Two pubs awarded Michelin stars

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

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Award-winning: Two pubs bag Michelin stars
Award-winning: Two pubs bag Michelin stars

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The Bridge Arms in Canterbury, Kent and the Cumbria-based the Dog & Gunn Inn have scooped their first Michelin stars today (Wednesday 16 February) in the 2022 Michelin Guide.

Eight restaurants were awarded three Michelin stars (one of which is new), 22 were granted two (five of which were new), while 164 scored one (19 of which were new). 

Due to Covid safety precautions, this year’s launch of the Michelin Guide Great Britain and Ireland​ took place in digital format via Instagram, Twitter and the Michelin Guide website. 

A spokesperson for the Michelin Guide said: "We are pleased to be able to recognise such great cooking in these two country pubs.  Both The Dog and Gun Inn and The Bridge Arms provide all the character you’d expect of a great British pub. Inspectors enjoyed their charm, hospitality and some great beer.

"But whether it was a traditional venison suet pudding, or pork chop cooked over wood with Bramley apple, these pubs serve up some delicious cooking and thoroughly deserve their newly awarded Michelin stars."

Skelton-based independent dining pub, the Dog & Gunn Inn is described by the Michelin Guide as a “proper village pub, with traditional décor, down-to-earth service, and great food”.  

Depth and flavour

The pub is fronted by chef-owner Ben Queen-Fryer, who showcases local ingredients in hearty, satisfying dishes with plenty of depth and flavour. The menu includes suet puddings, souffles and triple-cooked chips. 

The Bridge Arms in Canterbury is a new addition to the guide, having been taken over by Daniel and Natasha Smith in 2021, the pair behind the award-winning Fordwich Arms in Kent.

The couple rebranded the Grade II-listed, 16th​ century venue, which was formerly an inn named the White Horse, and created a new menu inspired by Basque cuisine.  

According to the Michelin Guide​, the cooking is “gloriously nourishing and comforting, but that’s not to say the dishes don’t boast a certain elegance, thanks to the quality of the ingredients and the skill of the kitchen.” 

While no pubs scored three Michelin stars, the Hand and Flowers in Marlow, Buckinghamshire secured its two Michelin stars for the 10th​ year running. 

The current 18 Michelin-starred pubs are: 

  • The Hand and Flowers (two stars), Marlow, Buckinghamshire 
  • The Harwood Arms, Fulham, south-west London 
  • The Nut Tree Inn, Murcott, Oxfordshire 
  • The Blackbird, Newbury, Berkshire 
  • The Coach, Marlow, Buckinghamshire 
  • The Cross, Kenilworth, Warwickshire 
  • The Crown, Maidenhead, Berkshire 
  • The Fordwich Arms, Canterbury, Kent 
  • The Masons Arms, Knowstone, Devon 
  • The Pipe and Glass Inn, South Dalton, East Yorkshire 
  • The Sportsman, Seasalter, Kent 
  • The Star Inn, Harome, North Yorkshire 
  • The Walnut Tree Inn, Abergavenny, Wales 
  • The White Swan at Fence, Lancashire 
  • The Angel at Hetton, North Yorkshire 
  • The Royal Oak, Whatcote, Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire 

The newly starred restaurants in this year’s guide were:  

  • Kol​, Marylebone, London 
  • Meadowsweet​, Holt, Norfolk 
  • Pine​, East Wallhouses, Northumberland 
  • Sollip​, Southwark, London 
  • SY23​, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion 

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