Good Food Guide praises pubs

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Licensees are celebrating after taking top accolades in the latest edition of The Good Food Guide, which launched today. Jason King of the Wellington...

Licensees are celebrating after taking top accolades in the latest edition of The Good Food Guide​, which launched today.

Jason King of the Wellington Arms in Hampshire was named Best Pub Chef and Simon Bonwick of the Three Tuns in Oxfordshire was named Best Pub Newcomer by the guide, which celebrates its 60th birthday this year.

Elizabeth Carter, consultant editor of The Good Food Guide 2011​, said: "In its 60-year history, The Good Food Guide has borne witness to, and in part brought about, a changing approach to dining out in the UK.

"What's interesting is that when the guide was launched, outside of London most of the entries were pubs. It's now almost come full circle. Since the late noughties, pubs have really upped their game and established themselves as places that lure you out of your home and reflect the way we like to eat - in a relaxed atmosphere but with impressive food."

King was praised for his home-grown fare and unpretentious dishes. He keeps his own herb garden, beehive and chickens. Bonwick received his award for helping to rejuvenate an old town-centre pub with good value bar and restaurant food.

Bonwick, head chef and co-owner of the Three Tuns, said: "The Good Food Guide​ remains the toughest review of its type for any serious minded foodie and cook - no other guide will elicit such an incredible response from restaurateurs, cooks and journalists. It's a worthy friend."

The pub was re-opened by Bonwick and co-owner Oliver Reichhold in May. Bonwick was previously at the Black Boys Inn in Hurley, Berkshire.

Chef Raymond Blanc was also awarded a special Lifetime Achievement Award by the guide after appearing in 32 editions.

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