The Michelin Guide: The story behind the stars

When a restaurant is awarded a Michelin Star, it is a sign that the chef has succeeded at the highest level. For a restaurant, appearing in the prestigious Michelin guide for 1, 2 or even 3 Michelin Stars, can excel them to unbelievable levels of popularity. 

What is the The Michelin Guide?

The Michelin Guide was created in 1900 by brothers Andre and Edouard Michelin – the famous tyre manufacturers. The brothers were looking for a way to encourage the then limited number of drivers to make journeys to the best hotels and restaurants across the country, wearing out their tyres in the process.

In 1923, independent restaurants appeared for the first time and off the back of the restaurant section’s success, a group of inspectors was soon hired to immerse themselves in the search for the best places to eat.

The guide focuses only on the food – decor and service don’t count. The inspectors pay special attention to the quality of the ingredients used, the creativity of the dishes, mastery of flavour and cooking techniques, value for money and consistency.

What is a Michelin Star?

In 1926 the Michelin star rating emerged for the best restaurants, and the 1, 2 and 3 Michelin star ratings that we know today were finally introduced in 1931.

3 stars means the restaurant served ‘exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey’, 2 stars ‘excellent cooking, worth a detour and 1 star, a very good restaurant in its category’.

The top country with the most Michelin star restaurants is Italy, then Spain, the UK, and the USA.

Looking to experience some of the UK’s Michelin star restaurants? Experience the best with Go Privilege. 

Overnight Stay with a Michelin Eight Course Tasting Menu for Two at Michael Caines Lympstone Manor

Spend a night of luxury and enjoy inspired Michelin-dining with an overnight stay with dinner at Lympstone Manor. Set in 28-acres of gardens and parklands, your contemporary country house accommodation is matched with show-stopping fine dining from Chef Michael Caines MBE.

What’s Included?

  • Overnight stay at the luxury Lympstone Manor in a Classic Garden Room
  • Accommodation overlooking the fountain and gardens
  • Eight-course tasting menu
  • Michelin-starred
  • Inspired seasonal and regional fare from Chef Michael Caines MBE
  • A Request-able Go Privilege Experience Gift Voucher with personalised gift message


Book your stay from £720 +vat


Lunch With Bubbles At The Michelin Starred Galvin La Chapelle For Two People

Head to the Michelin-starred Galvin La Chapelle for an exquisite three-course Sunday lunch for two. Relax in the luxuriously converted Victorian school chapel and enjoy an elegant backdrop of large arched windows, ornate pillars and high stone ceilings.

The traditional yet modern French menu offers delicious options such as lobster and cod brandade with lobster bisque for starter, with mains including risotto of cauliflower with truffle and pine nuts as well as a traditional Sunday roast. Finish with an exquisite dessert such as crimson rhubarb fool and almond crumble or Valrhona chocolate ganache, chocolate sponge and orange. Expect unique flavour combinations, stylish surroundings and a fabulous glass of fizz to top it all off!


Book lunch with bubbles from £175 +vat


Berry Bros. & Rudd Wine Tasting With Three Course Lunch For Two People

You will be greeted by a champagne & canape reception before a 2-hour guided wine tasting by a Berry Bros. & Rudd.

Berry Bros. & Rudd are Britain’s oldest wine and spirit merchant with a collection of over 4,000 varieties of wines. They have supplied the Royal Family since the reign of King George III, accrued two Royal Warrants and have an impressive list of patrons including Lord Bryon and William Pit.  Time dependent, you will enjoy an informative tour around the No.3 shop with a talk on the history of this prestigious brand.

Once your talk is complete you will then head to a Michelin Star restaurant within the area where you will enjoy a 3-course set lunch and a glass of bubbles on arrival.


Book you wine tasting experience from £525 +vat.


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The Michelin Guide: The story behind the stars

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