Do you know what a Michelin star is...?


A Michelin Star is an award for the overall "prestigiouness" of a restaurant. Restaurants are graded from 1 to 3, with 1 being "a very good restaurant in its category", 2 meaning "excellent cooking wirth a detour" and 3 stars denoting "exceptional cuisine worthy of a special journey". These are the restaurant awards that chefs aspire to achieve in their careers.


So how do you get a Michelin star.....?

A Michelin star is not only awarded for the standard of cuisine, it's also awarded on the dining experience, not just taste and presentation. The quality of the produce used, value for money, etiquette of waiting staff and the creativity of food preparation and taste are also considered. Consistency, food science, technical details and the ambience and design of the restaurant are also important factors, as are the unique traits that allow a restaurant, partcularly the food so stand out.


It all started with a Tyre Company....

The awards and listings were created in the early 1900's by the Michelin Tyre Company. The thinking was that car owners would drive to these restaurants and by doing so, they would wear their cars tyres down and create a demand for new ones....!


Here are our top picks of restaurants who have achieved a Michelin star rating close to Coastal Marinas, Rivers and Canals...

Click on the highlighted restaurant name to visit their website....


The Black Rat. 88 Chesil Street, WInchester, Hampshire, SO23 0HX Tel : 01962 844465

The Elephant. 3-4 Beacon Terrace, Torquay, Devon, TQ1 2BH Tel : 01803 200044

The Harrow at Little Bedwyn. High Street, Little Bedwyn, Marlborough, Wiltshire, SN8 3JP Tel : 01672 870871

La Dame de Pic. Four Seasons Hotel, 10 Trinity Square, London, EC3N 4AJ Tel : 0203 2973799

The Waterside Inn. Ferry Road, Bray, Berkshire, SL6 2AT Tel : 01628 620691

Deanes EIPIC. 28-40 Howard Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland, BT1 6PF Tel : 02890 331134

The Fat Duck. High Street, Bray, Berkshire, SL6 2AQ Tel : 01628 367584

Purnells. 55 Cornwall Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, B3 2DH Tel : 0121 2129799

Midsummer House. Midsummer Common, Cambridge, CB4 1HA Tel : 01223 369299

Restaurant James Sommerin. The Esplanade, Penarth, CF64 3AU Tel : 02920 706559

White Swan at Fence. 300 Wheatley Lane, Fence, Lancashire, BB12 9QA Tel : 01282 611773

The Man Behind the Curtain. 68-78 Vicar Lane, Lower Ground Floor, Flannel, Leeds, LS1 7JH Tel : 0113 2432376

House of Tides. 28-30 The Close, Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3RF Tel : 0191 2303720

Bulrush. 21 Cotham Road South, Bristol, BS6 5TZ Tel : 0117 3290990

Number One at Balmoral. The Balmoral, 1 Princess Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2EQ Tel : 0131 5576727

The Walnut Tree Inn. Llanddewi Skirrid, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, NP7 8AW Tel : 01873 852797

Paul Ainsworth at No.6. 6 Middle Street, Padstow, Cornwall, PL28 8AP Tel : 01841 532093

Lympstone Manor. Courtlands Lane, Exmouth, Devon, EX8 3NZ Tel : 01395 202040

The Glasshouse. 14 Station Parade, Kew, London, TW9 3PZ Tel : 0208 9406777

The Cellar. 24 East Green, Anstruther, Fife, KY10 3AA Tel : 01333 310378



Remember to book early....!

If you've had an exceptional meal in a pub, restaurant or hotel that's close to a Coastal Marina, River or Canal, please drop us a line and we'll make sure they're listed on Boat Central so other Boaters can enjoy their food....