When it comes to organising a mini-break, there's a lot to consider but top of our must-have list (alongside dreamy decor and a stunning location) is the food on offer.
Thankfully, the UK has some of the best hotel restaurants in the business, with plenty of venues playing host to talented chefs and their prized Michelin star restaurants.
From the many stars shining across London hotel restaurants to the most amazing gourmet dinner in Oxfordshire, gourmands can indulge in a decadent meal at these Michelin-starred restaurants with rooms and avoid any foodie disappointment.
Scroll through and make dinner the highlight of your next stay at the best hotels with Michelin star restaurants.
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London
For Michelin-starred dining with a story, look no further than Dinner by Heston Blumenthal at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park. Here, the sublime dishes take you on a journey through Britain's past, whether you're slicing open the world-renowned Meat Fruit, a dish with a Medieval history, or the fluffy and sweet Tipsy Cake, a dessert inspired by the Victorians.
Meals are served in a contemporary setting, with floor-to-ceiling glass windows so you can enjoy watching the chefs. There are uninterrupted views of Hyde Park, for those who wish to dine by the windows. In true Heston style, the experience offers an unforgettable twist on the traditional: order the divine fillet of Hereford beef with triple-cooked chips and it comes with mushroom ketchup and at the end of the meal, a brilliant ice cream trolley is rolled to your table, where liquid nitrogen ice cream is made right in front of you.
If you're searching for a Michelin-starred hotel restaurant with dining that's as thrilling as it is delicious, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal is the spot.
Interlude at Leonardslee House, West Sussex
Hiding in plain sight in the South Downs, the Leonardslee Estate claims a Michelin-starred restaurant, Interlude, as part of a wonderful ensemble of lakes, gardens, a sculpture park, a Pinotage vineyard, and - curiously - a wallaby enclosure.
2019 saw the addition of 10 sumptuous guest rooms within the Italianate-style Leonardslee House at the heart of the estate. Decked out in British-designed furnishings, luxurious Mulberry fabrics, and considered collections of art and books, an ethos of more-is-more pays off with aplomb.
Downstairs, the extraordinary 18-course tasting menu at Interlude manages to nail that elusive classic-yet-contemporary approach with just the right level of theatre to an evening of feasting. It’s particularly distinct as it draws on both the influences of South African-born chef Jean Delport (and features some of his beloved dishes from home) and ingredients raised, cultivated, or foraged within the 240-acre estate — from venison and pine to pheasant and mugwort.
Vegetarians are also impressively well-catered for and don’t miss out on the thrill of dining here. The whole experience is elevated by opting for the recommended wine selections; an informed and enthusiastic sommelier presents delicious wines from the estate’s sister vineyard in South Africa.
Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, Oxfordshire
Hotels with Michelin stars don’t come much longer in the tooth than this Great Milton country house, where Raymond Blanc has retained two Michelin stars for over 35 years, during which time it’s sent more than 20 Michelin-starred chefs out into the kitchens of Britain.
Executive Head Chef Luke Selby pulls the strings in the kitchen, selecting herbs and vegetables from the hotel’s two-acre kitchen garden and generally pushing back the culinary boundaries with talented Head Pastry Chef Benoit Blin. They also run regular cookery courses, if you want to take a few tricks of the trade home with you.
Recognised globally as a bucket list gastronomic experience, dining at Belmond Le Manoir has menus described as ‘a twist of imaginative genius,' as Raymond and his team search for the finest ingredients.
In many ways, though, it’s the hotel itself that’s the star of the show (with food like Le Manoir's, that's quite a feat). While it’s obviously only likely to be one for a very special sort of occasion, from the 32 rooms and comfy sitting rooms to the lovely hotel gardens and croquet lawns, the whole place is set up to be inviting and intimate rather than stiff and intimidating.
La Dame de Pic London at Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square, London
The most decorated Michelin starred female chef in the world, Anne-Sophie Pic now holds eight stars across five restaurants. At the two Michelin-starred La Dame de Pic London at Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square Anne-Sophie showcases her passion for unexpected flavour combinations with a focus on seasonal and local ingredients.
The restaurant achieved its first Michelin star just eight months after opening and its second in the 2020 guide. The sleek 78-cover restaurant is welcoming and relaxed, with natural wood flooring, carved woodwork, curved leather banquettes and columns covered with bevelled mirrors.
Lovers of French cuisine can experience Limousin veal in black garlic and miso, infused with rooibos, and the signature Berlingots, pyramid pasta parcels filled with Brie de Meaux and pine nuts, wild mushrooms, watercress coulis and Douglas pine.
