This follows the announcement last week (28 September) of six pubs receiving a Michelin Bib Gourmand, alongside 22 that retained the award.
Michelin said pubs were “well represented”. It hailed the Dog & Gun as “unashamedly old-fashioned”; the Compasses Inn as “hugely characterful”; and that the Crown Inn’s menus “championed the county’s produce”.
The pubs awarded a Bib Gourmand for the first time were Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropub the Compasses Inn, Crundale, Kent; Bell Inn in Langford, Oxfordshire; Charlton Arms in Ludlow, Shropshire; Dog & Gun in Skelton, Cumbria; the Windmill Chatham Green in Chelmsford, Essex; and the Crown Inn, Upton, Hampshire.
For the 2019 Michelin Guide, Daniel Smith, The Observer’s Young Chef of the Year Award winner 2016 opened the Fordwich Arms, Sturry, Kent, just last year (December) and was awarded a star.
At the time of opening, Smith told The Morning Advertiser: “We never planned to go to Kent but the site brought us here. It was absolutely perfect for what we wanted to achieve and our business concept.”
Number 29 on the Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropub list, Daniel Clifford’s the Flitch of Bacon in Little Dunmow, Essex was also awarded the accolade.
Timothy Taylor pub the White Swan at Fence in Lancashire was also awarded a star. The venue prides itself on its seasonal and regularly changing menu, including food that is simple but beautifully done.
The guide hailed the White Swan as “a lovely village pub where chef Tom Parker lets his wonderful ingredients shine”.
Dom Robinson’s the Blackbird, Bagnor, Berkshire, was given the accolade for his “back to basics assured and classical cooking”.
Pubs that lost their star were the Royal Oak in Bray, Berkshire, and the Butchers Arms in Eldersfield, Gloucestershire.