Oundle Mill wins Northamptonshire Restaurant of the Year 2013/2014 title
Oundle Mill wins Restaurant of the Year award in the prestigious Carlsberg UK Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards 2013/2014 and becomes the only restaurant to win the title twice. What was already a very successful awards evening for Oundle Mill was then improved further when Head Chef, Gavin Austin, was announced runner up in the Aspire Chef of the Year 2013/2014 competition.
The Carlsberg UK Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards are aimed at celebrating all that is great about local produce and drink, recognising excellence within the county's dining venues and rewarding those who work hard within the culinary sector.
This year the Restaurant of the Year winner was selected after inspecting more restaurants in the county than ever before, and only after thorough evaluation of the menus and wine list which was followed by a ‘mystery shopper’ and finally two independent food expert visits.
Oundle Mill’s Restaurant and Hotel Manager Paul Richardson was delighted to win the top award and has said: “It was a great feeling to win this award for the second time against such tough competition and especially after trying to build the business back up following the floods last year. The award goes to the whole team as only their hard work and passion for what they do made this possible.”
Head Chef, Gavin Austin, becomes runner-up in the Aspire Chef of the Year competition where five finalists were set a ‘Ready Steady Cook’ style challenge, each being provided with a selection of store cupboard products as well as some key Northamptonshire ingredients and tasked to prepare a two course meal in only two hours.
After the competition Oundle Mill’s Head Chef, Gavin has said: “It was an amazing but very challenging experience to compete against the top chefs in the area. I was proud to prepare two dishes that represent the style of food we serve in the restaurant at Oundle Mill using the best ingredients available in Northamptonshire.”