The Michelin Guide for Great Britain and Ireland 2022 has been released, revealing the restaurants that have been awarded coveted Michelin stars.
Due to the on-going pandemic and safety considerations for chefs, restaurateurs and the Michelin team, this year’s launch of the Michelin Guide Great Britain and Ireland took place in a digital format only, via Instagram, Twitter and the Michelin Guide website.
Birmingham does not have any new additions to this year’s list, however it does still have a significant number of Michelin starred restaurants, which have retained their stars in 2022.
Across the UK, plenty of restaurants were awarded the prestigious accolades, with one new three-star, five new two-stars and 19 new one-stars joining the guide this year.
Five restaurants in Birmingham have one star and have held on to their places in the guide for 2022.
What does it take to earn a Michelin star?
Michelin Guide Inspectors have five sets of criteria that they identify in order to issue a star.
- The use of quality products
- A mastery of flavour and cooking techniques
- Personality of the chef in the cuisine
- Value for money
- Consistency of food
The five restaurants that have a Michelin star in Birmingham are listed below:
Located on Waterloo Street, Adam’s serves modern cuisine and is said to have a particularly interesting wine list.
What the guide has to say: “It’s a luxurious place with an art deco cum retro style and below the smart cocktail bar and plush dining room the basement plays host to an open kitchen, a beautiful horseshoe chef’s table and a glass wine cave bursting with top names; there are some terrific wines available by the glass and they even offer a mini flight of Yquem.”
16 Waterloo Street, Birmingham, B2 5UG
This modern British and creative cuisine serving restaurant is located on Wake Green Road in Moseley.
What the guide has to say: “Named after passionate, self-taught chef-owner Brad Carter, this is a unique restaurant, both in terms of its décor and its cooking, and one that never stands still.
“It sits in a small parade of shops and comes with spot-lit black ash tables, a glass-fronted wine cabinet down one wall and a chef’s table that’s well worth booking.
“It’s run by a friendly, engaging team, whose positivity is infectious and who will turn your visit into a real event.”
2c St. Mary’s Row, Wake Green Road, Moseley, Birmingham, B13 9EZ
An Indian restaurant situated on Summer Row, Opheem has a wide selection of dishes and offers vegetarian menus.
What the guide says: “There’s no denying this modern Indian restaurant makes a statement – and not just in its bold decorative style.
“Aston-born chef-owner Aktar Islam – who grew up working in his father’s restaurant – has created something quite unique, and his pride in having his name above the door is palpable.”
65 Summer Row, Birmingham B3 1JJ
There is a wide selection of menus at this Cornwall Street restaurant, including a 1-course tasting option
What the guide says: “Glynn Purnell really is ‘Mr Birmingham’: a larger-than-life character who is a proud ambassador for a city that he has helped put on the culinary map.
“A friendly young team assist him at Purnell’s; after a drink in the comfy lounge, they will lead you past the wine display and through the oak door into the spacious, vibrantly decorated dining room.”
55 Cornwall St, Birmingham B3 2DH
Having been part of the local scene on Highfield Road in Edgbaston for over 25 years, Simpsons is familiar to many in the culinary world.
The knowledge and experience of Head Chef Luke Tipping shows through in the assured, confident nature of the cooking – and he has the skill to know when to hold back.
“Dishes are balanced and pure, with subtle modern touches and a pleasing clarity of flavour; be sure to try the signature tapenade bread rolls and delicious soufflés,” says the Michelin Guide.
“Service is enthusiastic and brims with personality.”
20 Highfield Rd, Birmingham B15 3DU
Gwendal Poullennec, International Director of the MICHELIN Guides said: “Naturally we were disappointed to be unable to host this event in person.
“However, we wanted to celebrate the achievements of the country’s top chefs, who have fought hard not only to survive, but to excel in these challenging times.
“To award so many new Stars this year, including one new Three Star, is testament to the determination and resilience of those working in the hospitality industry – not just the chefs, but those involved at every level.”
Which restaurants have won new Michelin stars in 2022?
Several restaurants across the UK and Ireland have won new Michelin stars for 2022. This is the full list:
New three star restaurants:
- L’Enclume, Cartmel, Cumbria – Chef Simon Rogan
New two star restaurants:
- Chapter One by Mickael Viljanen, Dublin – Chef Mickael Viljanen
- The Clove Club, Shoreditch, London – Chef Isaac McHale
- Ikoyi, St James’s, London – Chef Jeremy Chan
- Liath, Blackrock, Dublin – Chef Damien Grey
- Ynyshir, Machynlleth, Powys – Chef Gareth Ward
New one star restaurants:
- The Barn, Aughton, Lancashire – chef Nathan Cornwell
- Bastible, Dublin – Barry Fitzgerald
- Bridge Arms, Bridge, Canterbury – chef Daniel Smith
- Dog and Gun Inn, Skelton, Cumbria – chef Ben Queen-Fryer
- Evelyn’s Table, Soho, London – chef Luke Selby
- Frog by Adam Handling, Covent Garden, London – chef Adam Handling
- The Glenturret Lalique, Crieff, Perthshire – chef Mark Donald
- Glovers Alley, Dublin – chef Andy McFadden
- Home, Penarth, Cardiff – chef James Sommerin
- Jamavar, Mayfair, London – chef Surender Mohan
- Kol, Marylebone, London – chef Santiago Lastra
- Meadowsweet, Holt, Norfolk – chef Greg Anderson
- Pine, East Wallhouses, Northumberland – chef Cal Byerley
- Sollip, Southwark, London – chef Woongchul Park
- SY23, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion – chef Nathan Davies
- Trivet, Southwark, London – chef Jonny Lake
- Unalome by Graeme Cheevers, Glasgow – chef Graeme Cheevers
- Upstairs by Tom Shepherd, Lichfield, Staffordshire – chef Tom Shepherd
- Wild Honey St James, St James’s, London – chef Anthony Demetre
Michelin green star restaurants
- Chapters, Hay-on-Wye, Powys - chef Mark McHugo
- Marle, Heckfield, Hampshire - chef Michael Chapman
- Moor Hall, Aughton, Lancashire - chef Mark Birchall
- Oak, Bath, Somerset - chef Pete Ellis
- Pensons, Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire - chef Chris Simpson
- Pine, East Wallhouses, Northumberland - chef Cal Byerley
- Terroir Tapas, Bournemouth, Dorset - chef Jesse Wells
- Tillingham, Peasmarsh, East Sussex - chef Tom Ryalls
- Wilsons, Bristol - chef Jan Ostle