Michelin-Starred Restaurants Near The Collingham Apartments
As far back as 1900, André and Édouard Michelin, two French brothers who owned a small tyre manufacturer produced a guide for motorists (at the time there were fewer than 3,000 cars in France). It contained useful information including the location of petrol stations and hotels, how to change a tyre and where local mechanics were based and it was predominantly used as a marketing tool to boost car demand and therefore, the demand for tyres.
As the guide became de rigeur in France, it was expanded to include restaurants and as interest grew, the brothers employed a team of inspectors, all anonymous of course, to review and grade restaurants and in 1926 they decided to award a star to the best places. Five years’ later, the world-renowned three-star hierarchy was introduced and five years after that, they finally settled on the criteria:
One Star: A very good restaurant in its category
Two Stars: Excellent cooking, worth a detour
Three Stars: Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey
Here’s our guide to Michelin-starred restaurants near The Collingham Apartments.
The Harwood Arms*
At the time of writing the only Michelin-starred pub in London, The Harwood Arms is tucked away in Fulham’s back streets. Head Chef Alex Harper has created a sublime menu championing fresh British produce with a focus on game and wild food.
Lunch and dinner set-priced menus are perfectly reasonable – £35.50 for two courses and £42.50 for three – but expect to pay a little extra if you go à la carte. The brown paper wine list is equally impressive featuring over 200 bins.
The Harwood Arms is to pub grub what an F1 car is to a daily runaround.
Restaurant Gordon Ramsay ***
The flagship dining room of the shoutiest man in the world, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay is only the second three-star establishment in London (Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester is the other).
Serving an exquisite take on modern French cuisine with nothing but the finest local and seasonal ingredients, this is the most elegant standard-bearer of fine dining. Chef de Cuisine Matt Abé alongside Gordon Ramsay and Consultant Chef Clare Smyth MBE have created a magnificent menu, ably backed up with a wine list that includes a Château Vargaux 1er Cru classé from 1900 for £10,000.
Three courses from the à la carte menu will set you back £110 per person and you can double that for a decent bottle of red so it isn’t cheap but you’re talking about one of the two best restaurants in London.
The Five Fields *
Described as ‘garden to table’ modern dining, The Five Fields is the newest entrant to the Michelin club, having gained their first star in Michelin’s 2017 guide. Chef Patron Taylor Bonneyman working alongside Head Chef Marguerite Keogh have created, according to Michelin themselves, a ‘formally run yet intimate restaurant with a discreet atmosphere and a warm, comfortable feel.’
The menu is described in their own words as ‘elegant and playful modern British cooking with an emphasis on native British artisanal produce’ which balances luxury and sheer indulgence with graceful simplicity.
To prove their artisanal credentials, much of their ingredient list comes from their own kitchen garden in East Sussex including over 100 rare and forgotten herbs.
The Ledbury **
In 2005, Australian Head Chef Brett Graham was told that putting a high-end restaurant in Notting Hill was a ‘rubbish’ idea. Today, with two Michelin stars under his vastly experienced belt, tables at The Ledbury are amongst the hardest in London to secure.
In Graham’s own words, his food is ‘based around fabulous British produce where possible, with lots of vegetables and wild English game’ and menu highlights include Chinese Water Deer, scarlet cabbage, smoked bone marrow and pickled wild rose as well as a quite sensational roasted quince ice cream with a chestnut sponge, whiskey and honey.
In the über-prestigious San Pellegrino World’s 50 best Restaurants, The Ledbury came 20th. Not bad for a rubbish site in a place with no passing trade…
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal **
Don’t come to Dinner expecting classic Heston molecular gastronomy with apples tasting like eggs. This is Mr Blumenthal’s somewhat playful yet highly refined take on classic and historical British cooking inspired by the theatre of Tudor dining, 19th century savoury ice-cream and in true Heston style, the dishes of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
Menu highlights include 16th century Meat Fruit consisting of mandarin, chicken liver parfait and grilled bread and Cod in Cider from the 1940s with chard and fired mussels. Each dish comes with a date relating to its historical provenance.
This is exquisite dining at its most innovative, and in Michelin’s own words, ‘[Dinner] is all about respect for, and a wonderful renewal of, British food, with just a little playfulness thrown in.’
The River Cafe *
One of London’s most famous Italian restaurants, the River Cafe was opened in 1987 by Ruth Rogers and Rose Gray and owned and run by the duo until the latter’s death in 2010. Since then, Lady Rodgers (wife of world-renowned architect Sir Richard Rogers) has taken on the owning and running of this classic riverside eatery.
The food at the River Cafe has always been first class including bresaola of beef described as ‘sweet and velvety’ and exquisite homemade pasta dishes and the atmosphere is fun, busy and relaxed. One issue that keeps cropping up however is the price. Starters are as high as £20-30 and main courses closer to £40 and with three scoops of admittedly outstanding ice-cream at £12 it’s easy to see why that can put some off.
Still, if you’re looking for international-class Italian food, come to the River Cafe.
Outlaw’s at The Capital *
The excellently-named Nathan Outlaw runs one of London’s best seafood restaurants from the Capital Hotel in Knightsbridge. This is a man who knows his seafood. He also runs the two-Michelin star Restaurant Nathan Outlaw in Rock, Cornwall.
Alongside Head Chef Tom Brown, they have created a stunning array of sublimely-fresh fish and shellfish dishes using produce caught predominantly off the Cornish coast. Menu highlights include brill with oysters, leeks, olive oil and lime Hollandaise and octopus with almond and sherry vinegar bread sauce.
This is not the place if you’re looking for a beer-battered haddock and chips for a tenner!
Without question, Marcus is one of London’s finest dining rooms. With impeccable credentials, acclaimed chef Marcus Wareing has created relaxed formality while offering up exquisitely creative British food liberally sprinkled with modern European influences at the 5* Berkeley Hotel.
The food has been described as a ‘concert of brilliant harmonies’ and the 8-course tasting menu (at £120 per head) is a fiesta of exceptionally high quality seasonal produce prepared with creativity and sensational tastes and textures.
Save for a few world-class dining rooms, Marcus is up there with the very best.
Kitchen W8 *
The Michelin Guide says it best; ‘[Kitchen W8] is not as informal as the name suggests but still refreshingly free of pomp. The cooking has depth and personality and prices are quite restrained considering the quality of the produce and the kitchen’s skill.’
A joint venture between restauranteur Rebecca Mascarenhas and Philip Howard (formerly of 2-Michelin star The Square in Mayfair), Kitchen W8 under Head Chef Mark Kempson offers up a seasonal menu where the quality of the ingredients is the star of the show, described in their own words as a ‘modern English style with a French soul…’
The Glasshouse *
The Glasshouse is owned and run by Nigel Platts-Martin and Bruce Poole, the team behind acclaimed London restaurants Chez Bruce and La Trompette and they have managed to create a restaurant with a village-like feel but with sublime, one-star quality food worthy of most high-end Mayfair dining rooms.
The Michelin Guide says that the ‘food is confident yet unshowy – much like the locals – and comes with distinct Mediterranean flavours along with the occasional Asian hint’. The food is all at once delicious, innovative, creative and beautifully presented and with three courses for under £50, this is Michelin dining at high street prices.