Gas­tro pair among the best in coun­try

Bucks es­tab­lish­ments The Coach and The Hun­dred in the top 50

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - by Katy Clifton katy.clifton@trin­i­tymir­ Twit­ter: @Katy_Clifton1

TWO Buck­ing­hamshire pubs have been named among the best gas­trop­ubs in Eng­land.

The Coach, based in Mar­low, se­cured its place as fifth best in the coun­try and The Hun­dred of Ashen­don, in Ayles­bury, was ranked 36th.

The an­nual Estrella Damm Top 50 Gas­tropub Awards, or­gan­ised by The Morn­ing Ad­ver­tiser, saw a range of pubs in­cluded in this year’s list.

The Star Inn pub, in Harome, was named the best gas­tropub at the award ceremony hosted by TV celebrity chef Matt Te­butt.

In fifth place was The Coach, led by the team be­hind the award-win­ning The Hand and Flow­ers, which al­lows its guests to watch meals be­ing made in their part-open kitchen.

Tom Ker­ridge, the twice Miche­lin-starred chef who opened The Coach with his wife, Beth, was thrilled about com­ing fifth in this year’s gas­tropub awards.

He said: “We are in­cred­i­bly proud of the whole team for their full sec­ond year and be­ing made fifth in the Top 50 Gas­tropub awards.

“Ev­ery­one should feel very proud and hon­oured to be on such a pres­ti­gious list. I’d like to say huge con­grat­u­la­tions to An­drew Pern at The Star at Harome, he’s a great men­tor and rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the pub in­dus­try.”

Other south-east pubs in­cluded on the list were Dom Chap­man’s The Bee­hive, in White Waltham, which came seventh, and Si­mon Bon­wick’s The Crown, in Burchetts Green, which came 10th.

Ayles­bury’s The Hun­dred of Ashen­don, which came 36th, is an­other Miche­lin-starred pub which is set in the Bucks coun­try­side and serves lo­cal Bri­tish food.

Matt Gill, chef pro­pri­etor at The Hun­dred, was very proud of the gas­tropub’s achieve­ment.

He said: “The whole team here is thrilled to be recog­nised with such a great plac­ing in the Top 50 Gas­tropub Awards. It’s a great start to what we hope will be an­other suc­cess­ful year.”

‘In­cred­i­bly proud’: (Above and left) The Coach in Mar­low

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