How to get a Michelin starred meal for less than £30

Revealed: Michelin-starred eateries where YOU can get two courses for under £30 – including the UK’s ‘best Chinese restaurant’ and Tom Kerridge’s country pub

  • Bank thinkmoney analysed the cheapest Michelin starred restaurants in the UK  
  • 20 venues offer two courses for £30 and at 45 offer meals for less than £40
  • Half of the cheapest restaurants are in London, with two starred A Wong in Pimlico offering a two course meal for £28

When you think of Michelin-starred menus, you probably think of fine-wine, microgastromy and triple figure bills. 

But new research has shown there are dozens of Michelin-starred restaurants where you can get two courses for just £30 or less.     

Bank thinkmoney analysed the menus of all 148 restaurants with one or two Michelin stars and found there are 45 restaurants across the UK where you can dine for under £40 per person, and in 20 of them you can dine for just £30 or less for two courses. 

Half of the restaurants are in London, perhaps due to the fact the capital dominates the UK’s Michelin-starred restaurants, taking 13 of the 20 new stars given out this year. 

Cornerstone, which was awarded its first star in January, offers an a la carte menu is the least expensive with two dishes costing just £21.50 per person

Trishna, another Michelin one-star restaurant in the capital takes second place, with the cheapest starter and main for £23 per person

The Coach, a Michelin one-star restaurant in Marlow in Buckinghamshire, offers the same price per person at £23 – perfect for celebrating your birthday or anniversary on a budget

The 20 cheapest Michelin starred restaurants in the UK, where you can get two courses for £30 or less

• Cornerstone (Hackney, London) – £21.50 pp

• Trishna (Marylebone, London) – £23 pp

• The Coach (Marlow, Buckinghamshire) – £23 pp

• OX Belfast (Belfast, County Antrim) – £24 pp

• BRAT (Shoreditch, London) – £24.50 pp

• Pea Porridge (Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk) – £25 pp

• Pipe and Glass (Beverley, Yorkshire) – £25.50 pp

• John’s House (Mountsorrel, Leicestershire) – £26 pp

• Kitchen W8 (Kensington, London) – £26.50 pp

• The Elephant (Torquay, Devon) – £27 pp 

• St. JOHN Restaurant (Clerkenwell, London) – £27 pp

• City Social (City of London, London) – £27 pp

• Gymkhana (Mayfair, London) – £27.50 pp

• A. Wong (Pimlico, London) – £28 pp

• The Woodspeen (Newbury, Berkshire) – £29 pp

• The Peat Inn (Cupar, Fife) – £29 pp

• Seven Park Place (Mayfair, London) – £30 pp

• Restaurant Tristan (Horsham, West Sussex) – £30 pp

• Opheem (Birmingham, West Midlands) – £30 pp

• Elystan Street (Chelsea, London) – £30 pp

 

Cornerstone, which was awarded its first star in January, offers an a la carte menu is the least expensive with two dishes costing just £21.50 per person. 

The menu contains the likes of Raw Oyster with Seaweed Hot Sauce for £5, and Grey Mullet Tartare, Egg Yolk, Soy for £18.

A. Wong, in Pimlico, central London – which became the first Chinese restaurant in the UK to get two stars earlier this year- is the cheapest 2-star Michelin restaurant and costs £28 per person.

Serving dishes up in an unpretentious neighbourhood restaurant, A Wong  -which is considered the best Chinese restaurant in the UK – serves the likes of £17 ‘Ma Po’ tofu with crispy onions, coriander and barbecued bone marrow and barbecued forbidden city sweetcorn, wagyu beef meat paste and truffle for £10.

Also on the list is Mayfair’s Gymkhana, a celebrity hotspot serving up modern Indian food. 

Trishna, another Michelin one-star restaurant in the capital takes second place, with the cheapest starter and main for £23 per person.

The Coach, a Michelin one-star restaurant in Marlow in Buckinghamshire, offers the same price per person at £23 – perfect for celebrating your birthday or anniversary on a budget. This pub is also owned by the same team behind The Hand and Flowers, a Michelin two-star restaurant also in Marlow that will set you back just £35 per person.    

Pea Porridge, in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, offers two courses for just £25 per person, one of the cheapest options outside of London

Belfast also boasts three Michelin one-star restaurants, with prices starting from £24 per person – a bargain for anyone looking to dine out for a special event. Pictured is Ox Belfast

Pipe and Glass in Beverley, Yorkshire offers two courses for just £25, one of the cheapest options in the UK

You can eat out for less than £55 per person in all four of Birmingham’s Michelin-star restaurants. Birmingham boasts a Michelin one-star restaurant, Opheem, where you can dine for just £30 per person.

Similarly, Edinburgh also boasts four Michelin-star restaurants. Edinburgh’s Restaurant Martin Wishart, holding one Michelin star, is slightly more expensive at £42.50 per person. The two most expensive restaurants in Edinburgh are priced at £110 per person.

Belfast also boasts three Michelin one-star restaurants, with prices starting from £24 per person – a bargain for anyone looking to dine out for a special event.

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