Michelin Star Restaurants in Wales for 2020

Michelin Star Restaurants in Wales for 2020

This Gastronomer guide features the six Michelin Star Restaurants in Wales for 2020, so for some of the best restaurants in Wales including Restaurant James Sommerin, The Whitebrook and the new star of 2020, Beach House on Oxwich Bay read on…

It’s usually the case that the big cities dominate the culinary scene and quota of Michelin Stars of a country, but that’s not true for Wales with all six Michelin Star Restaurants in Wales for 2020 being outside any of the big cities or towns – so even more reason to enjoy the fabulous Welsh countryside!

Ynyshir Restaurant with Rooms, Eglwys Fach, Powys

Michelin Star Restaurants in Wales 2020 - Ynyshir
Ynyshir Restaurant with Rooms - well worth the journey!

Tucked away in the Dyfi Valley, in the middle of an RSPB nature reserve near Snowdonia National Park, Ynyshir may take a bit of getting to but it’s well worth the journey. Ynyshir is a restaurant with rooms, but with ten bedrooms and just five tables make sure you book a table when you book your room!

Served from an open kitchen, the set menu of twenty courses changes constantly with the seasons and the advice is to allow four hours for the whole experience. The Michelin Starred Ynyshir is a destination restaurant in every sense of the word and also one of the most ground-breaking restaurants in the UK.

Image & header image with thanks to: Ynyshir Restaurant & Fjona Black

The Whitebrook, Monmouth , Monmouthshire


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The Whitebrook is an award winning restaurant with rooms run by chef patron Chris Harrod and his wife Kirsty, just outside Monmouth, in the Wye Valley. Having won a Michelin Star inside a year of opening The Whitebrook also holds four AA Rosettes and has been featured in the Waitrose Good Food Guide Top 50 UK Restaurants.

With an emphasis on original dishes prepared using locally sourced food and freshly foraged herbs and plants, there’s a set three course lunch menu, a lunch tasting menu and a dinner tasting menu available from Wednesday to Sunday.

Michelin Star Restaurants in Wales for 2020

The Walnut Tree Inn, Abergavenny


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A couple of miles outside Abergavenny, The Walnut Tree Inn has a relaxed, informal feel with around 20 tables and serves lunch and dinner from Tuesday to Saturday. There’s a set two and three course lunch menu alongside the constantly changing a la carte menu which is also offered in the evening.

Head Chef Shaun Hill first won a Michelin Star at Gidleigh Park in Devon, then another at The Merchant House in Ludlow where he was Head Chef from 1994 to 2005, before taking over at The Walnut Tree Inn in 2008 and going onto earn a Michelin Star and 3 AA Rosettes for a menu that’s described as an eclectic mix based on his personal taste rather than a particular country’s cuisine.

Sosban and The Old Butchers, Anglesey


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It’s not just the name that’s different at the enigmatic Sosban and The Old Butchers in Menai Bridge on the island of Anglesey in North Wales. The former butcher’s shop (the Sosban part of the name comes from the Welsh for saucepan) turned Michelin Starred fine-dining restaurant only opens on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, offers no choice whatsoever and doesn’t even provide a menu!

The Michelin Star and 4 AA Rosette Sosban and The Old Butchers is run by husband and wife team Stephen and Bethan Stevens and there are just sixteen covers and only one lunch service on a Saturday, so book well in advance if you want to experience this Welsh mystery!

Restaurant James Sommerin, Penarth


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James Sommerin had a love of food from an early age and started his career young, at the age of 12 working Saturday mornings in a local restaurant, then by 16 moving to Scotland to work at the Farleyer House Hotel Head Chef Richard Lyth. After returning to Wales James won his first Michelin Star at The Crown at Whitebrook in 2007 and kept it until the restaurant closed in 2013.

Restaurant James Sommerin started life in the summer of 2014 and by 2016 had picked up AA Restaurant of the Year – Wales 2016-2017, 3 AA Rosettes and a Michelin star. It’s retained the Michelin Star ever since and increased its AA Rosette tally to four with a choice of a six or nine course tasting menu at both lunch and dinner and the added option of dining at The Chefs Table and indulging in fourteen courses.

Beach House, Oxwich Bay


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Right on Oxwich Beach on the beautiful Gower Peninsular, if the setting isn’t enough (and it is!), then the fact that Beach House is the newest member of the Michelin Star club in Wales should be. After spells at The Lanesborough in London and The Chester Grosvenor, Head Chef and native Welshman Hywel Griffith came back to Wales as Sous Chef at Ynyshir Hall before opening Beach House in 2016 and building it into the 3 AA Rosette and Michelin star restaurant it is today.

With an understandable passion for the area, Hywel Griffith has created a menu that reflects the wealth of local produce to be found there, with dishes such as Oxwich Bay Lobster, Mackerel and Gower Salt Marsh Lamb.

We hope this guide to Michelin Star Restaurants in Wales for 2020 has had your mouth watering and maybe even lead to a Gourmet trip of your own. There’s lots more where that came from with an ever expanding list of Foodie places to stay in Wales in the Gastronomer directory. So for the latest Foodie articles, offers and places to stay, please keep checking back, follow us on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter and sign up to our email newsletter.