Michelin stars of the South West

by Dan Izzard

01 October 2018

Following the announcement of The Michelin Guide’s award list for 2019, our patch is celebrating three newly Michelin-starred restaurants

Bristol has built on its existing (and already impressive) stash of stars with the addition of a fifth – awarded to Cotham restaurant Bulrush. Bulrush joins four other Bristol restaurants on the list – Casamia, The Pony and Trap, Paco Tapas and Wilk’s – which all retained their stars for 2019.

In the world of Michelin ratings, one star is officially classed as “high-quality cooking, worth a stop!” and inspectors described Bulrush as “a sweet neighbourhood restaurant run by a friendly team”, noting that the food by chef George Livesey was “imaginative, well-balanced and deftly prepared”.

Image: Michelin Facebook live stream

And there’s a new star in Bath, too, which went to last year’s winner of Crumbs’ Fine Dining award. The Olive Tree (housed in the Queensbury Hotel) is home to Chris Cleghorn’s cooking, with inspectors noting that his “confidence came through in the clarity of the dishes as did his considerable technical skills”.

In Devon, Gidleigh Park was also awarded one star after a change in chef, a great achievement for Chris Simpson and his team, and Hywel Jones retained his star at Lucknam Park for the 14th consecutive year.

The news comes a week after Bristol restaurants Bell’s Diner, Root and Tare each became the recipient of a Michelin Bib Gourmand – an accolade which recognises pubs and restaurants offering “exceptionally good food at moderate prices”.

You can check out the full list of restaurants across the UK here. Now get a move on and make some reservations – things are about to get busy for these talented local restaurants.