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Michelin stars 2013: the round-up

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Dabbous_2012_-_Dabbous_Restaurant_7JPG_web.jpgEight London restaurants were awarded their first Michelin star today, after the tyre manufacturer accidentally leaked the news on its website one week early.

Hot property Dabbous (pictured, right) was rewarded with a coveted star after a whirlwind year in which its head chef hardly left the kitchen.

Raymond Blanc, holder of two Michelin stars for his Oxfordshire restaurant Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, congratulated his protégé Ollie Dabbous this morning, tweeting, ‘Dear Ollie I am so happy to congratulate you on your truly deserved Michelin star - a star for a star! Best RB x’.

Another high-profile winner was Hedone, in Chiswick; chef-patron Mikael Jonsson (pictured, left) – a former food blogger and self-taught chef – was delighted to win a star for his labour of love.

mikael jonsson_hedone 2012 - Mikael_smiling.jpg‘I am overwhelmed and very proud of achieving this,’ Jonsson said in a hastily released press release. ‘When I think that just over a year ago I was embarking on my first-ever restaurant venture, having never cooked professionally, I am staggered at what we have achieved.’

Other restaurants to be awarded one star included pitch-perfect neighbourhood restaurant Medlar, in Fulham, Kensington gem Launceston Place, Alyn Williams at The Westbury Hotel in Mayfair, Indian fine-diner Trishna and Fergus Henderson’s St John Hotel.

Meanwhile, Tom Aikens’ eponymous Chelsea restaurant, which reopened at the end of 2011 after a lengthy refurbishment, triumphantly retained its place in the little red book.

The only London restaurant to move from one- to two-star status was Sketch: Lecture Room and Library, in Mayfair.

Outside London, eight UK restaurants were awarded with one star, and two were upgraded to two stars.

One-star winners included Heston Blumenthal’s Hinds Head pub in Bray – his fifth star across his collection of restaurants – and Paul Ainsworth at Number 6, just one of the must-visit destinations in the foodie village of Padstow to be on the up. The Restaurant at Bath Priory Hotel, Alimentum in Cambridge, Raby Hunt in Darlington, the Red Lion Freehouse in Wiltshire, Restaurant Tristan in West Sussex and Thackeray’s in Kent were also celebrating their first star today, with chefs congratulating each other via Twitter.

‘I am very pleased to reveal that there are two further pubs included in this year’s star awards’, commented Rebecca Burr, editor of The Michelin Guide Great Britain & Ireland 2013. ‘This suggests that the trend for British pubs acknowledging diners as well as drinkers, and striving to raise their standards of cooking, is continuing to move in a positive direction.’

L'Enclume_2010_-_l'enclume_-_garden_summer_morning_WEB.jpgTwo more top UK restaurants had yet more reason to celebrate: Simon Rogan’s L’Enclume (pictured, right), in Cumbria, saw its second star awarded, as did Michael Wignall at the Latymer, at Surrey’s Pennyhill Park Hotel.

Seven restaurants lost a star this year, including two in London – Italian restaurant Zafferano, in Belgravia, and Gauthier Soho both lost their one-star status.

Michelin’s press conference was originally planned for Thursday 4 October, but a technical slip on its website meant the results were visible for a few hours this morning. The page was soon removed from Michelin’s site, but not before avid followers had spread the news via their own websites and Twitter.

The announcement brought the total number of Michelin-starred restaurants in the UK to 154.

This article was published on 27 September 2012.

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