ITV News Clip of our 2018 launch at the Pyne Arms

 

The 2018 Exmoor Food Fest was launched on 30 January 2018 at the Pyne Arms in East Downs.  Olivier Certain (Clavelshay Barn), James Mason (Kentisbury Grange), Ed Heard (Woods) and Barrie Tucker (Luttrell Arms) joined Ellis Pannell in the kitchen for a delicious dinner.

ITV reporter Bob Cruwys joined us for the evening – what you can see is the clip he produced for ITV News (shown on the 6pm News on ITV West and ITV West Country).

 

Clavelshay Barn: Open for bookings!

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Clavelshay Barn Restaurant promises “a taste of the countryside” and the reality does not disappoint – offering top quality local produce in unspoilt idyllic surroundings . The restaurant is set in a converted barn on a working dairy farm, nestled in its own secluded valley, yet is within easy reach of Taunton, Bridgwater and the M5.

The barn itself has been sympathetically converted by owners Bill & Sue Milverton, retaining original elm beams and using oak and cedar from the farm for the floor and staircase. A changing display of work by local artists and natural wood furniture complete the contemporary country  feel – a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere in which to dine.

Experienced Head Chef, Olivier Certain, uses only the finest ingredients from local suppliers and his experience and flair to produce food with great flavour.

Marseille-born Olivier moved to Somerset in 1998 following his Michelin star training in La Bonne Etape ,  Chateau Arnoux, and Les Roches in Le Lavandou.   Olivier had  a successful few years with Andrew Dixon at Andrews on the  Weir, Porlock Weir, where he helped Andrew maintain his 3 AA Rosettes. In 2006 he joined Woods in Dulverton as Head Chef where he achieved 2 rosettes and the accolade of Somerset Dining Pub of the Year 2008, 2010 and 2011.

With Olivier at the helm in the kitchen, Clavelshay Barn had a very successful 2016, winning 7 awards for its food and service.

All dishes are made on site, with the exception of the tempting ice cream, which comes from a local dairy farm. Bread is made daily and even the water on the table is from the farm’s own spring.  Free-range eggs are from the farm’s Maran & Light Sussex hens and herbs, vegetables, salads and flowers from the walled garden.  The menu is deliberately small but changes frequently to make the best use of seasonal produce.

To complement the delicious food, a fully licensed bar stocks  Exmoor, Cotleigh & Quantock beers, Sheppy’s Cider, local apple juice ,Luscombe Organic soft drinks and an interesting and expanding wine list, including award winning  Oatley wine from Cannington.

Clavelshay Barn offers superb service, wheelchair access and efficient and friendly staff.

And if you’re looking for an unforgettable setting for your special day, Clavelshay Barn is the answer. Intimate parties of up to 50 guests are catered for elegantly in the 18thC    barn restaurant, while a marquee can be sited for larger celebrations of up to 100 guests.

Whether it’s a wedding, family party, a business event or a conference, you’ll be treated to excellent personal service, delicious locally sourced food from tailor-made menus, a relaxed atmosphere and a stunning rural backdrop.

Awards 2017

Somerset Life Food & Drink Awards – Chef of the Year 2017 – Olivier Certain

Taste of the West Gold Award  2017

Finalist – Taste of the West – Best South West Restaurant 2017

Sedgemoor Business awards – Best Micro-Business 2017

Sedgemoor Business awards – Customer Service Excellence Awards

Somerset, Bath & Bristol Tourism Awards – Silver Award – Best Restaurant 2017

TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence  – 5 stars – based on customer reviews

Trencherman’s Awards 2017 – Finalist for Creativity and Innovation

Awards 2016–

Taste of the West Gold Award 2016

Taste of the West – Best South West Restaurant 2016   Overall winner

Taste of the West – No 1 Place to Go 2016                        Overall winner

Trip Advisor – Certificate of Excellence 2016

Winner of Best Somerset Sunday Roast 2016 – Somerset Life Food & Drink awards 2016

Somerset , Bath & Bristol Tourism Awards  2016 –Gold award –  Unsung Hero for Customer Service – Sue Milverton

Sedgemoor Business Awards – Best Micro Business 2016

For full details visit the website –www.clavelshaybarn.co.uk

Contact Sue Milverton    Tel.  01278 662629

e-mail      query@clavelshaybarn.co.uk

Exmoor Food Fest Offer:
Wednesday and Thursdays in February
Cost £17.50 for 2 courses. £20 for 3 courses.
Dinner only.

