2018 MICHELIN Guide for Great Britain and Ireland Launched
The Araki in London wins coveted three stars and Restaurant Gordon Ramsay retains top honours while Claude Bosi at Bibendum goes straight in with two.
02 October 2017
Michelin has announced the entrants of the 2018 guide at a live event at The Brewery, near the Barbican, in east London. Making waves is The Araki, a 15-seat Japanese sushi bar in Mayfair, which jumps up from two stars to three, making it the UK’s first three-star Japanese restaurant. “With its nine-seater counter, The Araki has gone from strength to strength. When Mitsuhiro Araki moved to London from Tokyo in 2014 he set himself the challenge of using largely European fish and his sushi is now simply sublime,” comments Michael Ellis, International Director in charge of the MICHELIN guides.
In other three-star news, the celebrity chef’s flagship Restaurant Gordon Ramsay retains its ranking despite the departure of chef patron Clare Smyth. Claude Bosi’s Bibendum—named after the Guide’s white mascot and situated in the ‘Michelin House’—leaps right it into the Red book with two stars.
French Michelin-starred chef Anne-Sophie Pic’s first foray into London, Le Dame de Pic wins a star
Other notable awards saw French Michelin-starred chef Anne-Sophie Pic’s first foray into London, Le Dame de Pic and Andrew Wong’s modern Chinese restaurant A.Wong pick up one star each. Elystan Street by Philip Howard (formerly of two-starred The Square) also received a star.
In Scotland, Loch Bay is the only new entrant with one star while Wild Honey Inn in Ireland takes the honour of being the first pub to win a Michelin star.
In all, Great Britain and Ireland now has five three star restaurants, 20 two stars and 150 one star restaurants. Here is a list of the new entrants into the 2018 Michelin Guide for Great Britain and Ireland:
Three Michelin Stars
The Araki (London)
Two Michelin Stars
One Michelin Star
La Dame de Pic
Rest Of England
The Dining Room
Wild Honey Inn