Michelin Star Restaurants in Wales for 2021
The Michelin Guide Great Britain and Ireland 2021 was launched on 25th January. Michelin stars are awarded to restaurants judged to be of a particularly high standard by the culinary equivalent of secret agents. No chef knows when a Michelin Inspector will be at their restaurant, or who they are when they’re there.
With such a prestigious award at stake, the food at a Michelin star restaurant will almost always be delicious. Based on this year’s results, here is the best of what Wales has to offer as of 2021.
NEW AWARD – The Green Star
This year’s Michelin Guide was ground-breaking, for it featured a brand new kind of award. The new Michelin ‘Green Star’ highlights restaurants that are at the forefront of the industry when it comes to sustainability. Twenty-three British restaurants won this new award, and one of those was in Wales.
According to the Michelin guide, this new award recognises restaurants who champion local producers and who ‘hold themselves accountable for both their ethical and environmental standards’.
Green Star restaurant – Henry Robertson – Palé Hall, Llandderfel
One of the best restaurants in North Wales, the Henry Robertson is positioned within the spectacular Palé Hall Hotel, with lovely views over the gardens.
Its menus reflect the local offerings, with organic fruits and veg grown on-site. A hydro-electric plant provides enough carbon-neutral energy to power the entire hotel. They also run an incentive scheme for ‘innovative contributions’ to reduce their carbon footprint.
Ingredients are sourced from farmers, fishermen and growers in the region, which allows guests to enjoy some of the finest fresh local seasonal fare – Welsh black beef, local venison, salmon and artisan cheeses.
Walnut Tree, Llanddewi Skirrid
Sitting two miles east of Abergavenny, The Walnut Tree has been a famous restaurant and inn since the early 1960s. Close to the English border, this Michelin star restaurant set in the rolling hills of South Wales, has held a Michelin Star since 2010. The food is modest, contemporary and celebrates both seasonal ingredients and traditional Welsh cooking, under the leadership of legendary chef, Shaun Hill.
This surprising destination dining restaurant is set in 14 acres of beautiful landscape adjacent to the UNESCO Dfyi Biosphere nature reserve. Led by head chef Gareth Ward, restaurant goers can watch with delight as their dinner is prepared and served by chefs who explain exactly how it was created. The Ynyshir’s set menu boasts 17 variants to showcase seasonal ingredients and up to 20 courses.
The Whitebrook, Whitebrook
This award-winning restaurant near Monmouth in South East Wales got its first Michelin star within just 11 months of opening. With chef patron Chris Harrod at the helm, the Whitebrook’s menu celebrates the growers and producers of the Wye Valley. Whatever is not bought from local growers comes from their own kitchen garden, or is foraged from the nearby hedgerows, woods & estuary.
Beach House, Oxwich
First awarded a Michelin star in 2019, the head chef Hywel Griffith is passionate about local produce. One of the best restaurants in South Wales, the Beach House offers tasting menus that are designed to be enjoyed as a whole table dining experience. Other dishes highlight the local ingredients and are paired with an extensive wine list.
Sosban & The Old Butchers, Menai Bridge
Located within a historical Butcher’s Shop on the Isle of Anglesey off the northwest coast of Wales, this dining experience is a little different to most. If you like a surprise, the Sosban & The Old Butchers restaurant could be for you. With a focus on local suppliers, the menu changes every day depending on what’s in season, often with surprising – and delicious – results.
Other Michelin awards for Wales
Bryn Williams at Porth Eirias, the Bib Gourmand Award
Located on Colwyn Bay’s windswept seafront in North Wales, the Bryn Williams’ bistro style menu is another focused on seasonal foods and is full of local Welsh produce – particularly seafood. One of two Welsh winners of this award, this restaurant boasts a relaxed atmosphere, where those dining can watch the chefs work in the open kitchen.
Hare and Hounds in Aberthin, the Bib Gourmand Award
Food that is local and in season is the focus here, so the menu reflects the best possible local produce. The food itself dictates what is on the menu at the Hare and Hounds from day to day and what isn’t bought from local farmers and growers comes from their own vegetable garden and smallholding. Aberthin born Chef Tom Watts-Jones trained in London and returned to South Wales to celebrate the absolute best of Welsh cuisine.