2022 Michelin Guide – one star for new Norfolk restaurant

For chefs and restauranteurs, the Michelin Awards remains the highlight of the year and judging my today’s news feeds, there may be a few sore heads around today! 

We are delighted to share that Norfolk now boasts three Michelin one-star restaurants as the latest Michelin Guide is released. This means that East Anglia is home to five Michelin-starred restaurants. 

Meadowsweet in Holt, founded last year by Greg Anderson and Rebecca Williams and opened in August, was awarded one star status this week. Greg, formerly Head Chef at Morston Hall, said they were: “Feeling overwhelmed, fortunate, grateful, proud, humbled and excited.” Of the restaurant with rooms, Michelin said: “The finest local produce is delivered via a skilfully prepared tasting menu where deep flavours come together perfectly and no detail is overlooked – and the team of chefs present and explain the dishes personally.”

Morston Hall and The Neptune both maintained their one star status. 

Of Morston Hall, Galton Blackiston’s retreat on the north Norfolk coast, Michelin said: “A few bites in and it’s patently obvious that Galton Blackiston is a chef with a deep knowledge and appreciation of the great produce found in Norfolk. Whether picked from the kitchen garden, foraged from nearby beaches or delivered by local fishermen, the ingredients – be they Brancaster mussels in a tart or wild Stiffkey sea bass paired with garden leeks – are simply superb and are clearly the starting point of all the dishes.”

The Neptune in Hunstanton has been run by Kevin Mangeolles with his wife, Jacki, for many years. Like both Meadowsweet and Morston Hall, The Neptune – housed in an 18th century coaching inn – also has rooms. Michelin said: “Kevin Mangeolles is a classically trained chef who understands that there is a reason why certain ingredients go well with other ingredients. In other words, he’s not trying to reinvent the wheel with his cooking, nor is he trying to challenge your tastebuds or make everything Instagram-pretty. He is simply concerned with what’s in season and what’s available in the local area, which results in dishes that are bursting with flavour, extremely well balanced and, most importantly, are very enjoyable to eat.”

Also maintaining their Michelin star from the previous year is Pea Porridge in Bury St Edmunds. Headed by Justin Sharp, Michelin said: “The daily changing menu of North African, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean dishes sees lots of ingredients cooked over charcoal, beech, oak, birch or pine cones. The sourdough flatbread fresh from the oven kicks things off perfectly and the unfussy dishes deliver bold, well-defined flavours which are skilfully executed. The esoteric wine list champions organic and natural wines.” Pea Porridge remains the only Michelin-starred restaurant in Suffolk, and it is well deserved.

Cambridge is also home to just one Michelin-starred establishment – Midsummer House. Boasting two stars under chef/owner Daniel Clifford, Michelin said: “Dishes continually evolve and, although they have a classic base, are packed full of personality and originality; this is a kitchen which is not afraid to push the boundaries. Luxury ingredients are generously used, flavours are measured, there’s an appealing range of different textures and many of the dishes are finished off at the table.”

Stars aside, the area also saw four Michelin Bib Gourmands awarded for those offering good quality, good value cooking. Winning these awards were:

  • Gunton Arms, Thorpe Market – Norfolk
  • Leaping Hare, Stanton – Suffolk 
  • Sculthorpe Mill, Sculthorpe – Norfolk 
  • Wiveton Bell – Norfolk

Finally, also making the 2022 Michelin Guide are a wide number of restaurants from across East Anglia:

  • 1921, Bury St Edmunds – Suffolk 
  • Anchor, Walberswick – Suffolk 
  • Benedicts, Norwich – Norfolk 
  • Benoli, Norwich – Norfolk
  • Fancett’s, Cambridge – Cambridgeshire
  • Great House, Lavenham – Suffolk 
  • Lighthouse, Aldeburgh – Suffolk 
  • Mercado Central, Cambridge – Cambridgeshire
  • Maison Bleue, Bury St Edmunds – Suffolk 
  • MJP@ The Shepherds, Fen Ditton – Cambridgeshire
  • Packhorse Inn, Moulton – Suffolk 
  • Prévost @ the Haycock, Wansford – Cambridgeshire
  • Restaurant Twenty-Two, Cambridge – Cambridgeshire
  • Roger Hickman’s, Norwich – Norfolk
  • Socius, Burnham Market – Norfolk
  • Stoke Mill, Stoke Holy Cross – Norfolk
  • The Brewers, Rattlesden – Suffolk 
  • The Conservatory, Titchwell Manor – Norfolk 
  • The Elm, Abbots Ripton – Cambridgeshire 
  • The Three Hills, Bartlow – Cambridgeshire
  • The Ingham Swan, Ingham – Norfolk
  • The Old Bank, Snettisham – Norfolk
  • Tuddenham Mill, Tuddenham – Suffolk  
  • Turk’s Head, Woodbridge – Suffolk 
  • Unruly Pig, Bromeswell – Suffolk
  • Vanderlyle, Cambridge – Cambridgeshire
  • Watson and Walpole, Framlingham – Suffolk  
  • Westleton Crown, Westleton – Suffolk 
  • Wildebeest, Stoke Holy Cross – Norfolk

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