08 Sep Port Gaverne Hotel named ‘2015 Best Food Pub in the South West’
The Port Gaverne Hotel has scooped the best food pub of the year for the South West in this year’s prestigious Great British Pub Awards.
For the past year, we’ve been getting some nice reviews from foodies in the know and customers popping in off the beach for the first time. Now it’s official. Our kitchen team, headed up by James Lean, formerly with Gordon Ramsay and Nathan Outlaw, are catching the eye of some of the pickiest culinary judges around.
The Great British Pub Awards are the industry’s ultimate accolades for excellence and the Port Gaverne Hotel has been recognised as offering food of exceptional originality and consistently high standard.
It’s been a strong year for the kitchen team. They’ve also been shortlisted in Great Cornish Food Awards for best restaurant (winners announced 21st September) and have received Taste of the West Gold for Dining Pub.
Our owner, David Barnard, sees it as a reflection of the hard work, financial investment and strict no-second-best attitude everybody’s adopted since taking over in May 2014. But we think the real secret behind the success is simple…
‘I just love great food,’ David explains. ‘My team loves great food (that’s why I hired them). And we’re surrounded by it. It seems criminal not to use the fabulous Cornish bounty on our doorstep. That’s why we’ve got a boat out in the bay catching lobster every day for our kitchen, and why our chefs pick lots to see who’s going foraging out in the woods or mackerel fishing off the rocks.’
No room for ego-cooking
It’s all about the ingredients: getting them fresh as possible and treating them with respect. ‘It’s no-ego cooking,’ David says. ‘Our motto is: Fresh off the boat, straight from the farm, foraged this morning. And to get the best out of it – the dining experience and staying at this beautiful hotel – we’ve invested a quarter of a million pounds in the past 18 months. We’re proud of being 2015’s best South West food pub, but it’s the customers that keep returning and showing faith in what we’re doing, who count more than anything else.’’