A playground for foodies and gourmands, the United Kingdom and Ireland are home to a staggering number of distinguished, world-renowned restaurants. But how many of them are worthy of the culinary world’s highest accolade, the prestigious Michelin Star?
Want to know who’s made it onto the list of star-worthy cuisine this year? Looking to experience the culinary genius of the world’s most decorated Michelin Star chefs?
Here’s a list all the Michelin star restaurants in the UK and Ireland for 2020.
How many Michelin Star restaurants are there in the UK and Ireland?
The release of the Michelin Guide Great Britain and Ireland 2020 saw one new Three Star restaurant, four new Two Star restaurants and 23 new One Star restaurants. As it stands, there are:
- 5 Three Michelin Star restaurants
- 23 Two Michelin Star restaurants
- 159 One Michelin Star restaurants
Curious to know how it’s decided who receives this prestigious award? Have a look at our full guide on how Michelin Stars are awarded.
3 Michelin Star Restaurants
The Fat Duck – Bray, Berkshire
Entering this creative establishment from whiz-bang chef Heston Blumenthal is said to be like taking a step down the rabbit hole. One can immediately see the famous celebrity chef’s imaginative mind shine through in his renowned restaurant in Bray – diners are given a map with a magnifying glass to use instead of a menu as they embark on a degustation journey.
Blumenthal’s aim is to evoke childhood memories through storytelling, reminiscing and multi-sensory cooking. Famous for its seasonal fourteen-course tasting menu, Head Chef Edward Cooke serves playful ‘molecular’ cuisine, such as nitro-scrambled egg and bacon ice cream, an Alice in Wonderland-inspired mock turtle soup, and a dish called Sound of the Sea which includes an audio element.
The restaurant gained its first Michelin star in 1999, its second in 2002 and its third in 2004, making it the fastest in the United Kingdom to earn three Michelin stars.
Sketch (The Lecture Room & Library) – Mayfair, London
As the only restaurant in 2020 to receive the highest accolade of three Michelin stars, Sketch’s The Lecture Room & Library certainly has something to celebrate. Opening its door in 2003, the Modern French restaurant is the brainchild of restaurateur Mourad Mazouz and chef Pierre Gagnaire. And it’s the very definition of fanciful fun.
A lecture room or a library is definitely not what you’ll be walking into! This is a fantasyland atmosphere located in a four-part iconic Mayfair restaurant. There really is no concept to Sketch, the owners have expressed that “it just is.”
For a fantastical dining experience, you’ll need to ascend a grand, red-carpeted staircase to the first floor of a grand three-story Georgian townhouse. The spacious, flamboyant dining room feature velvet-clad chairs and art-fuelled interiors.
As far as food is concerned, expect luxurious cuisine as eccentric as the decor. Johannes Nuding, the head chef, creates an exquisite French/ European meal to match the feeling of being in another world. Pair that with an award-winning international wine list of 1 200 bins, and you’re set for a whimsical dining experience.
Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester – Mayfair, London
Arguably one of the most famous chefs in the world, Alain Ducasse’s flagship restaurant serves imaginative Modern French haute cuisine at Mayfair’s 1930s luxury landmark hotel. When walking into Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, the first thing to catch your eye is the spectacular, elegant interior, including a 4,500 twinkling fiber-optic lights backdrop. Guests are “taken on an unrivalled culinary journey”, from the sublime quality of the food to attentive, professional service. While Ducasse visits the venue regularly, he has left the day-to-day running of the restaurant to his protégé, Jean-Philippe Blondet, who shares Ducasse’s philosophy of letting the ingredients shine and staying true to their essential flavour.
Restaurant Gordon Ramsay – Chelsea, London
“What are you!?? An idiot sandwich!” The infamous Hell’s Kitchen star chef, Gordon Ramsay, is arguably as famous for reality TV antics as he is for his cooking. From the multitude of restaurants he owns, his eponymous flagship restaurant is one of London’s longest-running fine dining restaurants, having celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2018. The atmosphere is completely different than what you would see on tv; there is a very intimate ambience and serves fine-dining French Cuisine from carefully selected ingredients. There is definitely a lot of pressure on head chef Matt Abe and his team because people travel from all over the world to see if Gordon Ramsay lives up to his own harsh expectations.
