The Rising Sun, West Bagborough: Open for bookings!

This beautiful 16th Century Inn  offers a warm welcome, creative menus, quality ales and a collection of fine vintage wines. With its flagstone floors and oak beams it offers a relaxing characterful base from which to explore the Quantock hills.
Using fresh ingredients  the Inn provides both an a la carte menu and a more causal menu at lunchtimes.
Matured Exmoor Grazed Steaks, Fresh whole fish, Cornish Mussels & Porlock Bay oysters are regularly on the menu.
Freshly grown vegetables and fruit are provided both from the Inn’s own garden and a local organic farm and orchard.
Exmoor Food Fest offer:
2 course lunch for the price of £12.50 on the following dates:-
5th  – 9th of Feb and the 19th – 23rd of Feb  both Monday to Friday Only
On 23rd of Feb we will be offering a 7 course Exmoor tasting menu in the evening at £35.00 per head.
WEST BAGBOROUGH, TAUNTON TA4 3EF
01823 432575
Booking is advisable but no vouchers are required.
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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

Michelin starred Thomas Carr at The Olive Room: Open for bookings!

 

 

Here at the Olive Room, quality and comfort are paramount. We believe that excellent food is enjoyed most, in a relaxed and unpretentious environment.

We are incredibly lucky to live and work in such a beautiful area, and we take full advantage of our location! Sourcing the very best in local, seasonal ingredients, and making the most of the abundance North Devon has to offer.

All our food is homemade here on the premises, from the bread, to the ice creams and sorbets. A combination of the very best local produce, and skilled craftsmanship in the kitchen results in a thoughtfully prepared, contemporary British Menu. With strong North Devonian influences, we present  mouth-watering dishes that are as pleasing on the palette as they are on the eye.

We have a fantastic, comprehensive wine list, offering an excellent variety at great value. Our feature wines change with the seasons, accompanying our menu to perfection.

Friendly, attentive service, complements our warm, intimate, environment. So if you’re looking for somewhere to dine with friends, a romantic dinner for two, or perhaps a family celebration, look no further.

We look forward to welcoming you.

To find out more information or to book a table, simply Contact Us.

Exmoor Food Fest offer: 
Four course tasting menu on Thursday evenings only through February – £35 

Tel : +44 (0) 1271 867831
Thomas Carr @ The Olive Room, 56 Fore Street, Ilfracombe, North Devon EX34 9DJ

Twitter:            @ThomasCarrChef
Facebook:       /pages/Thomas-Carr-at-The-Olive-Room
Email:               info@thomascarrchef.co.uk
Website:         www.thomascarrchef.co.uk

About Thomas Carr

Thomas Carr prides himself on producing food of a consistently high standard, establishing a passionate, dynamic and creative dining/kitchen environment. Always experimenting with ingredients, avours and techniques to push the boundaries of food and exceed the expectations of each customer.

Thomas has always been driven by a fundamental love of cooking and food, always seeking to learn and grow as a chef.

His journey started when he was employed as head chef in 2002 at the Beachcomber Café in Woolacombe, Devon – his hometown. From here Thomas moved to the Watersmeet Hotel, again in Woolacombe, where he was Chef De Partie for 5 years between 2004 and 2009.

In March 2009 Thomas went to work under renowned chef Nathan Outlaw at his Seafood and Grill Restaurant @ The St Enodoc Hotel in Cornwall. Originally taken on by Nathan Outlaw as a Sous chef, Thomas’ potential was quickly noticed and in February 2010 he was appointed as Head Chef at the brand new ‘Restaurant Nathan Outlaw’. Under Thomas the restaurant received two Michelin stars within a year of opening, along with numerous other accolades and awards within the hospitality industry. As well as the day to day running of the restaurant, Thomas also participated in outside events linked to the restaurant and Nathan Outlaw; including a ‘pop up’ restaurant in London and several food festivals/events.

In 2013 Thomas returned to North Devon to take up a role as executive chef at The Coach House, Kentisbury Grange, allowing him another opportunity to work with a renowned chef in Michael Caines MBE. Thomas built a full team from scratch and achieved 2 AA Rosettes within 6 months of opening as well as a full entry into the 2014 Trencherman’s Guide.

In the spring of 2014 Thomas was presented with an opportunity to fulfil a lifetime dream of owning his own restaurant in the harbour town of Ilfracombe, North Devon. The mixture of a bustling, up and coming area and fresh line caught fish delivered to restaurant on an almost daily basis has made for a hugely successful start in business.

And it was at the end of September in 2016, that Thomas received a call so many chefs can only dream of. A call from the Editor of the Michelin Guide, asking him to attend the first ever live presentation of the guide on October 3rd.

 

Michelin starred Mason Arms, Knowstone release Exmoor Food Fest dates

Here are the details of the  Mason Arms Lunchtime offer during the Exmoor Food Fest!

“We have 4 lunchtimes available as follows:

Wednesday 1st February
Tuesday 7th February
Thursday 23rd February
Tuesday 28th February

As before we will be offering a 3 course lunch with a choice from 3 starters, 3 mains, cheese or choice of 2 desserts at the price of £15 for the three courses

Covers will be strictly limited to 40 per lunchtime over 2 sittings 12:00 and 1:45, the largest available tables will be for 6 guests.”

