Two pubs have achieved their first Michelin stars in the Michelin Guide Great Britain & Ireland 2013, while three restaurants were promoted from one to two stars, writes Lesley Foottit Heston Blumenthal’s Hinds Head pub in Bray, Berkshire and Guy and Brit Manning’s Red Lion Freehouse in East Chisenbury in Wiltshire have both scooped the accolade. The Red Lion gained a Bib Gourmand just over a year after opening in January 2010. “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,” said editor Rebecca Burr. The three restaurants promoted from one to two Michelin stars were: Sketch, in Mayfair, London, which received its first star in 2005; L’Enclume, in Cartmel, Cumbria, which won its first star in the same year; and the Latymer, Bagshot, Surrey, which won its first Michelin star in 2009. “These are three equally worthy recipients of our two star award but each restaurant is very different in nature,” said Burr. “Michael Wignall’s cooking offers a distinct sense of sophistication; Jean Denis Le Bras at Sketch has a much more ambitious style; and Simon Rogan’s cooking has steadily evolved and is now much more aligned with nature.” Overall 18 restaurants were awarded one star for the first time, and seven lost their stars this year. The results were released earlier than expected after inadvertently appearing on the Michelin website yesterday morning. The Michelin Guide Great Britain & Ireland 2013 will be available in bookshops from Friday 5 October.

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