Five Welsh restaurants retain Michelin stars

Welsh food
The Walnut Tree

The Walnut Tree at Llanddewi Skirrid near Abergavenny has retained its Michelin star, the food guide revealed.

The restaurant, which is under the helm of chef Shaun Hill, is one of five Welsh restaurants to be awarded stars in the 2016 Michelin Guide.

Shaun Hill

Mr Hill took over the restaurant in 2008, after former owner and former Michelin-starred chef Franco Taruschio sold the site in 2001. He has worked for Robert Carrier and alongside Brian Turner.

The Merchant House, his 24 seat Michelin-starred restaurant in Ludlow was hailed as the 14th best in the world and turned the Shropshire market town into a gastronomic destination.

Tyddyn Llan in Llandrillo, run by Bryan and Susan Webb, retains its Michelin star in the new guide. Tyddyn Llan is also a former True Taste North Wales restaurant of the year, and has built its reputation on seasonal Welsh produce.

The Checkers in Montgomery, which became Wales’ fourth Michelin star holding restaurant in 2011, retains its star. Chef proprietor Stéphane Borie offers classic French cooking.

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A mackerel dish from Ynyshir Hall

Head chef Gareth Ward and the team at Ynyshir Hall, Machynlleth, also retained their star.

He joined the Machynlleth restaurant from two Michelin-starred restaurant Sat Bains in Nottingham where he worked for three years as sous chef.   He also worked at the one-starred Hambleton and Seaham Hall in Durham.  The main emphasis is about taste and exciting flavours using only the best of Welsh produce.

Monmouthshire’s The Whitebrook also retains its Michelin star. Chris Harrod, who trained at Le Manoir,uses locally sourced food and freshly foraged herbs.

The Felin Fach Griffin near Hay on Wye was awarded a Bib Gourmand for offering good food at moderate prices. Its team prides itself on offering the best of Welsh border produce and keeping its cooking simple.

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