The Michelin Guide Great Britain and Ireland 2014 will be hitting the shops in October so you can find out the best restaurants and hotels to stay in the UK.
Have you ever wondered why some folk go on about restaurants that have a Michelin star rating? Michelin is a company that makes tyres after all. It all started in the 1900 when two french brothers decided to make a guide for motorists to boost the sales of cars so they could flog more tyres. See where we are going here? No nor do we. Let's not disturb the establishment and carry on with the food part of the story...
So what does the Michelin star actually mean? Here are the three restaurant ratings explained:
1 star: Very good cooking in its category
2 stars: Excellent cooking, worth a detour
3 stars: Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey)
So what's rated 3 stars in 2014? Two eateries from Bray in Berkshire (must be something in the water there) have been awarded exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey. They are The Fat Duck and Waterside Inn.
Only two other restaurants have been awarded with 3 stars. Both are in London. Gordon Ramsay in Chelsea and Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester in Mayfair have some right good grub according to Michelin.
Twenty one restaurants including Gidleigh Park in Devon, Patrick Guilbaud in Dublin and Dinner by Heston Blumenthal have been awarded two stars and Michelin have dished out (see what we did there?) 142 joints with 1 star.
Michelin Guide Great Britain & Ireland 2014 will be available from 4 October priced at £15.99
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