Waterside Inn – Bray, Berkshire
There must be something in the water because Bray houses yet another 3-star Michelin restaurant. Set on the River Thames, Alain Roux’s Waterside Inn has been serving inspirational French cuisine since 1972. The enchanting riverside setting combined with fine dining food and an exceptional wine list makes for a world-class culinary experience. Chef Alain Roux creates an impeccable French course menu, but his secret speciality is creating desserts that are raved about by all who visit! To get the full experience of the ‘restaurant with rooms’, guests are invited to enjoy an overnight stay at one of the inn’s chic bedrooms overlooking the riverside.
2 Michelin Star Restaurants
Aimsir – Kearneystown, Kildare
One of the eighteen Irish restaurants to gain a Michelin Star for 2020, Aimsir pulled off being promoted straight to double Michelin Star status. A particularly impressive feat considering the Kildare restaurant only opened in May last year.
Cornwall-born chef Jordan Bailey places a strong focus on locally sourced Irish ingredients used in a sophisticated and inventive way. The all-island restaurant has six tables and is open just four nights a week, so you’d better book in advance.
Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles – Auchterarder, Perthshire
Walk into this salon-style restaurant and expect to be treated with perfect customer service; the team at L’Enclume prides themselves on providing an atmosphere of assuredness. Stephen McLaughlin, head chef, has led the team to obtain two Michelin Stars and rank 12th in the UK Good Food Guide.
Claude Bosi at Bibendum – South Kensington, London
A colourful experience awaits you inside Claude Bosi at Bibendum! This laid back, fine dining restaurant is located within the Michelin House in London and their welcoming atmosphere will make you feel right at home. Head chef, Francesco Dibenedetto, provides a French cuisine that has received 5 AA Rosettes in the AA Best Restaurants list.
CORE by Clare Smyth – Notting Hill, London
Who runs the world? GIRLS!! Clare Smyth is the first female to run a restaurant with 3 Michelin stars in the UK, at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay. The Northern Irish chef started out at Gordon’s flagship restaurant as Chef Patron and finally branched off to create her own masterpiece in Notting Hill. Opening in 2017, CORE was awarded its Michelin stars the following year. The laid-back restaurant has a dainty and elegant atmosphere paired with contemporary British cuisine. Simple yet creative meals with an emphasis on natural, sustainable food are served to pair with simple decor. Some even say they can feel the positive energy flowing through the air.
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal – Knightsbridge, London
Another culinary masterpiece from gastronaut-in-chief, Heston Blumenthal. While The Fat Duck is all about playing with memories and emotions, Dinner focuses on history. Located in the opulent Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, diners enjoy a view of the kitchen and its unique pulley system, which has been modelled after a version used by the Royal court and rotates the spit over an open fire. Head chef, Ashley Palmer-Watts, creates a menu filled with British cuisine in hopes of taking eating “dinner” to the next level. The award-winning restaurant serves exceptional and inventive reinterpretations of historical British dishes.
Greenhouse – Dublin, Ireland
Another victory for the Irish! Having opened in 2012, the Dublin city centre restaurant received its first Michelin star in 2016. But now it can boast having two Michelin Stars under its belt.
Finnish chef Mickael Viljanen presents accomplished, sophisticated modern French cooking. Rumour has it he regularly travels to Paris to source some of his excellent quality produce.
Hélène Darroze at the Connaught – Mayfair, London
If you’re looking for a sophisticated atmosphere paired with delicious French cuisine, look no further than Hélène Darroze. Ranked 80th in Harden’s Restaurant Guide, the acclaimed restaurant at upmarket Mayfair hotel celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. The famous chef’s haute cuisine includes innovative and expertly crafted dishes with an emphasis on classic French culinary style.
