Ninety-eight years after the Michelin Guide introduced its star, it remains the most coveted accolade for serious chefs, with two and three stars (introduced in 1931) representing the pinnacle of achievement. Guide-listed hotels that have the Michelin seal of approval vary widely, from the sybaritic luxury of Raymond Blanc’s two-star Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, to the country-house comforts of Hambleton Hall in Rutland, and the intimate charms of The Peat Inn in Fife, but all promise fine dining of a very high order.