2020’s new Michelin-star restaurants revealed

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The first ever Michelin Guide was produced for French motorists 118 years ago, in 1900. One star meant a restaurant was good and worthy of a stop; two that it mérite un détour (justified a detour); and three that it was so exceptional that it warranted a special journey. While there are questions surrounding the guide’s relevance – the list tends to represent a particular style of fine dining and has been criticised for its dated tastes – there was no doubt that the chefs receiving their whites at the Michelin Revelation at the Hurlingham Club in London this year still saw it as a huge honour.

2020s new Michelin-star restaurants revealed

Sketch, London

The Lecture Room & Library at Sketch in Mayfair is London’s newest three-Michelin-starred restaurant – joining Restaurant Gordon Ramsay and Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester as the only restaurants in the capital to hold Michelin’s highest accolade. Overseen by French chef Pierre Gagniere and run by head chef Johannes Nuding The Lecture Room & Library has held two stars since 2013. One surprise outcome of the night was the deletion of The Araki – previously also holding three stars – from the guide altogether.

2020s new Michelin-star restaurants revealed

Varieties of tomato, naturally explosive, iced consommé with bergamot mint, liquorice mint, and Buddha amacha, ice cream with overripe olive oil at La Dame De Pic

Last year, while there were no new three-star restaurants, Clare Smyth’s Notting Hill restaurant Core entered the guide with two stars. Joining Core with two stars this year is new-to-the-guide Aimsir in Celbridge, near Dublin – where Jordan Bailey focuses on foraged and preserved ingredients. In London, La Dame de Pic gains a second star. Superstar French chef Anne-Sophie Pic, one of the few female chefs to hold three Michelin stars elsewhere in the world (for Maison Pic in Valence), has worked her magic yet again at this restaurant inside Corinthian-columned Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square. The Dining Room at Whatley Manor in Malmesbury (Niall Keating) and The Greenhouse in Dublin (Mikael Viljanen) also received Michelin’s two-star honour.

2020s new Michelin-star restaurants revealed


Blue Mountain School

London restaurant Mãos, on Redchurch Street in Shoreditch, has received its first Michelin star in the 2020 guide. Originally reviewed by us as a hush-hush East London supper club, it looks like word on Nuno Mendes and Edoardo Pellicano’s dynamic Portuguese tasting menu has got out. Da Terra in the restored Town Hall Hotel in Bethnal Green nearby also received its first star in the 2020 awards. As did The Dysart Petersham, set in a charming early 1900s house in Richmond, and Japanese Endo at The Rotunda in the old BBC building in Shepherd’s Bush.

2020s new Michelin-star restaurants revealed


Three London restaurants received the Michelin Bib Gourmand, an accolade that has been part of the guide since 1955 and acknowledges exceptionally good food at moderate prices: Berenjak, the Iranian-inspired Soho spot we love; Two Lights, which made Conde Nast Traveller’s list as one of the best restaurants of 2020; and Bancone, a buzzy fresh-pasta counter in Covent Garden, which has a second spot opening in Soho soon.

The Sardine Katsu sandwich at Two Lights, London

This year’s Sustainability Award goes to Loam Restaurant in Galway, where chef-owner Enda McEvoy was among the first in Ireland to champion natural ingredients and build personal relationships with his suppliers. The menu is very short so as to reduce food waste.

187 Michelin-Starred Restaurants are featured for 2020. Keep scrolling to see the full list of this year’s prize winners.

2020s new Michelin-star restaurants revealed

Endo, Shepherd’s Bush

Restaurants in the UK and Ireland to receive three Michelin stars in the 2020 guide:

Sketch (The Lecture Room & Library), Mayfair

Restaurants in the UK and Ireland to receive two Michelin stars in the 2020 guide:

La Dame de Pic, Tower Hill

The Dining Room, Malmesbury

Aimsir, Celbridge

The Greenhouse, Dublin

London Restaurants to receive their first Michelin star in the 2020 guide:

Endo at The Rotunda, Shepherd’s Bush

The Dysart Petersham, Richmond

Da Terra, Bethnal Green

Mãos, Shoreditch

Restaurants in the UK and Ireland to receive their first Michelin star in the 2020 guide:

Old Stamp House, Ambleside

Artichoke, Amersham

Allium at Askham Hall, Askham

Opheem, Birmingham

Cottage in the Wood, Braithwaite

Stark, Broadstairs

The Angel, Hetton

Interlude, Lower Beeding

Mana, Manchester

Alchemilla, Nottingham

Pensons, Tenbury Wells

The Royal Oak, Whatcote

Condita, Edinburgh

Isle of Eriska, Eriska (Isle of)

Beach House, Oxwich

The Muddlers Club, Belfast

The Oak Room, Adare

Variety Jones, Dublin

Bastion, Kinsale

2020s new Michelin-star restaurants revealed

Deer with chanterelles, fig and chocolate at The Oak room at Adare Manor

Welcome & Service Award 2020

Team Bonwick, The Crown at Burchetts Green, Berkshire

Sommelier Award 2020

Jurica Gojevic, The Oak Room at Adare Manor, County Limerick

Sustainability Award 2020

Loam, Galway

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