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2014 Michelin stars for UK and London announced

Posted on: September 26, 2013

Michelin stars 2014 London

The 2014 Michelin Guide for Great Britain and Ireland is out and as usual the winners and losers are making headlines. Focusing on London, let’s start with the cold hard facts:

 

London had a bumper crop of two new 2-Michelin-star restaurants…

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

The Greenhouse

 

…and nine new 1-Michelin-star places:

Ametsa with Arzak Instruction

Angler

Bo London

Brasserie Chavot

HKK

Lima

Outlaw’s Seafood & Grill at the Capital

Restaurant Story

Social Eating House

 

And that’s not all

Despite all the speculation prior to the announcement, London did not get a new three-star restaurant. Gordon Ramsay and Alain Ducasse retain their three-star honours.

There were four new English one-star restaurants outside of London: Adam’s in Birmingham, The Samling in Cumbria, Ormer by Shaun Rankin in St Helier and Wilks in Bristol.

A couple of London restaurants will have been disappointed by the results: L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon was downgraded to one-star status and Petersham Nurseries lost their star

Get stuck into the details and see the full official list here

 

How does this compare to the experts’ Verdict?

Here at FoodVerdicts we’re all about aggregating all the food critics’ and experts’ opinions, so we were keen to see how the Michelin inspectors’ views fit into the consensus. The Verdict on London’s new two-star restaurants is clear: 8 out of 9 reviews of The Greenhouse reviews were positive, and all 21 experts enjoyed Dinner by Heston Blumenthal (a record!).

As far as the 2014 vintage of new one-star restaurants is concerned, the picture is less unanimous. Whilst newcomers such as Restaurant Story or Lima have consistently impressed critics, Ametsa with Arzak Instruction was on a losing streak until Michelin rode to the rescue. Finally, Angler at the South Place Hotel will be happy about the (much deserved) publicity that comes with a Michelin star – only four restaurant critics had previously made it to the elegant top floor dining room.

What is your view? Which London restaurant deserves more attention? Which starred venue impressed or disappointed you? Let us know on twitter.

 

 

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