Mark & Sarah Dodson extend you a very warm welcome to their picturesque, thatched 13th Century Inn and Michelin Restaurant situated in the village of Knowstone on the edge of Exmoor, Devon and close to the main Atlantic Highway link from the M5 to North Devon and North Cornwall.

Award winning one star Michelin Restaurant with exceptional local cuisine using only the finest ingredients, presented with taste and style. Wonderful friendly service completes your experience in this first class restaurant or our traditional bar area. Real Ale and Champagne by the glass with a wine list to suit all tastes. Truly two experiences in one!

To book, call 01398 341231!

 

 

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

Introducing Chef Andrew Dixon, The Cafe at Porlock Weir

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Andrew Dixon

In November 1999, Andrew and his wife Sarah started Andrew’s on the Weir in Porlock Weir. In August 2000 they were awarded 4 star rating by the AA and RAC for the accommodation and 3 AA Rosettes for the food.  This award catapulted Andrew’s on the Weir into the top ten pecent of restaurants in the entire British Isles.  Later that year they were entered into the Good Food Guide with a rating of 6 stars out of 10, along with entries into the Michelin guide book.
Andrew and his team held the ratings until they decided to rebrand as The Cafe at Porlock Weir in July 2011.

“We decided to change direction due to the state of the economic climate and we also felt it was time for a change, but wanted to continue our business at Porlock Weir at the same time.”

Andrew has worked at some of the finest country house hotels, such as:

Gongham Hall – Kings Lynn, Norfolk (2 Rosette County House Hotel)
The Crown Hotel – Exford, Somerset (3 Star Hotel, 3 AA Rosettes)
Homewood Park Hotel – Hinton Charterhouse, near Bath (3 Star Country House Hotel, 3 AA Rosettes)
Gravetye Manor – East Grinstead, West Sussex (4 Star, Red Star, 3 AA Rosettes, Relais & Chateaux)
The Village Bistro – Gorey, Jersey CI (Michelin Star)
Longueville Manor Hotel – St Saviour, Jersey CI (5 Star Hotel, 3 AA Rosettes, Michelin Star, Relais & Chateaux listed)

Chef Thomas Hine joins the team at The Coach House

thomas-hine_2 (2)The Coach House Restaurant at Kentisbury Grange Hotel welcomes new Head Chef Thomas Hine at a time when the team are anticipating and celebrating the restaurant’s new partnership with renowned chef Michael Caines MBE.

Until recently Tom was Executive Chef at Michael Caines at ABode in Chester following a successful career which saw him rise through the ranks at a number of highly acclaimed restaurants including Gidleigh Park, The Bath Priory and Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant.

Born in Cornwall, Tom studied Hospitality and Catering at the College of Cornwall before joining Rick Stein’s team – a position which helped develop his passion for seafood and local produce.

Working his way up through the kitchen hierarchy, Tom spent many years honing his talent under the watchful eyes of some of the South West’s most celebrated chefs before joining Michael Caines at Gidleigh Park.

Tom says: “Working alongside Michael Caines was a huge influence on my style of cooking and gave me a great appreciation for the fresh local produce that we are so lucky to have access to in the South West.

When Michael gave me the opportunity to run my own kitchen at ABode Chester I felt truly honoured. Now I’ve been offered a new challenge along with the opportunity to return to the South West where the local produce is second to none.

I am excited to be leading the talented and passionate team at The Coach House Restaurant in North Devon, and look forward to introducing delicious new dishes to the restaurant’s much loved seasonal menus”.

 

Introducing: Thomas Carr @ The Olive Room, Ilfracombe

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Thomas Carr at the launch of the Exmoor Food Fest, 28 January 2015 at The Combe, Minehead

Thomas Carr’s journey started when he was employed as head chef in 2002 at the Beachcomber Café in Woolacombe, Devon – his home town. From here Thomas moved to the Watersmeet Hotel, again in Woolacombe where he was Chef De Partie for 5 years between 2004 and 2009.

In March 2009 Thomas went to work under renowned chef Nathan Outlaw at his Seafood and Grill Restaurant @ The St Enodoc Hotel in Cornwall. Originally taken on by Nathan Outlaw as a Sous chef, Thomas’ potential was quickly noticed and in February 2010 he was appointed as Head Chef at the brand new ‘Restaurant Nathan Outlaw’. Under Thomas the restaurant received two Michelin stars within a year of opening, along with numerous other accolades and awards within the hospitality industry. As well as the day to day running of the restaurant, Thomas also participated in outside events linked to the restaurant and Nathan Outlaw; including a ‘pop up’ restaurant in London and several food festivals/events.

In 2013 Thomas returned to North Devon to take up a role as Executive chef at The Coach House, Kentisbury Grange – allowing him another opportunity to work with a renowned chef in Michael Caines MBE. Thomas built a full team from scratch and achieved 2 AA Rosettes within 6 months of opening as well as a full entry into the 2014 Trenchermen’s Guide.

In the spring of 2014 Thomas was presented with an opportunity to fulfil a lifetime dream of owning his own restaurant in the Harbour town of Ilfracombe, North Devon.

For further details about The Olive Room, please click here

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