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Upstairs by Tom Shepherd awarded Michelin Star within 4 months of launch


Upstairs by Tom Shepherd has today been awarded 1 Michelin Star by the Michelin Guide UK & Ireland, after trading for only 4 months. The restaurant opened its doors in October to much acclaim, serving contemporary dishes from a beautiful first-floor restaurant in Lichfield, Staffordshire.

Tom says;

‘’I’m absolutely elated that we’ve been awarded a Michelin star, especially given we’ve only been in operation for four months. In addition, being the first ever Michelin Starred restaurant in Staffordshire only adds to the enormity of the achievement.”

Tom’s flavour led dishes are based on a modern take of classical cooking, utilising the best seasonal British ingredients, with subtle hints of Asia. The flagship tasting menu of seven courses includes dishes like Orkney Scallop, Salsa Verde, Apple, Dashi and Highland Venison, Sausage, Black Garlic, Jerusalem Artichoke and the signature Thai Green Curry ‘’transition’’ course.

Inside, the 28-cover restaurant is a beautiful and welcoming space accessed by a striking, sumptuously decorated staircase leading to the upstairs dining room. Cosy, comfortable banquettes create an intimate feel, while a beautiful bar area showcases local beers, wines and spirits, and a central chef’s table is available for diners who want to experience the kitchen team’s cooking first-hand. Elegant and contemporary design flourishes in the form of lush green growing plants, light installations and lovingly curated tableware and crockery provide a sense of occasion.

An acclaimed and decorated chef, Tom has experience heading up kitchens at some of the best restaurants in the UK, most recently at Adam’s restaurant in Birmingham, where he successfully retained the restaurant’s Michelin star and three AA rosettes during his time as head chef. His previous experience includes time spent as a development chef at the two-Michelin-starred Restaurant Sat Bains, as well as two-Michelin-starred The Latymer, under Michael Wignall, and The Samling.

Bookings are currently open for May, and go live for June on 1st March at 10am, Tom has decided to open the bookings up until the end of September from this point. | @rest_upstairs | 25 Bore Street, Lichfield City WS13 6NA