Michelin Monthly – September

In case you missed the news, the team over at the MICHELIN Guide has decided to change the way the UK’s highest quality restaurants are being revealed, giving foodies more chance throughout the year to dine at the best of the best.

Since the early 1900’s, the Guide has been released annually, revealing new restaurants that have been added as well as the top establishments that have been awarded the prestigious MICHELIN stars. Now, new entries into the Guide will be revealed digitally on the last Wednesday of the month as inspectors share seven of their new favourite eateries.

We caught up with our Chef Director David Colcombe, to see what he thought of the new way of doing things. He said: “Every chef and restauranteur wants to have their new venture included in all of the guidebooks but especially the iconic “red book”, it’s the chefs’ bible! Whether you are aspiring to get MICHELIN stars or not, being included in the Guide is so special and has a huge amount of industry kudos attached to it.

“I really like the new system, it’s nice to only have to wait a month to discover new recommended restaurants and celebrate with them, rather than just doing it once a year. I’ve set a reminder in my calendar for the last Wednesday of the month, I can’t wait to have a sneak peek at who has been included in the Guide for 2022!”

Each month in WTF! we will be exploring the new Guide entries, celebrating their achievements and picking out the dishes that are on our must-try list…. starting with September’s:

Mae, Dublin

The new venture from award-winning chef Grainne O’Keefe only opened its doors in August 2021. Since then, the collaboration with wine shop French Paradox has been championing ‘modern, seasonal cooking with superb wine pairings to match’. This week’s new main course of iberico, anchovy, date sauce, confit potato and jus gras looks very special indeed!

Spry, Edinburgh

The neighbourhood wine bar specialises in natural wines and small plates that change with the season. We’re eagerly awaiting a sneak peek at the new season menu but if the summer offering of chicken dumplings in parmesan broth, lemon, coriander and Aleppo pepper aubergines, and wildflower risotto are anything to go by, it’ll be worth the wait!

OSMA, Manchester

A nod to the owners’ homes, Oslo and Manchester, OSMA is centred around community – replacing the daytime menu of breakfast and open sandwiches with small plates for the evening and serving to guests at communal tables. One thing’s for sure, we’d love to get stuck into one of their sharing Sunday lunches…

Imad’s Syrian Kitchen, London

Syrian chef Imad Alarnab honed his craft after being forced to flee from Lebanon, cooking for up to 400 refugees at a time as he made his way across Europe to London. After sell-out pop-ups and supper clubs, Imad opened the new premises in London’s busy Carnaby in May 2021. We’ve heard that the falafel is not to be missed!

Chapter One by Mickael Viljanen, Dublin

The second entry from Dublin opened recently with Michelin-starred chefs Mickael Viljanen and Ross Lewis at the helm. Will the chef-patron be aiming to carry on the Greenhouse legacy at Chapter One? We’re staying tuned to find out.

Fish & Forest, York

Focusing totally on sustainable fish and game, Fish & Forest has a ‘dynamic, season driven, produce led’ menu that is dictated by not only the location but also the fishing and hunting methods of suppliers. The new, seasonal starter of king scallop, nduja, trout roe cream, and lime is right up our street…

Hollist Arms, Lodsworth

Named one of the country’s best new pubs by the Good Pub Guide, the Hollist Arms has had a new lease of life after being joined by landlord Angus Davies, previously of Michelin-starred Samling Hotel (Cumbria) and Northcote Lodge (Lancashire) and a renewed focus on ‘uncomplicated but exquisitely executed’ food – the new autumn menu has everything from whole oxtail to monkfish on the bone and we want to try the lot!

Stock, Belfast

Focusing on creating memorable, quality dishes using the finest Irish ingredients, the team at Stock prides itself on working with local suppliers and market stall traders who share the same passion for quality ingredients. Their fresh Killough oysters with Armagh cider, apple and shallot dressing are first on our list to try.

Fenn, London

Fenn in Fulham is the latest foodie adventure from founders Toby and Luke, the dream team behind Nest in Hackey. Since opening earlier this year, the team has been delivering seasonal cocktails, sustainable wines, and British food including a delicious-looking seaweed muffin that we’ve got our eye on.

Thames Lido, Reading

The Spanish and Mediterranean inspired menu at the Lido adds to the ‘holiday’ atmosphere of the venue and perfectly complements the ‘oasis’ feel that the award-winning restaurant oozes. We can’t wait to try the wild Atlantic prawns with garlic butter and parsley with a wedge of fresh sourdough, while looking out onto the pool for the ultimate holiday vibes.

Join us next month for bite-size reviews of the next restaurants to join the Guide. Until then, we’ll be crossing these off our lists one by one!