Still a star Restaurant owners determined to regain award
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.
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