Some of Bristol’s best restaurants have once again been awarded with a fresh constellation of coveted Michelin Stars in The Michelin Guide to Great Britain & Ireland 2016.
The world famous gastronomic guide to the UK’s top restaurants has recognised three Bristol eateries with Michelin Stars in its latest 2016 edition.
Officially published on Thursday 17 September 2015, the guide is on sale now from amazon.co.uk.
There are 21 two Michelin Star restaurants in the guide, and a raft of one Michelin Star eateries, including 15 new stars across the UK in 2016 – with Bristol’s renowned Casamia unsurprisingly featured on the coveted list once again.
The Michelin Guide to Great Britain & Ireland 2016 says that three Michelin Stars indicates ‘exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey.’ This year, three restaurants in the UK were awarded three Michelin Stars. Unfortunately, discerning diners will have to travel outside of Bristol to experience any of these restaurants.
The Michelin Guide to Great Britain & Ireland 2016 says two Michelin Stars indicates ‘excellent cooking, worth a detour’. Once again, 21 restaurants in the UK and Ireland were awarded two Stars, but unfortunately gastronomes will have to venture further afield to sample any of these establishments.
The Michelin Guide to Great Britain & Ireland 2016 says one Michelin Star indicates ‘a very good restaurant in its category’. This year more than 120 restaurants in the UK and Ireland were awarded one Star – including Bristol's Wilks Restaurant and Casamia, along with The Pony & Trap in Chew Magna.
Wilks Restaurant, situated in the Redland area of Bristol, is headed up by chef proprietor James Wilkins and his partner Christine Vayssade, offering light, modern and seasonal cooking inspired by the couple’s travel. James cut his teeth at a host of revered Michelin starred establishments, including Gordon Ramsay’s Aubergine and Michel Bras’ world famous three Michelin starred restaurant in France, along with stints at high profile restaurants in Japan and Turkey.
A sample menu includes: Scottish scallops tartare with French English wasabi, yuzu and sesame with wild rocket leaves for starter; wild brill fillet with potato gnocchi, sprout tops, cepes, nuts, fruits and seeds, with cured ham jus for main course; with warm chocolate biscuit ganache with vanilla and cardamom ice-cream for dessert.
See Wilks Restaurant for more information.
Casamia is something of an institution on Bristol’s culinary scene and has recently relocated from Westbury-on-Trym to a new outpost in the former Bristol General Hospital building by the Harbourside. The move comes after the tragic loss of co-owner Jonray Sánchez-Inglesias, who died in November 2015, with his brother Peter ambitious to continue driving the award-winning restaurant forward in its new location.
A sample menu includes dishes of hen egg, smoked duck and cardamom; winter root vegetable salad; brown trout with cabbage; fallow deer with parsnip; Cornish Camembert with Muscat grape; and passion fruit with tarragon.
See Casamia for more information.
The Pony & Trap, located in Chew Magna near Bristol, is run by brother and sister team Josh and Holly Eggleton and has held a Michelin Star since 2011. The gastropub uses locally sourced produce where possible for its varied menu, which changes daily, to offer a relaxed fine dining experience in a stunning rural setting.
A sample menu includes: chargrilled pigeon breast, bresaola, carrot, walnut and apple to start; Pollock with smoked chicken, charred leek and mushroom purée for main course; with caramelised white chocolate cheesecake with popcorn and yoghurt for dessert.
See The Pony & Trap for more information.
As well as awarding the famous Michelin Stars, since 1997 the Michelin guides have also included Bib Gourmand awards in recognition of establishments offering ‘good food at moderate prices’. At these establishments diners can enjoy three quality courses for less than £28.
In the 2016 guide, more than 150 restaurants and gastropubs were awarded a Bib Gourmand icon, with three in or around Bristol, although since the guide was published, Flinty Red on Cotham Hill has closed its doors.
No Man's Grace, located on Chandos Road in Cotham, is a new addition to the 2016 guide, with its simple yet fine dining menu, which favours contemporary small plates, attracting a raft of praise since the eatery opened its doors in the summer of 2014. The restaurant and bar, co-founded by John Watson, formerly of Michelin-starred Casamia, and Julu Irivne, is also renowned for its impressive dessert bar and seasonal cocktails.
Bird in Hand serves up traditional British dishes using local, seasonal and foraged produce, at its gastropub based in Long Ashton near Bristol. Offering a rural setting, yet within easy reach of the city, the pub’s menu spans hearty Sunday lunches to à la carte options, along with moreish homemade bar snacks.
See Bird in Hand for more information.
By Anna McKittrick
Thursday 21 January 2016