Michelin star restaurants in the Cotswolds

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Michelin star restaurants in the Cotswolds

The Michelin star is the ultimate accolade when it comes to dining out, all over the world. Originating from a selection of guide books by the French tyre company Michelin, the Michelin star system has since become the hallmark of outstanding cuisine and hospitality. Restaurants can be awarded one, two or three stars, and stars are awarded sparingly. There are only nine restaurants in the whole of the UK – and 144 in the world – with the illustrious stamp of three Michelin stars. 

Those planning a holiday in the English countryside will thus be delighted by the range of Michelin star restaurants the Cotswolds has to offer. Dine at Michelin star restaurants in Warwickshire, Wiltshire or Gloucestershire and you can expect top-notch cuisine, executed and presented with flair and packed with flavour. For Insta-worthy pictures of your plate and stunning scenery, there’s no better place in Britain to sample Michelin-starred cooking.

Those Michelin stars are notoriously hard to come by, however, which is why this guide also details a great range of Michelin recommended restaurants. These offer the chance to enjoy superb food close enough to Michelin standard to be endorsed by the famous guide. Where these are concerned, our advice is to get in while you can. By your next stay in the Cotswolds, a coveted star award could mean longer waiting lists for such a sublime dining experience.


Cotswolds restaurants with Michelin Stars

The Dining Room at Whatley Manor, MalmesburyThe Dining Room at Whatley Manor, Malmesbury

The Dining Room, Easton Grey, Malmesbury, SN16 0RB

One Michelin Star and one Michelin green star

Of all Michelin restaurants in the Cotswolds, The Dining Room’s location is breathtaking – a classic English country house with a star-spangled eatery. This place quite rightly boasts a Michelin star, plus a green star for sticking to sustainable produce.

The head chef is widely travelled and harnesses Japanese influences in particular throughout his dishes. There are plenty of these to pick from, as separate vegan, vegetarian and pescatarian menus are offered alongside the main Dining Room options. Local produce is a big thing here, as there is an orchard and beehives on site.

Superlative views over the formal gardens can be savoured while diners feast on the likes of chorizo risotto, red mullet, lobster, local beef, shiitake mushrooms and white miso. Desserts, meanwhile, include unique delights such as the ‘chocolate frog’. It’s the place for the ultimate indulgence in the most luxurious of settings – perfect for a romantic evening for two.


Le Champignon Sauvage, CheltenhamLe Champignon Sauvage, Cheltenham

Le Champignon Sauvage, 24-28 Suffolk Road, Cheltenham, GL50 2AQ

One Michelin Star

While the ‘wild mushroom’ name may be a little incongruous, Le Champignon Sauvage  is certainly serious about food. Known as the ideal venue for landmark birthdays and anniversaries, the married couple who run it have polished the decor, dishes and service over three decades at this pick of the Michelin star restaurants in Cheltenham. 

Desserts here are one of the highlights – expect to be bowled over by imaginative, elegant sweet treats featuring unusual ingredients like wood sorrel, Thai spices or marigold. Savoury dishes, meanwhile, tend to combine the best of British and French influences. 

Despite all the acclaim, Le Champignon Sauvage is unpretentious and offers good value, which is why it's considered by many to be one of the best places to eat in the Cotswolds. Diners can enjoy seasonal set price menus for lunch or dinner, each comprising two, three or four courses. The interior is elegant, yet unfussy, adding to the feeling that this place is subtly brilliant rather than prone to shouting about its charms. This is definitely one to save for a special occasion. 


The Royal Oak, Whatcote, WiltshireThe Royal Oak, Whatcote, Wiltshire

The Royal Oak, The Orchard, Whatcote, CV36 5EF

One Michelin Star

Keen historians will be intrigued to learn that Oliver Cromwell allegedly stayed at The Royal Oak in 1642, on the eve of the Battle of Edgehill. Whether you care about the veracity of that or not, the character of this place is undeniable, while the food is simply sublime. The bar is warm and snug, while the dining room has a lighter, brighter and more modern feel. 

