michelin Female Chef Award went to Clare Smyth and the Michelin Welcome and Service Award, which also went to Peel’s. "I'm a little it surprised, I wasn't expecting it at all," said a shell shocked Smyth, who plans to open her own restaurant in London soon.
Nine restaurants that retained stars even though they had a change of head chef were also celebrated in a first by Michelin, something they say they will continue to do at future events.
Below you can see a full list of those restaurants to gain stars in the UK and Ireland Michelin Guide for 2017, below that you can see the full list of all restaurants included in the guide.