The 2020 Michelin Guide to Great Britain and Ireland has hit the streets, and many restaurants are celebrating, having maintained their star status or having received additional stars. Michelin officially made the announcement yesterday at an event hosted at London’s The Hurlingham Club.
The 2020 guide highlights 1,464 restaurants in total, of which 131 are new. A total of 5 have 3 Michelin stars, 23 have 2 Michelin stars, 159 have 1 Michelin star, and 131 are Bib Gourmand restaurants. Although there are no Spanish restaurants in the 2- and 3-star club, there are three in the 1-star club that maintained their status: Barrafina (Soho), and Sabor, in London; and Paco Tapas, in Brighton.
Barrafina is a popular group of Spanish restaurants in the capital, of which there are now 4. They serve authentic dishes from across Spain, as well as a menu of specials which changes daily. Customers can wash down their tapas with a selection of Spanish wines, sherries and cavas.
Sabor is a project from Nieves Barragán and José Etura which takes diners “on a journey from the tapas bars of Andalucía through to the asadors of Castile and the seafood restaurants of Galicia.” It’s divided into 3 areas, each offering a different experience.
Paco Tapas is a traditional, family-run restaurant in Brighton where chef Peter Sanchez-Iglesias offers his unique interpretation of classic dishes from Spain. It also boasts a meticulously crafted sherry list.