Please mention the Exmoor Food Fest when booking.

Lower Clavelshay Farm
North Petherton
Clavelshay
Somset TA6 6PJ
Website:  www.clavelshaybarn.co.uk
Email:     query@clavelshaybarn.co.uk
Phone:  01278 662629

Exmoor Food Fest 2017 gets off to a splendid start

A week ago, several award-winning chefs came together in the kitchen of the Luttrell Arms in Dunster to prepare an outstanding seven-course-meal marking the official launch of the 2017 Exmoor Food Fest.

Head chef Barrie Tucker was joined by Paul and Donna Berry (The Swan), Andrew Dixon (The Café at Porlock Weir), Olivier Certain (Clavelshay Barn) and Ellis Pannell (Pyne Arms).

Each course was perfectly matched with exclusive wines by Dirceu Vianna Junior MW, Wine Director at Enotria&Coe, who commented: “Congratulations for putting together such amazing event. It seems that everyone really enjoyed the excellent food and brilliant atmosphere.”

Nigel Way, owner of The Luttrell Arms Hotel, introduced each of the chefs as their courses were being served, said “The Guest Chef Dinner is a celebration of food and drink from across the region. We are happy to support the Exmoor Food Fest which provides a valuable platform for fine dining, and its success brings benefits not only to restaurants here in Dunster but to the economy of Exmoor.”

Elke Winzer said. “The launch of the Exmoor Food Fest 2017 at The Luttrell Arms Hotel was a great success, not least because of the untiring enthusiasm and support by the Luttrell’s team for the festival. They put together a fantastic Guest Chefs Dinner showcasing the talent and high quality local produce on Exmoor and it was a fitting start to the third Exmoor Food Fest.” 

WELCOME

WICKED WOLF GIN

Cocktails

CANAPÉS

ELLIS PANNELL, THE PYNE ARMS, BARNSTAPLE

Plaistow Mill’s smoked trout with fennel toast,Westland Farm pulled pork fritters with sweet and sour apple sauce,Vulscombe goat’s cheese and Exmoor Ale onion chutney

STARTER

PAUL AND DONNA BERRY, THE SWAN, BAMPTON

‘Breakfast’ Bampton butcher’s smoked streaky bacon, duck, plum and quail Scotch egg, black pudding, tomato and pancetta with haricot beans

FISH COURSE

OLIVIER CERTAIN, CLAVELSHAY BARN, NORTH PETHERTON

Pan-seared fillet of silver mullet, Jerusalem artichokes, baby gem and poultry reduction

MAIN COURSE

BARRIE TUCKER, PSALTER’S RESTAURANT, AT THE LUTTRELL ARMS HOTEL

Haunch of venison with pickled mushrooms, mushroom purée, charred salsify, salt baked celeriac and chocolate sauce

PRE-DESSERT

BARRIE TUCKER, PSALTER’S RESTAURANT AT THE LUTTRELL ARMS HOTEL

‘Egg and Soldiers’

DESSERT

ANDREW DIXON, THE CAFÉ AT PORLOCK WEIR,

Apple mousse, apple jelly, nutty granola,
Somerset cider brandy ice cream, cider syrup

 

All photos by Clayton Jane.

Exmoor Food Fest launches today!

Tonight, award winning chefs from Exmoor will be serving up a seven course meal at the Luttrell Arms in Dunster to officially launch the 2017 Exmoor Food Fest.  Olivier Certain (Clavelshay Barn), Paul and Donna Berry (The Swan), Andrew Dixon (The Cafe at Porlock Weir) and Ellis Pannell (Pyne Arms) are joining Head Chef Barrie Tucker in the kitchen for a truly outstanding menu.

From 1 February, many restaurants across the region will be offering a special Food Fest deal: customers will be able to dine out for as little as £10 for two courses, even at Michelin starred and multi-Rosette restaurants.

Have a look at our map to see all the restaurants signed up so far!  exmoor-food-fest-2

 

 

Tiverton Community Radio supports the Exmoor Food Fest

We are delighted to have teamed up with Tiverton Community Radio!  Watch out for regular updates on Exmoor Food Fest events as well as interviews with chefs who take part in the event.

olivier-certainHere is a link to the first interview with Olivier Certain of Clavelshay Barn:

http://www.tiverton-community-radio.co.uk/cook-local

 

 

Tiverton Community Radio broadcasts from  a sponsored studio at PETROC college serving the Tiverton and surrounding areas. We support and promote local events, charities, local business, education, hobbies and interests, support services, musicians and Devon artists including theatre, writers and poets, heritage and history.

