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Another blow to Gordon Ramsay as his Claridge's restaurant has its Michelin star withdrawn



By Daily Mail Reporter

Last updated at 10:23 PM on 15th January 2010




article-0-01C0C335000004B0-562_233x423.jpg Woe: Gordon Ramsay's restaurant has lost its Michelin star


Gordon Ramsay has suffered a new blow with the loss of the prized Michelin star for his restaurant at Claridge's hotel in Central London.

The grim news for the celebrity chef, who has experienced problems in both his private and business life, emerged yesterday with the publication of the 2010 Michelin Guide.

The new guide gives the village of Bray in Berkshire the distinction of having three Michelinstarred restaurants.

Heston Blumenthal's The Fat Duck at Bray, and The Waterside Inn, both have three stars. The village also has a one-Michelin star pub, The Royal Oak.

The guide also awarded its first star to a London pub. The Harwood Arms, which is in Fulham, serves seasonal British food.

Last night, Ramsay, soon be seen in a Channel 4 cookery show set in India, admitted: 'We are very disappointed to lose the Michelin star, but we are going to work harder than ever to try to earn it back.'

Ramsay suggested the loss of the prized rating could be the result of a desire to offer more simple, cheaper, dishes to appeal to diners during the recession.

There has been concern among diners that he has spread himself too thin, effectively turning his back on cooking in favour of his TV career and opening restaurants overseas.

His restaurants have been hit by money troubles while his family life and marriage to wife Tana was turned upside down by allegations of an affair with ' professional mistress' Sarah Symonds.








There was some good news for Ramsay because his Chelsea restaurant retained its three star status.

Other high-profile London restaurants to lose their Michelin rating include the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, and Assaggi.


article-1243577-07DFC5C7000005DC-445_468x449.jpg Award-winning: The Michelin Guide awarded its first ever star to London pub The Harwood Arms


The Michelin Guide has also awarded its first ever star to a London pub - The Harwood Arms in Fulham.

Alex Sergeant, manager of the pub told the Daily Mail online of his delight at picking the coveted award.


He said: 'We're over the moon, it was a complete surprise and not something we expected or intended.


'We weren't working towards an "end game" or to achieve a star, we just wanted to be a good, country pub with game on the menu and real ales.


'We've evolved into more of a food-orientated pub, but we are just that, a pub.


'Now that we have a Michelin star we're not going to change, as some restaurants can do, to try to get more awards. We're just going to continuing trying to improve and providing good food and good ales.

'We are the only London pub to have been given a Michelin star, so we'll continue to do our best, our chef Steve Williams works his a*** off and he really deserves the recognition.'

This year's guide, which will be in bookshops from January 20, includes one new three-star restaurant - Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester - and one new two-star, The Ledbury, both in London Included in the list of 18 new one-stars is Sienna, a small, family run restaurant in Dorchester.

Dorset Editor Derek Bulmer said: 'Last year was clearly a difficult year for hotels and restaurants but those establishments which reacted by being more flexible and creative appear to be riding the storm.

'Value for money has also been an important factor and we have awarded 28 new Bib Gourmand awards - 'good food at moderate prices' - which reflects this.

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