A restaurant in Ludlow – the sole survivor from the town’s gastronomic boom of 2000 – has been awarded a Michelin star. Mr Underhills, at Dinham Weir, won the coveted accolade in this year’s list.
Another restaurant on the fringes of the county, Checkers, at Montgomery, also received a Michelin star.
But there was no star for former holder Will Holland, at La Becasse, in Ludlow, which lost its award last year.
Today husband-and-wife team Chris and Judy Bradley, who have run Mr Underhills for 30 years, said they were thrilled.
Mrs Bradley said: “We work exceptionally hard and are always looking to improve. The award is a credit to our staff, who go the extra mile to ensure we deliver day in and day out.
“It’s never easy to win a Michelin star and it’s difficult to retain. We’re delighted to feature in the Michelin Guide again. We are never complacent and are always moving forward.
“We’ve had a big year with the refurbishment of our restaurant, the redevelopment of our rooms and the publication of our book. This is the perfect way to top things off.”
Two years ago, Mr Underhills was named the UK’s number one restaurant by prestigious guide Hardens.
Checkers, at Montgomery, is run by chef-proprietor Stephane Borie and features classical French food which has earned plaudits.
Shropshire had four Michelin ratings at the start of the century for Mr Underhills, The Merchant House and Overton Grange. There was also a bib gourmand for The Oaks.