Michelin Announces New Bib Gourmands for London Restaurants

Whatever your opinions on the Michelin system, it remains a huge deal for chefs to receive a Bib Gourmand or a Michelin star. So much so, in fact, that some chefs would rather not suffer the pressure of trying to tick the necessary boxes.

Michelin announced its list of new Bib Gourmands for London today. A Bib is awarded to a restaurant which offers both high-quality food and good value for money, so is generally more useful for Londoners than keeping track of stars.

London restaurants receiving a Bib this year, according to Michelin UK’s Twitter account, are…

Kiln: This is one of London’s best Thai restaurants, bursting onto the scene with their regional recipes and unconventional cooking techniques (there’s no gas connected to their kitchen, for example).


Smokestak: This restaurant serves London’s best barbecue, so obviously it’s on our list of London’s best American barbecue restaurants.


Clipstone: This slick restaurant from the people behind Portland serves perfectly judged plates combining the best British ingredients with serious technique.


Cinnamon Bazaar: A modern Indian restaurant from Vivek Singh, in Covent Garden.


Plaquemine Lock: We loved the New Orleans vibes at Plaquemine Lock and so did Michelin.


Popolo Shoreditch: This Italian spot in Shoreditch impressed the judges.


Kricket: This South Indian restaurant moved from Pop Brixton to a permanent spot in Soho. Looks like it paid off…


Madame D’s: This opening from the people behind Gunpowder serves food from the Himalayan region.


The Frog E1: This restaurant from Adam Handling has been in the news already this week, after Giles Coren managed to insult the chef by accident, in his own restaurant.


Westerns Laundry: A Bib for this British seafood restaurant in Lower Holloway.

See which restaurants gained a Michelin star for the 2018 guide.