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Chester restaurants recognised in new Michelin Guide

28 January 2021

Eight Chester restaurants received a mention in the 2021 Michelin guide - with a Michelin star, a green star and a bib gourmand amongst them.

This combination makes Chester restaurants the most decorated in any city centre in the North West.

Of notable mention was sustainable restaurant Hypha, which won one of 23 green stars awarded across the UK.

Nicholas Friar, owner of Hypha, said: "The team at Hypha have been totally overwhelmed to receive such an incredible accolade from Michelin.

"To say we are passionate and committed to sustainability is an understatement.

"Creating zero waste is as important to us as the food we produce - so the green star is really the ultimate recognition.

He added: "We have to take a smart approach to maximising our ingredients to be able to create zero waste.

"This includes sourcing growers wisely, to fermenting in Koji, our neighbouring lab and workspace, and to our in-house composting – which is then returned as fertiliser to our growers to create a closed loop system."

Carl Critchlow BID Manager said: "We are so delighted to see the city’s restaurants achieve such success.

"We are a city that champions our independents.

"Indeed, our very geography and infrastructure - with medieval rows and cobbled lanes just suit small businesses and we have seen much success in this sector. In 2020 over 76% of new businesses were indies and we predict we will see this figure grow over the next five years.

"Hypha is a home-grown success story – and one of the businesses that really champion sustainability within the city.

"Also delighted to see Simon Radley retain a Michelin star.

"It sits as one of very few restaurants across the country to hold a star for over 30 years – that sort of consistency and longevity is just amazing.

Other Chester restaurants to feature in the guide include Joseph Benjamin, also awarded a Bib Gourmand for good quality at good value, Upstairs at The Grill, Da Noi, Covino and Chef’s Table.

A total of eight Chester restaurants feature within the 2021 guide, while Liverpool enjoyed six entries into the guide with no stars, and Manchester had 11 entries, with Mana retaining its star.

Simon Radley, Executive Chef at The Chester Grosvenor and Chester BID board member said: "To continue to be one of only a handful of North West restaurants to hold a Michelin star is a huge achievement for us as a team and it humbles us every year.

"Chester has an exciting, vibrant restaurant scene that grows year by year.

"It has been exciting to watch new talent emerge in the city and be justifiably accoladed by what is considered the world’s most important dining guide."

(via Cheshire Live)