So....... 2 weeks to go until the new guide is released - any predictions / hopes etc?? The main thing a lot of the trade press are talking about is exactly what star rating (for stars, plural, seem a certainty) will Core by Clare Smyth be given - many are speculating it could be the first ever restaurant to open with 3*. There seem to be rumours that Michelin are looking to gradually increase the number of 3* to bring us more into line with other countries. I personally cannot see more than 1 or possibly 2 new 3* added, so maybe 1 or 2 from Core, Sat Bains, L'Enclume and The Ledbury. Petrus cannot be far off returning to 2*, and I would tip Celeste at The Lanesborough as an outside chance for promotion. Castle Terrace in Edinburgh deserves its 1* back. More locally to me, I think there's a good chance it's refurb will see The Man Behind The Curtain awarded a 2nd star, and Home in Leeds definitely deserves to go in at 1*. Every man and his dog loves Tommy Banks, so again maybe 2* for them (they have certainly re-positioned and re-priced themselves at 2* level), though I did not rate it as highly as many others seem to (based on 2 visits I think it is a good 1* but no more than that). Skosh in York should be considered, but I'm not sure it is consistent enough for a star. Also some people are suggesting Horto at Rudding Park could be in the mix, but I haven't been so can't comment. In terms of losses, I am slightly reluctant to get into predicting this, but the staffing changes at Eipic in Belfast mean it could be vulnerable. Sticking with Belfast, Sapphyre will be in the reckoning for 1* I think. Any thoughts from anyone else??