A ‘farm to fork’ ethos dictates the menu at The Royal Oak, and the chef’s favourite ingredients include foraged flora, organic produce and game from the neighbouring estates. This eatery is run smoothly by a husband and wife team, who oversee the accomplished kitchen and seamless service respectively.

A Sunday lunch menu is offered, as well as lunch and dinner between Thursday and Saturday evenings. Plum picks include the wood pigeon, partridge ravioli and quince crumble, all acclaimed at this one Michelin star Cotswolds pub. Not one to be missed, the Royal Oak is sure to be the highlight of your holiday.


Restaurant Hywel Jones by Lucknam Park, ChippenhamRestaurant Hywel Jones by Lucknam Park, Chippenham

Restaurant Hywel Jones, Lucknam Park, Colerne, SN14 8AZ

One Michelin Star

Of all the excellent and elegant eateries found in the Cotswolds, Restaurant Hywel Jones is one of the most polished and opulent. The anticipation builds as visitors approach via Lucknam Park’s mile-long drive, with tall trees nodding overhead and the manicured grounds unfurling before them.

The Welsh chef has been here since 2004 and has honed his craft in that time, resulting in Michelin-starred tasting and a la carte menus. Vegetarians are also well catered for via dedicated menus featuring clever cooking and using ingredients like squash, artichoke, cauliflower and hispi cabbage.

Michelin-acclaimed specialities include Scottish scallops with smoked eel, Wiltshire lamb accompanied by cumin, yoghurt and granola, and the vanilla creme brulee with gooseberry and elderflower. If this doesn’t have you salivating, we don’t know what will! 


Bybrook Restaurant at The Manor House, ChippenhamBybrook Restaurant at The Manor House, Chippenham

Bybrook at The Manor House, Castle Combe, SN14 7HR

One Michelin Star

Search for Bybrook and you’ll be directed to the ‘Exclusive’ site, which just about sums up this refined restaurant. In the photogenic location of Castle Combe, this eatery was awarded its fifth consecutive Michelin star in 2021.

The setting is charming and packed with character, with stained glass windows, colourful coats of arms and studded, high backed leather dining chairs. Although the look is formal, the feel is more relaxed.

Bybrook specialises in tasting menus, and there are six-course standard and vegetarian menus to choose from. Food is drawn from various parts of the UK – think Isle of Wight tomatoes, Somerset strawberries, Hereford beef and Cornish brill. Wine pairings and cheese boards can be added as optional extras, although we don’t reckon you’ll need much persuasion!


The Olive Tree, Bath

A plate full of beautifully presented food at The Olive Tree in Bath

4-7 Russell Street, Bath BA1 2QF

One Michelin star

Melding Georgian architecture with contemporary comforts, Bath’s Michelin star restaurant has curated a spectacular space in which to enjoy the artfully styled dishes. Oh yes, from the presentation to the mix of flavours that burst forth with every bite, each dish at The Olive Tree certainly packs a punch. 

Sourced from the West Country’s bountiful larder, you can expect a plethora of local ingredients throughout your meal, from Wiltshire truffles to Cornish seafood. This sea and farm-fresh produce can be found within the expansive nine (or six) course tasting menu, which takes you on a free-roaming journey across the UK. Dine on the likes of Cornish monkfish with leek, ginger and sea herbs, chalk stream trout with wasabi and Granny smith apple, and Island chocolate with cocoa nibs and Manni olive oil.

The Olive Tree also caters to many dietary requirements with its vegetarian, pescatarian, vegan, and dairy-free nine course menus – not to mention cheese and wine menus that are sure to remind you why we love this decadent pairing! Join them for breakfast, lunch, or a luxurious dinner while taking in the charming sights Bath has to offer.

Michelin recommended restaurants in the Cotswolds

These exceptional Cotswolds restaurants may not have a Michelin star to their name (yet!), but they come highly recommended by the prestigious Michelin guide. So you can be sure of exquisite fine dining and word-class hospitality.


