The Michelin Guide was leaked a day early, and the results were released on the 16th September 2015. View the full list of Michelin star winners.
The French (Simon Rogan) could be set to give Manchester a Michelin star again after many years (the hotel restaurant did, in fact, possess a star in the 1970s), while Artichoke (Laurie Gear) is a promising bet, a coup for the chef once described by Michelin as a ‘rising star’. As one of the Good Food Guide’s Top 50 restaurants, Freemasons of Wiswell (Steven Smith) is hotly tipped by everyone in the know, while similarly Restaurant James Sommerin (James Sommerin), also in the Top 50 and with an impressive score of 7 in the guide, would be a worthy recipient. Twenty Six (Scott Goss) and Spring (Skye Gyngell) are both attracting a lot of interest, along with popular South London eatery Trinity (Adam Byatt). In the spirit of upholding culinary traditions, Typing Room (Lee Westcott), the superb successor to Nuno Mendes’ Michelin-starred Viajante in the Town Hall Hotel, is another favourite for a first star.
Will any restaurants be making the small but infinitely significant leap from one star to two this year? Last year there were no new two or three Michelin starred restaurants, but we think this year there might just be some contenders. There has been plenty of intrigue surrounding Araki (Mitsuhiro Araki), the Japanese restaurant that held three Michelin stars in Tokyo before transferring to London last year, and whether the restaurant will be awarded a single star or jump up the list with two. Long-standing fans of Restaurant Martin Wishart (Martin Wishart) in Leith, Edinburgh have been calling for a much-deserved second star for some years now - could 2016 be the year?