We are proud to bring local food/drink producers and eateries the attention they deserve and cover live events such as Electric Nights Street Food Festival, Exeter Food and Drink Festival, Uffculme show, Tiverton Literary Festival and further afield to the Hay on Wye and How the Light gets in Festivals in Wales. We are passionate about Devon and all that there is to discover.

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Clavelshay Barn joins the Exmoor Food Fest

Clavelshay Barn Restaurant near Taunton/Bridgwater is one of the establishments taking part. Co-owner, Sue Milverton, said: “We’re delighted once again this year to be participating in the 2017 Exmoor Food Fest from February 1 until 28.

 “It’s all about showcasing the very best our region has to offer. It is a celebration of all local produce and local talent, the very things we’re devoted to here at Clavelshay.”

Clavelshay Barn will be running special menus as part of Exmoor Food Fest on Wednesday and Thursday evenings during February with two courses priced £10 and three courses £15.

The award-winning business, which at the end of last year was crowned as the Westcountry’s top restaurant in the Taste of the West Awards and named the region’s ‘No. 1 Place to Go’, also has accolades from the Bristol, Bath and Somerset Awards, run by Services for Tourism, for being the Restaurant of the Year and having the very highest standards in customer service.

Sue, who co-owns the restaurant with her husband Bill, said: “We won seven awards in 2016 including the Taste of the West South West Restaurant of the Year and being named their No 1 Place to Go.

“We also won Silver in the Bristol Bath & Somerset Tourism Awards – Restaurant of the Year category and won Gold in the Unsung Hero for Customer Service. These were a direct result of all the effort everyone on the team puts in on a daily basis here. We also owe a great deal to our wonderful diners who give us lots of support and encouragement.

“We pride ourselves on serving up the very best in customer service, use only the highest quality local, seasonal ingredients and have developed a stunning menu thanks to our incredible French head chef, Olivier Certain, who has a flair for creating some of the most fabulous food I have ever tasted. 

“Olivier creates stunning dishes with French flair. His style of cooking is classical French but after living in England for more than 18 years, he has learnt English dishes to an extremely high standard and knows exactly what our diners like to eat.”

The restaurant is in a lovingly restored and converted 18th century stone barn at the foot of the picturesque Quantock Hills at Lower Clavelshay Farm near North Petherton.

The restaurant is set on a family-run farm that produces its own milk, beef, pork, lamb and eggs, which all feature in its top quality and tasty dishes.

Sue added: “At Clavelshay, we also strive to use as much produce as possible from the farm and the surrounding countryside. We use our own pork, rose veal, wild rabbit, pigeon, pheasant and our own farm-reared beef on the menu.

“We have a walled garden where we grow salad leaves, herbs, soft fruit and vegetables. If it is not possible to use our own produce, we only use local suppliers who can provide us with quality local produce, which is fully traceable.” 

Also in 2016, Sue and the team won a top accolade for the best micro business in the Sedgemoor Business Excellence Awards.

Olivier will also be cooking at a special launch dinner for the 2017 festival at the Luttrell Arms in Dunster on January 26 He will be one of five award-winning chefs joining the Luttrell’s Head Chef, Barrie Tucker to cook seven courses.

 

It’s raining stars on Exmoor!

The team at Exmoor Food Fest would like to congratulate all these amazing chefs:

thomas-carr-and-john-curtis-michlin-starThomas Carr and his team at the Olive Room in Ilfracombe won their first Michelin star: “A local chef who knows how to make the best our of his local ingredients.”

 

Mark Dodson

Mark Dodson and his team at The Mason Arms in Knowstone retained their Michelin star for the 12th year.

 

 

 

 

Barrie Tucker

Barrie Tucker and his team at the Luttrell Arms in Dunster were awarded an AA Rosette.

 

 

And, finally, Olivier Certain at the Clavelshay Barn has just been announced to be a Taste of the West 2016 Champion as “Best Restaurant”!  This comes two weeks after winning an award in the Somerset Life Food & Drink Awards.

Congratulations to all the chefs and their teams!

Somerset Life Food and Drink Awards

We are very excited to be one of the three finalists in the Somerset Life Food and Drink Awards “Best Food Event”.  On 15 September we will find out whether we have won.
Congratulations also go to a number of restaurants who have taken part in the Exmor Food Fest for also making it into the finals:  Clavelshay Barn, Luttrell Arms and The Beach Hotel in Minehead.

Now it’s a question of waiting and having all fingers, spoons and ladels crossed!

