Boheme, Nord and Maya restaurants gain new Michelin Guide listings


  • Newly opened Maya Restaurant in Manchester included in the Michelin Guide Great Britain & Ireland.

  • “We are overwhelmed at the nod from the Michelin Guide…” Boheme Chester secure listing just a few months after opening.

  • Nord in Liverpool gets recognition a year after launching with its ‘Travelled British’ menu influenced from the culinary travels of chef Daniel Hetty.

Boheme Chester co-owners ‘overwhelmed to be included so soon after launching.

BEST friends and co-owners, Ben Illes and Andi Lowe-Smith (chef de patron) are “overwhelmed” to be included in the prestigious Michelin Guide for Great Britain and Ireland having only opened their doors three months ago.

They launched the ‘all-day dining’ concept in February in one of Chester’s famous 13th Century rows.

Boheme operates as a café and bakery in the mornings, then slowly morphs throughout the day into a full-blown restaurant for dinner.

There are three dining areas to choose from, all with a smart brasserie-style feel to them.

Picture of table and chair in a Brassarie style at Boheme Chester

The menu spotlights prime British ingredients, like Creedy Carver duck. Other delights on the menu include Boheme beef burger with sauce/milk bun, market fish with leek and caviar or fresh English truffle.

“As a new site in the city, we are overwhelmed at the nod from Michelin and it is a huge boost for the team. A big thank you from us all,” said Illes.

Find out more about the Boheme Restaurant

It took Maya in Manchester only two months to gain a Michelin Guide Great Britain & Ireland listing…

The move is a ‘dream come true’ for chef Gabe Lea whose restaurant Maya was listed in the food bible just months after opening.

Maya restaurant and bar is spread over three floors inside the iconic former Mash & Air building on the corner of Canal Street and Chorlton Street. Mash & Air was opened by restaurateur Oliver Peyton in 1996.

It holds a canal side bar, brasserie on the ground floor, fine dining on the first basement level and a nightclub.

The Guide said: “In the heart of Manchester, close to the famous Canal Street, sits this impressively renovated basement restaurant. It’s an elegant, beautifully appointed place, with an art deco feel and a large cocktail bar that feels appropriate for an area of the city known for its party scene.

The Michelin Guide described the cooking as “skilful” and “classically based.”

Dishes on the menu include Sticky ox cheek, onion, almond, Salt marsh lamb, apricot, Isle of White tomato, spring vegetables, black garlic and Brillat-Savarin cheesecake, passionfruit, mango.

Gabe has worked alongside Simon Rogan, Lisa Allen from Northcote Manor and Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons.

Picture of the interior of Maya Restaurant.

Find out more about Maya…

Chef Daniel Heffy’s Nord restaurant recognised in Michelin Star Guide.

Liverpool-based Nord restaurant inside The Plaza, Old Hall Street gained its listing just a year after opening.

Nord is led by former Sea Cadet, Liverpudlian executive chef Daniel Heffy.

Picture of chef Daniel Heffy smiling with a drink.

Heffy helped set up The Art School Restaurant with Paul Askew and he the founder of cult supper club Secret Diners Club and was head chef at Liverpool’s The Buyers Club restaurant.

In 2017 he worked at Frantzén (three Michelin Star), in Stockholm before joining the Nordic restaurant, Adam/Albin (one Michelin Star) as head chef.

Nord, owned by GSG Hospitality, celebrates Northern heritage and hospitality, sourcing ingredients from local suppliers and championing seasonal produce. The restaurant’s culinary style is described as “Travelled British.”

Suppliers include charcuterie from North by Sud-Ouest Charcuterie in Bootle, Ward’s Fish, Birkenhead, Edge & Sons Butchers, New Ferry and Growing @ Field 28, Warrington.

The Guide said the menu offers plenty of variety, with a mix of international influences resulting in dishes ranging from tandoori beetroot to cod Kiev and asparagus tagliatelle to a traditional Sunday roast.

The decor was described as “modern” with an “almost futuristic edge”, thanks to the pod-like seating.

Find out more about Nord restaurant.


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