Latymer at Pennyhill Park, Surrey
Head Chef Steve Smith is renowned for his inventive British cooking that's flavour and texture-driven, using the best available seasonal produce. For a hotel with a Michelin star restaurant in Surrey, look no further than Pennyhill Park's Latymer, situated in one of the oldest parts of the original house.
Steve has held a Michelin star for 20 years and is known as one of the most inventive chefs around. The dishes at Latymer are perfectly paired with Head Sommelier Sergio Dos Santos' selection of wines. Sergio has worked at Michelin-starred restaurants in France and loves organic wines from emerging destinations.
The atmosphere at Latymer is intimate and luxurious with wooden panelling, a beamed ceiling and rich plush fabrics. When it comes to the food, you can expect to feast on Cornish brill, Herdwick lamb short saddle and Bresse pigeon. With flexi a la carte menus, discovery tasting menus and the chef's table, this is a Michelin star hotel restaurant you'll want to return to.
Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, London
The only restaurant at The Dorchester with a Michelin star (three, in fact), Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester has had Head Chef Jean-Philippe Blondet at the helm for nearly 10 years.
The pioneering French chef holds a total of 17 Michelin stars and presents a modern, fresh and light approach to food at his restaurant at the luxury hotel overlooking Hyde Park.
Blondet sources ingredients locally, with vegetables playing a key part of his philosophy. No dish is ever identical and diners can see the changing of the seasons in each dish.
Lympstone Manor, Devon
For fine dining in the heart of Devon, Lympstone Manor is a luxury country house hotel that delivers. Owned by chef restaurateur Michael Caines, its restaurant holds a Michelin star and invites you to discover Michael's timeless and eclectic European cuisine.
He uses the bounty of the Exe Estuary and the outstanding larder of the Southwest to create seasonal and local dishes. Each dish is superbly matched by wines selected from a world cellar containing over 600 bins too.
When you're not indulging in Michelin-starred fare, there's a vineyard and wine tasting to experience.
Hand & Flowers, Buckinghamshire
The Hand & Flowers stands out in this selection of otherwise mostly fairly traditional hotels for being essentially a restaurant with rooms.
The first gastro pub to be awarded a couple of stars from Michelin, Tom Kerridge's signature dishes are decidedly on the indulgent side - from roast hog, deep fried whitebait and slow-cooked duck breast (with triple fried chips) to deep fried pigs head.
As the only pub in the UK with two Michelin stars you can expect outstanding food that's for everyone to enjoy.
The Dining Room at Whatley Manor, Wiltshire
Home to two excellent restaurants, Whatley Manor is perfect for a foodie getaway. The Dining Room is quite the experience, boasting a Michelin star and a beautiful setting for intimate dining.
Deeply impressive from its tiny amuse bouches through to its multiple courses menu. Overseen by Executive Chef Ricki Weston, who also holds a green Michelin star for sustainable gastronomy, the outstanding menu offers wines matched by the in-house sommelier.
Ricki focuses on the finest British ingredients with interesting cooking methods.
Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles Hotel, Perthshire
With its couple of hundred swanky rooms, a luxuriously serene spa and the small matter of a championship golf course or three, Gleneagles is more luxury pleasure dome than plain old hotel in the Central Highlands.
But it’s the restaurant that’s probably the most indulgent part of all. For several years it has been the only hotel with two Michelin stars north of the border, with Head Chef Stephen McLaughlin delighting diners with decadent dishes in a relaxed environment.
No visit here is complete without savouring the signature dish of Home Smoked Scottish Lobster with a Lime and Herb Butter - divine.
Restaurant Hywel Jones at Lucknam Park, Wiltshire
Before becoming executive chef at Lucknam Park, Hywel Jones spent time in the kitchens of Nico Ladenis and Marco Pierre White, before taking over at Lola’s in Islington and Foliage at the Mandarin Oriental (where he won his first Michelin star) and Pharmacy in Notting Hill.
His menu at Lucknam Park is simpler than at one or two of the other Michelin-starred hotels we've picked out and comes with a real insistence on local produce – with a typical menu featuring the likes of slow cooked Roundway Hill pork belly and Wiltshire Downland’s lamb.
The dishes here are simple yet refined and you can expect beautifully crafted classics. Set down a tree-lined drive in a stunning Palladian mansion surrounded by 500 acres of private parkland, the elegant restaurant transports you to a bygone era of elegance and sophistication.
Marcus at The Berkeley, London
There’s obviously no shortage of Michelin stars twinkling in London’s hotels – from Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester to Helene Darroze at The Connaught (whose Coburg Bar is one of our favourite hotel bars in London).
Our pick of hotel Michelin star restaurants in London, though, includes The Berkeley, where Marcus Wareing plies his trade.
Wareing continues to wow all critics with his blend of classical fare and inventive takes on more rustic dishes like the Devonshire duck with beetroot, cherry and almond.
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