Michelin star restaurants in London 2020 LIVE: Follow the announcements for the capital’s new one, two and three star places
Oct. 07, 2019
London restaurants with Michelin stars
Here it is, back again: the biggest awards in the restaurant business. Today, Michelin announce the restaurants that have made their 2020 UK guide.
Some will already have an idea: over the weekend, chefs from across the country were invited down for today’s reveal in Fulham's Hurlingham Club. The last minute invites are all part of the secrecy schtick: though Michelin took the unprecedented step of taking to Twitter to announce the UK’s first star on Friday – Nottingham’s Alchemilla – everything else has been kept strictly under wraps.
This means predictions are largely futile, though a lot of fun – for commentators, at least. For chefs and restaurateurs, today is more tense. Presenting last year, Gordon Ramsay told the crowd: “Do you have any idea of the kind of s*** I’d get if I lost my third star?”
The considerable mystery means that Michelin is broadly misunderstood, too : it’s not all white tablecloths and tasting menus. Far from it. Officially the criteria is fairly simple:
One star: Very good cooking in its category.
Two stars: Excellent cooking, worth a detour.
Three stars: Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey.
London is likely to take the bulk of the UK awards: amazingly, major cities including Manchester, Liverpool and Glasgow can't claim a single star, which either reflects poorly on the cities, the guide, or both. By comparison, there are three London sites with three stars, 10 with two and 58 more with one. It’s all a long way from 1977, when Le Gavroche was the only place in the country deemed worthy of one.
The announcements will begin sometime after 5pm, and can be watched on the live stream below. The guide will be released as a hard copy on Friday.
We’ll keep this page updated with who’s won below. We do know four sites definitely won't make it, though:
Fera at Claridge’s was in the 2019 guide with a star, but closed at the end of last year. The follow-up, Davies and Brook, may well be in the 2021 guide, given Daniel Humm is at the helm.
Likewise, Bonhams closed its doors at a similar time, so will be out, too. The site now houses Emilia.
Hedone, the much-loved Chiswick favourite, closed over the summer. It's much missed.
L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon will be out; the Covent Garden site held a star since 2007, but announced its closure in April. Two follow-up restaurants in Mayfair are expected later this year.
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