Michelin Green Stars: What Are They and Which Restaurants Have Them?
This year’s Michelin guide welcomes a new feature: the Green Star, which highlights restaurants leading the way in sustainable dining. ‘They hold themselves accountable for both their ethical and environmental standards, and work with sustainable producers and suppliers to avoid waste and reduce or even remove plastic and other non-recyclable materials from their supply chain,’ says the guide.
Many of these restaurants work directly with farmers, growers and fishermen and use regenerative methods such as no-dig vegetable gardens. They also ensure a high quality of life for their staff, and often contribute to charity and education projects. Details of these practices are outlined in their entry.
Since restaurants can only qualify for the Green Star if they have been awarded a Michelin star, Bib Gourmand or plate distinction, this stresses the importance of sustainability in food excellence. It’s a big step for the future of fine dining.
In the 2021 guide, 23 restaurants across the UK and Ireland were presented with a Green Star. This includes Raymond Blanc’s Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons in Oxfordshire – which also retained its two Michelin stars – alongside The Black Swan, a cheerful pub in Oldstead with a stellar tasting menu. The UK’s first zero-waste restaurant, Silo, was also awarded a Green Star. Founded by Dougie McMaster, Silo began its life in Brighton before relocating to Hackney Wick in London. Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall’s River Cottage Kitchen, Simon Rogan’s L’Enclume and Daylesford in Kingham also made the list.
Below we share all the restaurants in the UK and Ireland with a Green Star.
- Angela’s, Margate
- Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons, Great Milton
- Black Swan, Oldstead
- Coombeshead Farm, Lewannick
- Daylesford Organic Farm, Daylesford
- Hypha, Chester
- L’Enclume, Cartmel
- New Yard, Trelowarren
- Oxo Tower Brasserie, Southwark, London
- Petersham Nurseries Café, Richmond, London
- Restaurant Sat Bains, Nottingham
- River Cottage Kitchen, Axminster
- Silo, Hackney, London
- The Dining Room – Whatley Manor, Malmesbury
- The Ethicurean, Wrington
- The Small Holding, Kilndown
- Tredwells, Strand and Covent Garden, London
- Where the Light Gets In, Stockport
Henry Robertson – Palé Hall, Llandderfel
Republic of Ireland
- Inis Meáin Restaurant and Suites, Inishmaan, Aran Islands
- Kai, Galway
- Loam, Galway
Main image: Coombeshead Farm
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