South East

Here you'll find a selection of some of the best award-winning restaurants in the south east of England. It is here that you'll be able to find many of our chefs, including Adam Simmonds, Alan Murchison and Dominic Chapman, cooking on a daily basis. 

Looking for restaurants somewhere else in the UK? Check out our full list of UK Michelin-starred restaurants.
 
Artichoke
Artichoke

Artichoke is going through an ever-increasing period of expansion and increased profile. The food is of such high quality that The Independent once urged its readers to get a table by any means necessary (including moving to the area!) before it became impossible to book a space.

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Cliveden House
Cliveden House

Long renowned for being one of Britain’s most illustrious country house hotels, Cliveden House now has the restaurant and the chef to match.

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Drake's Restaurant
Drake's Restaurant

Steve Drake moved his business to this beautiful townhouse on Ripley’s main drag which has since been awarded a Michelin nod every year since 2005. Small and intimate, with a relaxed and friendly air, the recently refurbished dining room throws the austere exterior into sharp contrast, with its contemporary design touches and furnishings. Diners sit amid the preserved beams of the room but in an environment which speaks of modernity and relaxed fine dining.

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Gravetye Manor
Gravetye Manor

Surrounded by coppiced woodland, the drive into Gravetye Manor can feel a little off-piste. But overgrowth makes way for opulence once the tyres meet gravel.

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Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons
Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons

Jewel in the crown of the Blanc enterprise, restaurant, hotel, cookery school and TV location - Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, colloquially abbreviated to Le Manoir, is a picturesquely-located paradise in Oxfordshire and one of the country’s most renowned restaurants. Under the auspices of Raymond Blanc and head chef Gary Jones, Le Manoir has secured a reputation as one of the best places to eat in the UK – it’s one of the possible stops on the Orient Express route, is unabashedly luxurious, and offers courses for visiting food lovers of an enquiring mindset.

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Lime Wood
Lime Wood

The Holder and Hartnett revolution has hit full throttle at Lime Wood. Gone are the formalities of fine-dining, replaced by the laid-back Italian cuisine of Hartnett's ancestors.

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L'Ortolan
L'Ortolan

Named after French delicacy, L’Ortolan is another luxury restaurant with scope and ambition beyond simply providing eager diners with somewhere to eat. Alongside the restaurant itself, classes and demonstrations are also available – plus a series of offers which facilitate private meals, events and ‘Michelin at home’, where the restaurant’s lauded cuisine is prepared and served within the comfort of your own dining room.

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Monty's Inn
Monty's Inn

Former Roux Scholar Matthew Tomkinson’s Terrace Restaurant offers a more formal dining experience at The Montagu Arms, while Monty’s Inn offers casual, gastropub-style environs for those who are looking for something a little more laid back.

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Ockenden Manor
Ockenden Manor

Part of a very impressive hotel and spa, one of the Historic Hotels range in the village of Cuckfield in West Sussex and therefore well-placed for the allure of Brighton, Ockenden Manor doesn’t do things by halves.

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Paris House
Paris House

It is easy to see what Executive Chef and Owner Phil Fanning means when he describes Paris House as ‘an emotionally powerful property': the grounds are prim, the roaming deer are gargantuan, and the architecture is tethered to a bygone age.

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The Beehive
The Beehive

Having worked at some of the UK’s top culinary institutions (The Hind’s Head and Fat Duck to name two), and putting his stamp on The Royal Oak after 8 years as Head Chef, Dominic Chapman finally has a place to call his own.

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The Black Rat
The Black Rat

With a renewed focus in the kitchen and Michelin star accreditation, this eighteenth century establishment is ageing nicely.

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The Kingham Plough
The Kingham Plough

There is a certain olde worlde charm to The Kingham Plough and its picturesque surrounds, but the food is razor sharp - in conception and execution.

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The Latymer
The Latymer

As one of very few restaurants in the UK to hold five AA rosettes and two Michelin stars, The Latymer in Pennyhill Park Hotel & Spa, under the guidance of Michael Wignall, has quietly established itself as one of the UK's greatest restaurants.

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The Pass
The Pass

There is something decidedly different about this West Sussex restaurant. There are CCTV monitors at each table, a snaking dining room and a tasting menu full of intrigue

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The Plough Inn
The Plough Inn

The Plough Inn parades the cuisine of chef proprietor James Durrant in a laid-back and comfortable environment.

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The Restaurant at Drakes
The Restaurant at Drakes

Part of a luxury hotel in a strip of Brighton teeming with such establishments, The Restaurant at Drakes is one of the reasons that the hotel stands out from the crowd. While the hotel itself holds plenty of attraction – modern, romantic and stylish, with pampering packages and gift bundles available for the visitors – it’s Andrew Mackenzie’s food that draws notably high praise.

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The Scullery
The Scullery

Without cavilling much about its own locavore credentials (it doesn’t really need to), The Scullery provides what it calls ‘all-day dining in a country house setting.’

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The Terrace at the Montagu Arms
The Terrace at the Montagu Arms

Situated in a New Forest hotel and containing a number of dining options for guests and visitors alongside the Michelin star-winning Terrace restaurant, The Montagu Arms is a destination where the emphasis is on luxury.

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The West House
The West House

Kent is the garden of England - so the expression goes, and here in the most picturesque of locations sits a restaurant which celebrates the region’s prime terroir with supreme honesty and wonderful skill

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The Vineyard
The Vineyard

Specialising in food, wine and the marriage of the two, The Vineyard is a restaurant for both oenophiles and gastrophiles to savour.

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