Staffordshire restaurant you'd 'walk past a hundred times without noticing' named among best

Upstairs by Tom Shepherd
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A seemingly unassuming restaurant in Staffordshire which one might 'walk past a hundred times without noticing' has been recognised as one of the best in the UK.

The National Restaurant Awards recently revealed their shortlist online, and Upstairs by Tom Shepherd in Lichfield made the top 100, securing the 46th spot.

The restaurant, which earned its first Michelin Star in 2022 - a mere four months after opening - is helmed by Chef Tom Shepherd. Born in Sutton Coldfield, Shepherd honed his culinary skills in some of the country's finest kitchens, including Nottingham's Restaurant Sat Bains, Michael Wignall at The Latymer, and Adams in Birmingham.

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Upstairs is situated above Shepherd's father's jewellery shop and offers a single, seven-course tasting menu in the evenings, with a shorter four-course option available for lunch, reports Birmingham Live.

According to the National Restaurant Awards' website, "Shepherd's focus is on flavour-led, produce driven dishes that embrace the seasons. His time spent in some of the UK's best kitchens is evident. The cooking is assured but unfussy, with each dish often comprising only two or three elements. And as you would expect, the presentation is impeccable, Shepherd instilling each dish with a refined precision that's reflected in the taste."

Brum chef Tom Shepherd, seen at his restaurant Upstairs in Lichfield, is on BBC2's Great British Menu Central heats
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Upstairs by Tom Shepherd has garnered a 4.9 star rating on Google, with one satisfied customer proclaiming it "undoubtedly one of the highlights of our gastronomic year" and exclaiming: "Superb! You would walk past the entrance to this place a hundred times without noticing, as it is an understated door to the side of its plush, parent jewellery store."

The same diner was effusive in their praise, noting: "The food is first-class: innovative, tasty and gorgeously presented. The wine list is well-priced for the level of the restaurant. Service is understated, informative and like the rest of the set-up, unpretentious."

Taking the crown this year is The Ledbury in London's Notting Hill. In early 2024, the establishment was awarded a coveted third Michelin Star and has a history of accolades, having been named the UK's best restaurant in 2010, 2011, and 2012.

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