Richard Bagnold MBA MA PGCE was born and bred in London and has travelled extensively in the UK and overseas.
From an early age he's been interested in fine food. Now he's one of the very few people – if not the only person – to have visited and reviewed every Michelin starred restaurant in the UK.
London, United Kingdom
Founder & MD
The Flitch of Bacon has seen numerous evolutions over the past two years and now with Tim Allen at the helm, it has gained a Michelin star within the first year of him taking over the kitchen. I have always enjoyed Tim Allen’s food and his recent track record of gaining a Michelin star to the two previous venues he presided over (Launceston Place... More
This is the reincarnation of the original Wild Honey in Mayfair by the same chef Anthony Demetre, who also owned Arbutus in Soho. This new version, opened in June 2019, is a lot more spacious than the first Wild Honey and holds a very pleasant waiting area and bar at the same time, catering for drop ins for food on busy nights. My drop in was spontaneous... More
Salt is one of the newly (Michelin) starred restaurants for the 2019 guide for Great Britain and Ireland and is no more than a 10-minute walk from Stratford-upon-Avon train station. I enjoyed the ease of the restaurant with its comfortable feel, open kitchen and breezy handling of the head chef (Paul Foster), greeting the tables in the restaurant... More
Leroy (pronounced ‘Lee-roy’ according to the staff) is the reincarnation of the previous Ellory in Hackney by the same team and they finished their move in Mar 2018. Later that year, Leroy was awarded a Michelin star again for the 2019 guide in their more spacious, Shoreditch location. The venue is most certainly for the casual crowd (nothing... More
Rogan and Co is a relaxed eatery and a pleasant option for those Simon Rogan die-hard fans that were unable to gain a seat in his 2 Michelin starred L’Enclume (which, sits metres opposite this restaurant). My previous visit here was a bespoke Great British Menu visit from his winning dishes in the 2012 competition and perhaps the series that truly... More
The White Swan is one of only two pubs to receive a Michelin star in the 2019 guide (the other one being The Blackbird in Bagnor). This is a lovely looking pub in an unlikely setting, where during the meal I happen to catch overtones of food being the subject of many tables in discussion outside of eating – perhaps this is an unknown village of... More
Author’s note: Hedone announced it closed permanently as of 1 June 19.
Hedone has changed its menu format over the years since my last visit in 2014 and therefore a third visit now was well merited. This was a lunch meal trying the only set menu on offer, which for this service, was a ‘blind’ 7-course tasting menu at £105 pp. All in,... More
The Fordwich Arms is a riverside pub just outside Canterbury headed by Dan and Natasha Smith. The couple took over the Fordwich Arms in 2017 after leaving London and the kitchens of Jason Atherton and Isaac McHale’s Clove Club and received its first Michelin star in the 2019 guide. This is a charmingly cosy pub with attentive and charming staff.... More
Ikoyi opened in mid-2017 and gained a Michelin star in the 2019 Michelin guide. The cuisine uses African ingredients and puts a modern twist on them with British produce through its ‘blind’ menus (no menus provided, just the option of how many courses and allergens /intolerances checked). My lunch here was a set 3-course menu of savouries for... More
Sorrel restaurant is the latest home of gastronomy from Steven Drake who formerly owned Drakes in Ripley (holding a Michelin star there for 14 years). Sorrel opened at the beginning of 2018 and gained its new, Michelin star at the end of that year for the 2019 guide – essentially, at the earliest opportunity from opening. A set lunch here (and... More