Staying in a luxury hotel with a Michelin star restaurant turns a great trip into a truly memorable one. While most four and five star hotels will have their own fine-dining restaurants, many of them highly-rated by the AA, Sawdays, Tripadvisor and the like, there’s a special cachet to restaurants which have been awarded stars by the world-famous Michelin Guide and to stay in a hotel with such a restaurant is a real treat.
While Michelin star restaurants aren’t known for their speedy service – you want to savour the experience after all – if the restaurant is just a few steps from your luxury hotel bedroom, then it means you can linger as long as you like and not worry about the journey home. So to inspire you in your hotel search, here are 9 of the best British hotels with Michelin star restaurants of their own, all of which I’ve stayed in and reviewed and which I can heartily recommend. Bon appetite!
Hotels with Michelin star restaurants in London
St James’s Hotel and Club, Mayfair
St James’s hotel and club in Mayfair is a hotel serious about its food as it contains the excellent Seven Park Place restaurant run by executive chef William Drabble who worked in some of England’s most influential Michelin-starred hotels and restaurants before joining St. James’s Hotel and Club as Executive Chef to launch Seven Park Place in 2009. In just two years the restaurant won a coveted Michelin star and it continues to offer superb food created with fresh, seasonal locally-sourced British ingredients. There’s a Menu Gourmand with optional wine pairings and from the amuse bouche to the final glass of dessert wine (plus one of the best souffles I’ve ever tasted) the service is impeccable.
The Mandarin Oriental, Knightsbridge
While I’ve yet to stay in the Mandarin Oriental hotel itself, I’ve certainly experienced its memorable Michelin star restaurant, the acclaimed Dinner by Heston Blumenthal. It’s not so much a meal as a trip into the past and future of cooking, where dishes from hundreds of years ago – menu favourites Salagamundy and Frumenty are both from the 14th century – meet with the latest in Heston’s famed culinary techniques. His Meat Fruit is not to be missed while the large and impressive restaurant has views of neighbouring Hyde Park, and the theme of luxury and unique experiences continues throughout the five-star Mandarin Oriental hotel itself.
Hotels with Michelin star restaurants in south England
Gravetye Manor, West Sussex
Gravetye Manor is a firm favourite with the Michelin Guide, having been a long-time holder of a Michelin star. The recently refurbished restaurant looks out onto Gravetye’s award-winning gardens and prides itself on the very best in culinary delights, much of which is sourced from the hotel’s own impressive kitchen garden managed by top gardener Tom Coward. This is special-occasion dining at its best: excellent service, great food and stunning surroundings. Make the most of a visit here by staying the night in one of its 17 luxury bedrooms which combine modern luxury with classic country house hotel charm.
Lucknam Park, Bath
Five-star Lucknam Park on the outskirts of Bath is an impressive and traditional luxury hotel which has its own Michelin star restaurant in the form of Restaurant Hywel Jones. Executive chef Hywel Jones has held a Michelin star at the restaurant since 2006 and offers guests an unforgettable dining experience, using the finest ingredients to ensure the fullest flavours, where possible from local suppliers. The experience begins at Lucknam Park’s mile-long drive entrance, lined by beech trees, before entering through the drawing library for evening cocktails. As well as the fine-dining restaurant, Lucknam Park has a more relaxed Brasserie plus a modern spa, cookery school and beautiful grounds to explore.
Manor House, Castle Combe, Wiltshire
Taking its name from the river which runs through the beautiful grounds at Manor House hotel in the Cotswolds, the Bybrook restaurant has held a Michelin star for four years and is a traditional country house dining experience with excellent food, formal surroundings and world class wines. The hotel itself is a thoroughly relaxing place to stay, located in the picture-perfect Cotswolds village of Castle Combe, with its own golf course and luxury bedrooms.
Whatley Manor, Malmesbury, Wiltshire
Under the direction of its executive chef Niall Keating, The Dining Room at luxury Cotswolds hotel Whatley Manor has an impressive two Michelin stars, as befits this top-end country house hotel. Niall’s menus showcase his accomplished modern cooking with use of Asian influences and the vegetarian menu offers well-thought out creative flavours. Dining here is a real experience with the multi-course Gastronomic Menu, which can be paired with wine flights to complement the superbly-crafted dishes. As well as the two Michelin star restaurant, Whatley Manor has luxury bedrooms, a top spa, a private cinema, beautiful grounds, terrace, cocktail bar and less formal Brasserie restaurant to make sure a stay here is a memorable one.
Hotels with Michelin star restaurants in the Midlands
Hampton Manor, West Midlands
When I first visited Hampton Manor the cooking was so incredible I couldn’t believe it hadn’t got a Michelin star. Thankfully just a few months later, Hampton Manor’s restaurant Peel’s had indeed been awarded a star which it has held ever since. It wasn’t just the food which was sublime but the attention to detail, from the presentation of each dish to the combination of ingredients, the wine suggestions and the courses-between-courses which made it such a memorable meal.
Michelin itself says it is ‘one of our most delightful places’ and I wonder if another star isn’t on the cards soon. Hampton Manor itself is a lovely classic-but-modern country house hotel in the village of Hampton-in-Arden and you would never know how close it is to Birmingham Airport as a stay here in its beautiful grounds is a world away from modern stresses.
Hambleton Hall, Rutland
A stay at Hambleton Hall overlooking Rutland Water is like a lovely, warm, indulgent hug for the soul. This cosy country house hotel has a range of luxury bedrooms and lounges which are perfect for relaxing in and the restaurant, which has held a Michelin star continuously for several decades now, does such superb food in classic surroundings that you are instantly at home rather than feeling overwhelmed. The food here is first class and, as the Michelin Guide says, marries accomplished cooking with top quality seasonal ingredients in a ‘less is more’ approach. Flavours are fresh and clearly defined and the delicious bread is from their artisan bakery. Retire to one of the lounges in front of a warming fire (or enjoy the sunshine and views on the terrace) after an excellent meal and you can’t help but feel that all is well with the world.
Hotels with Michelin star restaurants in Wales
Set in the stunning Welsh countryside surrounded Cader Idris and just metres from the Welsh coast and a nearby nature reserve, Ynyshir feels – rightly – like you’re on the very edge of the country. Its remote location doesn’t stop it from making culinary waves and chef Gareth Ward is constantly topping the ‘Best restaurants in… ‘ lists with his passion for high-quality food with innovative ingredients. The multi-course set menu will delight and astonish and make for an eventful and memorable evening. Due to its location it’s likely that most guests will be staying at this charming luxury hotel, with individually-designed rooms and the surrounding countryside making it a beautiful spot to explore.