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The new local Michelin Star winners for 2022!

Award-winning local cuisine, you say? Hot off the press, the latest Michelin star winners have just been announced. Take a look at the full line-up for Devon and the South West.

Andria, Dartmouth – Bib Gourmand – NEW

Ask anyone who lives in Dartmouth where to eat since Andria opened in 2020, and this has been the name on their lips, so no surprise it’s been spotted by the Michelin gurus. Chef Luca Beradino’s classic European menu is bursting with local character with Sunday lunch Andria-style a sharing course for two, and a choice of starter or dessert for £60. Mains is either 18oz black Angus sirloin or roasted lamb rack with proper mint sauce, and save us a slice of dessert – mmmm – chocolate marquise with burnt toast, Andria olive oil and hazelnut. Boom.

ONE STAR

Thomas Carr 1873, Ilfracombe ★

Chef Thomas Carr left behind a Michelin star when he vacated his old restaurant, The Olive Room, and scooped a star within four months of opening this new venue in Ilfracombe’s former police station (the name is a nod to when it was built). They’ve kept their star for a second year despite sadly losing their head chef Chris Essex to cancer in 2021, and are Restaurant of the Year finalists in the Visit Devon Tourism Awards to boot. If fish is your thing, super-local and fresh, give 1873’s ever-changing six-course Taster Menu a go asap.

The Elephant, Torquay

The first restaurant in Torquay to be awarded a Michelin Star, chef proprietor Simon Hulston and his wife Katy took over The Elephant in 2003 and have held on tightly to their Michelin Star for a whopping 15 years.  A bright, informal restaurant with fab harbour views and menus focused on sourcing locally.

Lympstone Manor, Lympstone

Devon marvel Michael Caines snaffled his shiny Michelin Star just six months after opening his contemporary hotel overlooking the Exe estuary at Lympstone. Kudos due. Alternatively, if you fancy something more casual and with stunning sea views, his new bar-come-eatery Mickey’s Beach, is now open for cocktails and cracking DJ sets on Exmouth’s beachfront.

Masons Arms, Knowstone  

Chef Mark Dodson has held onto the Masons Arms’ Michelin Star for a whopping seventeen years and before that he was head honcho at Michel Roux’s Waterside Inn at Bray for 12 years. Here he serves up a modern take on British and French classics, and if you love local and lovingly-prepped food in a cosy, thatched 13th century cottage off the beaten track, book in pronto.

BIB GOURMAND

The Antidote, Ilfracombe

Find Antidote just off Ilfracombe’s quayside in a cool, converted glass-fronted store, where you can tuck into a modern British menu. If you fancy a North Devon adventure, book in one of their two boutique rooms upstairs.

The Cornish Arms, Tavistock

This 17th century gastropub is proving its worth as the jewel in Tavi’s hospitality crown, having just nabbed 14th place in the Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropubs and and now this, their ninth year with a covetable Bib Gourmand. Dishes include unpretentious classics, such as steak and chips, and rhubarb crumble (above) with an unusual modern twist. Thinking of booking? Don’t delay as locals are queuing up to get back in to check out a classy-looking refurb over winter.

GREEN STAR

River Cottage Kitchen, Axminster

Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall’s canteen was one of 31 UK eateries to nab a Green Star, awarded for sustainability, including working closely with farmers and foragers. A fab stop-off by day for coffee or brunch and shabby-chic bistro by night.  We’re talking mussels and chips, steak and ale and their popular Kitchen Feasts – a set five course menu for £35. Save us a Stinger Beer (made from nettles, naturally).

MORE STARRY OUTINGS IN THE SOUTH WEST

Root, Bristol, Bib Gourmand

Box-E, Bristol, Bib Gourmand

Paco Tapas, Bristol ★

Casamia, Bristol ★

Bulrush, Cotham, Bristol ★

The Ethicurean, Wrington, Green Star

Beckford Bottle Shop, Bath, Bib Gourmand

Wilsons, Bristol, Green Star (NEW)

Osip, Bruton, Somerset  

The Olive Tree Restaurant, Bath, Somerset 

Outlaws New Road, Port Isaac  (NEW)

Rick Stein’s Café, Padstow, Bib Gourmand

Sardine Factory, Looe, Bib Gourmand

Kota, Porthleven, Bib Gourmand

The Square at Porthleven, Bib Gourmand (and Muddy Award 2021 winner!)

Paul Ainsworth at No 6 Padstow, Cornwall 

Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen, Port Isaac, Cornwall 

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