The Cornish Michelin Star Winners 2017
Woop woop! If ever there was a call for pants of Bridget Jones-esque dimensions – this is it. Our county has done us proud with three Cornish restaurants receiving Michelin stars in the revered 2017 guide – strap me in and pass me my golden fork… it’s time to EAT!
Yes folks, The Michelin Guide got very funky this year as results were live tweeted from the ceremony in London, and our fab county nabbed a very respectable number!
First up is Muddy Cornwall best restaurant finalist Paul Ainsworth at Number 6 in Padstow. Elegant, airy and comfortable, providing an understated contrast to the slightly rococo gift emporiums to be found elsewhere in Padstow, the restaurant can be packed to the rafters during the summer – so plan ahead. Scrubbed wooden fireplaces, comfortable grey and wood furnishings and attentive service all add to the refinement; the food ranges from the familiar to the playfully inventive, there’s a bar with a list of cocktails and drinks to be proud of as well.
Paul Ainsworth at No 6, 6 Middle Street, Padstow PL28 8AP T: 01841 532 093
Second on our list is Driftwood in Porthscatho. Chef Chris Eden and his team have retained this accolade since 2012. Chris is obsessive about sourcing the best produce that Cornwall has to offer, and known for his ‘party on a plate’ fancy local ingredients and delicate dishes.
Driftwood, Rosevine, Porthscatho TR2 5EW T: 01872 580644
And maybe leaving the best till last (well this man collects stars like I collect germs from the kids) Restaurant Nathan Outlaw in little old Port Isaac – which received not one but TWO spangly stars. Choosing to only offer only one single main tasting menu to diners, along with a vegetarian menu available on request is bold, as is his focus on seafood and deserts.
Nathan also received a star for Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen (the restaurants relaxed brother) and London outpost Outlaw’s in the Capital. A big tranche of the fish and shellfish menu served at Outlaw’s at The Capital is from Cornwall; couriered on board a train up to the big smoke called the Cornish Express.
Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, 6 New Road, Port Isaac, PL29 3SB T: 01208 880896
Here’s a quick round up of where the stars are falling in our nearest neighbour counties if you fancy a visit to a destination restaurant in the coming weeks. Those Devonshire chefs over the border are cooking up the biggest storm, with Avon brandishing the frying pan and Somerset too. I’ll be making my way down the list over the months to come – ‘Show me the way to rooollll home!
New knife in the block over the border in Devon is Thomas Carr @The Olive Room, Ilfracombe – congrats on the new entry.
Gidleigh Park in Chagford – 2 stars
Treby Arms, Plympton – 1 star
The Elephant, Torquay – 1 star
The Masons Arms, Knowston – 1 star
Casamia, Westbury Village – 1 star
Wilks, Redland – 1 star
The Pony and Trap – 1 star
Bath Priory, Bath, Somerset – 1 star
You can see the full list of Michelin-starred restaurant in the UK here, and don’t forget to check out my EAT OUT section for all kinds of quirky recommended restaurants and gastropubs across the Duchy and beyond. This is no place for spanx!