UK & Ireland Michelin Restaurant Tour 2014

London is heaven for food lovers with a penchant for Michelin star restaurants, with 9 new establishments listed in the 2014 guide. If you are stuck with the Michelin guidelines, with 3 stars meaning the restaurant is worth the journey, you would not venture too far away from the city, except to Bray for Heston and Roux. If, however, you would make a journey for 1 and 2 star restaurants, rather than just a detour, here are our top choices for a foodie’s trip around the UK & Ireland :

  1. Cornwall- Head south for a little R+R during a stay at the St Enodoc hotel in Rock. The hotel has a classic seaside feel with added luxury and the opportunity to dine in Nathan Outlaw‘s 2 star restaurant. The hotel is also home to Outlaw‘s seafood restaurant, also worth a visit. If you are in town for a few days, then take the short boat ride over to Padstow to dine in Paul Ainsworth at No 6, an intimate 1 star restaurant.
  2. Birmingham– You will be spoilt for choice in the heart of the Midlands, with the Birmingham now the proud owners of 4 Michelin star restaurants, Purnell’s, Turner‘s of Harborne, Simpsons and, the 2014 addition, Adams Restaurant. Book a room in The Kenilworth, for luxury rooms and late night cocktails.
  3. Yorkshire– For a longer trip, head to Yorkshire for a hop around the region’s 5 Michelin star restaurants. The Box Tree is a longstanding favourite and The Pipe and Glass is the newest addition that cannot stop winning awards. For those seeking a more laid back dining experience, The Black Swan is a pub that offers high class food in an unpretentious setting.
  4. The Lake District– A long drive up to the Lake District will be well worth the journey, as you will get a chance to experience the ultimate in tranquility. A weekend stay at Simon Rogan’s L’Enclume, in Cartmel, is food lovers’ heaven, as is Holbeck Ghyll in nearby Windermere. Both establishments offer standard dinner packages as well as gourmet tasting menus that offer a true Michelin feel. If you want to spend more time in the North West, Nigel Howarth’s Northcote in Blackburn is well worth a visit, as is Marc Wilkinson’s Fraiche, on The Wirral.
  5. Scotland– If you have time to take a long break, a week travelling through the Scotland would make a wise foodie investment. Start off in Edinburgh, with a visit to Tom Kitchin‘s self-named restaurant or the innovative Castle Terrace. Venture further north to Fort William and book a table at Inverlochy Castle, then catch some sleep in the hotel before driving over to the beautiful Isle of Skye. Kinloch Lodge offers fine dining of the highest caliber, with seafood to die for. A great way to round off your trip and take quality time to reflect on your culinary journey.
  6. Ireland – If you really want to go the extra mile, take a short flight to Ireland to experience some of the country’s 9 Michelin star restaurants. Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud is the top pick for a stay in Dublin but, if you want to venture outside of the capital, head to Bon Appetit, in nearby Malahide. To experience Ireland’s latest restaurant to gain a star, head to the market town of Thomastown to experience the delights of Cormac Rowe’s Lady Helen. After your meal, you can stay the evening and enjoy a round of golf the next day, as the restaurant is part of a luxury spa and golf resort.

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