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Michelin Guide 2020: Manchester gets its first award in 43 years and London scoops rare THIRD star

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Tops chefs across the UK and Ireland woke up in anticipation this week, as the prestigious Michelin guide was announced. 

After months of waiting, 29 restaurants have gained a prestigious star, including seasonal eatery Mana in Manchester, which scooped up the city’s first star since 1977.  

Meanwhile, Birmingham gained their fifth star, with the UK’s second city gaining the most Michelin stars of anywhere in the UK outside of London.

Elsewhere, however, London was less awarded than in previous years – with sketch receiving its third star, but four other restaurants in the capital losing their place on the list this year.

Tops chefs across the UK and Ireland woke up in anticipation at the start of this week as the world renowned Michelin guide was announced. After months of waiting, 29 restaurants have gained a prestigious star, including Mana in Manchester, scooping up the city's first star since 1977. Pictured: The interior view of Mana

Tops chefs across the UK and Ireland woke up in anticipation at the start of this week as the world renowned Michelin guide was announced. After months of waiting, 29 restaurants have gained a prestigious star, including Mana in Manchester, scooping up the city’s first star since 1977. Pictured: The interior view of Mana 

Tweeting about the news this morning, chef-patron Simon Martin (pictured) said: 'Can¿t describe how I feel right now after being awarded a @MichelinGuideUK star for mana

Tweeting about the news this morning, chef-patron Simon Martin (pictured) said: ‘Can’t describe how I feel right now after being awarded a @MichelinGuideUK star for mana 

Tweeting about the news in Manchester this morning, Mana’s chef-patron Simon Martin said: ‘Can’t describe how I feel right now after being awarded a @MichelinGuideUK star for Mana. 

‘We’ve been open such a short space of time and have achieved so much. Thank you to my amazing (and hilarious) team, my partners and my friends. It’s just the beginning.’

The restaurant serves a 16-course tasting menu ans uses locally-grown or foraged seasonal ingredients for its dishes, something that bodes well with Michelin critics.

Simon, 29, trained at Copenhagen’s fêted Noma, which offers 20 course meals, before opening up the highly anticipated Manchester eatery last year. 

Accepting the award, last night, Simon said: ‘It puts quite a bit of pressure on. It’s something quite a lot of people expected from us from the start but it’s absolutely amazing to be here in front of all these people – it’s incredible.’ 

Previously the darling of the famous red book, London only gained four new one-star restaurants this year, with one picking up a two-star rating, and sketch (which is stylised all in lowercase) in Mayfair earning a rare three-star award.

Accepting the award, last night, Simon said: 'It puts quite a bit of pressure on. It's something quite a lot of people expected from us from the start but it's absolutely amazing to be here in front of all these people - it's incredible.'

Accepting the award, last night, Simon said: ‘It puts quite a bit of pressure on. It’s something quite a lot of people expected from us from the start but it’s absolutely amazing to be here in front of all these people – it’s incredible.’

Mana (pictured) serves a 16-course tasting menu ans uses locally-grown or foraged seasonal ingredients for its dishes, something that bodes well with Michelin critics

Mana (pictured) serves a 16-course tasting menu ans uses locally-grown or foraged seasonal ingredients for its dishes, something that bodes well with Michelin critics

Critics applauded the trendy diner for an ‘array of tastes and textures’ and said that the ‘multi-faceted courses are truly memorable’.

But as sketch saw success, it’s Mayfair neighbour Araki who previously had three stars, dropped off the list entirely.

The exclusive haunt,  which serves one sushi menu at £310-a-head and can only seat nine people, was previously one of London’s only three Michelin starred restaurants.  

But as sketch saw success, it's Mayfair neighbour Araki (pictured) who previously had three stars, dropped off the list entirely

Previously the darling of the famous red book, the capital only gained four new one-star restaurants this year, with one picking up a two-star rating and sketch (which is stylised all in lowercase) in Mayfair earning a rare three-star award.

Previously the darling of the famous red book, the capital only gained four new one-star restaurants this year, with one picking up a two-star rating and sketch, right, (which is stylised all in lowercase) in Mayfair earning a rare three-star award. But as sketch saw success, it’s Mayfair neighbour Araki, left, who previously had three stars, dropped off the list entirely

It seemed critics were branching outside of zone one, as London's four new starred restaurants were outside the usually heavily-awarded Soho. Nuno Mendes¿s Maos in Shoreditch, Endo at the Rotunda in the BBC's old building in White City (pictured), The Dysart Petersham in Richmond and Da Terra in Bethnal Green were all given their first star

It seemed critics were branching outside of zone one, as London’s four new starred restaurants were outside the usually heavily-awarded Soho. Nuno Mendes’s Maos in Shoreditch, Endo at the Rotunda in the BBC’s old building in White City (pictured), The Dysart Petersham in Richmond and Da Terra in Bethnal Green were all given their first star

French restaurant Galvin at Windows and Indian eatery Benares, both also in Mayfair, lost their solo stars, as well as dim sum specialists Yauatcha in Soho.

