DESTINATION DINING VENUE
Judge: Ian Thurgood Sponsor: Blackwells Farm Produce Highly Commended: Restaurant @ Brandy Hole, Hullbridge Highly Commended: The Chequers, Matching Green Winner: Dog and Gun, Chelmsford
WHAT THE WINNER SAID:
To retain the title for the second year running, is such a great achievement and it is unbelievable that we have won again. We have recently become a wedding venue and we are really trying to push more things forward. Winning this award will help push us towards more special events and go that extra step further. Bring on next year and hopefully we can make it a hat trick! Thank you.
WHAT THE JUDGE SAID:
These are immaculate premises, with enthusiastic, friendly and professional staff throughout. Although it’s against a road with nothing to attract the visitor in the immediate vicinity, it had great atmosphere and was a lovely place to dine. The food was actually very good value, well-presented and really enjoyable
— they seem to understand good food. The wines were representative of their kind, we loved them. Everything about this place, from well-kept premises, quality of fittings, superb toilet facilities and high quality furniture, all adds to the impression that it is a bit special. Would we return? Absolutely, and soon!
Jane Blackwell, Andy Jenkins, Jade Hughes, Kerry Linehan and Ellen Knights