Four pubs score Bib Gourmands

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

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Celebrating the sector: Four pubs bag top accolades (credit: Michelin Guide)
Celebrating the sector: Four pubs bag top accolades (credit: Michelin Guide)

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Four gastropubs were among the 20 eateries awarded Bib Gourmands by the Michelin Guide today (Wednesday 22 March).

The list has been released ahead of the launch of the complete Michelin Guide Great Britain and Ireland 2023,​ which will reveal this year's starred restaurants, at the Northampton-based Silverstone racetrack on 27 March.

Named after Bibendum, the Michelin Man mascot, the Bib award was created in 1997 and is given to restaurants for "good quality, good value cooking".

The pubs recognised were the Blaise Inn in Bristol, the Queen of Cups in Glastonbury, Somerset, the Chequers in Bath, Somerset and the Pelican in Notting Hill, West London.

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Michelin Guides international director Gwendal Poullennec said the new establishments awarded Bib Gourmands were picked for their fine and generous cooking across a diverse range of styles, and for their good quality, good value cooking.

He continued: “As chefs in Great Britain & Ireland face rising day-to-day costs – from the raw ingredients they purchase to the energy they use to keep their kitchens and restaurants running – it is heartening to see many of them also finding inventive ways to create affordable menus and keep costs down for their guests, while still offering creative and exciting culinary experiences,”

The Chequers was praised by the Michelin Guide as a “popular pub” with its cooking possessing an “appealingly muscular quality”, whether that’s its Orkney scallops or Wiltshire pheasant.

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Guests could pick between elaborate dishes with international flavours and touches of originality or those of a more traditional bent, the Guide added, but said the homemade bread was always a must.

“Deliciously different,” was the Guide’s take on fellow Somerset inn the Queen of Cups. The 17th​ century site includes various seating areas and an outdoors courtyard.

Menus showcase West Country produce to curate Middle Eastern and Mediterranean small plates which “burst with flavour”, the Guide added.

What’s more, Blaise Inn, situated in Bristol’s suburbs near Blaise Castle, serves good value, traditional British dishes cooked with a modern approach. Personable service completes the picture, according to the Michelin spokesperson.

A flexible menu with sensible pricing serving “gutsy food with a British heart” is what the Pelican is all about, the Guide stated. Potted shrimp, beef & Guinness pie and mince on toast all feature on the Victorian pub’s menu.

New Bib Gourmand recipients for 2023


Blaise Inn, Bristol

COR, Bristol

Emilia, Ashburton

Evernight, London

Flint House, Brighton and Hove

Hām, London

Kushi-Ya, Nottingham

Marmo, Bristol

Plaza Khao Gaeng, London

Queen of Cups, Glastonbury

Root Wells, Wells

Six Bells, Witham on the Hill

The Chequers, Bath

The Galley, Topsham

The Pelican, London

The Spärrows, Manchester


Yr Hen Printworks, Cardigan

Northern Ireland

EDŌ, Belfast

Waterman, Belfast

Republic of Ireland

Saint Francis Provisions, Kinsale

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