The Oban Times - - Districts -

A LOCHA­LINE res­tau­rant has been named re­gional win­ner for Scot­land in the Waitrose Good Food Guide Lo­cal Res­tau­rant of the Year Awards.

The White­house Res­tau­rant was nom­i­nated by its cus­tomers to be the top lo­cal choice.

Owned by Sarah Jones and Jane Stu­art- Smith, The White­house prides it­self on cook­ing with lo­cally-sourced in­gre­di­ents, in­clud­ing veg­eta­bles grown in the res­tau­rant gar­den and Isle of Mull lob­sters.

It was the wide va­ri­ety of lo­cally avail­able in­gre­di­ents that at­tracted head chef Mike Bur­goyne to The White­house five years ago.

The Good Food Awards are mark­ing their tenth year with a strong fo­cus on lo­cal eater­ies.

Speak­ing about The White­house, Waitrose Good Food Guide edi­tor El­iz­a­beth Carter said: ‘Mike Bur­goyne is a skilled chef us­ing fab­u­lous in­gre­di­ents, serv­ing them beau­ti­fully but with bags of en­thu­si­asm and fun.

‘He knows how to write a menu too, with High­land this and Scot­tish that, so you end up want­ing to eat ev­ery­thing. And the black­board menu gets rewrit­ten on the spot as new pro­duces comes in. Why aren’t there more places like this?’

Sarah Jones said: ‘The White­house team are to­tally blown away by the news. This is so huge for such a small, lo­cal­lyrun res­tau­rant on the west coast.

‘ We have al­ways prided our­selves on show­cas­ing Morvern, Lochaber and Scot­land, so to be recog­nised for this is im­mense.

‘The fact it has been through cus­tomer rec­om­men­da­tion that we have re­ceived this award makes it even more spe­cial to us.

‘A heart­felt thanks to ev­ery­one who has en­dorsed, supplied and eaten with us – not for­get­ting the com­mu­nity of Locha­line for their con­tin­ued sup­port.’

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