Cookery School at Clavelshay Barn: 15 March 2016

Clavelshay Barn are proud to announce a new venture – the Clavelshay Barn Cookery School run by award winning professional chefs Olivier Certain and Andrew Dixon.

This full day course will immerse you into what it takes to expertly select and prepare fish and seafood at home. Knowing the essential cooking methods and flavour profiles for fresh and fish, as well as shellfish, will help you produce appetisers, soups, and entrees.

Start Date : Tuesday 15 March 2016
Course : Fish & Shellfish
Cost : £125 per person (includes lunch and wine)

Olivier first met Andrew when they worked together in a hotel in Ashford, Kent. Andrew moved to Somerset to start Andrews on the Weir and Olivier joined him at Porlock Weir as his sous chef, where they achieved great success together for 5 years. They are delighted to be working together again to run the cookery school.

Olivier Certain

Olivier Certain

Marseille-born Olivier moved to England in 1998 following his Michelin star training in La Bonne Etape, Chateau Arnoux and Hotel Les Roches in Le Lavandou, France. In 2001 he joined Andrew Dixon at Andrews on the Weir, Porlock Weir and together they achieved 3 AA rosettes with outstanding food.

Olivier was Head Chef at Woods in Dulverton for 6 years where he achieved 2 rosettes and the accolade of Somerset Dining Pub of the Year 2008, 2010 and 2011. In 2009 in reached the finals of the South West Chef of the Year competition.

Olivier is now creating stunning dishes with French flair at Clavelshay Barn in North Petherton. His style of cooking is typical classic French but after living in England for over 18 years, he has learnt English dishes to an extremely high standard.

Andrew DixonAfter training in some of the UK’s best restaurants and country house hotels, Andrew and his wife Sarah fulfilled a dream of running their own restaurant, and bought a beautiful old Manor House bed and breakfast at Porlock Weir, which opened as Andrews on the Weir.

After only 10 months of opening and at a very early stage of renovating the building, Andrews On The Weir was catapulted into the top ten percent of restaurants in the British Isles by gaining the 3 AA rosettes for food and gaining 4 out of 5 stars for accommodation. Andrew held the prestigious 3 AA rosettes rating for a further 9 years, five of those years he worked closely with Clavelshay Barn’s very own Olivier Certain.

In 2011 Andrew and Sarah changed direction of the restaurant and rebranded to The Cafe Porlock Weir to offer a less informal style of dining but offering the same quality food, and using the same quality of ingredients by sourcing the very best Exmoor and the West Country has to offer.

Andrew’s ethos about food has not waned at all and he still strives to offer some of the best food the region has to offer in the beautiful setting of the tiny waterside village of Porlock Weir.

In November of 2015 Andrew was recognised for his dedication to his craft and was awarded Best Somerset Restaurant Dining Experience at the Somerset Life Food awards.

Clavelshay Barn has joined the Exmoor Food Fest

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Clavelshay Barn is an award winning sustainable restaurant located in a traditional stone barn on a family run dairy farm on the edge of the Quantock Hills. Although in a beautiful rural setting, the restaurant is within easy reach of Taunton, Bridgwater and the M5 motorway.

The traditional stone barn, built around 1700, has been simply and sympathetically converted using natural materials, keeping a country feel to the restaurant. The oak flooring in the restaurant, cedar staircase and window sills are made from wood from the farm. The spectacular elm roof beams are original and still have wooden pegs in the joints.

Farmers William & Sue Milverton are tenants of the Crown Estate – William and sons James & Rob run the farm, Sue runs the restaurant with Head Chef Olivier Certain and a team of smiling students.

We are delighted to announce we are now a member of The Sustainable Restaurant Association and have been awarded the highest rating of 3 Stars. You can view our profile here. We feel particularly honoured to win this award as we were one of only restaurant within the whole of Somerset to be awarded!

We are also delighted to have received TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence two years in a row, a Gold Taste of the West Award this year and five Silver Taste of the West Awards in the previous years. We are proud to be recognised for our commitment to using the best local produce.

Exmoor Food Fest Deal of 2 courses for £10.00/ 3 courses for £15.00:
Wednesdays:  Dinner
Thursdays:       Dinner

Please mention the Exmoor Food Fest when booking.

Lower Clavelshay Farm
North Petherton
Clavelshay
Somset TA6 6PJ
Website:  www.clavelshaybarn.co.uk
Email:     query@clavelshaybarn.co.uk
Phone:  01278 662629