The cheapest Michelin star meal in the UK is in London

Chosen from 163 Michelin-starred restaurants

Updated on 13 August 2019 • Written By Eamonn Crowe

The cheapest Michelin star meal in the UK is in London

It has been revealed that the cheapest Michelin-starred meal in the UK is in London.

The title of cheapest Michelin-starred meal belongs to Hackney restaurant Leroy, where diners can enjoy three courses for just £23. The news comes from research conducted by cookware brand Kitchen Knives, who have compiled a list of the top 10 most affordable Michelin star restaurants across the UK.

One of the dishes available at Leroy

The list ranks the restaurants in ascending order, with the price calculated by adding up the cost of the cheapest starter, main and dessert on the restaurant’s menu. Leroy’s menu changes regularly, but the version used for this research featured a £7 starter of chorizo, followed by a main course of smoked mackerel and horseradish cream for £9.50, and a chocolate pot dessert served with Chantilly cream that clocked in at £6.50.

Surprisingly, the entire first half of the list is made up of London restaurants, with Leroy being followed by The Ninth in Fitzrovia where diners can eat for just £24.80, Brat in Shoreditch where a meal will set you back £26, and Clerkenwell’s St. John and Kensington’s Kitchen W8, which both offer set three-course menus for £29.50. The top 10 also features traditionally high-spend London restaurants such as the JKS Group’s Trishna (£32) and the notoriously expensive River Café (£34).

The minimalist interiors of The Araki

The study involved looking at the dinner offerings for 163 Michelin-starred restaurants across the UK, including tasting menus. The company discounted 12 locations which do not list their prices online, or offer small plates rather than traditional courses, meaning Leroy was ranked the cheapest in a list of 151 restaurants.  

In contrast, London’s most experience Michelin experience belongs to Mayfair’s The Araki, which boasts three Michelin stars. The restaurant only has room for nine diners at a chef’s table and is famously pricy, with dinner here starting from £310 per person, excluding wine and service. The Araki was also the second most expensive Michelin-starred restaurant in the whole of the UK, out-priced only by Heston Blumenthal’s restaurant The Fat Duck in Bray, Berkshire.

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