Still a star Restau­rant own­ers de­ter­mined to re­gain award

Gloucestershire Echo - - NEWS - By HE­LEN BLOW

SUP­PORT has flooded in for Chel­tenham restau­rant Le Champignon Sau­vage af­ter it was re­vealed it has lost one of its cov­eted Miche­lin Stars in the newly-pub­lished guide.

Cus­tomers of owner and chef David Everitt-matthias’s ac­claimed restau­rant in Suf­folk Road took to so­cial me­dia to voice their ou­trage at the de­mo­tion in the 2019 guide.

Le Champignon Sau­vage has held two Miche­lin Stars since 2000 but that has been re­duced to one in the lat­est edi­tion of the an­nu­ally-pub­lished guide.

Yet de­spite the down­grad­ing, the restau­rant is the only one in the county to still hold on to a star.

The other, The Butcher’s Arms in Elder­s­field, has lost its star af­ter chang­ing own­ers last year.

David ad­mit­ted he was still reel­ing from the news. “It has been a bit of a shock,” he said.

“Our so­cial me­dia ac­counts have been go­ing ab­so­lutely potty last night and this morn­ing with lots of sup­port and com­ments from peo­ple who just can’t be­lieve it.”

The ac­qui­si­tion or loss of a star can have dra­matic ef­fects on the suc­cess of a restau­rant, but David has been philo­soph­i­cal about the dis­ap­point­ing news.

“It’s very hard to say whether this will af­fect our busi­ness as we haven’t been in this sit­u­a­tion be­fore and only time will tell.

“As long as cus­tomers re­alise that we’ve al­ways had our heads down and worked, which I think they do, and we’ve al­ways tried to im­prove each year and we’re to­tally com­mit­ted to the restau­rant and our cus­tomers and have been for 32 years.”

David and his wife, He­len, are now even more de­ter­mined to work even harder this year to re­gain the lost star.

“We’re not go­ing to lie down and die; our per­son­al­ity is one of striv­ing for ev­ery­thing that we’ve got so we’ll be putting our heads down and try­ing to work even harder.”

He was also full of praise for other top res­tau­rants in the town.

He said: “There are so many good res­tau­rants in Chel­tenham and the sur­round­ing ar­eas; places like Prithvi, Lu­miere, Purslane are all up there, and it’s com­mis­er­a­tions to them for not pro­gress­ing in the guide this year, but there’s al­ways next year to work for.”

The only other Glouces­ter­shire restau­rant to hold a star last year was The Butcher’s Arms at Elder­s­field, but that has now been lost, largely be­cause of a change of own­er­ship.

New own­ers Jo-anne and Mark Block took over the pub in Jan­uary from James Win­ter, who has held a Miche­lin Star at the pub for sev­eral years.

How­ever, the cou­ple is aim­ing high and hop­ing to re­gain the star in the fu­ture, with Mark head­ing up the kitchen.

Made By Bob in Cirences­ter, has been awarded a Miche­lin Bib Gour­mand - for es­tab­lish­ments that of­fer good qual­ity food at mod­er­ate prices for an­other con­sec­u­tive year. echo.news@lo­cal­world.co.uk

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