Still of­fer­ing star-stud­ded ser­vice

Bucks restau­rants re­tain their Miche­lin awards

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - by Tom Her­bert tom.her­bert@trin­i­tymir­ Twit­ter: @TRHer­bert

THREE Bucks restau­rants have been hon­oured in this year’s Miche­lin Guide with two re­tain­ing stars and one a ‘Bib Gour­mand’.

The res­tau­rant guide’s 2017 edi­tion was re­leased this week and 22 new starred restau­rants were un­veiled at the first ever live launch on Mon­day.

The Hand and Flow­ers in Mar­low has held on to both of its stars, mak­ing it the only gas­tro pub to have two.

First opened in 2005 by celebrity chef Tom Ker­ridge and his wife Kerry, the pub earned its first star within a year of open­ing and was awarded the sec­ond in 2012.

The other place to re­tain its star is the Sir Charles Napier Inn, Chin­nor, on the Ox­ford- shire/Buck­ing­hamshire bor­der, which it first earned in 2012.

An­other pub which fea­tures on the list is The Rus­sell Arms, in But­lers Cross, achiev­ing a Bib Gour­mand.

A Bib Gour­mand recog­nises ‘Good qual­ity, good value cook­ing’, of which there are 143 in the guide.

Four es­tab­lish­ments held on to their three star rat­ing – Gor­don Ramsay, in Chelsea, Alain Du­casse at The Dorch­ester, May­fair, and the Wa­ter­side Inn in Bray, Berk­shire.

And He­ston Blu­men­thal’s The Fat Duck, Berk­shire, re­gained its three stars af­ter the res­tau­rant lost them when it tem­po­rar­ily moved to Aus­tralia last year.

Lon­don fea­tures heav­ily on the guide, as ex- pected, but per­haps sur­pris­ingly not one Manch­ester-based eatery fea­tures on the list.

Re­becca Burr, ed­i­tor of the Miche­lin Guide Great Bri­tain and Ire­land 2017, said: “There have been some ex­cel­lent ad­di­tions to the guide across both Great Bri­tain and Ire­land – restau­rants that are pro­duc­ing con­sis­tently good food us­ing ex­cel­lent in­gre­di­ents.”

She added: “Our in­spec­tors had many meals here dur­ing the course of the year and found the res­tau­rant in­vig­o­rated, re­ju­ve­nated and un­ques­tion­ably wor­thy of be­ing re­warded our high­est ac­co­lade.”

The Miche­lin Guide Great Bri­tain and Ire­land 2017 was pub­lished on Mon­day (Oc­to­ber 3) priced at £16.99 (€18.99 in Ire­land).

Top qual­ity: The Hand and Flow­ers has re­tained its two-star sta­tus. Left, chef Tom Ker­ridge

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