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Michelin Guide 2012 – Great Britain & Ireland
I must confess, the release of the 2012 Michelin guide for Great Britain & Ireland, at the exceedingly non-regular time of early October, slipped totally under my radar. As it turned out, I didn't miss a lot as barely anything changed, perhaps borne from the fact that this year's list was released a good four months earlier than is customary.
Most of the (small number of) movers were outside London, with second stars awarded, notably, to Sat Baines in Nottingham and Tom Kerridge's gastropub The Hand & Flowers in Marlow in Buckinghamshire.
In London, debut Michelin stars were bestowed upon Heston Blumenthal's Dinner and Jason Atherton's Pollen Street Social; both entirely predictable, the latter wholly undeserved. A third London newcomer to the list, North Road, has garnered some positive reviews for its Noma-esq cuisine and is very much on my to-try list. The fourth and final newly starred London establishment was again a long-time Michelin guide staple, Hakkasan Mayfair joining its elder Hanway Place sister, amongst the ranks.
The subtractions were led by Pied á Terre, which lost one of its two stars; not at all surprising if my meal there 18 months ago was anything to go by, whilst Tom Aikens was dispossessed of the Michelin Star it has held since 2004, again a wholly justifiable decision based on my experience there in the summer. Ho-hum.