Michelin Start Restaurants Guide 2014

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Three stars – “Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey”

Two stars – “Excellent cooking, worth a detour”

One star – “Very good cooking in its category”

England

  • (WAS TWO STAR) L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, Mayfair
  • NEW Adam’s, Birmingham
  • NEW The Samling, Ambleside, Cumbria
  • NEW Ormer by Shaun Rankin, Jersey/St Helier
  • NEW Wilks, Bristol
  • The Hind’s Head, Bray
  • The Bath Priory, Bath
  • Alimentum, Cambridge
  • Red Lion Freehouse, East Chisenbury
  • Restaurant Tristan, Horsham
  • Paul Ainsworth at No 6, Padstow
  • Thackeray’s, Royal Tunbridge Wells
  • Fischer’s at Baslow Hall, Baslow
  • The Park (at Lucknam Park Hotel), Bath/Colerne
  • The Terrace (at Montagu Arms Hotel), Beaulieu
  • Pipe and Glass Inn, Beverley/South Dalton
  • West House, Biddenden
  • Fraiche, Birkenhead
  • Purnell’s, Birmingham
  • Simpsons, Birmingham
  • Turners, Birmingham
  • Northcote, Blackburn/Langho
  • Morston Hall, Blakeney/Morston
  • Curlew, Bodiam
  • Lords of the Manor, Bourton-on-the-Water/Upper Slaughter
  • Royal Oak, Bray
  • Casamia, Bristol
  • Manor House H. and Golf Club, Castle Combe
  • Simon Radley at The Chester Grosvenor, Chester
  • Pony & Trap, Chew Magna
  • Sir Charles Napier, Chinnor / Sprigg’s Alley
  • Apicius, Cranbrook
  • Ockenden Manor, Cuckfield
  • Sienna, Dorchester
  • Butchers Arms, Eldersfield
  • 36 on the Quay, Emsworth
  • The Pass (South Lodge Hotel), Horsham
  • The Neptune, Hunstanton
  • Box Tree, Ilkley
  • Bohemia (at Club Hotel and Spa), Jersey / St Helier
  • Tassili (at Grand Hotel), Jersey / St Helier
  • Ocean (at Atlantic Hotel), Jersey / St Helier
  • Mason’s Arms, Knowstone
  • Mr Underhill’s at Dinham Weir, Ludlow
  • Harrow at Little Bedwyn, Marlborough/Little Bedwyn
  • Adam Simmonds at Danesfield House, Marlow
  • Nut Tree, Murcott
  • Hambleton Hall, Oakham/Hambleton
  • Black Swan, Oldstead
  • Yorke Arms, Pateley Bridge/Ramsgill-in-Nidderdale
  • JSW, Petersfield
  • Driftwood, Portscatho
  • L’Ortolan, Reading/Shinfield
  • Drake’s, Ripley
  • Old Vicarage, Sheffield
  • The Stagg Inn, Titley
  • Room in the Elephant, Torquay
  • The Sportsman, Whitstable/Seasalter
  • 5 North St, Winchcombe
  • The Black Rat, Winchester
  • Holbeck Ghyll, Windermere
  • Paris House, Woburn

Scotland

  • Glenapp Castle, Ballantrae
  • Martin Wishart at Loch Lomond, Balloch
  • Braidwoods, Dalry
  • Castle Terrace, Edinburgh
  • Number One (at Balmoral Hotel), Edinburgh
  • 21212, Edinburgh
  • Kitchin, Edinbugh/Leith
  • Martin Wishart, Edinburgh/Leith
  • Sangster’s, Elie
  • Inverlochy Castle, Fort William
  • Albannach, Lochinver
  • Boath House, Nairn
  • Peat Inn, Fife
  • Knockinaam Lodge, Portpatrick
  • Kinloch Lodge, Skye (Isle of)/Sleat

Wales

  • Walnut Tree, Abergavenny/Llanddewi Skirrid
  • Tyddyn Llan, Llandrillo
  • The Checkers, Montgomery

Republic of Ireland

London

Lost their Michelin star:

  1. Burlington (Devonshire Arms Country House Hotel), Bolton Abbey
  2. Mallory Court (The Dining Room), Royal Leamington Spa
  3. Hamborough, Wight (Isle of)/Ventnor
  4. Crown at Whitebrook, Monmouth/Whitebrook
  5. Locks Brasserie, Dublin
  6. Rhodes Twenty Four, City of London (closed down)
  7. North Road, Clerkenwell (closed down)
  8. Petersham Nurseries Café, Richmond, London
  9. Rhodes W1 (Restaurant), Regent’s Park & Marylebone, London (closed down)
  10. Semplice, Mayfair, London (closed down)

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Chinese bank cards(UnionPay银联卡) accepted at Selfridges

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Selfridges today became the first department store in Britain to accept China’s only debit and credit card brand.

由于目前来自中国客户的购买力逐渐加强,继法国老佛爷之后,英国Selfridges购物商场也引进了中国银联卡系统来直接进行刷卡消费,不过据非官方称需要是美金银联卡。

Until now, China Union Pay – the only Chinese bank card to operate as Visa and Mastercard do in Europe – had been accepted by only a few small businesses, making Britain the only major European nation not to welcome it.

Stores on the continent that have adopted CUP, including Galeries Lafayette in Paris, found they doubled sales to Chinese customers within the first year of trading with the system.

Selfridges claims to have seen double-digit growth in sales to Chinese customers each year since 2008. A spokesman for the retailer said: “We are very excited by the CUP system. We have one-year department store exclusivity in the UK.”

Can’t wait to try my UnionPay debit card out this weekend!

Reference:

http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-23839978-chinese-credit-card-accepted-at-selfridges.do

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Gordon Brown resigns as UK prime minister

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Gordon Brown has announced he is resigning as UK prime minister.

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Gordon Brown's Political Career

His decision comes as the Tories and Liberal Democrats are poised to agree a deal to form a government.

Labour’s attempts to negotiate a deal of their own with the Lib Dems, after last week’s inconclusive election result, ended in failure on Tuesday.

BROWN’S CV:

Born: 20 February 1951
Educated: Kirkcaldy High School, Edinburgh University
Family: Married, two sons (daughter died shortly after birth)
1972: Rector, Edinburgh University
1975: Temporary lecturer
1976: Politics lecturer,Glasgow College of Technology
1980: Television journalist, STV current affairs
1983: Labour MP, Dunfermline East
1985: Opposition front bench trade and industry spokesman
1987: Shadow chief secretary to the Treasury
1989: Shadow trade and industry spokesman
1992: Shadow chancellor
1997: Chancellor

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