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Top 4 Michelin-starred restaurants in London hotels.

by Laura on December 19, 2014


With Christmas fast approaching, I just can’t stop thinking about food.

Turkey, roast potatoes, ham, stuffing, carrots, chocolate cake, gingerbread…I can’t wait to spend several days doing nothing but eat. It doesn’t help that there are so many cookery programmes on TV and many of them featuring Michelin-starred restaurants in 5-star hotels.

Although there are Michelin-starred restaurants in other parts of the country, London takes the crown for the highest number. The Michelin Guide 2015 gave one London hotel 3 stars (Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester) and three hotels 2 stars: Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley, Hélène Darroze at The Connaught, and Dinner by Heston Blumenthal at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park.

1-star restaurants are numerous – I counted to 30 and didn’t have the energy to count any higher – and include Seven Park Place at St James’s Hotel and Club, and Outlaw’s at The Capital. Not surprisingly, many of them are in Mayfair. There are a few too many restaurants to examine them all, but we can certainly look at the big hotel Michelin-starred four…

Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester

This French-run restaurant has held three Michelin stars since 2010.

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It received mixed reviews when it first opened in 2007, but has since risen to the pinnacle of hotel restaurants. Head Chef Jocelyn Herland serves up contemporary French food, from venison Grand-Veneur (meaning ‘huntsman’, a type of pepper sauce) with pumpkin and chestnuts to halibut with winkles, cockles and razorclams. If you want to know how things are run in the prestigious restaurant, they sometimes hold classes like ‘The Art of Fine Dining’ which they ran a couple of years ago.

Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley

Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley, recently renamed just ‘Marcus’, is run by one of the current ‘Masterchef: The Professionals’ judges, who earned his first Michelin star at just 25 years old.

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He also runs The Gilbert Scott at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel. The refurbishment of Marcus (the restaurant, not the chef) earlier this year aimed to bring “a relaxed formality” to the dining experience.

Driven by Head Chef Mark Froydenlund, the menus feature modern European food with a British influence. The current à la carte menu features such dishes as grouse with celeriac, bean and fig and toffee, peanut and milk chocolate nougat. The menu is slightly cryptic, for example: “rabbit, beetroot, watercress”. I suppose you have to fill in the rest for yourself!

Hélène Darroze at The Connaught

Another French chef, Hélène Darroze has taken her restaurant at The Connaught to 2-star acclaim.

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In fact, French restaurants are particularly popular in London, with many of the Michelin-starred establishments having a French chef at the helm.

Like many London restaurateurs, Darroze has a passion for local produce and uses the freshest ingredients every day. Her menus are inspired by her upbringing in southwest France, as well as her global travels. And the seasonal dishes can be enjoyed in a room designed in that beautiful contemporary-traditional style that many hotel restaurants are so fond of.

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park

Heston Blumenthal is known for going out of his way to experiment and make food that’s out of the ordinary.

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blumenthal mandarin oriental

His menu at his Mandarin Oriental restaurant is certainly playful, featuring such oddities as mussel and seaweed ketchup and spit roast pineapple.

Each dish is inspired by a historical recipe, many of them from the 18th and 19th centuries. Though different, there’s nothing on the menu that’s too crazy, and you can see the influence of traditional cooking in many of them. There might be Earl Grey cured salmon, but there’s no snail porridge.

Clearly, 5-star hotels go hand-in-hand with 3- and 2-starred restaurants. It’s really no surprise that the best hotels partner with the best chefs.

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Photo credits: The Dorchester, The Berkeley, The Connaught, Mandarin Oriental.

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