FOUR Herefordshire restaurants have been awarded places on the Michelin Guide this year.

The Baiting House in Upper Sapey, The Kilpeck Inn in Kilpeck, The Bull’s Head in Craswall and 33 The Homend in Ledbury were all given spaces in the coveted guide at the Michelin guide ceremony in Manchester on February 5.

With so few restaurants making the cut, the Herefordshire four have had to perform at an incredibly high standard to prove themselves to inspectors.

Judging is undertaken over a series of visits by a group of Michelin inspectors who base their assessments on five objective criteria.

They look at the quality of the ingredients used, the mastery of flavour, cooking techniques and the personality of the chef in their cuisine.

On top of that, the judges are also looking at value for money and consistency between visits.


Despite the four guide listings, no restaurants in the county were granted Michelin stars this year as Pensons, the county’s only star-rated restaurant, closed late last year due to financial pressures.

A spokesperson for The Baiting House said: "We’re delighted that we’ve been honoured once again by Michelin by including us in their UK and Ireland Guide for 2024.

“Thank you to our amazing team led by Charles Bradley but most of all to our amazing customers.”

“The dining scene in Great Britain and Ireland continues to be both innovative and impressive,” said Gwendal Poullennec, International Director of the Michelin guide.

“To have so much positive news to share with the industry, at a time when restaurants are facing so many challenges, gives me great pride and is proof of the continued vitality within British and Irish dining.

“That this has happened in the 50th year of the Great Britain and Ireland Guide is proof of how much gastronomy has grown and evolved in that time.”