Kitchen Table at Bubbledogs – Fitzrovia, London
Similar to a speakeasy, this semi-secret dining space in Bloomsbury is a treat to find. Once through a discreet entrance at the back of funky Bubbledogs, you will find a U-shaped ‘kitchen table’ surrounding the chef’s prep and work station. Chef James Knappett creates a 12-course meal of contemporary British cooking right in front of you, where up to 20 diners can perch on stools and watch the excitement of the kitchen.
L’Enclume – Cartmel Nr Grange over Sands, Cumbria
Cartmel valley is a traditional area housed with beautifully crafted ancient buildings. The cuisine at L’Enclume matches the area around the restaurant because each meal is also beautifully crafted to perfection. Owner Simon Rogan has a personal farm where he grows his own produce, and mostly all are used by his head chef Mark Birchall.
La Dame de Pic – Trinity Square, London
One of the most decorated female Michelin Star chefs, Anne-Sophie Pic is a force to be reckoned with. Applauded for her distinctive cooking style, the renowned French chef showcases her signature cuisine at La Dame de Pic London.
Set in the heart of Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square, the restaurant presents an unforgettable dining experience. Expect the unexpected when it comes to Anne-Sophie Pic’s unusual cooking methods and unexpected flavour combinations
Le Gavroche – Mayfair, London
If you’re looking for classic French cuisine then Le Gavroche is the right place for you. Head chef and owner, Michel Roux Jr, has evolved the family tradition fusing classic and modern tastes together. This establishment is definitely worth a stop for a meal because it is ranked No.25 in Hardens Guide to the most notable restaurants in the UK.
Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons – Great Milton, Oxfordshire
Take a trip down to Le Manoir for a fairytale adventure! Raymond Blanc wanted to create a “twist of imaginative genius” experience for each customer that walks through the door. Ranking in the top 100 on The Sunday Times Top 100 Restaurants, this French and European cuisine will leave all five of your senses in awe after just one visit!
Midsummer House – Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Midsummer House is located in the English city of Cambridge, which is a destination for rich history. In the 1980s the old building was transformed into the establishment it is today, and since then it has become a must-visit restaurant! On the hunt for his third Michelin Star, Daniel Clifford is constantly evolving the style and taste of his menu and he doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon.
Moor Hall – Ormskirk, Lancashire
Moor Hall is famous for its British Cuisine in the Aughton village of West Lancashire. The restaurant is located in a building that is said to be one of the most important buildings in the UK with the first record being from 1282. Head chef, Mark Birchall, is a protege of Simon Rogan and was awarded his second Michelin star this year.
Restaurant Nathan Outlaw – Port Isaac, Cornwall
A meal with a view is what you will get when you enter Restaurant Nathan Outlaw. This restaurant is located on the coast line of Port Isaac, and to match the gorgeous view of the water the menu is mainly seafood. Head chef and owner, Nathan Outlaw, has wowed the UK with his skills as his restaurant ranks No.1 in the 2019 Good Food Guide.
Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud – Dublin, Ireland
Located in the heart of Dublin, Patrick Guilbaud comfortably sits in an old-style brick building that enhances the culture of the area. If you are looking for an iconic meal, definitely try this fusion of classic Ireland with a splash of France. Guilbaud’s intent was to bring the experience of fine dining to Ireland, and he appointed his longtime friend Guillaume Lebrun as head chef to trust he will bring his idea to life.
Restaurant Sat Bains with Rooms – Nottingham
Step into a world of wonder at Restaurant Sat Bains with Rooms. This restaurant intrigues your senses and curiosity with its floor plan surrounding their “Nucleus” and creative British cuisine. Head chef, Sat Bains, has created a wonderful atmosphere and a menu that has ranked No. 4 in the 2019 UK Good Food Guide.
The Dining Room at Whatley Manor – Malmesbury, Wiltshire
Located in one of southern England’s most luxurious country-house hotels, The Dining Room at Whatley Manor is the perfect gastronomic getaway destination for those looking for a city break. Executive Chef Niall Keating is at the helm in the kitchen, promoting the restaurant from one Michelin Star to two. In 2018 Niall was also awarded Michelin’s European Young Chef of the Year.
His cuisine can be described as Modern British, combining his gastronomic expertise with local seasonal produce.