It seemed critics were branching outside of zone one, as London’s four new starred restaurants were all outside the usually heavily-awarded Soho.  

Restaurant Maos, quietly opened by Portugese chef Nuno Mendes, formerly of Chiltern Firehouse, sushi restaurant Endo at the Rotunda in the BBC’s old building in  White City, high end gastropub The Dysart Petersham in Richmond, and Latin-inspired Da Terra in Bethnal Green were all given their first star.   

In Manchester, upmarket Indian Opheem joined Adam’s, Carters of Moseley, Purnell’s and Simpsons, to take the city’s total to five.  

Meanwhile, Birmingham gained their fifth star, with the UK's second city gaining the most Michelin stars of anywhere in the UK outside of London. Upmarket Indian Opheem joined Adam's, Carters of Moseley, Purnell's and Simpsons, to take the city's total to five

Meanwhile, Birmingham gained their fifth star, with the UK’s second city gaining the most Michelin stars of anywhere in the UK outside of London. Upmarket Indian Opheem joined Adam’s, Carters of Moseley, Purnell’s and Simpsons, to take the city’s total to five

Michelin Guide 2020: Which restaurants were awarded prestigious stars this year

THREE MICHELIN STARS

London

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sketch (The Lecture Room & Library), Mayfair (Promoted from Two Michelin Stars)

TWO MICHELIN STARS

London

  • La Dame de Pic, City of London (Promoted from One Michelin Star)

Rest of England

  • The Dining Room at Whatley Manor, Malmesbury (Promoted from One Michelin Star)
Endo at The Rotunda in the old BBC Building, Shepherd¿s Bush was a new addition to the guide

Endo at The Rotunda in the old BBC Building, Shepherd’s Bush was a new addition to the guide

Republic of Ireland

  • Aimsir, Celbridge (New Addition to the Guide)
  • Greenhouse, Dublin (Promoted from One Michelin Star)

ONE MICHELIN STAR

London

  • Mãos, Shoreditch (New Addition to the Guide)
  • Endo at The Rotunda in the old BBC Building, Shepherd’s Bush (New Addition to the Guide)
  • Dysart Petersham, Richmond (Promoted from a Michelin Plate)
  • Da Terra, Bethnal Green (New Addition to the Guide)
Opheem in Birmingham became the city's fifth Michelin starred restaurant

Opheem in Birmingham became the city’s fifth Michelin starred restaurant

England

  • Old Stamp House, Ambleside (Promoted from a Michelin Plate)
  • Artichoke, Amersham (Promoted from a Michelin Plate)
  • Allium at Askham Hall, Askham (Promoted from a Michelin Plate)
  • Opheem, Birmingham (Promoted from a Michelin Plate)
  • Cottage in the Wood, Braithwaite (Promoted from a Michelin Plate)
  • Stark, Broadstairs (Promoted from a Michelin Plate)
  • The Angel, Hetton (New Addition to the Guide)
  • Interlude, Lower Beeding (New Addition to the Guide)
  • Mana, Manchester (New Addition to the Guide)
  • alchemilla, Nottingham (Promoted from a Michelin Plate)
  • Pensons, Tenbury Wells (New Addition to the Guide)
  • The Royal Oak, Whatcote (Promoted from a Michelin Plate)

Scotland

  • Condita, Edinburgh (New Addition to the Guide)
  • Isle of Eriska, Eriska (New Addition to the Guide)

Wales

  • Beach House, Oxwich (Promoted from a Michelin Plate)

Northern Ireland

  • The Muddlers Club, Belfast (Promoted from a Michelin Plate)
Da Terra in  Bethnal Green, east London was a new addition to the highly coveted book

Da Terra in  Bethnal Green, east London was a new addition to the highly coveted book

Republic of Ireland

  • The Oak Room, Adare (Promoted from a Michelin Plate)
  • Variety Jones, Dublin (New Addition to the Guide)
  • Bastion, Kinsale (Promoted from a Bib Gourmand)  

Alongside the new Stars, the winners of the three Michelin Awards for 2020 were announced:

Welcome & Service Award 2020

Team Bonwick, The Crown at Burchetts Green

Sommelier Award 2020

Jurica Gojevic, Adare Manor (The Oak Room), County Limerick

Sustainability Award 2020

Loam, Galway

  

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