2018 Michelin stars
The judge’s scores are in, they’ve held up their Michelin paddleboards and here are the winners in, or within easy reach, of Somerset.
The judge’s scores are in, they’ve held up their Michelin paddleboards and here are the winners in, or within easy reach of, Somerset. We’ve also included the Bib Gourmand entries – those high quality restaurants and pubs with three courses under £28. Snail foam and starry soupcons all round, let’s get eating.
The Bybrook, Castle Combe, nr Bath, Wilts
The Manor House is a five-star luxury country house hotel in the Cotswolds with Rob Potter, previously at Michelin starred Lucknam Park, in charge of The Bybrook restaurant since 2016. Walk off a gourmet lunch in the glorious grounds or picture postcard village – or maybe make a weekend of it?
This tiny family-run restaurant with just nine tables is housed on the ground floor of an old hospital along Bristol’s waterfront. Chef Peter Sanchez-Iglesias and his team serve up just one eclectic multi-course tasting menu and advise allowing around three and a half hours to enjoy it to the full – alrighty!
Lympstone Manor, Lympstone, nr Exmouth, Devon (NEW)
With a shiny Michelin Star gracing the menu just six months in, Michael Caines doesn’t hang around, does he? Hurrah for the recognition at this super-classy new destination in south-east Devon. If you’re curious, try and nab yourself tickets for a dining event with the chef himself at the end of this month.
Masons Arms, Knowstone, Devon
These guys arrived on Exmoor’s food scene in 2005, won their Michelin star in 2006 and have retained it ever since. I’m no expert, but I reckon owner and chef Mark Dodson knows what he’s doing.
Paco Tapas, Bristol (NEW)
Just along from Casamina is another arm of the Sanchez-Iglesias family’s empire. This is where Andalucian meets the West Country to create perfect tapas. I’ve got my eye on their vast, almost lobster-sized red Spanish prawns…
Pony & Trap, Chew Magna, Somerset
No fancy surroundings – this is a homely Somerset boozer run by brother and sister duo Josh and Holly Eggelton – but the food’s been Michelin star standard since 2011.
Restaurant Hywel Jones by Lucknam Park, Colerne, nr Bath, Wilts
Stupendous 5-star country house hotel (it’s got a mile-long driveway) with a very posh dining room – no ripped jeans or trainers allowed in here – headed up by Hywel Jones. Michelin starred since 2006.
wilks, Redland, Bristol
Owner James ‘Wilks’ Wilkins learned his craft under Gordon Ramsey, the Galvin brothers and triple Michelin starred Michel Bras in France and Japan before setting up on his own. It took just a year to be awarded a Michelin star in 2012. Expect classic flavours, traditional and modern techniques – and an exceptional Sunday roast.
Bird in Hand, Long Ashton, Bristol
Modern British/European menu including lots of different varieties of wild mushroom and herbs foraged from the local area by the chefs and staff.
Cornish Arms, Tavistock, Devon
A thriving gastro pub in the heart of town, quietly going about its very brilliant business. Dishes are unpretentious and great value.
Five Bells Inn, Clyst Hydon, nr Exeter, Devon
Rescued from closure (the horror!) in 2013, this 16th century thatched village inn, ten miles from Exeter, may be a pub at heart, with a comforting menu full of favourites but has posh ex-Gidleigh Park chef Ian Webber leading the kitchen.
No Man’s Grace, Bristol
Modern British/European set menus, a la carte and tasting menu in the cosmopolitan Cotham area of the city.
Talbot Inn, Mells, Somerset
Owned by ex-Soho House guys hence the combo of chic, country style and very high standards at this former coaching inn. Carnivores: come at weekends when meat’s cooked over open fires and served at long communal tables in the Grill Room.
The Forester, Donhead St Andrew, nr Shaftesbury, Wilts
Rustic thatched place with a hint of a Swiss chalet inside has been a pub since the 15th century and the holder of a Bib Gourmand since 2013. Fresh fish on the menu as well as as local meats.
The Longs Arms, Upper South Wraxall, nr Bradford on Avon, Wilts
Bath stone gastropub in a sleepy village serving up brilliantly inventive Modern British grub – Marmite ice cream anyone?
For a full list of Michelin starred pubs and restaurants click here, fancy pants!