Restaurants in Gloucestershire stars in Michelin guide 2013
RESTAURANTS in Gloucestershire have retained their premium status – with a new addition to the top table this year.
Three restaurants in the Cotswolds and Cheltenham have kept hold of their Michelin stars, with Le Champignon Sauvage keeping their top billing with two stars.
The only two-stars restaurant in Gloucestershire, staff at Le Champignon Sauvage said they have always aimed for excellence.
David Everitt-Matthias, proprietor-chef of the restaurant, said: “It is great we have retained our status in the guide.
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“We are happy with that and the commitment from the staff, both front of the house and back have been brilliant.
“Cheltenham has certainly grown up over the years we have been here.
“It has wonderful life and feel about it.
“There are more restaurants opening up all the time.
“It is a lovely area.”
Priding themselves on using local produce, Mr Everitt-Matthias was earlier this year named Chef of the Year by the 2014 edition of the Good Food Guide.
He said: “It was a lovely award, and I was honoured to receive it.”
Also keeping their one-star status was the Lords of the Manor in Bourton-on-the-Water, 5 North St in Winchcombe and the Butcher’s Arms in Eldersfield.
Four other restaurants were given Bib Gourmands, which denotes good cuisine at a reasonable prices.
New to the accolade this year is The Tavern in Cheltenham, formerly the Royal Well Tavern.
The restaurant has seen a revival after a refurbishment in March last year, and staff was celebrating the achievement.
General manager Natalie Fullard said: “It is excellent for the restaurant.
“The team is very supportive of each other, and it might sound cliched, but we are really like a family here.
“We all really enjoy working here, and even though it can be hard work, seeing our customers happy makes it worth it.
“It is nice to get some recognition for the team’s work, but we want to keep doing better.
“Head chef Chris Herrick has been brilliant as well.”
The other restaurants are the Horse and Groom in Moreton-in-Marsh, The Gumstool Inn in Tetbury and Owens in Tewkesbury.