Michelin restaurants in Gloucestershire


Purslane Restaurant, CheltenhamPurslane Restaurant, Cheltenham

Purslane, 6 Rodney Road, Cheltenham, GL50 1JJ

Tucked away close to Cheltenham’s main thoroughfare, Purslane features a smart grey and sunny yellow interior, and the restaurant has the feel of a welcoming local eatery. Small in size and family-run, dining here feels like an intimate and exclusive yet laid-back experience. 

The name is derived from a coastal, often foraged plant. Although this Gloucestershire town is nowhere near the coast, Scottish and Cornish fish does feature on the menu – alongside the likes of freshwater trout or eel from the Wye and Severn region.

Menus change every two months, and there are fixed price a la carte, light lunch and tasting menus available: the latter can be accompanied by a wine flight. Depending on season, highlights might include the likes of Orkney scallops, Charmoise lamb and Herefordshire blackberries. The light lunch option makes Purslane a great place to stop for a more informal, but still exceptional, bite to eat while you explore Cheltenham.


Old Butchers, Stow-on-the-WoldOld Butchers, Stow-on-the-Wold

Old Butcher’s, 7 Park Street, Stow-on-the-Wold, GL54 1AQ

This one-off eatery is located inside what was formerly the village butchers, and features a colourful and playful interior. The Old Butchers menu includes classics alongside Mediterranean style cuisine, and all is overseen by the husband and wife team who met at Louise’s London pub. Pete was once Bibendum’s Head Chef.

Frugal and adventurous types alike will love the nose-to-tail ethos here. While seafood lovers will be delighted by the fact that lobster, oysters, langoustines, mussels, crab, scallops and other fishy flavours feature heavily on the menu. 

From tempura courgette flower or prawns to the beer battered catch of the day, surf and turf burger or T-bone steak, there are plenty of small plates, seafood specialities, charcoal grills and salads to select from. Diners can also indulge in cheese boards featuring Stinking Bishop and desserts like ‘chocolate nemesis’ or treacle tart. Sign us up!


Prithvi, Cheltenham

A table full of incredibly prepared food at Prithvi in the Cotswolds

Prithvi 37, Bath Road, Cheltenham GL53 7HG

Prithvi is a smart restaurant with stylish interiors comprising dark walls and lavish velvet chairs. It provides refined Indian cuisine that is thoughtfully created and beautifully presented. Dishes offer a heavenly amalgamation of memorable flavours and textures, all served with elegant and attentive service. 

Browse the a la carte menu or opt for the spectacular tasting menu. Tantalising starters include potato shingara, tandoori spiced quali, and galician octopus. For the main course, indulge in fallow venison with parsnip and black garlic or barbecued lobster with tandoori spiced carrots, mint & chaat masala and lobster shell curry. Round off an exceptional meal with one of their unique and delectable desserts or a classic selection of cheeses.

The dishes at Prithvi are a feast for the senses, bringing all your favourite Indian flavours with added sophistication and creative flair. It’s no wonder that this Michelin recommended restaurant has over 1,300 five-star reviews on TripAdvisor. Dinner at Prithvi is sure to be an unforgettable dining experience.


5 North Street, Winchcombe5 North Street, Winchcombe, Warwickshire

5 North Street, Winchcombe, GL54 5LH

What this diminutive eatery lacks in size, it more than makes up for with flavoursome food. 5 North Street is run by a husband and wife team and is deservedly popular with residents of Winchcombe and the wider local area. The location is classic Cotswolds – a picturesque English village with honey coloured stone and a gentle rolling green landscape. 

The chef here has worked with some of the biggest names in the business, and creates dishes that are as aesthetically pleasing as they are delicious. Local produce underpins the menu, and regional beverages can also be sampled.


With lunch, evening, Sunday lunch and vegetarian menus, there’s plenty of choice for non-carnivores as well as meat devotees. While there is a range of delectable desserts to pick from, those who simply crave a little taste of something sweet can instead order tea or coffee with fudge and truffles. With unfussy but extraordinary food and a welcoming team, we think you’ll love 5 North Street.


