Scotland has scored two Bib Gourmands in this year’s guide, Monadh Kitchen in Glasgow and Sugar Boat in Helensburgh (pictured), but there were no new Michelin stars in the MICHELIN Guide Great Britain & Ireland 2019, that launched yesterday (1st October).
Named after Bibendum – the Michelin Man – the Bib Gourmand award highlights restaurants which offer good quality, good value cooking.
Rebecca Burr, Director of the Michelin Guide Great Britain and Ireland, said, “Prices and value for money are important, but the Bib Gourmand is about much more; it’s about the ethos and philosophy of a restaurant. The Michelin Inspectors love finding new Bib Gourmands and they’re always hugely popular with our readers.”
There are 27 new Bib Gourmands in the 2019 MICHELIN Guide, bringing the total to 143.
London has 42, four of which are new. Newcastle gains a third Bib for the city. Bristol gets three new Bib Gourmands. Bryn Williams at Porth Eirias wins a third Bib for Wales.
Meanwhile, nine restaurants retained their Michelin stars.
Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles remains the only two-starred restaurant north of the border and just one of 20 restaurants with the accolade in the UK.
Four Edinburgh restaurants retained their one-star awards: Martin Wishart, Kitchin, 21212 and Number One at the Balmoral.
Fife’s The Peat Inn and The Cellar also retained their one-star awards, as did Isle of Skye restaurant Loch Bay and Ayrshire’s Braidwoods. The Boath House in Nairn and Albannach in Lochinver both lost their stars due to changes in business models, while Martin Wishart at Loch Lomond lost its star after the Cameron House Hotel fire.