After much speculation, the wait is finally over as the Michelin Guide unveiled its 2020 list for Great Britain and Ireland Michelin Star restaurants yesterday and all three Oxfordshire restaurants keep their stars.
Three Oxfordshire restaurants have held on to their stars in the latest Michelin list. This includes two Michelin-starred Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons in Great Milton retained its two Michelin stars for the 35th year running. It is one of around 20 other restaurants across the country with the two Michelin star accolade.
Also retaining their one Michelin-stars are The Oxford Kitchen in Summertown which was awarded a Michelin star last year, and the Nut Tree Inn in Murcott which was was awarded its Michelin star in 2008. Both restaurants specialise in serving seasonal modern British food using high-quality local ingredients.
Also named in the Michelin 2020 guide are three Oxfordshire restaurants with the Bib Gourmand Award. Named after Bibendum – the Michelin Man – the Bib Gourmand distinction highlights restaurants which offer ‘good quality, good value cooking’. They were the same three winners from last year namely The Bell Inn in Langford, and The Magdalen Arms and Oli's Thai (both in Oxford).
The Michelin guide which features 187 Michelin-starred restaurants across the UK and Ireland, celebrates outstanding cooking at restaurants and pubs across Great Britain and Ireland. First published in France in 1889 by the Michelin brothers - makers of the Michelin tyres - the UK version of the list (with its famous red cover) was launched in 1974.
The 1936 descriptions of the Star rankings are still well regarded by gastronomes and food critics alike as follows One Star: Worth a Stop, Two Stars: Worth a Detour and Three Stars: Worth a Special Journey.