Michelin Monthly  – October

Looking for somewhere new, tried and tested to eat? Look no further, it’s time for us to delve into the latest eateries that have been added to the famous MICHELIN guide for October. 

In case you missed it, the team at MICHELIN recently announced that they will be revealing new additions to the guide monthly and for us foodies, it doesn’t get much better than a MICHELIN-approved joint to add to the visit list!  

Here at WTF! we’ve been doing the hard work for you, picking out some of the must-try dishes from the incredible list of menus. Trust us if you’re not already hungry you will be after reading this…

Brett, Glasgow 

This natural wine bar and eatery is set in the heart of Glasgow’s West End and has been brought to wine lovers by the well-established Cail Bruich team. The menus are filled with some of Scotland’s finest ingredients, to really show off what the country has to offer. We have our eyes on the BBQ halibut on the bone which is cooked over fire with an Arbroath smokie XO sauce, Chinese grains, and fried onion. It would be rude to visit Brett without a glass of vino, so we think we’d go for a cool (and large) glass of Mâcon-Pierreclos to accompany the dish – a match made in heaven. 

The Forge, Chester 

The modern brasserie located in the historic town of Chester is the latest venture by chef Mike Robinson. Mike’s passion for sustainable, British ingredients coupled with his love for cooking over charcoal and fire makes the menu hard to resist. The chefs aim to source ingredients from as close to Chester as possible, even using venison harvested from herds that Mike manages to improve biodiversity. We can’t wait to try the wood-grilled rack of Sika deer with celeriac, preserved blackberry and spiced black cabbage. 

Pony Bistro, Bristol

With a focus on wholesome cooking and incredible flavour, this highly anticipated restaurant comes from the same team as The Pony Chew Valley, but this time in the trendy city of Bristol.  Serving some spectacular bistro dishes from pork collar, salsa Verde, confit shallot and fermented mustard smoked jus to Bristol Beer Factory Tiramisu – it’s not one to be missed. 

The Eskdale, Castleton 

The 19C Station Hotel has been given a new lease of life as the Eskdale which is nestled in the heart of the breath-taking North York Moors National Park. The experienced team strives to give every customer an experience that will make them want to return time and time again. With Yorkshire pork belly, black pudding sausage roll, apple, and cauliflower on the menu I don’t think it will take us at WTF! too much convincing to return. 

Turnips with Toman Lidakevicius, London 

Set under London’s historic Borough Market arches, this restaurant celebrates quality produce in a unique and vibrant setting. Vegetable stalls surround the eatery, filled with the freshest produce which you will also find on the menu – the team aims to reduce food waste by using surplus produce from their stall to make street food and juices. The small plates menu is filled with creative dishes that we can’t wait to tuck into – the Essex beetroot, sunflower seeds and goat cheese would be top of our list. 

Orā, Belfast 

This vibrant tapas bar focuses on providing guests with a relaxed dining experience and exciting wines in an industrial-chic setting. The restaurant boasts an irresistible, international wine selection, cocktails and above all fusion tapas dishes that will give you a taste of cuisines from around the world. We love the sound of the marinated monkfish; black sesame tempura and Thai green curry mayonnaise and the barbecue Padron peppers with a spiced sourdough crumb and black vinegar. 

Dean Banks at the Pompadour, Edinburgh 

Another incredible restaurant from a MasterChef: The Professionals finalist. Dean Banks at the Pompadour is a stunning, contemporary restaurant situated in the famous Scottish Caledonian Hotel. The fine dining experience looks dazzling, showcasing the best of land and sea, with an ever-changing menu to show off the very best seasonal produce. The kosho trout with Thai basil and nori is top of our list of dishes to try. 

In other exciting foodie news, The AA has recently announced its 2021 rosette winners in a virtual ceremony. Forest Side in Grasmere, Cumbria; Mana in Manchester and Tuddenham Mill in Newmarket, Suffolk, were awarded four rosettes and 16 more were awarded three rosettes – you can read the full list here

Join us next month for bite-size reviews of the next restaurants to join the Guide. Until then, we will be busy eating our way around the UK.