The Greenhouse – Mayfair, London
Known for a tranquil dining experience, The Greenhouse has developed a garden scenery surrounding the dining room. Alex Dilling, an Alain Ducasse protege, has taken control of The Greenhouse’s kitchen which holds a lot of meaning to him because of family connections. The French cuisine is extremely popular among the people of Mayfair; this restaurant not only holds two Michelin stars but it is also a member of Relais & Chateaux and Les Grandes Tables du Monde.
The Hand and Flowers – Marlow, Buckinghamshire
A unique twist to this entire list is most definitely The Hand and Flowers. Instead of it being a highly acclaimed restaurant, it is the only pub in the UK with two Michelin stars. The owners and Tom Kerridge wanted to create the atmosphere of a “proper pub,” but with “proper food.” A relaxed environment is paired with a relaxed menu, and has made it into The Sunday Times Top 100 Restaurants ranking!
The Ledbury – Notting Hill, London
After opening in 2005, The Ledbury has climbed up the ranks and created a well- known name for themselves. If you are looking for a relaxed, romantic date night then The Ledbury is the perfect place for you and your significant other. The atmosphere is described as “casual elegant,” and the cuisine is Contemporary European. Brett Graham, head chef, started his career at age 15 and since then has become a highly respected chef in the industry. The Ledbury is ranked No.19 in the 2019 Good Food Guide and 5th in Hardens Guide to the most notable restaurants in the UK.
The Raby Hunt – Summerhouse, County Durham
Take a trip down to the UK countryside for an intriguing dining experience. James Close, head chef, is considered to be the most innovative young chef in the current UK restaurant scene. Each menu he creates is very original and represents his own personality. The Raby Hunt has made it into The Sunday Times Top 100 Restaurants.
Umu – Mayfair, London
Visit Umu if you want a Japanese experience in the heart of London. The restaurant prides itself on providing fresh ingredients imported from Japan every day. Head chef, Yoshinori Ishii, has a long history of cooking with professionals and his expertise is represented in his own original creations.
1 Michelin Star Restaurants
- Alyn Williams at The Westbury – Mayfair
- Hide – Mayfair
- Veeraswamy – Mayfair
- Hakkasan Mayfair – Mayfair
- Sabor – Mayfair
- Gymkhana – Mayfair
- Murano- Mayfair
- Kai – Mayfair
- Pollen Street Social- Mayfair
- The Clove Club- Shoreditch
- Lyle’s – Shoreditch
- Brat – Shoreditch
- Leroy – Shoreditch
- Mãos – Shoreditch
- Social Eating House – Soho
- Barrafina- Soho
- Story – Bermondsey
- Club Gascon – City of London
- La Dame de Pic – City of London
- Da Terra – Bethnal Green
- Ritz Restaurant – Piccadilly
- Sorrel – Dorking
- City Social – City of London
- Kitchn W8 – Kensington
- Endo at the Rotunda – White City
- Petrus – Belgravia
- Marcus – Belgravia
- Amaya – Belgravia
- Celeste – Belgravia
- The Dysart Petersham – Richmond
- Angler – Finsbury
- Elystan Street – Chelsea
- Five Fields – Chelsea
- Aquavit – Saint James
- Pied a Terre – Bloomsbury
- Hakkasan Hanway Place – Bloomsbury
- The Ninth – Bloomsbury
- Dining Room at The Goring – Victoria
- Quilon – Victoria
- A. Wong – Victoria
- Seven Park Place by William Drabble – Saint James
- Ikoyi – Saint James
- Texture – Regent’s Park and Marylebone
- Trishna – Regent’s Park and Marylebone
