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Michelin chef David Everett-Matthias offers tips for Cheltenham Festival goers
It's almost time for the Cheltenham Festival set to take place from the 14th - 17th of March, giving visitors the opportunity to plan a mini-break in the capital of the Cotswolds. No foodie's visit would be complete without a meal at Le Champignon Sauvage which is a Michelin-star restaurant in the centre of town. Chef David Everitt-Matthias has been firmly on the chef scene for more than 35 years and according to the Observer Food Monthly Awards 2022 in which he was a runner-up, "[this] fine-dining restaurant, refined without being stuffy, has been winning acclaim since 1987... food that is both style and substance." Occasionally spotted cooking on James Martin's Saturday Morning television show, David's menu is seasonally driven and locally sourced. At £47 for a set three-course lunch and £47 for a set three-course dinner, Wednesday to Friday, it's some of the best value Michelin dining in the UK.
Posted: 7 February 2023
The Bradley Hare in Wiltshire offers Christmas menu
Enjoy a winter minimoon at The Bradley Hare in Wiltshire - a cosy country inn that recently opened in June 2021. It's located on the Duke of Somerset's Estate in the beautiful village of Maiden Bradley and is home to twelve sumptuous bedrooms. Guests will experience a stylish yet cosy stay in the cool yet authentic interiors, overseen by James Thurstan Waterworth, ex-European Design Director for Soho House. Each bedroom is unique with 18th and 19th-century antique furniture and distinctive fabrics repurposed and used for the headboards. All of the rooms offer home-from-home comforts, some with vast elegant freestanding baths and all with sumptuous beds and linens. Candlelit dinners can be enjoyed at the inn which offers delicious dishes on the menu using the best local and seasonal produce. Couples can enjoy romantic winter walks around the estate or even the splendid and romantic 18th-century world-famous Stourhead gardens.
Posted: 8 December 2022
The Frogmill awarded Gloucestershire Pub of the Year 2022
The Frogmill located in the Cotswold hamlet of Shipton Oliffe has been named Best Pub in Gloucestershire by the National Pub & Bar Awards 2022. More than 500 British pubs nationwide entered the awards and each was subject to intensive judging covering overall best practice across several operational categories including interior design, outside space, customer service, menus and drinks lists. The National Pub & Bar Awards aims to put exemplary on-trade businesses across the UK in the national spotlight whilst showcasing the hospitality industry's diversity, creativity and vital importance to the UK economy.
Posted: 7 July 2022
Helen Browning's Royal Oak Pub & Rooms wins award
Helen Browning's Royal Oak Pub & Rooms located in Bishopstone, Wiltshire, has recently won Inn of the Year as The Good Hotel Guide revealed its 10 César award winners for 2022. It's the ideal place for a mini-moon in the region, a pre-wedding dinner or an intimate hen night gathering. Owner Helen Browning and the team champion all that is organic with the milk, meat and other ingredients on the menu supplied from the surrounding fields.
Posted: 21 December 2021
Jamie Barnett joins The Castle Inn as head chef
Talented South-West chef Jamie Barnett who previously worked at Lucknam Park, Lygon Arms and Bowood has joined 12th-century pub The Castle Inn as head chef. Located in the centre of one of England's most picturesque villages, Castle Combe, The Castle Inn is a destination pub filled with rustic charm, complete with 12 en suite rooms and offering local beverages matched with good, honest pub food.
Jamie tells us, "I'm thrilled to have joined the team at The Castle Inn and am excited to create and deliver a menu that pays homage to traditional gastro-dining, using quality local produce from trusted suppliers and delivering each dish with warm hospitality. For me, pub fare isn't about being fancy, it's about imparting great cookery and letting the produce speak for itself."
Posted: 16 December 2021
The Ivy Lodge Clubhouse at Cirencester Park Polo Club offers autumn menu
The newly renovated Ivy Lodge Clubhouse at Cirencester Park Polo Club has become a roaring success and immensely popular amongst the polo crowd as well as many locals so the restaurant has decided to stay open after polo season to welcome both its regulars as well as those who have yet to experience the exquisite food served by head chef Ethan Rodgers, a locally renowned culinary expert. The response to the reopening of the restaurant for this polo season has been great with so many compliments to the chef and consistently empty plates being returned to the kitchen! A buzzy atmosphere has been enjoyed by all visitors who also had the opportunity to sample the extensive wine and drinks menu.
Posted: 7 October 2021
Crockers Henley offer 20 rooms for £100
Crockers Henley, a restaurant with rooms offering understated luxury across seven elegantly designed contemporary bedrooms, recently celebrated one year of opening. Housed in a Grade II listed building in Henley's popular Market Place, the accommodation is furnished with roll-top baths, four-poster beds and restored Georgian features, perfect for a staycation mini-moon. The emphasis is on great food and immersive experiences in a relaxed and unpretentious setting.Downstairs is The Grill, overseen by Tom Westerland, which is a hive of activity offering a casual dining affair. There are two 16-seat Chef's Tables that each present an immersive dining experience over ten courses. The Thames Table, overseen by talented young chef Alex Payne, celebrates the best of modern British dining whilst The Gardiner's with Iain Dixon at the helm concentrates on pan-Asian flavours.
Posted: 28 September 2021