One Manchester restaurant’s dessert was Michelin inspector’s ‘most memorable dish’ of the year

But which one was it…

By Ben Arnold | 22 March 2024

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While Manchester might not have won another Michelin star this year, a pudding from one of the city’s restaurants was named by one of the inspectors as their ‘most memorable’ dish of the year.

Higher Ground’s Burnt Manchester Honey Tart caught the attention of one of the secretive Michelin inspectors who visited the New York Street restaurant – and who knows, it might have clinched the restaurant its Bib Gourmand.

It won the accolade – though not a star – in January, despite only being open barely a year, and was the only one in Greater Manchester to do so.

Said the inspector of the pudding: “How appropriate that one of my favourite dishes of the year was in Manchester, the host city of this year’s MICHELIN Guide Ceremony. 

“At the lively and popular Higher Ground, a new recipient of a Michelin Bib Gourmand, I enjoyed this dessert that showed the chefs’ confidence in their abilities and their local ingredients. 

“Wonderful Manchester honey provided a fabulous sweetness and fragrance to a rich, smooth topping nestled inside top-quality pastry. 

“It just goes to show that a dish doesn’t have to be complicated to be delicious.”

The dessert is made from raw honey sourced in Chorlton, and first appeared on the menu around a year ago.

As noted by the inspector, the Michelin Guide ceremony was held in Manchester in January, with the British culinary A-list descending on the Midland Hotel.

Sadly, no Manchester restaurants earned a new star, though Ancoats’ Mana retained its one-star rating.

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