- Locanda Locatelli – Regent’s Park and Marylebone
- Portland – Regent’s Park and Marylebone
- Roganic – Marylebone
- La Trompette – Chiswick
- River Cafe – Hammersmith
- Chez Bruce – Wandsworth
- The Glasshouse – Kew
- St John – Clerkenwell
- Galvin La Chapelle – Spitalfields
- Trinity – Clapham Common
- Harwood Arms – Fulham
Rest of England
- Mana – Manchester
- Alchemilla – Nottingham, East Midlands
- Allium at Askham Hall – Askham, Cumbria
- Old Stamp House – Ambleside, Cumbria
- The Cottage in the Wood – Braithwaite, Cumbria
- Artichoke – Buckinghamshire
- Interlude – Lower Beedham, Sussex
- Pensons – Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire
- Stark – Broadstairs, Kent
- The Angel at Hetton – Hetton, Yorkshire
- The Royal Oak – Whatcote, Warwickshire
- Lympstone Manor – Lympstone
- Adam’s – Birmingham
- Carters of Moseley – Birmingham
- Simpsons – Birmingham
- Purnell’s – Birmingham
- Opheem – Birmingham
- Bulrush – Bristol
- Casamia – Bristol
- Paco Tapas – Bristol
- Wilks – Bristol
- Olive Tree – Bath
- Nut Tree – Murcott
- Bybrook – Castle Combe
- HRiSHi – Bowness-on-Windermere
- Coworth Park – Ascot
- Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen – Cornwall
- John’s House- Mountsorrel
- Blackbird – Newbury
- Fordwich Arms – Fordwich
- Forest Side – Grasmere
- Tim Allen’s Flitch of Bacon – Little Dunmow
- Salt – Stratford-upon-Avon
- Elephant – Torquay
- Matt Worswick at The Latymer – Bagshot
- Pipe and Glass – South Dalton
- Fraiche – Birkenhead
- Northcote – Langho
- The Hind’s Head – Bray
- Bohemia – St Helier
- Le Champignon Sauvage – Cheltenham
- Simon Radley at Chester Grosvenor – Chester
- Star Inn at Harome – Harome
- Paul Ainsworth at No.6 – Padstow
- L’Ortolan – Reading
- Clock House – Ripley
- Masons Arms – Knowstone
- The Sportsman – Seasalter
- Winteringham Fields – Winteringham
- Restaurant Hywel Jones by Lucknam Park – Colerne
- Morston Hall – Morston
- Gravetye Manor – East Grinstead, West Sussex
- Tudor Room – Egham
- The Dining Room – Malmesbury
- Hambleton Hall – Hambleton
- The Neptune – Hunstanton
- Black Swan – Oldstead
- Black Rat – Winchester
- Restaurant Tristan – Horsham, West Sussex
- Pony & Trap – Chew Magna
- Red Lion Freehouse – East Chisenbury
- Peel’s – Hampton in Arden
- The Cross at Kenilworth – Kenilworth
- House of Tides – Newcastle upon Tyne
- Crown – Burchett’s Green
- White Swan – Fence
- Woodspeen – Newbury
- The Coach – Marlow
- Oxford Kitchen – Oxford
- The Man Behind The Curtain – Leeds
- Thomas Carr @ The Olive Room – Ilfracombe
- Restaurant Martin Wishart – Edinburgh
- Condita – Edinburgh
- Number One – Edinburgh
- Isle of Eriska – Oban
- The Peat Inn – Cupar
- The Kitchin – Leith
- Loch Bay Restaurant – Stein
- The Cellar – Anstruther
- Braidwoods – Dalry
- Sosban & The Old Butchers – Menai Bridge
- Ynyshir – Machynlleth
- Walnut Tree – Llanddewi Skirrid
- Restaurant James Sommerin – Penarth
- The Checkers – Montgomery
- The Whitebrook – Whitebrook
- Beach House – Oxwich, Glamorganshire
- The Muddlers Club – Belfast
- Deanes EIPIC – Belfast
- OX – Belfast
- L’Ecrivain – Dublin
- Greenhouse – Dublin
- Chapter One – Dublin
- Variety Jones – Dublin
- Aniar – Galway
- Loam – Galway
- Ichigo Ichie – Cork
- Bastion – Kinsale, Cork
- The Oak Room – Adare, Limerick
- Mews – Baltimore
- House (at Cliff House Hotel) – Ardmore
- Wild Honey Inn – Lisdoonvarna
- Campagne – Kilkenny
- House – Ardmore
- Lady Helen – Thomastown
- Chestnut – Ballydehob