Michelin restaurants in Oxfordshire


The Bell Inn, LangfordThe Bell Inn, Langford

The Bell Inn, Langford, Oxfordshire, GL7 3LF

It’s difficult to resist the charm of the 16th century Bell Inn’s cosy, convivial interior. This fuss-free eatery offers some of the finest food and wine served among the rolling hills and honey toned buildings of the Cotswolds. Langford is also a traditional English village that’s brimming with appeal.

The Bell Inn easily lives up to the standard you might expect from Michelin star restaurants in Oxfordshire. Both the vibe and the menu are relaxed, while the wine list certainly leaves diners spoilt for choice. There are also various craft ales on tap. 

With a large beer garden where summer diners can enjoy splendid vistas over open countryside, The Bell Inn’s menu highlights include flatbreads and pizzas from its own oven, as well as succulent steaks and fresh fish dishes. A range of pub classics like homemade burgers are offered, alongside several more imaginative combinations like Chicken Milanese. We’re already dreaming of alfresco summer days at The Bell Inn!


The Wild Rabbit, Chipping Norton

The Wild Rabbit, Chipping Norton

The Wild Rabbit, Church Street, Kingham, Chipping Norton, OX7 6YA

The village of Kingham has been firmly pinned to any British foodie’s map thanks to Alex James of Blur, the man behind the annual Big Feastival held here. If you’re a fan of Daylesford organic, then you’ll love this place, as it’s also under the ownership of Lady Bamford; meat and vegetables served at The Wild Rabbit are sourced from her estate.

The fresh flavours of these local ingredients permeate the menu here, and the dishes are expertly executed by the Head Chef and his team. Diners can enjoy a reinvigorated interior, with wider windows enabling soothing views over this scenic area. Features like flagstone floors have been retained, although they may be more level than found in times gone by.

A very balanced menu gives this place broad appeal, with a couple of meat, fish and vegetarian dishes featured. Choices like the Daylesford cheddar tart, Wye salmon and market garden courgette reflect the pub’s ethos of championing local produce.


Michelin restaurants in Wiltshire


The Rectory, Crudwell

The beautiful golden stone exterior of The Rectory Hotel in Witshire

Crudwell, Malmesbury SN16 9EP

Basking in the character of a beautifully restored former Georgian rectory, this sleek restaurant enjoys a welcoming dining room, sunlit glasshouse, and sweeping garden, all combining to create a true atmosphere of indulgence and serenity. 

The menu is a celebration of British cuisine – with a contemporary twist for good measure – creating a selection of dishes that are both comfortingly familiar and delightfully new. Sit down to a continental breakfast full of pastries, yoghurt, and Earl grey poached prunes, enjoy a relaxed lunch of cured bream, monkfish, and apple tarte tatin, or embark on a delicious journey through a dinner table decked with Porthilly oysters, honey roast duck, and burnt vanilla cream. 

Whether you opts for the sun-soaked glasshouse or charming dining room, you’ll soon be swept up in the oh-so tempting a la carte menu and peaceful surrounds.


Castle Inn, Castle Combe

Looking down a lane at the traditional pub exterior of Castle Inn in the Cotswolds

West Street, Castle Combe, Chippenham SN14 7HN

Another cosy pub to call the ever-so-pretty village of Castle Combe home, Castle Inn boasts a fairytale setting to match its Michelin recommended status and two AA Rosettes. Nestled in the heart of the old market square, visiting this village pub is an experience in itself, with the honey-dipped cottages surrounding the pub adding to the charm and character of the scene.

Traditional dishes are brought to life using seasonal and oh-so-local ingredients, painting a picture of true Wiltshire fare - the Sunday lunches are rather special. Alongside the changing menu, the bar promises a lip-smacking selection of local beers and fine wines, giving you every excuse to wash your meal down with something special. Pop in for a refreshing drink on the sun-soaked terrace or cosy down by the fire for a soul-warming feast.



If this list of foodie musts has got your stomach rumbling, check out our guide to the best Sunday lunch in the Cotswolds to add even more lip-smacking meals to your holiday agenda.

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