23 Restaurants In Great Britain And Ireland Received 2023 Michelin Stars

The 2023 Michelin Guide for Great Britain and Ireland has been released, and the organization has awarded 23 new stars to restaurants throughout the two nations. Though no new restaurants were elevated to three-star status, three restaurants were upgraded to two stars, and 20 new restaurants debuted in the guide with one star.

While there were no promotions to its top-tier three-star level, no restaurants previously awarded with two- or three-stars in these countries had any taken away. This outcome in the U.K. is far more favorable than the recent editions of the guides for France and the U.S., which were controversial for their numerous demotions for several high-profile restaurants. 

Overall, only eight one-starred restaurants were removed from the Great Britain and Ireland guide this year, however, as The Caterer notes, only two of those establishments will feel the impact of the demotions — Seven Park Place in London and The Woodspeen in Newbury, England — as the other six restaurants were removed because they closed within the past year.

New Honorees

As for the newly awarded restaurants, congratulations go to modern French restaurant Alex Dilling at Hotel Café Royal in London, Turkish dining hotspot dede in Baltimore, Ireland, and The Ledbury in London. The Ledbury is a returning name to the two-star guide list; the contemporary restaurant had previously held two stars before closing its doors in June 2020 during the pandemic to undergo significant renovations, though Michelin was happy to welcome it back at its previous star level for the 2023 guide after it reopened in early 2022.

Of the 20 new one-star restaurants in the guide, four of them — Taku, St. Barts, Luca, and Cycene — are in London. Scotland is home to two awardees, Timberyard in Edinburgh and Heron in Leith, while Ireland has one newly starred restaurant in Castlemartyr, Terre. These honorees were recognized in a ceremony on March 27 in Northamptonshire — one of the guide's first in-person appearances since the pandemic.

In addition to the traditional star awards, Michelin recognized four restaurants: Apricity in London, Crocadon in St Mellion, CULTURE in Falmouth, and Osip in Bruton with its newest award, the Green Star, which was introduced in 2021 and commends restaurants for industry-leading sustainability efforts. Further, the guide bestowed 20 restaurants with its Bib Gourmand award, which is given to outstanding restaurants with menus that are more affordable than those typically associated with the Michelin Guide.