Top 10 Michelin star restaurants in south west London and Surrey to try
The results are in and a flurry of much-loved local restaurants have either maintained or obtained a fresh new coveted star for 2020. Here’s the selection of Michelin star restaurants in south west London and Surrey to try
Perfectly positioned overlooking the leafy expanse of Wandsworth Common, Chez Bruce is a high-end French brasserie with a well-deserved star, offering a taste of the Continent. The interior is simple, with a minimalist colour scheme, emphasising that the most important thing here is on your plate. The menu is classic French, and offers dishes such as stuffed chicken with garlic hasselback potato, bacon and creamed leeks.
The Dysart Petersham
Set in a beautiful arts and crafts building near Richmond, the Dysart earned its first Michelin star, and rightfully so. The menu prides itself on offering natural and intense flavours and seeks to adopt age-old cooking methods to conjure up feelings of nostalgia. The a la carte menu offers traditional British foodie fare with exciting embellishments like the Yorkshire grouse which is accompanied with vin jaune apple, savoy cabbage and bacon and Kentish bilberry sauce.
Matt Worswick at The Latymer, Pennyhill
Under the guidance of Matt Worwswick, The Latymer pairs its sumptuous interior and grand facade with attentive service and is the proud owner of a Michelin star. The emphasis is on top quality presentation and a delectable menu, with bold flavours and locally sourced ingredients.
Claude Bosi at Bibendum
With two Michelin stars, Claude Bosi and his brigade have yet again been recognised for their unique style of quality cooking at the iconic Michelin House with the Michelin man himself stained into the windows of this glorious building. The menu is French haute cuisine and each dish is plated to artistic perfection. There is a quaint oyster bar to enjoy a amuse bouche prior to your meal, and you can opt for a nine-course tasting menu.
Sorrel by Steve Drake
A modern take on classic British food, Steve Drake takes the kitchen in Sorrel by storm, developing traditional ideas to produce dishes with a twist. Steve Drake has an impressive resume, working with the likes of Marco Pierre White and working in some seriously famous restaurants. Menus are perfectly plated and guests can expect the likes of partridge, cumin and swede and john dory with sweetcorn.
Elystan Street, Chelsea
A stunning Chelsea hot spot where Phil Howard, armed with his Marco Pierre White training, has unleashed his flavours on the residents of SW3. Guests can pick from an array of seasonal dishes that put fresh ingredients first with a modern British theme, such as double baked cheese soufflé with Montgomery cheddar, melted leeks, button mushrooms and truffle to melt in your mouth or a dessert of blackcurrant poached white peaches with smashed meringue, yogurt and hibiscus.
The Five Fields, Chelsea
The premise behind the wizardry that takes place in the Five Fields kitchen is that the dishes encapsulate the spirit of the capital. With a foundation built on British produce, the menu looks to the metropolis and its broad cultural outlook to influence its dishes. The menu changes constantly according to the time of the year but you can rely on the fact that it is consistent in terms of quality. The wine list is also meticulously matched to coordinate with the menu.
The Tudor Room, Egham
Praised as a restaurant bringing the finest ingredients from the local surrounds of Surrey, Tony Parkin at The Tudor Room has won over legions of fans for its dreamy dishes. Aside from the food, the venue is exquisite, with the restaurant hosted in a fine mock-Elizabethan mansion, complete with low oak beams and dark burgundy-coloured walls. In the kitchen, the team whip up a dazzlingly delicious concoction of dishes, featuring the likes of monkfish, quail, scallops and lamb dishes.
The Glasshouse, Kew Gardens
A hop, skip and jump from the iconic London suburb gardens, the setting here feels worlds away from the Michelin-overload cluster of restaurants in Mayfair, and instead is something special and local. Alluding to the Victorian palm house, this Kew Gardens haunt is not bursting at the seams with tropical plants as you might expect, but it is simply decorated – all about the fine food. On the menu you’ll find the likes of glazed ox cheek with bacon and stout jam, or Cornish skate wing with potato galettes.
Harwood Arms, Fulham
Unbeknown to visitors to Fulham, the Harwood Arms pub is nestled among the cobbled backstreets but is worth locating for its prize-winning menu. Far from the high dining experience, this pub is classic and traditional, relaxed and casual – the food here is what is important. The pub is the only Michelin-starred in London, and it champions the very best British produce from across the UK, with is a focus on game. Opt for the set-priced menu at £49.97 for three courses.
Restaurant Gordon Ramsay
Gordon Ramsay’s flagship restaurant on Hospital Road, with an enviable postcode in the heart of Chelsea, is home to three Michelin stars, making its waiting lists one of the most coveted in the whole of the capital. Beavering away in the kitchen is Matt Abe, who is in charge of retaining its reputation – a hard task the chef masters with ease. On the menu you’ll find everything from roast pigeon with sweet corn, plum and buckwheat, to lamb with courgette, romesco and marjoram.
The River Cafe, Hammersmith
The River Café has evolved to become an iconic eatery serving modern Italian cuisine with a British twist. Just across the river from Barnes, it’s worth the extra Sunday walk along the bends in the Thames for what is some of the best Italian cooking in London – a market that is already plentiful across the capital. Cooking is seasonal and plates are precise and its kitchen nourishes young hopeful chefs – previous alumni include Jamie Oliver and Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall.
An achingly stylish dining room set in Clapham’s quaint Old Town, Trinity is anything but style over substance, producing fantastic plates of seasonal food for an overwhelmingly local audience. On the menu you’ll find soused mackerel and white gazpacho starter, the likes of pigs’ trotters with crackling for mains, or monkfish with bouillabaisse, and finally a salted caramel custard tart cooked to perfection.
La Trompette, Chiswick
Chiswick is home to a wealth of excellent restaurants, but La Trompette really put the area on the culinary map, elevating the high street with its fantastic food. A long-established restaurant, the menu is modern French, with the likes of roast fallow deer and garden beets, and Yorkshire grouse, polenta, and blackberries. The venue is smart and sophisticated and the dining experience extremely polished.
The Clock House, Ripley
Retaining their star in the 2019 awards, The Clock House in Ripley brings exceptional flavours to a chic and modern eatery in Woking. The food here is simple and largely British, and the chefs work to combine sometimes unusual combination to create magical and innovative masterpieces. There is also an spectacular wine list to accompany the wealth of flavours offered by the menu.