FOLLOWING an incredibly difficult year for the hospitality industry and a previously unseen three-month delay of this year’s Michelin publication, the new Michelin Guide Great Britain and Ireland 2021 was published at the end of last month.

Michelin said the decision to move the publication from the usual October date would allow time for the hospitality industry to get back on its feet.

This year’s guide, which is a digital-only publication, will ‘take into account industry recovery from Covid-19’ and ‘offer users more modern and engaging resources’ via the Michelin app and online.

A restaurant in Malmesbury was one of only 17 in the country to be given two Michelin stars in this year's guide.

The Dining Room at Whatley Manor has once again been recognised for its culinary quality, putting it in the elite of restaurants in the UK.

Chef Niall Keating said: “Our kitchen is designed to be as efficient as possible, and we have four beehives and our own orchard.

“We use local, ethical producers in our supply chain and have negotiated with suppliers to reduce packaging. Our food waste is turned into methane gas.”

Grey's Brasserie, the slightly less formal alternative to Whatley Manor’s ‘Dining Room’ featured in the guide too.

Two Tetbury restaurants have also been honoured by being recommended in the acclaimed publication.

The Gumstool Inn, and The Conservatory, both at Calcot Hotel and Spa, were both named.

The post on Calcot eaterie, The Gumstool Inn, says: “An attractively converted outbuilding with a laid-back pub vibe and plenty of rustic character courtesy of exposed beams and flagged floors. The accessible menu centres on pub favourites.”

And of The Conservatory, also at Calcot, the guide says: “Next to the hotel’s main entrance is this beautiful conservatory with a chic rustic style.

“Concise menus offer flavoursome modern dishes which showcase local ingredients – many from their own organically certified farm.”

Wilts and Glos Standard readers can also make for the Old Butchers in Stow-on-the-Wold.

It is described in the guide as: “An old butcher’s shop with quirky décor, colourful chairs and ice bucket and colander lampshades.

"The menu offers plenty of choice from old favourites to dishes with a Mediterranean slant.”

The Bull in Fairford also featured, with a listing saying: “Menus offer plenty of choice, from antipasti, pizza and pasta to hearty British dishes.”

And, for the first time in 2021, Michelin Green Stars have been introduced to reward sustainability in the hospitality industry, with Cotswolds destination Daylesford Organic one of the first in the UK to be recognised for its commitment to being green.

Daylesford chef Gavin Fuller said: “For 40 years we have promoted sustainable farming; growing produce and raising animals on our organic farm with the greatest consideration for the environment and animal welfare.

“Our mantra is to reduce, reuse, repair, recycle, rehome and rot.”

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