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Sep 27, 2012 02:54 AM

UK Michelin stars

Changes now showing on the Via Michelin website but I havnt seen a full list yet anywhere.

Big news as far as I'm concerned is that L'Enclume finally gets its second star.

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  1. The first time in years that a Michelin announcement hasn't totally underwhelmed.

    L'Enclume with a hugely-deserved second star.

    First stars for Paul Ainsworth, Dabbous and Alyn Williams which all merit one from meals I've had this year. Hedone as well and Alimentum in Cambridge.

    Reasonably comprehensive list here

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    1. re: ManInTransit

      Although those are just the London listings, MiT.

      Other than L'Enclume, it doesnt look as though there are any changes in the north west (although the Via Michelin website has quite a restricted search radius)

      1. re: Harters

        They've changed the website back now. Hot Dinners are listing some outside London. I know that Michael Wignall has got a second star (never eaten there) and it seems that Thackaray's and Tristan have got stars along with Heston's pub.

        1. re: ManInTransit

          Caterersearch is reporting that the website may not have been entirely accurate. Sounds like yet another Michelin cock-up - isnt this now three years in a row when something has gone wrong with their announcements?

    2. I'm delighted about Medlar and Alyn Williams.

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      1. re: abby d

        And I'm gutted about Sharrow Bay.

        1. re: Harters

          In what way John? I don't know if they're retained or lost their star and can't tell if this is a serious or sarcastic comment. I've read v mixed reviews most of which are based around its old school nature and some questionable service. We're spending a few days down in the lakes in 3 weeks and I had debated whether it was worth popping in for lunch on the way up or down since it's kind of on the way to where we're staying.

          1. re: AWaiting

            Sorry, mate. Absolutely serious comment.

            Yes, it is old school in iits service and its food but you go there knowing that - I suspect Francis Coulson would happily recognise that his work goes on. And, of course, you get to eat sticky toffee pudding at the place of its creation (allegedly)

            We stayed a couple of nights two years ago and had a super meal on the first night. My only criticism was that the menu hardly changed on the second night which meant everything was second best choice. Now that's OK in a standalone restaurant but not in a hotel where folk may very well be eating on more than one night.

            I've just looked at the lunch menu and would eat that for the £45 like a shot. You wouldnt be going for cutting edge cuisine but for fine ingredients cooked very well.

            It is, of course, possible that the group that owns it going into administration may have affected things adversely but I hope not.

            1. re: Harters

              Cheers for the clarification John. I'd always appreciate a recommendation from someone like you who eats around a bit but with a wide range of restaurants than a one off report. Now I just need to see if the other half feels that we can justify it since we're in house renovation mode.

              Back onto the main topic, I'm looking forward to eating at Alyn Williams this Friday seeing the reviews he's had here and the reasonable price of the menu.

              1. re: AWaiting

                Tell the other half it's exactly what's needed in the middle of the stresses of renovation.

                My partner has an ongoing medical problem that was very bad at the beginning - pretty much made her bed-ridden. As she recovered and was able to get about, Sharrow Bay became our first weekend away. It was just what was needed - they look after you properly!

                1. re: Harters

                  Ha ha, I'll try that one with her except that it's probably me who'd end up with earache then for spending too much as usual! Hope that your partner is better now.

      2. Great to see the Red Lion Free-house get anointed, also congrats to Paul Ainsworth's No6 in Padstow - much deserved (don't believe Stein as any).

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        1. re: PhilD

          I'm not sure either PhilD but his businesses have made phenomenal amounts of money, that is what running a business is about.

          1. re: davidne1

            McDonald's and Starbucks make oodles of money and serve food, making money is clearly what a business is about. But Michelin is about the food on the plate not how effective the business model is.

          2. re: PhilD

            Stein doesnt have a star. It's around 7 years since we ate at the Seafood Restaurant. Wasnt star quality.

            1. re: PhilD

              Well well deserved. One of the best meals we've had in this country.

              I was following Paul on Twitter and he was so delighted, said it was the second best day of his list after his wedding! Apparently Tom Kerridge and his wife drove all the way to Padstow from the Hand and Flowers yesterday to celebrate with them last night.

              1. re: ManInTransit

                What a week for Paul Ainsworth! Our dinner at No. 6 was definitely one of the best meals I've had since moving here. He is one clever chef.

                1. re: zuriga1

                  So next time you head west, pull off the M4 after Swindon and before bath and try the Red Lion - worth a minor diversion. Or if visiting Stonehenge is ain't much further along the A303 ( IIRC)

                  1. re: PhilD

                    I am so pleased that Red Lion have got their star. Ate there on Saturday evening following a shortish drive from Winchester, it was worth the 40 minutes and then some. Fish cooking was exemplary as ever, showcased by perfect Hake and Halibut. Dessert of courgette cake with soaked raisins was delicious and the little sampler of sage ice cream fantastic. Wine from Stone Vine and Sun in Twyford (Hampshire) creates a great list and the beer from Pewsey helped wash a few things down too.

                    1. re: stanleyk

                      Very good to hear. I last ate there in '09 which was the year they first opened and it was very good, so great to hear it has lived up to its early promise and is still going strong. I had fears that the style of food may not have suited local tastes a it is in quite a back water.

                      1. re: PhilD


                        Also ate here first in 09, even celebrated my thirtieth there in the same year. I think initial cooking was following their training, over the years moved into more pub style, possibly more local friendly, fare, but have now found a happy medium between the two, really good cooking.

                        1. re: stanleyk

                          Sorry Phil S, auto correct on phone made it look very formal

                    2. re: PhilD

                      We're planning a road trip west very soon, Phil, so we'll try to include the Red Lion. I'm the one who tells people to visit Avebury, not Stonehenge, but we do go down the A303 once in awhile and see that majestic sight looming out from the mist.

                      1. re: zuriga1

                        Oh, the website reveals the Red Lion is opening a B&B in December. This sounds enticing. My husband spent part of his youth in Andover and knows that area well. The menu looks wonderful - this country sure is filled now with so many treasures.