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Michelin recently announced its top restaurants in the UK, awarding coveted stars or marking the rising tables to book with Bib Gourmand status. In 2021 the prestigious guide also launched its green stars, and this year it dished out nine of them to game-changing restaurants with serious sustainable and ethical credentials.
Here we've rounded up ten Michelin-approved spots in England and Wales to book now for 2022 and have highlighted where to stay nearby within our Collection, all less than 30 minutes by car.
Simon Rogan's legendary Lake District restaurant became the first three-star spot in the North of England in the recent guide. Its 16-course tasting menu celebrates the best of British ingredients, most of which are grown on their nearby farm.
Nearby Collection inn: Punch Bowl Inn, Crosthwaite - a 22 minute drive away
Chef Cal Byerley and his partner Siân Buchan opened this Scandinavian-inspired restaurant in a converted cow barn at their Northumbrian home to celebrate the homegrown flavours from Byerley's northern childhood. Just nine months later the modern and refined tasting menu, with most ingredients foraged or sourced within 20 miles, earned them a Michelin star (and a green star too).
Nearby Collection inn: Battlesteads, Hexham - a 21 minute drive away
Housed in a lovingly restored Georgian building in artists-hub Holt near the Norfolk coast, Meadowsweet is the kind of spot to book months in advance. Chef-owner Greg Anderson's carefully crafted plates - maybe Périgord truffle cestini or Hindolveston lamb with wild garlic - are dished up in the pretty, refined dining room.
Nearby Collection inns: The Kings Head, Letheringsett - a 3 minute drive away; The Wiveton Bell, Wiveton - a 7 minute drive away; White Horse, Blakeney - a 12 minute drive away; The Globe Inn, Wells-next-the-Sea - an 18 minute drive away
Margate is often dubbed Hackney-on-Sea, so it's not surprising to find the team from East London's hit restaurant Brawn have landed here, with this seaside hotspot that champions coastal cooking. Tuck into brown butter skate wing, cod roe or Cornish mussels, paired with cool wines, good music and fun people.
Nearby Collection inn: The Dog at Wingham - a 30 minute drive away
In the picturesque village of Lodsworth in West Sussex, hungry diners make a beeline for this stone-built pub with pared-back interiors and unfussy, daily-changing dishes to match. Past hits include venison stuffed cabbages or in-season butternut tortelli.
East Sussex's coolest natural winery is only an hour from London, and just down the road from the pretty hilltop town of Rye. As well as producing their distinctive, earthy, low-intervention wines, Tillingham doubles as a working farm growing produce that appears on plates in their restaurant.
Nearby Collection inn: The Woolpack Inn, Tenterden - a 20 minute drive away
Luckily, you don't have to be staying at Heckfield Place, one of the most elegantly-designed and responsibly-minded hotels in the UK, to get a table at Marle. Overseen by the brilliant Skye Gyngell, the light-flooded orangery-style space is as lovely for a hearty weekday lunch of beetroot soup or confit duck leg with endive and blood orange, as it is for a twinkly weekend supper of scallops and polenta, or home farm lamb with cime di rapa from the property's biodynamic farm.
Hyper-seasonal CHAPTERS rotates its set menu every six weeks to get the best from its small scale producers. Set in the old meeting rooms of a chapel, the interiors are appropriately ascetic but the food is far more indulgent. Past hits include dock seed loaf with bone marrow and onion butter, and middle white pork terrine with aubergine pickle.
Nearby Collection inn: Felin Fach Griffin, Brecon - a 17 minute drive away
Oak kick started its vegetarian journey as a greengrocer in one of the city's oldest buildings. Foodies now flock to this plant-based restaurant for interesting sharing plates - roast Jerusalem artichokes with pear puree, braised leeks with whipped ricotta - and its selection of low-intervention wines.
The tiny kitchen at neighbourhood gem Wilsons rolls out inventive plays on local ingredients, including freshly-picked vegetables from its smallholding. Three dishes per course are scribbled on the blackboard in the simple dining room - try the menu du jour which comes with a glass of natural wine for £25.
Nearby Collection inn: The Langford Inn, Lower Langford - a 30 minute drive away
Last updated: 25.02.22