As the 50th anniversary of The MICHELIN Guide in Great Britain & Ireland is celebrated, the 2024 awards ceremony was held last night at The Midland Hotel in Manchester, with a total of 1,162 restaurants included in this year’s selection.
This year has been a quite a success for Ireland, with restaurants from Cork to Doolin gaining recognition in the Michelin Guide 2024, with the Bib Gourmand selections announced only last week. One restaurant has been awarded Two MICHELIN Stars and three restaurants have been awarded One MICHELIN Star.
All existing stars in Ireland have been retained, demonstrating the establishments’ dedication to offering high quality cooking, with the exception of Aimsir in Kildare, which closed its doors early last year. In last week’s announcement, Cork’s Ichigo Ichie, which previously held a MICHELIN Star, and has since relaunched into a more relaxed wine bar, was awarded a Bib Gourmand.
Gwendal Poullennec, International Director of The MICHELIN Guide commented: “The dining scene in Great Britain & Ireland continues to be both innovative and impressive. With a new Three MICHELIN Star and 6 new Two Star restaurants, the selection’s global standing has grown even further. Among all of the newly awarded Stars, both the quality and variety of the dining experiences are wonderful to see. There are enormously talented chefs turning their hands to anything from wood-fired sharing plates to finely tuned sushi. To have so much positive news to share with the industry, at a time when restaurants are facing so many challenges, gives me great pride and is proof of the continued vitality within British and Irish dining. That this has happened in the 50th year of the Great Britain & Ireland Guide is proof of how much gastronomy has grown and evolved in that time.”
Another Irish establishment has gained Two MICHELIN Stars – After gaining one star last year, Terre in Cork, has been awarded with a second star. Chef Patron Vincent Crepel and his kitchen team, including recently awarded Irish Young Chef of the Year, Shauna Murphy, have made impressively quick work of crafting a bold, assuredly two Stars experience. Located in the Castlemartyr Resort, Terre boasts a unique dining experience, expertly combining contemporary French cuisine with bold Asian flavours.
Ireland’s success continues as 3 new One MICHELIN Star restaurants are added to the MICHELIN Guide 2024. Dublin’s D’Olier Street, opening at the end of 2022, has been taking the city by storm with their visually striking and technically accomplished dishes. Set in the beautiful D’Olier Chambers, the walls are adorned with pieces by local artist, Casey Walshe. Co-owner and executive chef, James Moore, has been working in MICHELIN-starred restaurants for a number of years, now being part of the team that gained One Michelin Star for D’Olier Street.
The Bishop’s Buttery in Cashel Palace gained One MICHELIN Star. Celebrating the best of Irish produce and great natural flavours, with a surprise tasting menu offered for diners, the stories of each dish’s elements are described in detail, demonstrating their focus on serving top-quality, local produce.
Homestead Cottage in Doolin was awarded One MICHELIN Star, demonstrating their dedication not only to delicious cooking, but their focus on working hand in hand with local producers, farmers and artisan Irish produce. Set in a traditional Irish cottage in the rural west coast of Ireland, Homestead Cottage offers an memorable, immersive dining experience.
Ireland now boasts 5 Two Star establishments, 14 One Star restaurants and 20 Bib Gourmand selections.