Michelin Guide Great Britain & Ireland 2012 – Star Guide
The Michelin Guide Great Britain & Ireland 2012 is available in bookshops now, priced at £14.99 or £8.99 from Amazon.
This year’s guide, published before Christmas for the first time to capture the foodies stocking filler market, sees the first British pubs to be awarded two Michelin stars: The Hand and Flowers in Marlow and Restaurant Sat Bains in Nottingham.
The 2012 guide has 13 pubs with the French tyre maker’s stars, with three new one-starred public house. A further 28 restaurants have been awarded a Bib Gourmand, for “good cooking but at moderate prices.”
This year’s guide sees the first British pub to be awarded two Michelin stars. The Hand and Flowers in Marlow, Buckinghamshire, was opened by Tom and Beth Kerridge in 2005 and received its first Michelin star the following year. Editor Rebecca Burr said “This is a good news story for the British pub industry and confirms our view that pubs serving good food are the ones that continue to thrive. In the 2012 guide we are delighted to have 13 pubs with Michelin stars”.
At the Hand and Flowers, Tom’s cooking has risen to new heights. His dishes are sophisticated yet familiar, and are a perfect match for the relaxed surroundings of his charming pub.
The second restaurant to be promoted to two star level in the 2012 edition of the guide is Restaurant Sat Bains in Nottingham. Sat’s cooking has always been original and creative and now focus has been added to the flair. The restaurant gained its first star in 2003.
This year’s guide, published for the first time before Christmas, sees a wide geographical
spread of new stars, stretching from the Driftwood Hotel in Portscatho, Cornwall to Glenapp
Castle in Ballantrae, Scotland. There are three new stars in Scotland, one in Wales and four
in London, which include Dinner by Heston Blumenthal. There are also three new pubs with
The guide also highlights those restaurants that represent value for money. We are therefore
delighted that this year a further 28 restaurants have been awarded a Bib Gourmand, the
award given to those establishments offering good cooking but at moderate prices.