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The local Michelin star winners for 2021!

In case you missed the announcement, the winners have been crowned (and some are offering takeaway!). Take a look at the full line-up for Leicestershire, Rutland and beyond.

LEICESTERSHIRE

John’s House, Mountsorrel, Leicestershire

This fine dining hotspot in the village of Mountsorrel has retained its well-deserved Michelin star (the only one in Leicestershire), and we we couldn’t be happier for John and his team. No flashy decor, no busy city centre location, no fancy lighting or posh-looking menus – everything about John’s House is humble, cosy and totally charming and I love it plus, they’re running a food collection service at the weekends! Bonus!

RUTLAND

Hambleton Hall, nr Oakham

Celebrating over 40 years, Hambleton Hall is an absolute gem tucked away in the picturesque Hambleton peninsula, Rutland. Chef Aaron Patterson started out here in 1984 before leaving to sharpen his skills by working with the likes of Raymond Blanc before returning as Head Chef in 1992. He’s been here ever since and has has the longest retained single star in the UK. Respect!

BIB GOURMANDS

NEW ENTRY: The Stag & Hounds, Burrough on the Hill, Leicestershire.

With a Michelin-trained chef at the helm, it’s no wonder they bagged themselves this accolade. We’ve been waxing lyrical about this village pub since Dominic and his wife opened it in 2019. With hearty British classics and rustic dishes made from locally sourced produce at moderate prices, what’s not to love? Order their Valentine’s Day meals to see what all the fuss is about. Check them out in our Little Black Book.

Hitchen’s Barn, Oakham

When Neil and Louise Hitchen shut their already successful pub, The Berkeley Arms in Wymondham and opened Hitchen’s Barn in Oakham in 2019, I wonder if they knew it was going to be their best move yet? Not only has business grown, but so has their reputation. Well done guys!

MORE STARRY OUTINGS CLOSE BY

Sat Bains, Nottingham ★★

Alchemilla, Nottingham. ★

Iberico World Tapas, Nottingham ★

Winteringham Fields, Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire★

Adam’s Birmingham, ★

Carters of Moseley, Birmingham ★

Opheem, Birmingham. ★

Peel’s at Hampton Manor, Solihull, Birmingham ★

Salt, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire ★

Simpsons, Edgbaston, Birmingham ★

The Cross at Kenilworth, Kenilworth, Warwickshire ★

The Royal Oak Whatcote, Warwickshire ★

I’ll take a table for two at all of them once lockdown lifts, please!

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