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Eat here: Michelin Star magic in Berks

Woop woop! If ever there was a call for pants of Bridget Jones-esque dimensions – this is it. our county has done us proud with TWO Berkshire restaurants receiving new Michelin stars in the revered 2017 guide – strap me in and pass me my golden fork… it’s time to EAT!

Yes folks, The Michelin Guide got very funky this year as results were live tweeted from the ceremony in London, and our fab county nabbed a very respectable handful of them!

The first was for the recently renovated Fat Duck in Bray, back in its stride with its original 3 Michelin stars (it missed out last year as the restaurant upped sticks and relocated to Oz). So, there are now just four restaurants in the whole of the UK with three Michelin stars, two of which are in Bray – The Waterside Inn having retained its 3 stars. The third is Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester in Mayfair and the fourth, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in Chelsea.


The second Berkshire restaurant to receive a new star in the 2017 awards was The Crown at Burchetts Green, Maidenhead, run by the amazingly warm and wonderful Bonwick family who posted the most charming and sincere press release on their website after the announcement (have a read). Sooo well deserved. So the scores on the doors in Berks now look like this…

Berkshire Michelin-starred restaurants:
The Fat Duck, Bray – 3 stars
The Waterside Inn, Bray – 3 stars
L’Ortolan, Reading – 1 star
The Hind’s Head, Bray – 1 star
The Woodspeen, Newbury – 1 star
The Crown, Maidenhead – 1 star
The Royal Oak Paley Street, Maidenhead – 1 star

Here’s a quick round up of where the stars are falling in other surrounding counties if you fancy a visit to a destination restaurant in the coming weeks. Those Wiltshire chefs over the border are cooking up the biggest storm, with Oxfordshire brandishing the frying pan just behind them. I’ve put links on the ones previously reviewed on Muddy Stilettos to give you a steer, and I’ll be making my way down the list over the months to come – ‘Show me the way to rooollll home!

Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Great Haseley – 2 stars
The Nut Tree, Murcot – 1 star
The Sir Charles Napier, Sprigg’s Alley – 1 star
The Wild Rabbit, Kingham – 1 star

The Hand & Flowers, Marlow – 2 stars

Lords of the Manor, Stow on the Wold – 1 star
Le Champinon Sauvage, Cheltenham – 1 star
5 North St, Cheltenham – 1 star

The Dining Room, Whatley Manor, Malmesbury – 2 stars
Bybrook Restaurant at The Manor House Hotel, Chippenham – 1 star
The Harrow at Little Bedwyn, Marlborough – 1 star
The Park at Lucknam Park Hotel, Chippenham – 1 star
The Red Lion, East Chisenbury – 1 star

JSW, Petersfield – 1 star

The Tudor Room at Great Fosters, Egham – 1 star

You can see the full list of Michelin-starred restaurant in the UK here, and don’t forget to check out my EAT OUT section for all kinds of fab recommended restaurants and gastropubs in Berkshire and beyond. Time to break out the big pants and elasticated trousers! Sarah x



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2 comments on “Eat here: Michelin Star magic in Berks”

  • Nicki Starkey October 5, 2017

    Don’t forget The Coach in Marlow – just got its first star – very well deserved.

    • rachel October 6, 2017

      Of course… Marlow’s giving Bray a run for its money


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