London’s Newest Michelin-Starred Restaurants

16 November 2016
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Last month, the prestigious Michelin Guide announced its restaurant stars for 2017. London has a whole galaxy of them, with eight new restaurants shooting to prominence. From classical Indian cuisine to European fine dining, here’s a tasting plate of the English capital's eight newbies, which have each garnered one Michelin star. Bon appetit!

The Ninth, Bloomsbury

Cuisine: French-Mediterranean

Jun Tanaka brings his simple but refined style to The Ninth in London’s Fitzrovia neighbourhood. The US-born, UK-raised chef is a familiar figure on British TV and trained in classic French cuisine under the famed Marco Pierre White, as well as Phillip Howard and the Roux brothers. Sink your teeth into Partridge escabeche for starters, Salt-baked venison with cavolo nero, beetroot and hazelnuts for main, and finish off with a lovely Tarte Tatin with rosemary ice cream for two.


Nights at The Ninth

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Ellory, Hackney

Cuisine: Modern British

The menu at this neighbourhood restaurant and late-night bar changes daily, but here’s a glimpse of a tasty moment in time – Smoked eel, pear and horseradish on brioche; Beef cheek, celeriac and black trumpet mushrooms; and Rice pudding and apple. Plus, look out for the three-course set lunch on Sundays (vegetarians will be thrilled to know they have their own menu). The brainchild of chef Matthew Young and sommelier Jack Lewens, Ellory is part of the Netil House hub for creative types.


Beetroot and Crème fraîche. #hackney #eastlondon #restaurants #dinner

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Pidgin, Hackney

Cuisine: Modern British

Hackney restaurant Pidgin serves a set four-course menu, which changes each week – right now you can sample the likes of Celeriac with ox tongue and Hake with peposo pig tail. The brains behind Pidgin are James Ramsden and Sam Herlihy, of The Secret Larder supper club fame, who may not be chefs but clearly have a passion for the industry, which comes through in the food.


Pass masters.

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The Five Fields, Chelsea

Cuisine: Modern British

Five Fields focuses on seasonal ingredients, with chef patron Taylor Bonnyman and head chef Marguerite Keogh bringing a balance of simplicity and indulgence to British artisanal produce. Think Lindisfarne oyster with seaweed, cauliflower and smoked eel; Roe deer with daikon, Brussels sprouts tops and cep; and Lemon custard with lavender meringue. Yum!


Orkney Scallop, Heritage Tomatoes, Peach and Avocado #Summer2015

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Trinity, Clapham

Cuisine: Modern.

This humble neighbourhood eatery in Clapham Old Town was started in 2016 by Adam Byatt, who is a favourite of British TV viewers and who cut his teeth at the legendary Claridges Hotel when he was just 16. If you’re going to be in town for Christmas, check out the Upstairs space, serving Roast goose with cranberry stuffing and goose fat potatoes, and a sumptuous array of sides, followed by mincemeat tart slice, among other treats.


Trotter action afternoons #mep

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Celeste, Belgravia

Cuisine: European fine dining.

Dine beneath the domed glass roof of Celeste, within The Lanesborough hotel, for a sumptuous feast from the kitchens of executive chef Florian Favario and chef patron Eric Frechon (who holds five Michelin stars). To celebrate the restaurant’s new Michelin star, Celeste is offering a special menu until January 6, featuring such dishes as Cornish mackerel with ponzu vinaigrette, Braised lamb neck with spiced carrots; and Guanaja chocolate with caramelised cashew praline.


Lights down in Céleste #newyearseve #NYElondon #celeste #thelanesborough

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Veeraswamy, Mayfair

Cuisine: Classical Indian.

It’s not often a restaurant celebrates its 90th anniversary, but that is the case with Veeraswamy, which has been serving classical Indian cuisine since 1926. Check out its celebratory menu of rare Royal Indian dishes, including Asafjahi lamb pasanda from the kitchens of the Nizam of Hyderabad; Shahi raan from the Patiala Palace; and Shahjahani badami chicken in honour of a Moghul princess. The decor is ‘Indian Art Nouveau’ with silver-clad ceilings and Venetian chandeliers.


Grabbing a bite to eat at the oldest Indian restaurant in London

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Ritz Restaurant, St James’s

Cuisine: Classic cuisine.

For unadulterated opulence, head to the Ritz Restaurant, which was established by the famed Auguste Escoffier, and is now under the expert guidance of executive chef John Williams. Come for breakfast, lunch or dinner – vegetarians are made welcome, too. Patrons of the nearby West End theatre district should check out the pre-theatre dinner menu, which consists of Mackerel with beach herbs, Beef Wellington, or Blackcurrant souffle.

Featured image: Celeste, The Lanesborough

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Renae Spinks

Travel for me is about conversations and connections. There’s nothing like setting foot in a new land and meeting people a world apart. From talking to North Sea fishermen in Norway’s Lofoten Islands to breakfast chat at a B&B in my own back yard, there’s always a story to share and a tale to tell.