Awards ga­lore

EDP Norfolk - - FOOD BITES -

Swaffham’s Strat­tons Ho­tel has won the heart of the edi­tor of the 2019 Good Ho­tel Guide – and the ti­tle of Edi­tor’s Ro­man­tic Choice. Owner Vanessa Scott said “We are thrilled to have been hon­oured in this way. In nearly 30 years of busi­ness we have stuck to our prin­ci­ples of pro­vid­ing qual­ity, with­out sac­ri­fice to the en­vi­ron­ment, and cre­at­ing a unique and spe­cial en­vi­ron­ment where we hope guests can re­lax and be happy”

The Good Ho­tel Guide is a lead­ing in­de­pen­dent guide to ho­tels in Great Bri­tain and Ire­land and win­ning an award is some­thing of a coup; ho­tels can­not buy their en­try as they do in ri­val guides, say the pub­lish­ers.

And the 14-room bou­tique venue had an­other rea­son to cel­e­brate as it was one of only two se­lected Nor­folk restau­rants to be in­cluded in Truth, Love & Clean Cut­lery: A Guide to the Truly Good Restau­rants and Food Ex­pe­ri­ences of the United King­dom.

The peo­ple be­hind this rather long­winded ti­tle aim to iden­tify those restau­rants and food ex­pe­ri­ences that go above and be­yond great food and wine in the eth­i­cal and sus­tain­able ways with which they run their busi­ness.

Renowned UK writer and Times restau­rant critic Giles Coren and Aus­tralian food writer Jill Du­pleix head up a hand­picked ed­i­to­rial team of ex­pe­ri­enced food writ­ers.

Strat­tons has op­er­ated a green pol­icy since open­ing in 1990 sourc­ing good qual­ity lo­cal foods and min­imis­ing waste, the use of nat­u­ral re­sources and en­ergy con­sump­tion, work­ing with the com­mu­nity and en­cour­ag­ing more re­spon­si­ble be­hav­iour by all its stake­hold­ers.

Mean­while the other Nor­folk en­try in the book, Mar­ket Bistro in King’s Lynn, was run­ner-up in the Best Restau­rant cat­e­gory in this year’s Ob­server Food Monthly Awards. “It’s crazy to open a na­tional news­pa­per sup­ple­ment and see a photo of one of our dishes. The team are thrilled and we’re re­ally grate­ful to ev­ery­one who voted,” said owner Lucy Gold­ing.

Panel mem­ber Nigel Slater de­scribes the awards as honour­ing the “hum­bling, gen­er­ous-hearted work that is of­ten done qui­etly, pas­sion­ately and of­ten out of the lime­light.”

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