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The 2021 Michelin Star winners in Somerset, Dorset and beyond

Hot off the press, the winners have just been announced (and some are offering takeaway!). Take a look at the full line-up for the West Country. PS There's a brand new one in Somerset

This year’s Michelin Stars, Bib Gourmands and the brand new Green Star for excellence in sustainability as well as in gastronomy in Somerset, Dorset Bristol and the rest of the West Country. Release the waistband and hand me a fork, I’m going in.

SOMERSET

Osip, Bruton ★

Photo Ed Schofield

It’s only been open a year and wunderkind chef Merlin Labron-Johnson (Osip’s his Russian middle name) has won a coveted star for his tiny farm-to-table restaurant, turning seasonal ingredients from local farmers, growers, foragers and hunters into deceptively simple Michelin level grub. Even better, they offer a takeaway service (this week it’s wild duck pithiviers with potato cake, braised red cabbage, preserved quince and game gravy with rhubarb and meadowsweet trifle). Contact info@osiprestaurant.com

The Olive Tree Restaurant, Bath ★

In the basement of the elegant, eclectically styled Georgian townhouse Queensberry Hotel, Chris Cleghorn cooks up Modern British in the Olive Tree restaurant and retained his Michelin star for a third year.  Thoughtful as well as talented, no one’s left out: amongst his ‘fives’ and ‘sevens’ multi-course tasting menus there are vegetarian, vegan and dairy-free ‘sevens’ too.

Beckford Bottle Shop, Bath, Bib Gourmand

Photo: Rick Foulsham

Inventive small plates and selections of British cheese and charcuterie from their own deli counter plus over 250 bottles of wine to taste, quaff and buy. Read our review.

The Ethicurean, Wrington, Green Star

Awarded one of the Michelin Guide’s new Green Star for sustainability, this chill place is set in a restored Victorian walled garden and boasts an inventive veggie menu using the produce grown within it and beyond.

Longtime holder of a Michelin star The Pony & Trap in Chew Magna has now closed and will be re-opening this Spring in a new incarnation. Watch this space.

BRISTOL

Bulrush, Cotham, Bristol ★

Just your average neighbourhood restaurant. Not. Sit downstairs near the kitchen where chef/proprietor George Livesey prepares seasonal organic and foraged menus, often using pickled and preserved ingredients.  When lockdown lifts put me down for the nine-course tasting menu.

Casamia, Bristol ★

This tiny family-run restaurant with just nine tables is housed on the ground floor of an old hospital along Bristol’s waterfront. Under normal circumstances, Chef Peter Sanchez-Iglesias and his team serve up a four-course (excl Friday & Sat eves) and full menu (Wed to Sun) and advise allowing around three and a half hours to enjoy it to the full – alrighty!

Paco Tapas, Bristol ★

Just along from Casamina is another arm of the Sanchez-Iglesias family’s empire. This is where Andalucian meets the West Country to create perfect tapas with a handpicked sherry list (ever had a sherry cocktail?).  I’ve got my eye on their vast, almost lobster-sized red Spanish prawns. Hurrah! They do takeaways: order a Paco at Home (some of their best tapas dishes ready for you to finish cooking at home) and Paco Tapas Takeaway (tapas ready to go).

Box-E, Bristol, Bib Gourmand

Seasonal modern grub served up in a 14-cover shipping container on Bristol’s harbourside. Their next 3-course Cook at Home menu will be available in March.

Root, Bristol, Bib Gourmand

Another container eaterie on the Bristol harbourside. The focus here is on veggies, with meat and fish on the side. Order inventive sharing dishes dinners via Root at Home. Psst, there’s a Valentine’s one.

The Michelin starred Wilks has now closed.

DORSET

The Green, Sherborne, Bib Gourmand

Russian chef-owner cooks up delicious Mediterranean-inspired dishes in this laid back restaurant. Their 3-course takeaway menu changes weekly.

FURTHER AFIELD

WILTSHIRE

The Dining Room at Whately Manor, Malmesbury ★★ & Green Star

The Bybrook at the Manor, Castle Combe, nr Bath, ★

Restaurant Hywel Jones by Lucknam Park, Colerne, nr  Bath ★

The Longs Arms, South Wraxall, Bib Gourmand

The Forester, Donhead St Andrew, near Shaftesbury, Bib Gourmand

DEVON

Thomas Carr 1873, Ilfracombe ★

Lympstone Manor, Lympstone, nr Exmouth ★

The Elephant, Torquay ★

The Masons Arms, Knowstone ★

River Cottage, Axminster, Green Star

The Antidote, Ilfracombe – Bib Gourmand

The Cornish Arms, Tavistock –  Bib Gourmand

CORNWALL

Outlaw’s New Road, Port Isaac ★

Paul Ainsworth at No 6 Padstow ★

Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen, Port Isaac ★

Rick Stein’s Café, Padstow, Bib Gourmand

Sardine Factory, Looe, Bib Gourmand

Kota, Porthleven, Bib Gourmand

The Square at Porthleven, Bib Gourmand

New Yard, Trelowarren, Green Star

Coombeshead Farm, Lewannick, Green Star

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For a full list of Michelin-rated pubs and restaurants click here, but if you don’t feel like being fancy pants, don’t forget I review a stupendous number of really brilliant eateries as often as I can!

2 comments on “The 2021 Michelin Star winners in Somerset, Dorset and beyond”

  • Pat Watson February 3, 2021

    There doesn’t seem to be any Michelin star Restauraunt nr Poole ?

    Reply
    • suetucker February 4, 2021

      I think the Rick Stein restaurant is the only Poole restaurant which appears in the Michelin Guide (‘The Michelin Plate’ = good cooking).

      Reply

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