Michelin Green Stars: What Are They and Which Restaurants Have Them?
Last year’s Michelin guide welcomed 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 recently released 2022 guide, nine restaurants were awarded a Green Star. This includes Marle, the farm-to-table restaurant at one of the UK’s most eco-minded hotels, Heckfield Place, as well as Moor Hall in Lancashire, which already has two Michelin stars. Other newcomers to the category are Oak in Bath and Wilsons in Bristol.
They joined a collection of restaurants who were presented with one last year. This includes Raymond Blanc’s Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons in Oxfordshire alongside The Black Swan, a cheerful pub in Oldstead with a stellar tasting menu. The UK’s first zero-waste restaurant, Silo, also has 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 also have Green Stars.
Below we share all the restaurants in the UK and Ireland with a Green Star.
- NEW: Chapters, Hay-on-Wye
- NEW: Marle, Heckfield
- NEW: Moor Hall, Aughton
- NEW: Oak, Bath
- NEW: Pensons, Tenbury Wells
- NEW: Pine, East Wallhouses
- NEW: Terroir Tapas, Bournemouth
- NEW: Tillingham, Peasmarsh
- NEW: Wilsons, Bristol
- 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
- Where the Light Gets In, Stockport
- Inver, Strachur
Main image: Coombeshead Farm
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