The UK’s cheapest and most expensive Michelin-starred restaurants have been revealed – and several offer three-course fine dining for under £30.
The cheapest is Leroy, a wine bar and restaurant in Hackney with one Michelin star that offers diners the chance to indulge in three courses for just £23.
The second-cheapest is The Ninth, also in London, where three courses can come in for the bargain price of £24.80, according to a study. The most expensive restaurant on the list is The Fat Duck in Berkshire, where diners pay £325 each for its set menu. And wine is extra.
Prices were correct when the study was completed in April 2019 and may have changed since – so don’t turn up with the exact money!
Top-ranked Leroy, which gained its Michelin star this year, offers dishes such as a salad of leaves, walnut, shallot and Bleu d’Auvergne cheese for £10, Cornish rock oyster ceviche for £13 and a dessert of chocolate ganache and boozy prune for £8.
According to its website, Leroy offers ‘food that is thoughtful but not showy and a wine list that ranges from the classics to the crazy’.
At The Ninth, which is described as a ‘modern French restaurant’, diners can choose from dishes such as sourdough and Bordier butter for £3.80, cuttlefish cavatelli and bottarga for £12.50 and cherry and yoghurt pavlova for £9.
In third place is Brat, another restaurant in Hackney, where customers can get a three-course meal for as little as £26. The menu at Brat includes smoked cod’s roe for £3.50, lemon sole for £18 and cherry and almond ice cream for £4.50
St John, a restaurant in the Clerkenwell area of London, is fourth cheapest, with a three-course meal costing £29.10. Menu options include cold roast ox liver, radishes and watercress for £9, a main course of courgettes, butter beans and goat’s curd for £17 and strawberry ice cream for £4.40.
Rounding off the top five cheapest Michelin-starred restaurants is Kitchen W8 in Kensington, where the evening set menu costs £29.50.
Dishes on it include chilled tomato soup, spiced avocado and tomato croustade, glazed shoulder of lamb, spiced aubergine, pink firs and roast red onions and bitter chocolate pavé with raspberry sorbet.
At The Fat Duck, at the other end of the ranking, guests must pre-pay £325 to enjoy not a menu, but ‘The Journey’.
Devised by the restaurant’s owner, Heston Blumenthal, diners aren’t given a list of dishes to choose, but instead receive ‘an itinerary’ and told that they will embark on a ‘nostalgic trip full of playful memories and adventure’.
The second most expensive eaterie, according to the study, is The Araki, a Mayfair sushi restaurant that seats just 10 people and has three Michelin stars.
It has only one set menu – a £310 sushi tasting menu (drinks not included) – and customers sit at the chef’s counter as the food is prepared.
Next is the two-Michelin-starred Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in Great Milton, Oxfordshire, which is run by Raymond Blanc.
Its seven-course dining menu costs £190 per guest, with dishes including spiced ravioli of Cornish lobster, sea herbs and oscietra caviar, braised Cornish turbot, scallop, cucumber and wasabi as well as gariguette strawberries, meadowsweet and custard mousse.