Michelin has just added some new additions to its guide, and two restaurants in Greater Manchester have made the cut. A total of 15 new restaurants ranging in destination and dining experiences have been added to the Michelin Guide this month, all of which have impressed the inspectors recently, including Manchester spot, Higher Ground.
The restaurant comes from the same team behind Ancoats wine bar Flawd, has already ranked at 51 in the National Restaurant Awards list of the UK’s top 100 restaurants. Also making The Good Food Guide’s ‘Best Local Restaurant‘ list and now the prestigious Michelin Guide, Higher Ground has had quite the year.
Opening on Manchester’s New York Street in February this year, Higher Ground, a neo-bistro with a focus on seasonal dishes using locally sourced ingredients was launched by three friends, front-of-house man Richard Cossins, chef Joe Otway and wine expert Daniel Craig-Martin.
Michelin Guide inspectors praised its “top quality produce” and dishes that are “packed with flavour.” They also highlighted the opportunity at Higher Ground to dine on the countertop overlooking the open kitchen, writing: “Sit at the large counter to see the chefs putting care and pride into every dish.”
The description in the guide reads: “What started life as a pop-up in 2020 is now a permanent spot in the heart of the city, owned and run by three friends who also operate wine bar Flawd and a market garden in the Cheshire countryside. The latter provides much of the top quality produce found on the menu, in dishes that are designed for sharing and packed with flavour.
“Sit at the large counter to see the chefs putting care and pride into every dish. The whole team, led by the owners, are charming and cheery, making your visit that extra bit more enjoyable.”
Another Manchester newcomer added to the Michelin Guide this month is modern British restaurant Örme. Located on Urmston’s Church Road, Örme opened in late May and offers an affordable tasting menu with seasonality and sustainability at the heart of what they do.
The description in the Michelin Guide reads: “You will find a pleasantly welcoming quality at this small restaurant run by three young owners. There’s a distinct Nordic touch to proceedings, yet British produce is at the heart of the appealing tasting menu – which gives you the option to add supplementary courses for a more bespoke experience.
“Attractively presented dishes offer bold, vibrant flavours with a mix of the classic and the modern in their influences. Wine flights are also available, including a particularly interesting British themed option.”
Both Higher Ground and Örme join a wide range of Manchester dining venues that already feature in the Michelin Guide including Bib Gourmand restaurants El Gato Negro and The Spärrows, Michelin-star restaurant Mana, affordable spot OSMA and Michelin Green Star restaurant Where The Light Gets In.