Michelin-Starred Pop Up with Michael Wignall at Hotel Aristide in Syros, Greece

The nine-suite Hotel Aristide on the island of Syros is launching a Michelin starred pop up with Chef Michael Wignall, from the The Angel at Hetton in Yorkshire. Michael will be cooking two five-course tasting menus during the first weekend of June 2024.

The two dinners will be held on the hotel’s rooftop restaurant on the 1st and 2nd of June. Hotel Aristide’s restaurant is fast becoming Syros’ hottest dining spot, where guests dine on the roof terrace seated in Honoré’s Deco vintage Croisette armchairs and surrounded by panoramic views of the Aegean Sea and neighbouring islands.

Chef Michael, who has gained two Michelin stars at Pennyhill Park and Gidleigh Park, moved to the Angel in Hetton in 2018. The Angel was awarded its first Michelin star the following year. Michael produces complex and technically accomplished dishes with a focus on fresh and sustainable produce. He loves travelling the world to find new inspirations and ideas to pair with locally sourced British produce.

His five-course tasting menu at Hotel Aristide will hero many Greek ingredients, including tomatoes, tuna, prawns, pork and honey. Dishes will include locally grown tomatoes, goat’s curd, olives, basil and nori; barbecued Amvrakikos prawn, hot sauce and Koshihikari rice; acorn fed secretta, charred lettuce, calves sweetbread, hay-smoked local milk and olive, followed by strawberries, honey, yoghurt, olive oil cake and jam.

Chef Michael will be assisted by the hotel’s executive chef Petros Braikidis, who is also a certified sommelier – a rarity on the island of Syros. Petros has curated a list of sixty of the best Cycladic and Greek wines for guests to enjoy with their dinner. The hotel’s cocktail menu is developed by star bartender Konstantinos Kostopoulos, and is focused on a few über-creative signature cocktails and well-executed classics.

Hotel Aristide, which opens for the season on 2nd of May, is a restored neoclassical mansion in the historical centre of Hermoupolis, just a few minutes’ walk from one of the city’s beaches and an easy stroll into the central square, waterfront tavernas and a short drive to the regenerated warehouse quarter. The hotel has nine individually designed suites with generous proportions and original architectural details. The suites have been designed with a focus on contemporary furnishings and lighting, and sustainability. Three of the suites have their own plunge pools and original contemporary art works hang throughout the property. The hotel has won numerous awards, including National Geographic Traveller’s ‘Best Boutique’ worldwide in 2022, and was one of Conde Nast Traveller’s 50 best new hotels worldwide in 2023.

The dinners by guest chef Michael Wignall will cost EUR125 per person including a welcome glass of champagne and canapés, but excluding wine. A night at Hotel Aristide in June starts from £295 including breakfast.

Syros remains an authentic, year-round island with a small university, galleries, cocktail bars and thriving cultural calendar including art, jazz and film festivals. Part of the Cycladic Islands, Syros is just 30 minutes ferry ride from Mykonos or a two-hour ferry from Athens.