The latest Michelin Guide for restaurants in Great Britain and Ireland is out – and three eateries in Warwickshire feature prominently.
Michelin stars are considered the most prestigious award in the food industry.
Just 17 new restaurants (Great Britain and Ireland) were awarded one in the 2021 edition to take the number of one starred restaurants in the guide to 158.
Seven of those new entries were based in London while eight more were dotted around the country in the likes of Yorkshire, Kent and Somerset.
There were no new awards in Warwickshire, but many retained their stars, including…
The Cross at Kenilworth
The pub/restaurant was first awarded a star in 2015 serving re-mastered, hearty dishes with a ‘pubby’ element to them.
While The Cross is currently closed to sit-in customers due to Covid-19 restrictions, it is still serving up boxed food for people to enjoy at home, including a special Valentines set menu that costs from £90 per person (from £60 for vegetarians).
The good news of retaining the star was shared via its Facebook page.
“Congratulations to everyone recognised in the Michelin Guide awards tonight after a difficult year for the industry. We are thrilled that Simpsons Restaurant and The Cross have retained their Michelin stars for another year and want to thank our wonderful staff for all the hard work and effort that they have put in this year.
“It has been tough but we have learnt so much and are looking forward to the future.”
Salt has a fascinating back story which saw chef/owner Paul Foster launch a crowdfunding campaign to raise more than £100,000 to open his own restaurant in 2017.
Two years later it was awarded a Michelin star in the Michelin Guide UK 2019 and three AA Rosettes in the AA Restaurant Guide 2019.
The modern British restaurant is in the heart of Stratford-upon-Avon which sees regular menu changes to incorporate the current season’s freshest ingredients.
Salt continues to serve customers through collection or local delivery on Fridays and Saturdays.
A three-course meal costs £42.50 per person.
The Royal Oak, Whatcote
Whatcote is a tiny village that sits a few miles north of Shipston-on-Stour in south Warwickshire.
The Royal Oak is the jewel in its crown having been awarded a Michelin star in 2020.
Unfortunately due to the global pandemic, it is currently not serving up its modern British fare for customers.
“We’re delighted to have retained our star for the second year,” said a post on its Facebook page. “With huge thanks to our team who’ve just been amazing this year, our families for being so supportive and our incredible guests who we miss very, very much! See you all soon!”
The most recent menu on its website offered a six-course sample dinner menu for £70 and a Sunday lunch for £55.
Many other restaurants in Warwickshire feature in the Michelin Guide but without stars. They are: No 9 Church St, Woodsman, Lambs, Rooftop (all in Stratford-on-Avon), Howard Arms (Ilmington), Fuzzy Duck (Armscote), Cheal’s of Henley (Henley-in-Arden), Boot Inn (Lapworth) and Tailors (Warwick).