The Best Michelin Star Restaurants in the South West


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A predominantly rural region with vast stretches of coastline, the South West has two major things going for it when it comes to its dining scene: fresh seafood and local produce. From seaside towns like Plymouth built from their roots as traditional fishing villages, to spots inland like Salisbury surrounded by open countryside, this is a varied and vibrant corner of the country if you’re a fan of fine dining. Here are five of the top Michelin star restaurants in the South West.

Bulrush

This is one of the finest Michelin star restaurants South West hotspot Bristol has to offer. Known for its organic and foraged seasonal ingredients which are skillfully crafted into delightful tasting menus, Bulrush is set over two floors, with the lower the place to be if you want to peek inside the open kitchen. The food is modern British and with great wines to pair with you choices, and don’t be surprised if the chefs themselves bring out some of your dishes for you.

Paco Tapas

Staying in Bristol for a moment, Paco Tapas is the place to go if you love down-to-earth Spanish cuisine. There’s a lovely, relaxed ambience thanks to the simple yet tasteful decor, which allows your attention to be fully focused on the food and wine on your table. Whether you pull up a chair by the large open grill or out on the terrace, you’ll find a lot of flavours crammed into your small plates, with the ‘Chef’s Menu’ not to be missed.

Lympstone Manor

If you’re searching for Michelin star restaurants with rooms, South West gem Lympstone Manor should be high on your list. Just a few miles downstream from Exeter, the restaurant lies within a beautifully restored Georgian country house. Set among peaceful grounds and with lovely views across the Exe Estuary and Lyme Bay, the eight-course tasting menus are bursting with elegant yet modern flair and are truly something to behold.

Olive Tree

Bath is one of the most beautiful cities anywhere in the UK, and the Olive Tree is easily one of its finest restaurants. Housed in the famous Queensberry Hotel, where you can read the humorous Queensberry Rules in the Old Q Bar before heading downstairs to the Olive Tree, look out for the flavours, textures and colours served up at this wonderful haunt. Dishes are innovative and pop with colour, while you’ll be glad of the short journey up to bed if you book a room for the night.

Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen

Cornwall is a hotbed of culinary talent, boasting some of the country’s finest restaurants. There are not one but two Michelin star restaurants in South West fishing village Port Isaac. Inspired by the local fishing communities, seafood is usually the order of the day and that’s exactly what you get at Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen. If you can’t get a table at this eatery from chef Nathan Outlaw, you can try his other one a few hundred metres away, Outlaw’s New Road.

Whichever restaurant catches your eye, you could keep coming back time and time again with our new build developments in the South West. From our Moorland Gate and Nerrols Grange sites close to the centre of Taunton, to Tarka Ridge and Raleigh Holt in the Barnstaple area, we’ve got something to suit a variety of tastes and budgets.