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An Exciting Time for the Restaurant World

Posted Sep 22, 2015
Well, it’s certainly been an exciting couple of weeks in the restaurant world! There’s been plenty of celebrating and it’s all thanks to the latest release of the Michelin Guide 2016.

Every year, the release of this little red book causes a right stir in the food industry, as chefs and restauranteurs find out whether their blood, sweat and tears have all been worth it! We round up the star players of this year’s Michelin Guide…

An Up and Coming Region
So, who came out top this year? We are so, so happy that Kenny Atkinson and all the team at House of Tides were awarded their first Michelin Star. This is fab news, as it now holds the title of being Newcastle’s first restaurant to be awarded this prestigious award. Well done Kenny and the team, so well deserved.

Michelin Star for House of Tides
In a League of their own...Fischers at Baslow


We will keep it in the North East and move onto The Raby Hunt – congratulations to James Close and the team, as this intimate, 30 seat restaurant located just outside Darlington has managed to keep its Michelin Star for the fourth year running!

There is no stopping the North East region at the moment! A region that has never been associated with foodies, is now home to two Michelin Star restaurants! We can’t wait to see what the coming years have in store, as we have a feeling chefs in this region will be upping their game!

Michelin Star Pubs and More

Next up, we move slightly further down the country to Yorkshire. Here, two pubs stood out with James Mackenzie’s Pipe and Glass retaining its star for the seventh year and Andrew Pern’s Star at Harome also reaching a milestone, keeping their star for a decade – congratulations!

It goes to show, it’s not just prestigious restaurants that are given this award, it is open to any establishment that can show its potential. Both James and Andrew have proved that it is possible to produce high-quality, award-winning food, in a relaxed and comfortable environment!

Paul Ainsworth also has something to celebrate about as he also keeps his star at Number 6 for another year! His ethos of hearty, uncomplicated food is certainly hitting right with critiques. Galvin at Windows have also been celebrating too, as they have managed to hold onto their star for another year - congratulations!

Raby Hunt's Simple Food is a Winner
Ever-changing Menu at Northcote

In a League of their Own
Now, we move onto two restaurants that impress us every year, they are quite simply in a league of their own when it comes to Michelin Stars. Take a bow Rupert Rowley, as Fischer at Baslow is celebrating its 22nd year of having a Michelin Star! Imaginative cooking and love of using the best local produce, is certainly working for Rupert and his team – keep it up guys!!

We are also so chuffed that Nigel Howarth and his team celebrate their 19th year of holding a star. Their ever-changing menu and renowned Lancashire hospitality still impresses critiques and customers a like!

Congratulations to all the chefs that shined in this year’s Michelin Guide, your hard work has paid off! However, there is no rest for the wicked as chefs are a competitive bunch and will want to keep tight hold of their stars for as long as possible!

We are so proud to feature these talents chefs on For Cooks! You can browse their profiles here, where you can try their recipes, shop their kit and more! 

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