Two local pubs have won prestigious recognition at the recent Somerset Life Food and Drink Awards 2014 – both for the second year in succession.
The Anchor Inn at Hillfarance was awarded the ‘Best Somerset Sunday Roast’ for the second year running at the awards’ ceremony at Junction 24, Stone Easton Park earlier this month. It was praised for its use of local produce – particularly meat – with one judge commenting, “It’s the best pork I’ve ever eaten!” according to Laura Magee who runs the pub in partnership with her parents. Her mother, Linda Jones said, “Our customers nominated us for this award but competition from other pubs across Somerset was really strong. The ‘secret diner’ system of sampling – which happened for the first time this year – makes us especially pleased to have won.”
Asked how many covers he produces every Sunday at this popular pub, The Anchor’s chef, Dan Stroner, said, “About 175. It’s quite intense!” Laura Magee added, “We’re thrilled to have won for the second year and are very proud of our team.”
The Anchor has also received a ‘Trip Advisor Award of Excellence 2014’, the result of customers’ reviews. Laura said, “It’s the icing on the cake for us this year. It helps to know we’re getting things right with our food and service.”
The Globe at Milverton was named ‘Best Gastro Pub of the Year’ at the same ceremony. The Globe’s owners, Mark and Adele Tarry, paid particular tribute to their chef, Kaan Atasoy, in bringing a title back to The Globe once again. Kaan Atasoy was awarded the title ‘Best Chef of the Year’ in 2013. Adele Terry said, “We’re really delighted to receive this title. It’s fantastic. The judging this year was the result of a visit from a ‘secret diner’ and we were not told that judges were here until the end of their visit. Kaan has been with us for 8 years and is a super chef. He really deserves this award. We’re all thrilled.”
One other local business to have repeated its 2013 success is Moonbeams Land, Wellington, which was awarded ‘Best Food Product of the Year’ for its Gloucester Old Spot sausages. The ‘Best Farmers’ Market Award’ went to Wiveliscombe.