It's the accolade that all chefs want - so whose wish on a Michelin star in Bucks and Oxon came true this year?
Hot off the press (or should that be out of the oven?) are this year’s Michelin Guide star ratings. If you’re in search of a fancy-pants dinner (er, always), don’t book anything until you’ve had a peek at our round-up showing where the stars are rising and falling in Oxon, Bucks and surrounding counties for 2019.
Basically it’s the Tom ‘n’ Heston show around these parts, with Kerridge’s The Hand & Flowers and The Coach in Marlow both featuring and Blumenthal’s Bray hotspots The Fat Duck retaining its three stars and The Hinds Head keeping its one. And we’re thrilled to see The Oxford Kitchen in Summertown making its debut, with one star. I reviewed it under the previous chef but plan to head back soon sporting my elasticated trousers to see how things have evolved. It’s a tough job, etc. Meanwhile, The Sir Charles Napier near Chinnor, The Wild Rabbit in the Cotswolds, plus Lords Of The Manor and 5 North St, both in Glos, have sadly all lost their stars. There’s always next year, chaps!
STARS IN THEIR EYES FOR…
The Fat Duck, Bray, Berks
The Waterside Inn, Bray, Berks
The Hand & Flowers, Marlow, Bucks
Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Great Milton, Oxon
Le Champignon Sauvage, Cheltenham, Glos (down from 2 stars)
The Coach, Marlow, Bucks
Nut Tree, Murcott, Oxon
Coworth Park, Ascot, Berks
L’Ortolan, Reading (see my review here)
Oxford Kitchen, Oxford (NEW ENTRY)
The Crown, Maidenhead, Berks
The Hinds Head, Bray, Berks (see my review here)
The Woodspeen, Newbury, Berks
The Blackbird, Newbury, Berks (NEW ENTRY)
Have a gander at the full list of Michelin stars for 2019. PS – If you’re seeking for a more low-key, laid-back or frankly less spendy dinner, don’t forget we also review a ridiculous number of brilliant pubs, cafes and restaurants on a weekly basis – look HERE!