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Rémy Martin Awards

Regional Winners 2004

Auberge du Lac – Lemsford

Jean-Christophe Novelli has been applauded by reviewers for his lakeside restaurant in the beautiful grounds of Brocket Hall, where diners enjoy his modern take on French cuisine. Novelli says “I am now settled back on my feet and enjoying working with a great team in this most picturesque environment. We all share the same goal to be one of the top destination restaurants in Europe.”

Edmonds – Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire

Andy Waters has a simple philosophy and it is to ensure that quality is what the customer receives in terms of both staff attitude and what’s presented on the plate. “We buy quality and we employ quality. We use only the very best fresh ingredients and we cook them simply but well,” says Andy. The busy, booked-out restaurant is testimony that the customer agrees.

L’Enclume – Cartmel, Cumbria

A modern and contemporary restaurant in a beautiful traditional, riverside setting, L’Enclume prides itself on offering the ‘ultimate’ dining experience. Using wild herbs, flowers and roots from the local valleys, Simon Rogan aims to help diners “rediscover forgotten flavours by presenting them in modern ways.” His flagship 19-course menu demonstrates this dedication to developing unusual flavour combinations whilst pushing the boundaries of taste and texture. Simon affirms, “We would like to think we are cooking the most progressive food in the UK.”

The Endeavour – Staithes, North Yorkshire

Brian Kay and Charlotte Willoughby’s seafood restaurant in a former fisherman’s cottage aims to give a truly distinctive dining experience, and not just thanks to the excellence of the food served. “We set great store in the quality of the raw ingredients, and feel this allows us to keep the cooking simple and the flavours distinct,” says Charlotte. All ingredients are sourced locally and everything is created in-house right down to the bread and chocolates.

Five North Street – Winchcombe, Gloucestershire

Kate and Marcus Ashenford had a dream when they met at catering college: one day to open a restaurant in the Cotswolds offering the highest quality cuisine and service at a value-for-money price. Today, the relaxed and comfortable surroundings at Five North Street have won their restaurant praise and acclaim, with customers returning time and again to this charming establishment for its perfectly executed cooking.

Le Mont – Manchester

A sleek and stylish restaurant at the top of the new Urbis museum, Le Mont’s aim was to bring to Manchester a restaurant that delivered food living up to the menu’s promise: “quality regional food with honest integrity.” Robert Kisby emphasises that it is perceived value for money that is what pleases the clientèle at Le Mont – and judging by reports this approach is working!

The Outsider – Edinburgh

Malcolm Innes’s informal atmosphere and a menu designed for sharing have won the Outsider many admirers. Innes claims that the “atmosphere is our most precious commodity”, as his aim is for diners to have a “dramatic” dining experience. Innes believes his secret lies in the combination of an “exuberant, youthful staff and a great, innovative, eclectic menu from Head Chef Kenny Waugh.”

Red Lion – Stathern, Leicestershire

Passion for the traditional British country pub is what drives Ben Jones and the team at the Red Lion. Ben says, “our intention is to revitalise traditional pub values offering excellent food, beer and wine in a friendly and enjoyable atmosphere.” Diners regularly praise the sheer quality of the produce used, thanks to the dedicated sourcing from local farmers, breweries and suppliers.

The Willow Tree – Taunton, Somerset

Darren Sherlock’s consistent high standards have earned rave reviews from customers. His aim is to offer top quality ingredients “cooked to achieve a real clarity of flavour.” Sherlock’s belief is that the whole dining experience should by far outshine anything that can be achieved at home. This philosophy paired with warm and comfortable surroundings has certainly had an extraordinary response from diners in the opening year.

The Yew Tree – Lower Wield, Hampshire

The Yew Tree is well off the ‘beaten track’, so the team try to make the journey well worthwhile! They have succeeded in creating a homely and relaxed establishment renowned for delightfully fresh and beautifully cooked dishes that, according to owners Christopher and Donna Richards, are truly “cooked from the heart.” Fresh herbs and salads picked from their very own garden, fish freshly caught on day boats off the Cornish coast and the fantastic earthy flavours of local game all contribute to a beautifully thought out and expertly created menu.

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