Just the 12 Michelin stars in Berks then
Woop woop! Our county has done us proud with 12 Michelin stars twinkling in the revered 2018 guide. Strap me in and pass me my golden fork… it’s time to EAT!
The judge’s scores are in, they’ve held up their Michelin paddle boards, and there were chefs popping corks and doing a little dance all over Berkshire. Pass me a gold fork… let’s eat.
L’Ortolan, Reading – 1 star
Berkshire’s romped it this year with gazillions of stars falling from the Michelin inspectors, including a reprise for L’Ortolan, Reading’s only Michelin restaurant retaining its star for the 16th consecutive year. Traditional service, white tablecloths, and beautifully presented French fare makes it perfect for special occasions.
The Fat Duck, Bray – 3 stars
Good luck getting a seat at Heston’s flagship restaurant but if you do manage to be one of the few to get in on the gastronomic journey, strap your credit card for blast off – it’s over £265 per head! Then add another £165 to the bill for the wine flight.
The Waterside Inn, Bray – 3 stars
Fancy being cooked for by Alain Roux? Course you do! What is modestly described as a ‘restaurant with rooms’ on the Waterside website is in fact a gastronomic powerhouse. Save up and experience the magic.
Coworth Park Ascot, Berkshire – 1 star (NEW)
Executive chef Adam Smith showcases his gastronomic talents by taking classic British flavour combos and giving them a modern twist, creating dishes that are as pretty as a picture. And who doesn’t love a view across a croquet lawn?
The Crown, Burchetts Green, Maidenhead – 1 star
Chef Simon Bonwick works the kitchen alone while several of his NINE kids work front of house. Expect the best seasonal British ingredients cooked using French techniques. Expect simple, unfussy plates of food that tastes epic.
The Hinds Head, Bray – 1 star
Heston’s gastropub has undergone a huuuuge refurbishment this year to reflect its royal and religious past. The menu has had an overhaul too, ditching the a la carte for 3 set menus of eclectic British dishes.
The Royal Oak Paley Street, Maidenhead – 1 star
AKA Parky’s pub. This is Michael Parkinson and his son Nick’s gaff. Chef James Bennett takes great British seasonal produce as his starting point and wild ingredients as his inspiration. Modern British sounds far too dull to describe his food.
The Woodspeen, Newbury – 1 star
Chef John Campbell’s converted boozer just a few miles from his old stomping ground The Vineyard is a smart country restaurant without formality. Don’t be fooled though, this fine dining – it’s just forgoes the large linen bill and its acceptable to drink pints.
The White Oak, Cookham – Bib Gourmand
Five years on the trot this superb gastropub has retained its Bib Gourmand. The facts don’t lie! This is refined pub grub that you want to stick your face in and lick the plates clean.
The Coach, Marlow – 1 star (NEW)
The Hand & Flowers, Marlow – 2 stars
The Hundred of Ashendon, mid Bucks – Bib Gourmand
The Russell Arms, Butler’s Cross – Bib Gourmand
The Three Oaks, Gerrards Cross – Bib Gourmand
The Nut Tree, Murcott – 1 star
Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Great Milton – 2 stars
The Magdalen Arms, Oxford – Bib Gourmand
Oli’s Thai, Oxford – Bib Gourmand
Goodbye: The Sir Charles Napier (Chinnor) and The Wild Rabbit have both lost their Michelin stars in 2018. The Killingworth Castle lost its Bib Gourmand.
The Clock House, Ripley – 1 star (New)
The Tudor Room at Great Fosters, Egham – 1 star
The Latymer, Bagshot – 1 star
The Dining Room at Whatley Manor, Malmesbury – 1 star (NEW)
The Bybrook at The Manor, Chippenham – 1 star
The Harrow at Little Bedwyn, Marlborough – 1 star
The Park (Lucknam Park Hotel), Chippenham – 1 star
The Red Lion, East Chisenbury – 1 star
For a full list of Michelin starred pubs and restaurants click here, but if you don’t feel like being fancy pants, don’t forget I review a stupendous number of really brilliant eateries on a weekly basis!