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New Entrants to the 2010 Michelin Guide

Published 26 February 2010

It’s a special occasion but you can’t seem to think of a place to treat your family and friends. The new Great Britain & Ireland Michelin Guide for 2010 has seen Gordon Ramsey, the famous British chef, lose some stars, but it has also seen the rise of these six up and coming restaurants who fully deserve their first Michelin stars.

1. The Harwood Arms
This is the first ever pub in London to receive a Michelin star. Situated at a stone’s throw from the Chelsea Football Club grounds, it promises to take you to a “rural haven in the middle of Fulham”. This gastropub is a joint venture between the Michelin-starred Brett Graham of The Ledbury, the country-style celebrity chef Mike Robinson, and Edwin Vaux of Vaux brewery.

Their menu is quintessentially British with options like Smoked trout with leeks vinaigrette, venison t-bone and buttermilk pudding served with victoria plums and toasted cobnuts. They serve up a special menu on Tuesdays (quiz night) and Sundays. But this place is not just a restaurant; it is still is a proper pub with a good selection of real ales pulled at the bar.

Address: Walham Grove, Fulham, London SW6 1QP
Nearest tube station: Fulham Broadway
Booking Tel: 0207 386 1847
Website: http://www.harwoodarms.com/

2. Bingham Restaurant @ The Bingham Hotel
They undertake to serve up the “very best in British food and the finest regional produce”. Located on the banks of the River Thames in Richmond, Bingham now joins The Glasshouse, in Kew, as one of only two restaurants in the borough to have received the top-notch award. Bingham offers a wide range throughout the day, right from a full English breakfast and a set lunch (from £19.50 for 2-Course
from £23 for 3 Course), to afternoon tea (from £17) 
dinner (Fixed price a la carte menu from £39). A special 3-course Sunday lunch is also on offer that includes a seasonal roast (from £36). Bingham also boasts an extensive cheese counter and a fine wine list. And if you are thinking of booking for a romantic dinner, they do have heated balcony seating alfresco dining on warmer nights.

Address: 61-63 Petersham Road, Richmond Upon Thames, Surrey TW10 6UT
Nearest tube station: Richmond- District Line
Reservations Tel :+44 (0) 20 8940 0902
Website: http://www.thebingham.co.uk/restaurant/

3. Apsleys @ The Lansborough Hotel
This stylish restaurant serves up “light cuisine of Mediterranean flavours”. If you are in the mood for some fine dining and loves everything Italian, this is the place to go. The chef, Heinz Beck, hails from Italy and is a holder of 3 Michelin stars at La Pergola back in Rome. Apsleys has two private dining rooms and two wine tasting rooms.

Address: The Lanesborough Hotel, Hyde Park Corner, London, SW1X 7TA
Tel: +44 (0)207 333 7254
Nearest Tube Station: Hyde Park Corner
Website: http://www.lanesborough.com/#culinary_experience/apsleys

4. Galvin at Windows @ The London Hilton Hotel
This posh looking restaurant offers modern French cuisine described as “an exquisite procession of dishes” by Time Out London. Situated on the 28th floor of the London Hilton Hotel, the place gives a breathtaking view of the London skyline to diners. The best seat in the house is at a special table aptly named as ‘The Balcony’. With floor to ceiling windows offering matchless views across Hyde Park, Buckingham Palace and London’s beyond, this exclusive table has seating for up to eighteen guests. You can tailor you own menu starting at £58 per person.

You can read our in-depth anonymous dining review of Galvin @ Windows here.

Address: London Hilton on Park Lane Hotel, 28th Floor, 22 Park Lane, London W1K 1BE
Website: http://www.galvinatwindows.com/
Nearest Station: Hyde Park Corner

5. Tamarind
This Mayfair-based Indian restaurant lost its star a year ago, but has quickly managed to regain the star back this year. The restaurant dishes out traditional Moghul cuisine focusing around the Tandoor oven. At Tamarind, it is not just the chicken that goes into the Tandoor; you can also try grilled monkfish, tiger prawns and scallops. Doing their bit to help recession-hit food lovers, they are offering their seasonal lunch set menu at 1999 prices. The 2-course lunch is priced at £14.95, while the 3-course set is at £18.95. However, it is not a place for family dinners as children are only welcome before 7pm.

Address: 20 Queen Street, Mayfair, London W1J 5PR
Booking Tel: 020 7629 3561
Website: http://www.tamarindrestaurant.com/
Nearest tube station: Green Park Tube station

6. Texture
Housed in a beautifully restored Georgian building, the muted interior showcases the artwork by renowned Icelandic artist, Tolli. The cuisine is modern European courtesy of Icelandic-born Agnar Sverrisson, a former head chef at Blanc’s Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons, and French-born Xavier Roussel, one of the UK’s finest sommeliers. Hence, you are not surprised to find a 30-seater Champagne Bar, making Textures one of the London’s most extensive champagne destinations.
The signature dishes include tomato and artichoke texture, chargrilled anjou pigeon with red wine essence and Icelandic lamb from Skagafjordur. A good time to try out this place is during lunch when a two course meal will cost you £18.50 and a three course meal at only £22.

Address: 34 Portman Street, London
Tel: 020 7224 0028
Website: http://www.texture-restaurant.co.uk/index.asp
Nearest Tube station: Marble Arch

The new Great Britain & Ireland Michelin Guide for 2010 is available to buy at all bookstores, including Amazon.co.uk and Waterstones.

Article written by Rabea Khan.