The Green Star, or four-leaf clover, marks sustainable dining and will appear in all future additions of the 121-year-old Michelin Guide. The symbol celebrates the restaurants holding themselves accountable for both their ethical and environmental standards. Lots of these joints work with eco-conscious producers and suppliers to avoid waste and reduce or even remove plastic and other non-recyclable materials from their supply chain. Many of the British and Irish spots in this list work directly with farmers and fishermen; forage in hedgerows and woodlands; grow plants and rear animals; and use regenerative methods such as no-dig vegetable gardens and successional cover-crop growing. But initiatives inside the restaurants are taken into account too, addressing the quality of life of staff, as well as contributions to local, national and global charity and education projects.

The Black Swan restaurant garden, Oldstead, North Yorkshire

Green stars are a significant move towards a more sustainable future for fine dining – finally marking the importance of the environment in the production of food excellence, since spaces can only qualify for the symbol if they have been awarded quality recognition from Michelin with a star, Bib Gourmand or Plate distinction. Check out our list of Michelin-starred restaurants in the UK and Ireland to see the 2021 winners.

Silo, Hackney, London

One perhaps unsurprising addition to the 2021 guide is the new Silo in London’s Hackney Wick; the UK’s first zero-waste restaurant – recently relocated from Brighton – earned a Michelin Plate and a sustainable star. A green clover was also awarded to Oxfordshire’s Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, along with the retention of its two stars, where, as the name suggests, the team have long championed the seasons with ingredients straight out of the kitchen garden and 2,500-strong orchard. The Black Swan in Oldstead, Yorkshire, which has one star, was recognised for its tasting menu that’s driven by produce from the Banks family’s farm, garden and local hedgerows, as well as youngest son Tommy’s impressive use of preservation techniques to ensure these ingredients last.

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L’Enclume Cartmel, Cumbria



Angela’s, Margate, Kent

Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Great Milton, Oxfordshire

The Black Swan, Oldstead, Yorkshire

Coombeshead Farm, Lewannick, Cornwall

Daylesford Organic Farm, Daylesford, Gloucestershire

Hypha, Chester

L’Enclume, Cartmel, Cumbria

New Yard, Helston, Cornwall

Oxo Tower Brasserie, South Bank, London

Petersham Nurseries Café, Richmond, London

Restaurant Sat Bains, Nottingham

River Cottage Kitchen, Axminster, Devon

Silo, Hackney Wick, London

The Dining Room at Whatley Manor, Malmesbury, Wiltshire

The Ethicurean, Wrington, Bristol

The Small Holding, Kilndown, Kent

Tredwells, Covent Garden, London

Where The Light Gets In, Stockport, Manchester

Inver, Strachur, Argyll and Bute



Inver, Strachur, Argyll and Bute

Henry Robertson – Palé Hall, Llandderfel


The Henry Robertson Dining Room at Palé Hall, Llandderfel, Gwynedd

Inis Meáin Restaurant and Suites, Aran Islands



Inis Meáin Restaurant and Suites, Aran Islands

Kai, Galway City

Loam, Galway City

Pate, pickled gooseberry and elderflower at Coombeshead Farm, Cornwall


In addition to the 23 restaurants that have been awarded a green star, 46 others have been noted as taking positive steps to work in a greener way. This longer list includes Tommy Banks’s second spot, the new Roots in York, and Skye Gyngell’s Spring at Somerset House in London, in recognition of her campaign to reduce single-use plastic. Six of The Pig hotels also got a special mention in this category for their work on reducing food miles, as did Osip, our favourite new restaurant in Bruton, Somerset, which is 80-per-cent plant-based and largely self-sufficient.

Fishcake with sprout slaw and gochujang aioli at Tredwells, London


Coach House, Middleton Tyas, North Yorkshire

The Curlew, Bodiam, East Sussex

The Dysart Petersham, Richmond, London

The Ebrington Arms, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire

Fallow, Mayfair, London

Flat Three, Holland Park, London

Forest Side, Grasmere, Cumbria

Gravetye Manor, East Grinstead, Sussex

Harborne Kitchen, Birmingham

Henrock, Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria

Hjem, Wall, Northumberland

Horto at Rudding Park, Harrogate, North Yorkshire

The Killingworth Castle, Wootton, Oxfordshire

The Leaping Hare, Stanton, Suffolk

Lumière, Cheltenham

Mana, Manchester

Moor Hall, Aughton, West Lancashire

Oak, Bath

Orwells, Shiplake Row, Oxfordshire

Osip, Bruton, Somerset

Ox Barn at Thyme, Southrop, Gloucestershire

Pensons, Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire

Petersham Nurseries, Covent Garden, London

Plaquemine Lock, Islington, London

Rogan & Co, Cartmel, Cumbria

Roots, York

Spring, Strand, London

The Barn at Severn & Wye, Westbury-on-Severn, Gloucestershire

The Compasses Inn, Tisbury, Wiltshire

The Pig, Brockenhurst, New Forest

The Pig at Combe, Honiton, Devon

The Pig at Bridge Place, Canterbury, Kent

The Pig at Harlyn Bay, Padstow, Cornwall

The Pig on the beach, Studland, Dorset

The Pig near Bath, Hunstrete, Somerset

The Ritz Restaurant, St James’s, London

The Wellington Arms, Baughurst, Hampshire

The Wild Rabbit, Kingham, Oxfordshire

Wilder, Nailsworth, Gloucestershire



Aizle, Edinburgh

Haar, St Andrews


The Fernery, Narberth, Pembrokeshire


Aimsir, Celbridge, County Kildare

Aniar, Galway City

Gregans Castle Hotel, Ballyvaughan, County Clare

Wild Honey Inn, Lisdoonvarna, County Clare