01 Feb Port Gaverne Crowns Record Year as Cornwall’s Top Gastropub
Port Gaverne Crowns Record Year as Cornwall’s Top Gastropub
The multi-award winning Port Gaverne Hotel has been voted top gastropub in Cornwall at this year’s prestigious Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropub Awards, crowning a record year for David and Jackie Barnard and the team at what has become one of the county’s favourite foodie destinations for both locals and tourists alike.
Amongst the many accolades picked up over the last year, the Port Gaverne was hailed by Pub and Bar Magazine as the Best Pub in Cornwall while the picturesque hotel also made it to the finals of the Great British Pub Awards in the Best Inn category.
As testament to the consistently high quality of the locally sourced food created by David and his team, the Port Gaverne not only made the Catey hospitality awards finals last year, but also gained two AA rosettes and was voted Best Food Pub by peers and business partners at the recent St Austell Brewery estate awards.
The Port Gaverne’s top Cornish ranking in the Gastropub lists, coming straight in at 23 in the full 50 national listings, was unveiled at a Michelin-star-studded awards ceremony hosted by celebrity chef, Matt Tebutt.
Commenting on the success of this first listing, David said, “We are absolutely delighted to have gained such high recognition in what is an incredibly important showcase for any pub that prides itself on the quality, creativity and presentation of its food offering. Everyone at the Port Gaverne deserves credit for working so hard to earn this ranking; not only does it knock the spots off all of the other competitors in the county but it proves that what we do here works, using exceptionally fresh seafood and beautiful produce from local farms to create memorable dining experiences.”
Inclusion in the Top 50 Gastropubs list is particularly coveted by chefs and landlords because they are only voted for by peers in the industry – chefs such as Anton Piotrowski and Tom Kerridge, trade experts, food writers and journalists – meaning recognition is a sign of real consistency, innovation and quality in all areas of the operation.
James Healey, UK sales manager of the event’s lead sponsor Estrella Damm, said, “Making the Top 50 is a high priority for pub chefs. You’ll be ranked among the greatest food pubs the UK has to offer. Customers get a buzz when they know they’re eating in one of the best pubs in the country.”
The awards judges themselves said of the pub: “The Port Gaverne was named as ‘One to Watch’ last year and David Barnard’s splendid Cornish pub has exceeded expectations. Nestled in a secluded cove near Port Isaac, they offer up some of the freshest fish in the country, with some of the pub’s produce caught only hours before it is served.’
Head Chef, James Lean’s philosophy is simple: “Our cooking is an expression of the season. The riches found locally provide us with such great ingredients that it makes every day an excitement in the kitchen. We create menus of classic dishes with new twists to elevate them to something memorable, showcasing the best of Cornwall and striving for no-ego elegant simplicity. And we always make sure there’s enough food on the plate to fuel your journey home (or to bed upstairs). We’re a pub after all.”
Adding his congratulations to the team, Adam Luck, St Austell Brewery estate director said, “The team at the Port Gaverne has long been known for the fantastic quality of its food, which is why they scooped our Best Food award this year but it is a much greater reward for them to be placed so highly on the national Gastropub lists. We congratulate them hugely on their success and for having their hard work recognised at such a high level.”
Explaining what makes the difference at the Port Gaverne, David puts it down to energy, enthusiasm and to feeling part of the project “The whole team has worked so hard to get here and I’m so proud of them, especially our manager Chris Edwards. You have to believe in what you’re doing and you have to be consistent. There is no let-up: our aim is for every customer to love the experience they have here, so we treat every night like opening night.’
The Port Gaverne is currently closed for its annual refurbishment and upgrade until Friday 10th February at 3pm, reopening with an extended 4-day special weekendto include the popular 6 course Valentine’s Menu.
Room and table bookings can still be made on 01208 880244 or email firstname.lastname@example.org